My Favorite Cars From The 1950s – Part 1

As indicated in my initial post on this subject titled My Favorite Cars From The 1920s I remarked that there weren’t many beautiful cars until the 1930s and they produced some absolutely gorgeous automobiles in that era.

Cars from the 40s were pretty nice too, but many cars from the 1950s are special to me because that’s when I got my driver’s license and my love of cars began. Here are some of my favorites.

1950 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

1950 Chevrolet Styleline Convertible

1950 Ford Club Coupe Hot Rod

1950 Ford Country Squire

1950 Ford Coupe

1950 Ford Custom Convertible

1950 Hudson Commodore 6

1950 Mercury Monterey Convertible

1950 Mercury Monterey 2-Door Sedan

1950 Mercury Station Wagon

1950 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible

1950 Oldsmobile 88 Futuramic 2-door Club Sedan

1950 Oldsmobile 88 Futuramic Custom Coupe Hot Rod

1950-Oldsmobile-88-2-Door Hardtop

1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe

1950 Oldsmobile 98 Deluxe Club Sedan

1950 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
1950 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe

1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Coupe

1950 Oldsmobile Sedan Delivery (Only Two Built For Factory Use)

1950 Packard Custom 8 Sedan

1950 Plymouth Suburban

1950 Pontiac Catalina

1950 Volkswagen Split Window

1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible


1950 Willys Overland Jeepster

1951 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

1951 Buick Super Convertible

1951 Cadillac Convertible

1951 Cadillac 62 9-Passenger Station Wagon


1951 Chevrolet Styleline Convertible

1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta

1951 Ford Custom Deluxe Convertible

1951 Ford Deluxe Convertible-1

1951 Ford Deluxe Convertible-2

1951 Ford Victoria Hardtop Coupe

1951 Ford Station Wagon

1951 Jaguar XK-120 Le-Mans Roadster

1951 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster

1951 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster

1951 Mercury Monterey Convertible

1951 Mercury Monterey Coupe

1951 Olds 98 2-Door Hardtop

1951 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible-1

1951 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible-2

1951 Pontiac Chieftan Sedan Delivery

1951 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

1951 Talbot Lago T26 GS Coupe

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My Favorite Cars From The 1930s

As indicated in my previous post titled My Favorite Cars From The 1920s I believe there weren’t many beautiful cars until the 1930s and they produced some absolutely gorgeous automobiles in that era.

1930 Cadillac V16 Sports Phaeton

1930 Duesenberg Boat Tail Speedster

1930 Packard 745 Convertible Sedan

1931 Buick 91 4-Door Special Sedan

1931 Cadillac V-12 370
1931 Packard 833 Five-Passenger Coupe

1932 Packard 904 Custom Dietrich Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

1932 Studebaker Dictator Coupe
1933 Buick

1933 Hupmobile convertible coupe

1933 Packard Model 12 By Dietrich

1933 Packard

1933 Pontiac

1933 Pontiac

1933 Studebaker President

1934 Cadillac V12 370-D Town Sedan by Fleetwood

1934 Cadillac


1934 Chrysler CA Coupe

1934 Ford Roadster

1934 Packard 1101 Standard Eight Coupe Roadster

1934 Packard Convertible Sedan

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Sport Coupe
1934 Packard Twelve Speedster

1934 Packard Coupe

1935 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 3-Window Coupe

1935 Packard Super 8 Convertible

1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider

1935 Buick Series 90

1935 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 3-Window Coupe

1935 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 3-Window Coupe

1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow Coupe

1935 Duesenberg SSJ
1935 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe

1935 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica

1936 Auburn 852 Convertible Coupe
1936 Bentley

1936 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Sedan

1936 cadillac

1936 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Convertible Coupe

1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall

1936 Chrysler Airstream Convertible

1936 Cord 810 Westchester

1936 Ford V-8 Deluxe Roadster

1936 Hudson Series 65 Custom 8 Convertible

1936 Packard 12 Speedster by Darrin

1936 Packard Super Eight Coupé

1936 Pierce Arrow 1601

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C

1937 Buick Roadmaster

1937 Delage D8 120S Aero Coupe

1937 Ford Deluxe Model 78 Sedan Convertible

1937 LaSalle opera coupe

1937 Lincoln K V-12 Two-Window Sedan
1937 Lincoln K

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalanta


1938 Cadillac Series 38-90 Sixteen Convertible

1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Presidential Convertible

1938 Horch 853 Roadster

1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 4-door sedan

1938 Mercury Eight convertible

1938 Oldsmobile L-38 Convertible Coupe

1938 Packard Eight Cabriolet

1938 Packard Super Eight 4-door Convertible

1938 Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS Teardrop Coupe

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring

1939 Mercedes Benz 170 V Sports Roadster

1939 Packard One Twenty Convertible Victoria by Darrin

1939 Packard One Twenty Convertible Victoria by Darrin

1939 Packard One Twenty Convertible Victoria by Darrin-1

1939 Packard One Twenty Convertible Victoria by Darrin-3

1939 Packard One Twenty Convertible Victoria by Darrin-4

1939 Packard One Twenty Convertible Victoria by Darrin-2


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Memorial Day

When Americans sacrificed their lives in military service, it was not just to defend the United States but to uphold the natural rights associated with the nation’s founding.

Early Observances of Memorial Day

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated to strew with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.



Below are two links to articles that give more perspective on our fallen heroes.

Americas Honor – Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Battle Hymn Of The Republic