Why are 1950's cars good?

Updated: 4/28/2022
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It depends on how you define "good."

Today's cars, for example, generally are faster, safer, more comfortable, more reliable and longer-lasting than cars of the '50s. Today's cars also handle better, stop more quickly, pollute much less and get better gas mileage.

Cars from the '50s are popular because they had distinctive styling, often with lots of chrome trim or swept-back tail fins. Different brands had different styles -- most car enthusiasts could easily tell the difference between a Ford, a Chevy or a Dodge, for example. (For purposes of this answer, we are discussing American vehicles only, which are more closely associated with the term "50s cars.") They also were big -- outside and inside (in sedans, most roofs were high enough for a man to wear a hat while driving).

Cars of that era also trigger fond memories among people who were growing up then. After the end of World War II, the US entered a period of prosperity and confidence, which was reflected in the design of the cars. Many of today's iconic cars were invented in the 1950s, such as Chevrolet's Corvette.

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