The 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta ended after a single season and just 458 copies. This is because Detroit wowed 1950s America with all manner of futuristic "dream cars," but only General Motors built some for sale -- four in 1953 alone. All were costly limited-edition convertibles, and only Chevrolet's sporting 'Vette and the Cadillac Eldo became long-running fixtures.

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The 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta was designed as a "dream car," then put
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"Dream cars" often preview forthcoming design ideas. The Fiesta hinted at '54 Olds styling with "hockey-stick" side trim and wraparound Panoramic windshield. Otherwise it was basically a stock but fully equipped 98 convertible with a tuned 170-horsepower version of Olds's 303-cubic-inch Rocket V-8.

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The 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta came standard with leather seats and power steering.

Most Fiestas wore colorful two-toning, and all had self-shift Hydra-Matic, power steering and brakes, and leather upholstery among many amenities. The Fiesta wasn't cheap at $5717, but it didn't need to make money. In those days, GM could afford to do anything it pleased.

For more classic convertibles of the 1950s, see:

1950 Oldsmobile 88

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Lincoln Premiere

1951 Chrysler New Yorker

1955 Mercury Montclair

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88

1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan

1956 Ford Thunderbird

1958 Continental Mark III

1951 Rambler Custom Landau

1956 Lincoln Premiere

1958 Edsel Citation

1954 Hudson Hornet Brougham

1956 Packard Caribbean

1959 Cadillac Series 62

1954 Packard Caribbean

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1959 Dodge Custom Royal

1955 Buick Century

1957 Chrysler New Yorker

1959 Ford Thunderbird

1955 Cadillac Series 62

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

1959 Pontiac Bonneville

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