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.

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...

Real Deal: Meet an original — and rare — ’51 Merc

Story and photos by Angelo Van Bogart Sometimes it pays to be left in the dust. Take the Mercury Monterey two-door sedan as an example. In 1951, the Monterey was one of the dustiest new cars on a showroom floor at a time when nearly every other car manufacturer was offering the two-door hardtop...

A Back to the 50’s blast

As someone who spent tens of thousands of dollars and several years of his life getting a journalism degree, I hate the MSRA’s Back to the 50’s event. As a car enthusiast, the event is like Christmas in June. I’ve been going to the show since ’84 or ’86, an age when all I...

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Tin badges: Toy cars of the ’50s highway patrol

I’m not sure who’s more hopped up about the June 24 release of the movie “Cars 2,” my 10-year-old son Tyler or I. The original “Cars” is one of our favorite movies. We’ve watched it several times on DVD since its original 2006 theatrical release. The attention to detail in that movie, from an...