It was a decade when the car was king: drive-ins, drag races, and lots of kids polishing chrome.
The 1950s was a transitional period for cars around the world. In North America, the economy was roaring forward and people were striving to live an ideal, innocent life. The cars reflected these ideals with plenty of chrome, bright colors and white interiors becoming common. Cars also grew larger, sported big fins, rocket-shaped taillights and all kinds of brash styling effects. Technology was also pushing forward, with impressive vehicle horsepower increases. At the same time, vehicle safety pretty much stagnated, creating a growing problem.
In Europe, the automotive market turned more practical. The ravages of WWII had left large swaths of the continent in shambles, so precious resources needed to be conserved. Smaller, not quite as powerful cars ruled the roads. But, brands like Ferrari still made some pretty amazing performance cars during the 1950s.
Throughout the world, different car brands were striving to really differentiate themselves from the competition. The heat in the industry was turning up, with many brands dying during this decade as shoppers became more critical and discerning when looking for a vehicle.
There's a lot to know about this decade, and plenty of different brands, with many not around today. Can you figure out what brand is being referred to with a clue from the 1950s? Take the quiz and find out!