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.

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...

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...

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.



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...

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...