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...own, or have owned, a car from the 50s?

I've had exactly one, a '57 Chevy.

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Hi.

'59 Buick Invicta

'59 Buick Electra (parts car)

'57 Ford F-250

Would love to add more... as long as I could swing a turn-key car. I'm done with restorations

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Hi.

'59 Buick Invicta

'59 Buick Electra (parts car)

'57 Ford F-250

Would love to add more... as long as I could swing a turn-key car. I'm done with restorations

Funny, I thought your list would be longer.

There are only a handful from the decade I'd really like to have.

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Oddly enough I'm not really a fan of Tri-Five Chevy's, my 50's dream car list is mostly Mopars. '55-58 Chrysler 300, '58 Plymouth Belvedere Sport hardtop or Fury with a Golden Commando 350, '59 Plymouth Fury. I'd also like a Hudson Hornet, a '59 Buick and possibly a '59 Impala.

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Here's a short list for me:

-'59 El Camino

- Studebaker Golden Hawk

- A Nomad (preferably a '55)

- '55-'59 GM Sedan delivery

- Maybe an Austin-Healey

- Some Ford and GM pickups strike my fancy

That's about it.

EDIT: I have a soft spot for the '55 Vette.

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Me - none. I'd love to have one of the 53-55 Corvettes, a sedan delivery or Nomad, or maybe even a 55-57 T-bird. Most of the other stuff is too big for my tastes.

My father has the 55 Bel Air that he's redoing, and the '55 rustpile that he inherited from my grandfather that will, unfortunately, have to be junked once the project is done.

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>>"Funny, I thought your list would be longer."<<

Average model year I've owned is still 1965- I've had a LOT of 64-65-66 cars.

There's a bunch I would love to own, esp a half dozen Caddys from the '50s. I'd love a chopped '49-50 Merc- have lusted over these all my life it seems. '57 Eldo, '56 Roadmonster, '53 CdV, '56 Merc, '57 DeSoto, '61 DeSoto... long long list of wants here, some stock, some custom.

Came real close to owning : '58 CdV, '60 CdV, '56 Buick Super Riviera, and my first was nearly a '51 Hudson Pacemaker Custom Brougham coupe.

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+1 on the '56 Roadmaster

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Most of the "porkier" shapes of that decade do nothing for me, thus the list I posted earlier.

The 60s are another story entirely, I'm a kid in the candy store there.

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Too young. But by association, dad bought, completely re-built, repaired, painted, engine swapped, etc. a red '57 Chevy back in the early 80's. I need to find the pictures of that thing...of his endless line of oldies and build from shells, I always wished that one was still around for me to have at least seen and ridden in once.

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Nearly Nirvana :

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The overall shape is unmatched in fluidity, IMO.

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The 50s cars are too far before my time to really appeal to me, but there are a few designs that I like..the '53 Studebaker hardtop (really stood out compared to the dumpy, humpy designs that most of Detroit circa '53 had), the '53 Skylark (most beautiful early 50s GM IMHO), the '56 Lincoln MK II (so clean), some European models. I go against the mainstream in that I really don't care for the '49 Merc, esp. chopped customs.

As far as owning old cars, there are many from the '60s-70s I could see myself having as a weekend toy, esp. the lower-longer-wider full size models..

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I've owned a 55 Chevrolet 2 Door post, two tone blue and white, and a 57 Bel Air wo door hard top, also two tone blue and white.

55 had an Offenhouser tri power and a Muncie 4 speed...still one of the fav. cars I've owned.

Keep hoping Z06 will see it (55 Chev) in Orlando, and send me some pics...as the car now belongs to my friend G.E. Miller in Orlando.

55 Nomad is #2 on my list of postwar American cars, right behind the 58-62 Corvettes.

FABULOUS car...Tim Allen never should have destroyed the one on Home Improvement...

That Blue one you posted is great, Camino! ...someday...

And in high school my mother dated a guy who had a brand new 57 Golden Hawk Studebaker. As I was into cars as a kid, my mother told me all about that car...

Chris

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I LOVE cars 'outside my time' because they're so different from the mainstream, ie; my experience. Doesn't hurt that they have far better design, either.

The '55 Austin-Healey above doesn't do anything for me because the design stops at the basic shape; there's no detailing. Most all the 'sports cars' in this genre fall into this category: lacking in design, some of them at fundamental levels. Body tumblehome, wheel shrouding, enveloping, things of this nature. There were a number of minor makes in this genre / era; few catch my eye.

Here's one: a '56 Arnolt-Bristol- neat aggressive nose :

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Christine, obviously...but beyond that association the '58 Plymouth IMO was just perfection, perfect fins, sexy lines and hardtop greenhouse, tasteful use of chrome, and who can argue with a 350 V8 in the low price field as an option

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Interesting perspective on the Healey, Balthazar. What you see as a lack of detailing is the very same clean design that makes me like it. The car does have some detailing, but it is subtle and applied sparingly. The car's purposeful nature extends to the shape and lack of ornamentation, making it stand out from the crowd of overdone cars of the time. I like the '55 Chevy and the early V8 Corvettes for exactly the same reason.

I grew-up with cars that were often over-detailed with rust-creating trim and chrome everywhere, so clean and subtle has a strong appeal for me. It's not a universal thing, as I love a few cars that are over-the-top, but in general I like the clean look.

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No.

However, the car from the 50s and 60s that I find the quirkiest is the '59 Impala, notably for its rear taillights.

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Me, none. But at least once a year I hear about the 50's Bonneville my dad had that he bought as his first car. I think it was his favorite of any car to this day.

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We own a '53 MG TD, but it probably hasn't been driven since the '50s.

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