Long and sleek! With Elvis as the hero of the day during the 1950s, whatever he drove become the car of the day. And Elvis loved the glamour that shiny new tail-fins exhibited. His fans loved them, too, which led to over thirty heart-stopping models being designed during the 1950s. No one cared back then whether cars were gas-guzzlers or whether the paint job would last, or whether the shiny chrome that protruded out the back begged to have dents inserted within the first few weeks.
The appeal of cars during the 1950s was more than just Elvis. It was prestige and glamour for even the average working person. The feeling of luxury seeped into ones feelings and emotions, and romance bloomed with respect while riding in these elegant vehicles.
The Chrysler Town & Country Newport coupe which came out in 1950 didnt have fins (they started creeping into the design around 1952). Yet it wasnt the typical car of the 1940s. Almost a dinosaur compared to todays styles, the Newport featured distinctive, external wood framing (referred to as being a Woodie) and strongly appealed to the hunter and sportsmen.
Pontiac had a mascot an Indian Chief whose unsmiling face...