Today, we can scarcely imagine the scenario. In 1941, in the span of just a few weeks, the United States government halted all consumer car sales in America. Manufacturers were directed (or coerced) into making war goods instead. So when the ‘50s came, consumers were raring to buy new cars like crazy. Inspired by the feeding frenzy, car makers concocted all sorts of innovations in dozens of new models, some of which tanked, and others that reached iconic status. Do you really remember anything about the ‘50s cars in this quiz?
In the first half of the centuries, the car business spawned hundreds of companies hoping to strike it rich. By the '50s, though, the Big Three (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler) were by far the biggest manufacturers left standing. They quickly implemented new features like automatic transmissions, air conditioning, among other wacky technologies (like integrated shavers for men) into their vehicles. Do you remember the other cutting-edge capabilities that appeared in '50s cars?
From the Bel Air to the Thunderbird to the Wayfarer and the Suburban, the ‘50s changed the way America and the rest of the world viewed the automobile. Jump into the driver’s seat of this 1950s car quiz now!
In 1955, which company debuted the famous Thunderbird?
In 1955, Ford unleashed the famous rear-wheel drive Thunderbird. The badge was so popular that it survived 11 generations.
Which company was forced to end the DeSoto marque by the end of the '50s?
Chrysler did its best to keep the DeSoto name alive in the '50s, significantly cutting the price. But then the company abruptly discontinued the line, causing a major uproar with consumers who'd just bought one.
The 503 Cabriolet was made by which European company?
The 1956 BMW 503 Cabriolet is a very famous car from a very famous car company. In a notable move, the gear shifter was mounted to the floor instead of the steering column, as with most of the company's earlier models.
The La Femme was a female-oriented car sold by which brand?
In 1955, Dodge was on the ropes financially and came out swinging, in part with innovative models like the La Femme. The colors and terminology were all meant to expand the company's reach in the female market … but the concept only lasted for two years.