1951 Crosley VC Hotshot Roadster Super CD
- Powel Crosley, Jr. founded Crosley Motors in 1939, after he made his fortune producing radios and appliances. His fuel-efficient and small cars became very popular during World War II due to gas rationing.
- Crosley’s first cars sold for $250 and weighed less than one thousand pounds. They were no more than 48” wide so they could fit through the doors into department stores, where they could be sold alongside Crosley’s other products.
- In 1949, Crosley introduced the first 4-wheel caliper-type disc brakes, the same year they revealed what many consider to be the first American sports car - the Hotshot.
1956 Cadillac Sedan deVille
- Cadillac is the second-oldest car manufacturer in the world, behind Buick. They have maintained a reputation for making luxury vehicles ever since they formed in 1902, when they took over Henry Ford’s failed second attempt at car production.
- The deVille series introduced the coup (two door) in 1949, and the sedan (four door) in 1956.
- The turn radius on the deVille was an expansive 24 feet.
- The Cadillac deVille came with such features as power windows, power brakes, power steering, power seats, automatic transmission, and two-speed windshield wipers.
1956 Ford Fairlane
- Henry Ford named his Dearborn, Michigan estate Fair Lane after the district of Cork, Ireland in which his adoptive grandfather Patrick Ahern was born. The 31,000 square foot home, located on a 1,300 square acre estate, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Marion Mahoney Griffin, and Joseph Nathaniel French.
- The Ford Fairlane automobile was produced between 1955 and 1970. The 1956 model is easily distinguished by the stainless steel “Fairlane stripe” that runs the length of the car.
- They were available with either a straight-6 or a V8 engine.
1956 Ford Thunderbird
- The Thunderbird was introduced in 1955, Ford’s response to the Chevy Corvette and European sports cars. Ford called it a “personal car.” It proved to be far more popular than anticipated, with initial demand far exceeding supply.
- The first generation of T-birds (from ’55 to ’57) was a two-seated convertible, with hardtop or soft-top options. They added a second set of seats in 1958, and would not return to the two-seat design until 2002, forty-five years later.
- The porthole window was added to the removable hardtop for the 1956 model.