Fins of the ’50′s – GM Class
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The GM Class:
Famed General Motors designer, Harley Earl, inspired by aircraft design, added airplane style details to General Motors autos. He first added small fins, reminiscent of the P38 twin-tailed fighter, to the 1948 Cadillac, and then added grilles that looked like jet-engine intake ducts.
The fin frenzy reached its extreme in 1959 when the Cadillac rear end stood forty-two inches tall, with protruding taillights pointing rearward like afterburner flames.
An exciting time for automobiles, every year of the 50′s saw Americans driving several hundred billion miles. This era brought about the Interstate Highway System, championed by President Dwight Eisenhower. He had crossed the United States as a young Army office in a convoy on the Lincoln Highway, and he saw the Autobahn network in Germany during WW II.
Winner was Jim and Karen Pittman #GM 04 – 1956 Cadillac 60 Series Fleetwood