50’s Cars

1950s cars: Cars and trucks of the 1950s began turning necks and stopping traffic the minute they landed on the showroom floor, and they continue to give chiropractors a fair share of business. Even today, the brilliant chrome, whitewall tires and bright colors coating wildly stamped body panels remain a sight to make child and adult alike stop and stare. Stroll through news and features stories on the toothy, tailfinned dream machines of the 1950s and relive the period when Elvis was king and salesmen still sold new Studebakers.

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1954 Nash Statesman Country Club coupe

Story and photos by Brian Earnest Lowell Johnson is either a “Nash guy” with a fixation for Kaisers and Frazers, or a “Kaiser-Frazer guy”with a  soft spot for Nashes. Either way, every day is Independents Day for the Sheboygan, Wis., resident, who has an eclectic and very cool collection of wonderful orphans. One of...

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Liz Taylor’s 1956 Continental Mark II wows crowd

Custom-Taylored Story and photos by John Bellah The annual LA Auto Show takes place late in the calendar year and allows those in the Los Angeles area to see the latest and greatest in automotive technology — smart cars, “green” technology, concept cars, new models and the latest in aftermarket accessories. While everyone was...

This Model A Ford truck is more typical of what lines the tree-shaded roads around Back to the 50’s in June. This red hauler is particularly sharp.

Twin Cities turns back the clock for another great Back to the 50’s

Despite its name, the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s annual Back to the 50’s event isn’t directly about the 1950s as it is about the 1973 cult classic “American Graffiti,” which takes place in 1962. That film reminded Minnesota gear heads about their own automotive heritage of cruising the loop around St. Paul in cool...

The 1954 Mercury XM-800 today, owned by Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage.

Mercury XM-800 concept car to appear at 2012 Iola Old Car Show

Stephen Murphy, curator and restoration specialist at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage, today confirmed the 1954 Mercury XM-800 concept car from The Richard H. Driehaus Collection would appear at the Iola Old Car Show from July 12-15 in Iola, Wis. According to Old Cars Weekly‘s out-of-print book “American Dream Cars,” the XM-800 was originally billed...