Is This '50s Car a Ford or a Chevy?

By: Kennita Leon

The 1955 Ford Thunderbird is a two-door convertible with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. It was the first model to be launched for the first generation of the Ford Thunderbird.

The 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner is an American full-size car which was released for the 1957 model year. It is the second car in history to be produced with a retractable hardtop within an entire series.

The 1954 Chevy Corvair was a two-passenger fastback concept car built with a fiberglass body. It featured hood vents, front fender "gills," chromed interior C-pillar trim pieces and custom Hite seat covers.

The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was the first production year of the Corvette, with only 300 units produced. It is a sports car with a two-door convertible body style and front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

The 1951 Ford Deluxe Fordor is a full-size Ford with a four-door sedan body style and a rear-wheel-drive layout. Specifications for the model included the L-head V-8 engine,112-inch wheelbase and a three-speed manual transmission.

The 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Styleline is the 1950 model of the Chevrolet Deluxe and was available in the two-door or four-door sedan body styles. It also featured 3-speed manual or 2-speed Powerglide transmissions.

The 1952 Ford Ranch Wagon is the first model to be introduced for the Ford Ranch Wagon series. This model is a full-size car with a two-door body style and front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

The 1955 Ford Escort was a mechanically identical estate car like the Ford Squire which was based on the Ford Anglia 100E. Production for the Ford Escort ceased in 1961, with a total of 33,131 units built.

The 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible was the first model of the Chevrolet Impala's second generation. It is a two-door convertible with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

The 1955 Ford Squire is a full-size car with a two-door, four-seat estate body style and FR layout. It was manufactured by Ford UK from 1955 up until production ceased in 1959.

The 1955 Ford Crown Victoria, nicknamed "Crown Vic," is a full-size Ford which was available in several body styles including 2-door/4-door convertible, hardtop, coupe and sedan.

The 1952 Ford Courier was the sedan delivery version of the Ford US mainstream passenger vehicle series of that same year. Production for the Couriers spanned from 1952 until 1960.

The 1952 Chevy Bel Air was a first generation model of the Chevrolet Bel Air. It was a full-size/muscle car with a 3-speed manual transmission and a top speed of 85 mph.

The 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline was a sub-series of the Chevrolet Special and the Chevrolet Deluxe. It was the final model produced and was available in the two-door or four-door sedan body styles.

The 1957 Ford Thames 300E was a light panel van manufactured by Ford UK for the 1957 model year. Production for this model ended in 1961 and was replaced that same year by the Anglia 105E.

The 1959 Chevy El Camino was the first model to be introduced for the series' first generation. Like the Ford Ranchero, it is a coupe utility pickup which was adapted from a two-door station wagon.

The 1953 Chevrolet 210 Convertible was the convertible variant of this series. It was the first model of the Two-Ten's first generation and featured an FR layout and an A-body platform.

The 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne is a full-size car named after Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. It was produced during the series' first model generation and came in the two-door/four-door body styles.

The 1951 Ford Comète, later called the Simca Comète, is a four-seater sports car which was initially intended as a luxury model in the series. Body styles for this model include the two-door coupe and the two-door cabriolet.

The 1956 Chevrolet El Morocco, produced by Ruben Allender, is a customized full-size car which was based on the 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet. Only 20 units of the El Morocco have been built; 18 convertibles and two hardtop coupes.

The 1958 Ford Edsel is a full-size car of which there were four submodels; Edsel Citation, Edsel Corsair, Edsel Pacer and Edsel Ranger. By the end of its first year, 4,935 were sold in Canada and 63,110 were sold in the U.S.

The 1957 Ford Del Rio, also marketed as Del Rio Rancho Wagon, was a full-size Ford which predecessed the 1956 Ford Parklane. It is characterized by its six-passenger station wagon body style and front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

The 1959 Chevrolet Parkwood was the first model to be produced for Chevrolet Parkwood's first generation. It was a full-size car with a four-door station wagon body style and FR layout.

The 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman was a full-size car and the only model manufactured for this series. It was available in two body styles - two-door and four-door station wagons - both with the capacity for six passengers.

The 1951 Chevrolet Styline was the Styline variant of the Chevrolet Deluxe which came in many body styles including 2-door business coupe, 2-door sedan, 2-door sports coupe, 2-door station wagon and 4-door sedan.

The 1953 Ford Popular, also known as the Ford Pop, was a model manufactured by Ford UK. The Ford Popular was offered in two-door saloon, two-door coupe utility and chassis-cowl body styles.

The 1952 Ford Mainline was the first model created for the Ford Mainline series. Body styles for the Mainline included a two-door sedan, four-door sedan, two-door station wagon and two-door coupe.

The 1957 Chevrolet 210 was the final model year of the 210's second generation. This model was offered in a 2-door wagon and 4-door wagon body styles and featured a small-block V8 engine.

The 1955 Task Force was the first model to be launched for the Task Force series and the successor to the Advance-Design series. It is a two-door pickup truck with a 3- or 4-speed manual and hydramatic transmissions.

The 1952 Ford Country Squire, later named the Ford LTE Country Squire, is a full-size station wagon. This model was created during the series' second generation and came in a four-door body style.

The 1956 Chevrolet Sport Sedan was the sports sedan variant of the Chevrolet Bel Air which was introduced during its second model generation. This full-size car featured a four-door hardtop body and a V8 engine.

The 1951 Ford Consul, manufactured by Ford UK, was a mid-size car which made its first appearance at the 1950 London Motor Show. It was available in four-door saloon, four-door estate and two-door convertible body styles.

The 1959 Ford Galaxie Town Sedan was a sub-series (Galaxie) released during the 1957 Ford Series. This model was the town sedan variant of the Galaxie and featured two-door and four-door body styles.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible was a full-size car which was launched as the first model for the series' second generation. It had a two-door body style and a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

The 1959 Ford Galaxie is a full-sized car with a chrome and stainless steel-bedecked body and an optional two-tone paint. Body styles included a 2-door sedan, 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop, 4-door hardtop, 2-door convertible and a 2-door retractable hardtop.

The 1956 Chevrolet 150 was an economy/fleet model which followed the Chevrolet Special. It was part of the series' second generation and was most popular with police, state governments and small businesses.

The 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon was the first model produced for this series. It was station wagon with two-door or two-door bench seat body styles with room for six passengers.

The 1956 Chevrolet SR-2 was a 1956 concept car characterized by its rear fin, dorsal fin, long nose, air scoops on the sides and two long racing windscreens.

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About This Quiz

If you're a huge auto fan, and we're talking about the kind of fan who knows about the cars of old and not only what the hottest vehicles on the market are, you'll know that the Ford and Chevy companies have been around for a long time. In 1950, Ford would have already been 47 years old, while Chevy was a little younger, at around 39. Both of these American brands paved the way, and it's why they're still at the forefront of the auto world today, and not just in the United States. 

With the likes of the Thunderbird and Fairline Skyliner on Ford's side and the Corvette and Impala on Chevy's, we've created a list of some of the most iconic cars from these to automakers for you. And the reason is that you're going to tell us which vehicle belongs to which company today. We'll show you some pictures of the best '50s models that we could find and it'll be up to you to recognize the style, design lines and bodies of the vehicle,- enough to determine which one is Ford and which one is from Chevrolet. 

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