Cars Of The 1950s: Space-Age Fins And Chrome Everything

1957 Ford Thunderbird. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

In 1950, there were about 40 million cars on the road, nationwide. By the end of the decade, that number almost doubled. Having a car in the driveway was just one piece of the “American Dream” puzzle. Having a car became synonymous with success. Post-World II America boasted new automobiles that the consumers fell in love with.