Presentation on theme: "Different Types of Cars Styles and Looks of the 50’s Cars were big in the 1950’s, more time was being put into their design and looks. Most cars became."— Presentation transcript:
Styles and Looks of the 50’s Cars were big in the 1950’s, more time was being put into their design and looks. Most cars became longer, lower, and wider. Not to mention the very round style lines of the fifties. Also cars became increasingly shiny thanks to one thing, “chrome.” Almost all trim and bumpers and other odds and ends where chrome, the more shine the better. The tail fin also came about during this time, for example on the back of the 1959 Cadillac bellow. The ‘57 Chevy is considered to be an icon in the today's hotrod scene for its unmistakable good looks During the 1950’s it was said if you had a Cadillac it showed you were either rich of important.
New Advances and happenings 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 Chevrolet introduces the corvette which also has the first ever fiber glass body. Also the first Denny’s restaurant opens. The Chevy Corvette set a speed record at 150mph The El Camino is introduced “ the car/ truck” The Four barrel carburetor was introduced feeding the big V-8 engines more gas. Also, the company Crosley goes out of business Studebaker and Packard merge also Nash and Hudson merge. Chrysler introduces the Hemi motor that blows away competition at the race track and eventually got outlawed in stock car racing Toyotas started to be imported to the USA. This was the last year for the Packard The car collectors dream car is introduced the 57 chevy. Also, cruise control is invented. The Holiday Inn is built there are 50 of them by 1958 The Eisenhower insterate is approved thanks to the Highway Act making it easier to get across the country
Racing Cars During the 1950’s Racing came to a stop during WW II but after the end of the war just like everything else to do with cars in the 1950’s racing came back with a bang. Stock car racing really became big during the 50’s with NASCAR being introduced in 1946 Drag racing also became big thanks the the NHRA which was introduced in 1951
Different Makes and Models Ford and Chevrolet were the real deal in America car wise. Most people owned one or the other. So they found them selves competing with each other a lot. Especially when it came to the muscle car, is was a competition between the Chevy Corvette and the Ford Thunderbird. Chevy Corvette Ford Thunderbird VS. Foreign cars were very different compared to American cars of the 50’s especially their looks. There were many foreign cars, there was; Volkswagen, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, Toyota, and BMW. The Mercedes Benz 300 SL was known for the big gull wing doors and the first car to receive fuel injection
There were many unsafe things on 1950’s automobiles. In fact the only safe thing is they are almost all steel so thy were strong. Depending on the car they might not even have a seat belt. The cars that did have a seat belt were only lap belts not going across the whole torso like todays seat belts. It wasn’t until 1958 that the Swedish engineer who worked for Volvo introduces the first 3 point seat belt. In 1956 Ford started doing their own safety tests and crash tests. They had a package called the Life Guard Package, it offered seatbelts front and back, a deep center steering wheel a padded dash, and special door latches so they didn’t come open during a crash.