This blog will expand on themes and topics first mentioned in my book, "The Automobile and American Life." I hope to comment on recent developments in the automobile industry, reviews of my readings on the history of the automobile, drafts of my new work, contributions from friends, descriptions of the museums and car shows I attend and anything else relevant. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017, 2018, by the author.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
My favorite Year -- 1955 -- The Golden Age of the Automobile at its best!
Hi folks -- far more coming on 1955 and autos in the days ahead! Brace yourselves.
This Buick Century was a solid, upper middle-class symbol in 1955. It was far out of reach for my family at that time. It was as solid as America -- the nation's economy and stable society. But the winds of change were beginning to move.
One of my first memories of riding in a convertible and the freedom derived from such a ride was from an experience with a 1956 Chevy convertible, not terribly different than the 1955 Indy pace car shown here.
This Chrysler 300 C may be considered as America's first Post-WWII muscle car.
I had a neighbor, John Healy, who destroyed one of these 1955 Thunderbirds in the early 1960s by putting a Pontiac 421 in this Bird. A crime against humanity, for this was one fabulous car, inside and out.
A Chicago street corner in 1955. Trolley tracks have not yet been taken out. Note how difficult it was to negotiate the streets with that trolley in the way!