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.

Rare Ranchero

A Mercury and a mystery
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Car of the Week: 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

If all the clergymen in the state of Florida ever decided to get together and bring their cars in for a friendly church picnic and car show, Bill Ladroga and his beautiful 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk would have more than a fighting chance to make off with “Best in Show” honors.

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Rare ’58 DeSoto convertible added to PA museum

One of only seven produced
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Car of the Week: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air racer

Todd Newton had never had to worry about making one of his restoration projects TOO good before. But then again, he had never tried to authentically resurrect a genuine, family heirloom, grassroots race car, either.

Such was the challenge Newton’s Auto Restoration — the shop in Spring Green, Wis., that Newton runs with his father, Ardell — faced when they tackled a 1957 Bel Air hardtop that had been a racing demon back in the 1960s for Merle Newton., Todd’s grandfather. “I really had to be careful not to over-restore it and make it too nice,” Todd Newton said. “The rough edges around the windows and the holes that they cut in the floor — I left them all just the way they were. I didn’t smooth things out or try to do anything different. We didn’t want anything to be too good. If they torch cut something, I did too.”

Todd and his father, Ardell, are probably two of the only guys around who can judge whether the car looks better today than it did back in its racing days, but its pampered life is certainly different now than it was four decades ago.
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Car of the Week: 1959 King Midget

King Midgets were the undisputed “Kings” of the low-budget cars, with one-cylinder engines, two seats, a removable canvas top and not much else. They were originally the brainchild of Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt, who made it their mission to build the most affordable car on the market. But to guys like Dick Russ, the King Midgets are stll 10 gallons of fun in a half-pint package.

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‘Two-Four’ Four-Door Faux Pas

A ’57 Bel Air with four doors and eight barrels? Yup
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Car of the Week: 1955 Buick Roadmaster

If Gerry Cheshire’s stunning red-and-white 1955 Buick Roadmaster hardtop isn’t the quintessential 1950s cruiser, it’s at least in the conversation. More »

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A Factory Fresh Olds 88

Olds fan finds a truly ‘Super’ 88 hiding in the Wisconsin cheese
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Car of the Week: 1954 Nash Metropolitan

Back in 1970, even though he had just bought a flashy new muscle car, Jim Caron just couldn’t help himself. His sparkling new 1969 SC/Rambler was fun and all, but Caron figured that the lonely old 1954 Nash Metropolitan he had seen at a local boneyard needed a new home.

“I dunno, I’m a car guy, I’ve always been a car guy,” said Caron, a resident of Las Vegas. “I had [a Metropolitan] before that, but it was all rusty… Just being the junkyard dog that I am, I had to ask the guy how much he wanted for it. I wound up giving him 40 bucks. Then I put a battery in it and drove it home."

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60 years later … Still Special

Glitz and glamour of the ’59 Fleetwood Sixty Special
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