Fins of the ’50′s – Ford Class
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The Ford Class:
Ford’s Design Director George Walker and Thunderbird stylist Frank Hershey designed the mildest of the Fins of the Fifties. However their design talents are proven correct by the very successful sales figures of the 1949 and 1957 Fords and the early Thunderbirds, which outsold the ‘49 and ‘57 Chevrolets and the early Corvettes.
Their ’57-‘ 59 “Retractable Skyliner Fords” were recognized as outstanding design innovations. In addition to the beautiful fin designs, notice the wildly popular wraparound windshields, dramatic grills, bold and bright exterior and interior color combinations, and the sporty “hardtop designs” (elimination of the “B” pillar) of this era.
This era brought about the burst of roadside auto-oriented businesses, restaurants and motels such as McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, and Holiday Inn.
Winner was Dean Bibler #FF 08 – 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Glasstop