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April 11, 2021

24 Fabulous Color Photos of the Auto Shows From the 1950s

The 1950s cars became lower, longer, and wider. The early 1950s saw the rise of chrome on cars, as an increasingly opulent society flourished in the United States. Many of the automobiles of the time were designed by stylists who took their influence from the transport industry in general and therefore used ideas from both planes and trains prevailing during that time.

With the advent of the jet age in the 1950s came technological and design breakthroughs in the automobile. One of those was the speed with which the automobile, despite complicated compound curves and forms, could be manufactured.

The jet set lifestyle had captured the hearts of the American public and car designers of the time exploited this fascination to turn out ordinarily plain-looking family cars to come out with wings, turbines and afterburner tail lights.

Here below is a set of fabulous color photos from Dave Gelinas that shows the auto shows from the 1950s.

1952 Chrysler Ghia C-200, Concept Show Car, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1952

1952 Plymouth, "See Through Car" - Auto Concept Display, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1952

1953 Cadillac Le Mans, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1953

1954 Ford FX-Atmos, Bubble Top Concept Ca, Illinois State Fair, circa 1954

1954 Ford FX-Atmos, Bubble Top Concept Ca, Illinois State Fair, circa 1954

1954 Oldsmobile F-88, Motorama Show Car, circa 1955

1954 Packard Panther Daytona, circa 1954

1955 Buick Wildcat III, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1956

1955 Buick Wildcat III, General Motors Powerama, Chicago, circa 1955

1955 Buick Wildcat III, Motorama Concept Show Car, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1955

1955 Lincoln Futura, "The Original Batmobile", Brussels Auto Show, circa 1956

1956 DeSoto Adventurer - 1956 Plymouths, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1956

1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1956

1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster, Foreign Car Show, circa 1957

1957 Oldsmobile F-88 Mark II, California Auto Show, circa 1957

1958 Buick Limited, Wells Fargo Concept Car, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1958

1959 Buick Clay Model Proposal at 1957 Auto Show Display, circa 1957

1959 Cadillac Cyclone Xp 74, Chicago Auto Show, circa 1959

Hillman Husky Automobile, circa mid-1950s

The GM Motorama - Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac Convertibles - Chicago, circa 1954

The GM Motorama Display - 1953 Cadillac LeMans - 1951 Buick LeSabre - 1951 Buick XP-300 - Cadillac And Buick Display - Waldorf Astoria, New York City, circa 1953

The GM Motorama Display - 1953 Pontiac Parisienne - 1951 Buick LeSabre - Waldorf Astoria, New York City, circa 1953

The GM Motorama Display - 1954 Cadillac Display - Waldorf Astoria, New York City, circa 1954

The GM Motorama Display, Waldorf Astoria, New York City, circa 1954

(Photo © Dave Gelinas)




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