Once the Second World War was over, all the states tried to go ahead and revive their fortunes. And so the first fruits of the new spirit pervading the world after the tragedies of war began to appear on the market.
Without forgetting the past, the whole world moved forward thinking about the future. Fashion, cinema, cars. Many sectors began to produce what would later become the symbols of the Fifties.
America, also for historical and political reasons, represented the model to be imitated in the West. It influenced almost every single aspect of the lifestyle, also conditioning the aesthetic taste. From America came many cars, which today have become a symbol of those years.
We propose the most famous car models -from all over the world- that were in fashion and made history in the 50s.
The first in the ranking among the best cars of the fifties is the Chevrolet Corvette.
This model is introduced to the public in 1953 and became the quintessential sports car in the United States. It is a lightweight, small, and relatively inexpensive car.
The body was made of rather new material for the time: fiberglass, to avoid the problem of quotas on steel, still in force after the end of the second world war.
Chevrolet tried to improve the performance of its cars with the Corvette, but it remained an underpowered model compared to other cars produced in Italy or by the British at that time. During the years have come out a series of generations identified with the initials C1, C2, until you get to the Chevrolet still in production with the C7 series.
Also known by the name “Gull Wings”, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL (Light Sport) is a luxury sports car, produced by the Stuttgart-based company from 1954 to 1957 in the coupe variant and from 1957 to 1963 in the roadster one.
The technical solutions that made it very effective in sports driving and competition are well disguised under its refined bodywork. It was the first of the long series of luxury sports cars of the Mercedes-Benz car manufacturer. The Mercedes 300SL has remained in the hearts of many fans precisely because of its performance and the charm of its exterior and certainly must occupy a place in the ranking of the best cars of the fifties.
At the Paris Motor Show of 1955, the scene is all for the Citroen DS: if its destiny is to become an icon, capable of appearing as an object out of time even many decades later, it is thanks to its designer: Flaminio Bertoni, a pure artist lent to the world of cars and capable of conceiving the shape without worrying too much about technical constraints.
However, the genius of some technical solutions developed for the sole purpose of positioning it among the prestige cars will also make it part of history.
The most famous is the hydropneumatic suspension, which makes it comfortable on obstacles while also giving it stability, road holding, and the possibility to vary the height from the ground.
Characterized also by such a versatile chassis, this car was used in competitions among which is also counted as historic participation in the Monte Carlo rally of ’56 with a class victory.
Since then, Citroën has been one of the brands with the most victories in the Monte Carlo Rally, winning in 2003, 2004, and 2005 with the Xsara WRC; 2007 and 2008 with the C4 WRC, with Sebastien Loeb at the wheel.
By now a lot of people are betting on Citroen, and if before you had to go to the betting centers, now you can bet on cars or any other sport with a few clicks.
Many online platforms now offer the possibility to find the betting site that best suits your preferences. Because, of course, everyone is looking for the best betting sites to feel safe and maybe without making any deposit.
We should also keep in mind that until a few years ago there was no live streaming.
Live streaming was born relatively recently. Who would have imagined during racing in the 1950s, that 70 years later people from all over the world could watch car races from their smartphones and bet on their favorite car at the same time?
Today, the best betting sites understand the importance of live betting, which is why they offer a full range of markets for practically every event, be it automotive or football.
One of the cars that have certainly made history is the Beetle (Typ 1). Although it wasn’t born in the 1950s, it was during this era that it had its big boom.
It was produced from 1938 to 2003 and gave birth to the German House of Volkswagen.
Its production began at the behest of Hitler who, in 1934, in a public speech announced that he wanted to put on the market a car “for everyone”.
It has the record of “longest car in the world”, in fact, it has been produced for 65 years without interruption and is currently the fourth car in the world among the best-selling models with 21 and a half million units.
In 1999 it was named among the 5 most influential cars of the 20th century.
The 1950s left their mark in different ways. Whether you’re young or older, you’ve no doubt heard of these cars from the 50s, or seen them in some vintage or historic movies.
Obviously, a lot of cars were made during those years, by different companies around the world, but these are definitely among the most iconic ones that make us retrace the story with a hint of melancholy.