Think you can tell the difference between a 1950s Cadillac Eldorado and a Continental Mk. II? How about a DeSoto Firedome from a Ford Galaxie? Can you tell the Aston Martin and Austin-Healey sports cars apart?
The 1950s offered one of the widest array of car choices the world had ever seen. It was a time of new prosperity in the U.S., although a late-decade recession did put a damper on things and helped end some brands, like Chrysler’s DeSoto Division and Ford’s ill-fated Edsel.
As suburbs grew, families moved away from crowded cities and added “second cars” to serve their needs. Economy models became popular for this role.
The introduction of the Interstate Highway System in the '50s helped fuel a love affair with the open road that continues to this day. Cars of the decade got larger and larger, and flashy chrome trim and tailfins sprouted to create an iconic though short-lived style trend.
In the ’50s, powerful V8 engines, automatic transmissions, power windows and air conditioning became sought-after features, but safety lagged well behind modern standards.
There were so many different kinds of cars in the ‘50s. If you think you could name some of the most memorable – and not so memorable – cars of the decade from their photos, then this is the quiz for you. Good luck!