There were some very special cars produced in the 1950's that enthusiasts will go to great lengths to obtain for their collection. Some of these beauties are still around today and can be acquired for a price but where to go to maybe get one of these vehicles in the bag? Here we take a look at some of the fabulous 1950's classic cars plus which ones can still be found for sale today.
Jaguar 3.4 Saloon Mk1
This model was produced by Jaguar between 1955 and 1959 and can still be acquired today at a price. The Mark 1 was the first Jaguar to have a body and chassis of unitary construction, while it can reach top speeds of 119.8 mph plus accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 11.2 seconds.
This car does approximately 21 miles to the gallon which isn't much but lovers of these classics wont care about that. The Jaguar Mk1 also competed in many rallies seeing a good deal of success with famous racing drivers such as the former great Stirling Moss.
Visually the car is a real classic treat with fabulous tan leather interior making for great style and comfort. Other shades of leather such as red with a grey exterior are also still around today with many being lovingly restored to their former glory.
Austin Healey were British Sports Car Manufacturers who were established in 1952 and produced cars through to 1972. Many Austin-Healey models can still be found for sale today on dedicated websites or on enthusiasts forums. The models built in the fifties include the Austin-Healey 100, Austin-Healey 100-6 and the Austin-Healey 3000.
These fabulous cars have been raced worldwide creating records such as the land speed record in 1953. The 100 model can reach speeds of 115mph and go from 0 to 60 in 10.3 seconds. The car can do approximately 27 miles to the gallon and has a three speed manual gearbox.
The Austin-Healey of the fifties is certainly timeless in look and design with reincarnations always keeping the AH look that is instantly recognisable.
The Buick's made in 1955 were the first four door pillarless hardtops to be produced anywhere. This best selling American creation is a much desired model for any classic car enthusiast. In 1956 the Buick Caballero a four door hard top station wagon was produced, while by 1958 models were longer and wider with twin headlights and decidedly more chrome in evidence.
Models produced in the fifities included,
- The Buick Special 1950
- The Buick Special Coupe 1951
- The Buick Special Deluxe 1952
- The Buick Special Riviera Coupe 1953 and 1954
- The Buick Special Convertible 1955
- The Buick Special Sedan 1955
- The Buick Special Estate 1955
- The Buick Special Riviera Sedan 1956
- The Buick Special Riviera Coupe 1957
- The Buick Special Convertible 1958
All these models can be found today on many of the websites that feature 1950's cars.
Citroen began manufacturing the DS in 1955 with the model being instantly recognisable due to its sleek futuristic aerodynamic shape that is still much admired and desired today. This model was named one of the most beautiful cars of all time by Classic Car magazine.
As soon as this car appeared at the Paris Motorshow it was instantly snapped up by eager driving enthusiasts even though at the time the price tag was considered high. The DS features front power disc brakes the first of its kind plus power steering making driving a thing of ease.
Successful in motorsports and rallying the DS won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959. Citroen had a real winner on its hands with the DS which is still the case today.
Built between 1948 and 1965 the 356 by Porsche is the slightly more expensive version of the Porsche 356 Speedster. Aimed at the Austrian/German market The 356 is highly collectible bringing huge prices to those who are lucky enough to have one to sell. Lightweight and easy to handle the 356 a two door sports car has rear wheel drive and features a rear engine.
It is thought that up to half of the seventy six thousand plus 356's Porsche built are still around today therefore can be picked up by enthusiasts readily. Originally built from aluminium then progressing to steel the 356 won Le Mans in its class in 1951 which bolstered its reputation somewhat.
The Speedster came along in 1955 and was cheaper plus was aimed at the American market and was hugely successful. 1,171 Speedsters were sold in 1957, while sales petered off eventually after its initial flurry.
The Ford Thunderbird was built between 1955 and 1958 and was advertised as a personal luxury car rather than a sports car. Americans loved this car and it could often be seen at drive in movies as it is known for its comfortable seating both in the front and back, the back seats being introduced in the 1958 model.
The first model Thunderbird came complete with an electronically operated soft top and a solid hardtop for cooler days. The hardtop gained an oval shaped window in 1956 plus a spare tyre that was mounted on the bumper. Later models saw the spare tyre placed in the boot of the car.
The two seater early fifties versions of the Thunderbird are much sought after and can still be found even today. The Thunderbird which was Ford's answer to the Corvette sold many more models than its rival bringing huge success to the Ford company.