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.

1959 Ford tangles with straight-axle Corvette

Here’s an incredible “Wreck of the Week” photo submitted by Old Cars Weekly reader William Swank. It’s so incredible, it doesn’t need a caption to go with it, but it’s every writer’s dream and we won’t let the opportunity pass … More »

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Car of the Week: 1956 Imperial

Orville Smith tried to get his father to buy the lovely 1956 Imperial car when he first stumbled across it way back in 1976, but the plan didn’t really work out. “Oh, I thought he would buy it!,” said Smith, a resident of Portage, Mich. “Dad loved those old Chryslers. He loved the Imperial, but he didn’t know what to do with it. So I said, “I guess I’ll just buy it, what the heck. So I came paid 1,350 bucks for it, and I’ve had it ever since."

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Car of the Week: 1958 Pontiac Chieftain

It really doesn’t take much examination to realize Paul Craddock’s 1958 Pontiac Chieftain is not your ordinary 1950s hobby car. With a paltry 2,549 miles on its odometer, the Starmist Silver sedan is certainly one of the lowest-mileage 1950s Pontiacs in the country, and it may well be the most authentic Chieftain in existence. More »

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Car of the Week: 1954 Nash Ambassador

Ingvar “Ole” Arneson is a Hudson guy. When you strike up a conversation with the gregarious Wisconsin Rapids., Wis., resident, you don’t have to steer the discussion towards Hudsons. He’ll just take you there regardless. “I’ve owned seven of them in my lifetime,” he says proudly.

So when it comes to hobby cars, Arneson is partial to one flavor, and one flavor only. Until recently April of 2009, that is, when he ran across an amazing, all-original 1954 Nash Ambassador with just 15,000 miles.
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Car of the Week: 1950 Oldsmobile Street Rod

Bill Whited is not the type of fellow to come right out and say it, but he’s one of those guys that’s not easy to impress when it comes to cool cars. But Whited is truley smitten by his latest acquisition: a blinding orange, old school 1950 Oldsmobile street rod. More »

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Car of the Week: 1957 Pontiac Bonneville

Almost 48 years after he bought it, Chuck Richardson is still driving his rare 1957 Pontiac Bonneville — rare because it was one of only 630 built for the model’s first year. And unusual because the cars only came as fuel-injected convertibles.
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Driving a ’58 De Soto

  Anyone who has met retired Old Cars Weekly/Old Cars Price Guide staffer Kenny Buttolph in their travels or in the OCW trailer at events across the country knows he likes many types of cars (and likes to own many … More »

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Car of the Week: 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible

If a group of curious teenagers had just have 15 measly dollars balled up somewhere in their pockets on that fateful day back in 1976, Harold Carey probably wouldn’t still have his beautiful 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible.
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Car of the Week: 1953 Olds Ninety-Eight

Tommy Cockrell’s wonderful, eye-candy 1953 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday Hardtop coupe is a bit like one of those plastic car model kits come to life. Only in Cockrell’s case, the car came in lots of boxes, instead of just one, and somebody forgot to pack the instructions. “When I bought it the car was actually in pieces — all in boxes,” said Cockrell, a resident of Camden, S.C. “It was quite a big puzzle trying to figure everything out." More »

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Car of the Week: 1959 Buick LeSabre Convertible

When Jim DiGregorio gushes about how much he digs his sparkling, and rare, 1959 Buick LeSabre convertible, you know the car must be special. It has some big tracks to follow in DiGregorio’s garage, but a totally original 1959 ragtop with just 32,000 miles and über-rare, three-on-the-tree is certainly something to get worked up about, no matter what else you’ve owned previously. More »

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