Other 1950s Classic Car Manufacturers

The 1955 Willys Bermuda and the 1951 Frazer Standard are among the interesting and perhaps under-appreciated cars of the '50s. Learn more about these unsung classics.


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1953-1956 Jeep

The early 1950s were strange times in the U.S. auto industry. The industry had hit a sales slump, and the Korean War was forcing new rationing policies for steel and rubber. Learn how Willys-Overland and Kaiser-Frazer weathered the 1950s slump.

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900

The 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 was one of the mass-produced sedans developed by Alfa Romeo to survive in the postwar European market. The 1900 was recognized as one of the most beautiful cars at the time. Learn more about this fine European classic.

1959 Plymouth Sport Fury

The Fury began as a speedy, limited-edition 1956 hardtop, and continued as such for the next two years. Though never a big seller, it cast a performance image over the entire Plymouth line with obvious sales implications. Learn more and see pictures.

1950, 1951, 1952 Pontiac Catalina

Anyone born after 1960 may find this hard to believe, but there was a time when hardtops like the 1950-1952 Pontiac Catalina were quite exotic. They also stood as elegant symbols of Pontiac's postwar turn toward a more luxurious car. Read more.

1952-1953 Allstate

The 1952-1953 Allstate was an odd car that is remembered today (if it's remembered at all) for being Sears, Roebuck & Company's misguided attempt at entering the auto market. Get the story behind the Allstate and get specs for this odd classic.

1953, 1954, 1955 Edwards America

Sterling H. Edwards was a dreamer in San Francisco who envisioned an exclusive, low-production personal-luxury car -- what would become the 1953-1955 Edwards America. Learn why only six were built, get specs and see pictures of this classic car.

1950 Frazer Manhattan Convertible

The 1950 Frazer Manhattan convertible was the most luxurious model of the company. However, it wasn't easy to build, fraught with design expense and multiple engineering hurdles. See the successes, challenges and specs of this classic convertible.

1955, 1956, 1957 Gaylord

The Gaylord was designed by two brothers whose father was the inventor of the bobby However, their goal in building the ultimate production sports car fell short. Learn why only four cars were built and get more specifications of this classic sports car.

1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe

The 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe resulted from a collaboration between Abarth and Fiat. It's estimated that at least 600 were made with a price tag of $3,460. Read more about the classic Fiat Abarth 750.

1950 Morris Minor Sedan

The 1950 Morris Minor Series MM Two-Door Sedan was the first British car to reach a million in production. The Minor was highly praised for its gas conserving abilities. Learn more about the Morris Minor MM.

1955 Alfa Romeo Bertone BAT 9

The 1955 Alfa Romeo Bertone BAT 9 featured a futuristic design that was quite capable of being driven in everyday traffic and delivered good fuel economy. To learn more about this one-off model, read on.

1957-1987 Pontiac Bonneville

The 1957-1987 Pontiac Bonneville had its roots in the famous race course of the same name. The initial 1957 Pontiac Bonneville didn't make money, but it was only intended to be an image builder. Find out how the Bonneville transformed Pontiac's image.

1955 Lancia Florida

Italy's design maestro, Pinin Farina, changed the shape of automotive design while drumming up new business for his expanding carrozzeria. Read the story of the show car, the 1955 Lancia Florida, that touched off a worldwide styling revolution.

1955-1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari

By 1955, Pontiac tried to change its dull-but-dependable image with the 1955-1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari. What better way to do it than with a "dream car"? Read about the 1955-1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari, GM's attempt at a fancy, sporty wagon.

1956-1958 Plymouth Fury

The 1956-1958 Plymouth Fury revived a Plymouth company that had fallen on difficult times. The first Furys were the plushest and most potent Plymouths of the decade. See pictures and learn about the 1956-1958 Plymouth Fury.

1954-1962 Metropolitan

The two-seat 1954-1962 Metropolitan made inroads in the U.S. car market despite its size. For millions of people a second car was no longer a luxury but a necessity, making the Metropolitan a candidate for success. Read about the 1954-1962 Metropolitan.

1953-1958 MG Magnette

Soon after two English automaking rivals joined forces to become the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in the early 1950s, the combine released a new type of small sedan -- the 1953-1958 Magnette. Read about its history and see pictures.

1951-1958 Plymouth Belvedere

The 1951-1958 Plymouth Belvedere was a low-cost hardtop to compete with Ford and Chevy. The first Belvedere was a two-door hardtop arriving a year behind Chevrolet's Bel Air. See pictures and learn about the 1951-1958 Plymouth Belvedere.

1957 Peugeot 203C Four-Door Sedan

Since their inception in France in 1889, Peugeot automobiles -- like the 1957 Peugeot 203C Four-Door Sedan -- have fanned out around the globe. Read about the 1957 Peugeot 203C Four-Door Sedan, Peugeot's first new design after World War II.

1957 Pontiac Chieftain Two-Door Sedan

The 1957 Pontiac Chieftain Two-door Sedan was created as the answer to an age-old problem facing car-lovers: how to get maximum go with minimum dough. Read about the 1957 Pontiac Chieftain and see photos of this muscle car.

1955-1957 Pontiac Strato-Streak

The exterior styling of the new 1955-57 Pontiacs was seen as generally pleasing, even exciting -- save for what some thought a rather unfortunate blunt front end. Learn more about the nuances of this newly redesigned model in this classic cars article.

1959 Crown Imperial

The 1959 Crown Imperial Limousine is incredibly rare: it's one of only seven cars built in the line. The inside was well-appointed with luxurious fabrics and leather to compliment its wood paneling. Learn more about this exclusive luxury vehicle.

1956 Pegaso Z-102 Panoramica Coupe

The 1956 Pegaso Z-102 Panoramica coupe is a Spanish sports car with a rare body type. The car featured a V-8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor that produced a staggering 270 horsepower. Learn more about this custom Pegaso and see a picture of it.