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April 2011 Issue
 
ARTICLE
The Memorable 1950s
By Robert McLellan
 
Plymouth - 1958

For those of us who grew up in the 1950s, we saw the Brass Era cars as antiques and the ones from the 1920s and 1930s as old cars, with some as collectible classics. Most were good for jalopies and building hot rods. They sat in wrecking yards and low-value used car lots.

Few paid much attention to these cars, and as youngsters we were discouraged from wasting our time and hard earned money on them. "That smoking Duesenberg will cost you a fortune to keep running. Where are you going to get parts? It will not even pass inspection. It is a gas guzzler." I heard it all. I found a 1937 Supercharged Cord, one that I could have for a song. "Where are you going to keep it? You will soon be going away to college and you can't take it with you and we are not going to have that eye sore sitting in our driveway."

Thirty years later, I bought a Cord just like it, but paid a lot more. A little after seeing that first Cord, my grandmother wanted to give me her 1933 Plymouth coupe with 48,000 miles on it, and still looking like new. I did not get it either, for the same old reasons. I made up for it later.

The next generation has stories about the "could have had" cars of the 1950s. But we were there when those cars were new. Those cars now dominate the "classics" of car shows, museums and auctions. Before they disappear like the Mercers, Stutz Bearcats and Pierce Arrows that our grandparents enjoyed seeing in their youth, let's reminisces about the 1950s. It is not too late to bring one home.

A selection from www.McLellansAutomotive.com.


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Alfa Romeo - 1956

Allard - 1952-54

Austin - 1952
     

Austin-Healey - 1958/59

Austin-Healey - 1959

Buick - 1957
     

Cadillac - 1951

Chevrolet - 1955

Chevrolet - 1957
     

Chrysler - 1957

Crosley - 1951

Cunningham - 1951
     

DeSoto - 1957

Dodge - 1954

Dodge - 1957
     

Edsel - 1958

Ferrari - 1953

Ford - 1955
     

Ford - 1956

Ford - 1957

Henry J - 1952
     

Hudson - 1951

Imperial - 1959

Jaguar - 1956/57
     

Jensen - 1950

Jowett - 1950

Kaiser - 1952
     

Kaiser - 1954

Kaiser-Frazer - 1953

Lagonda - 1954
     

Lincoln - 1950

Lincoln - 1957

Mercedes-Benz - 1952
     

Mercury - 1951

Mercury - 1957

Metropolitan - 1959
     

MG - 1954

MG - 1956/57

Morgan - 1953
     

Morris - 1958

Nash - 1951

Oldsmobile - 1951
     

Oldsmobile - 1957

Packard - 1956

Panhard - 1957
     

Plymouth - 1951

Plymouth - 1955

Pontiac - 1952
     

Pontiac - 1959

Porsche - 1956

Saab - 1959
     

Studebaker - 1951

Studebaker - 1954

Sunbeam - 1956
     

Triumph - 1954

Volkswagen - 1954

Willys - 1951
     
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, April 2011
 
 
 
 
 
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