15 1957 Chevy Bel Air
Before you wonder, yes, this is the Declasse Tornado from GTA V, with a slight difference on the front end. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air is highly wanted by enthusiasts and collectors. This generation carried the 4,6L V8 that produced 280 hp with the optional “Super Turbo-Fire” engine, but this car is not sought after because of its performance, but because of its styling and what it stands for: a classic, spacious, and comfortable American car from the ‘5os with a bit V8.
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14 1957 Chevy Corvette
Corvette’s production started in 1953 and was the first American sports car. This 1957 model of the C1 generation, was equipped with a 283 cubic inch (4,6L) V8 that GM claimed to produce 1 hp per cubic inch. Because of its poor engineering and in spite of its amazing styling, this is the third least-sold model in Corvette’s history. However, today these are pretty expensive.
13 1955 Porsche 356 1500 Speedster
The 356 was the first mass-produced car from Porsche. The platform is (not surprisingly) based on the VW Beetle chassis. This 1955 Speedster had a 1.5L engine and a 4 gear manual transmission that produced only 55 hp. Due to its rareness, one of these can cost up to 200k, but don’t worry, there are many companies that are glad to build you a nice replica for much less.
12 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Produced from 1955 to 1957, this first generation Thunderbird was the last 2-seater Ford until the 1982 EXP. Particularly this one from 1957, came with either a 292 or a 312 cubic inch engine, with 212 and 340 horsepower respectively. The Thunderbird’s production lasted all the way to 1997 and was brought back in 2002, without much success.
11 1956 VW Beetle
It was born as a cheap and reliable car for the masses in Nazi Germany in 1938, but it wasn’t until 1946, after the war ended, that the car really started to hit the market. This 1956 exemplar was equipped with a 1.2L four-cylinder air-cooled engine that produced 35 hp. By the end of production, over 21 million units had been built and sold.
10 1957 BMW Isetta
This tiny car is a collector’s classic as there are not many left. It was produced from 1955 to 1962, mainly aiming for a post-war Germany that needed cheap transportation. Back in that day, it cost 2550 German marks or $1500 US on today’s money. Nowadays you can find one of these anywhere from 10 to 70-80 thousand dollars.
9 1948 Citroen 2CV
In 1937 Michelin bought Citroen and gave the new director, Pierre Boulanger, the specifications for a new project. The car needed to have 4 seats, just 2 hp, front-wheel drive, a top speed of 60km/h, a 3 l/100 km range, and a suspension able to cross a field with a basket of eggs and break none of them. The 2CV was produced from 1948 to 1990, and became a European idol, alongside the Beetle and the Mini.
8 1946 Dodge Power Wagon
After the end of WWII, Dodge decided to introduce a truck based on the 3/4 ton one used by the military. This truck was capable of going anywhere, powered by a 3.8L inline-six producing 94 hp. It was so good, that it practically didn’t have any changes during its whole production run. Finding one of these might be difficult (and expensive) today, but it is definitely a car worth owning.
7 1955 VW Type 2
The VW Type 2, a.k.a the “Kombi”, is sort of a bus version of the VW Beetle. This 1955 model, better known as the “Samba” was fitted with the same air-cooled engine and 4 gear transmission as the Beetle listed previously, and just like the Beetle, the engine was fitted in the back. This model had side-opening passenger double-doors and 23 WINDOWS. Production started in 1950 and it stills goes on today.
6 Fiat 600
Produced from 1955 to 1982, this Italian city car was built in Italy and Argentina only, where it became an icon because it was cheap, had a nice Italian design, and an amazing fuel economy. It originally came with a 600cc four-cylinder engine fitted in the back that produced 21 hp, but for the Argentinian market, it evolved to a 767cc, and finally to a 36-hp 797cc engine for the 600R.
5 1956 Buick LeSabre
The Le Sabre is an American full-size sedan produced from 1959 to 2005. This 1960 model received a major facelift from the 1959 model but kept the engine options: a 364-cubic-inch V8 that delivered 250 hp, and a four-barrel version of the same engine with an output of 300 hp. The third option (with no extra cost) was a 235-hp version of the same engine, with the difference that it allowed the use of regular-grade gas.
4 1957 Cadillac Eldorado
The Eldorado got its name from the legend of the Lost City of Gold, and it was manufactured by Cadillac from 1952 to 2002, and was the most expensive Cadillac model at the time. This convertible version of the 1957 model was named “Biarritz” and had a 6 liter V8 putting out 300 hp that allowed this 2,3-ton boat to reach up to 115 mph.
3 1950 Ford F100
The F100 is part of the Ford F-Series truck lineup, and it was first introduced in 1948, as WWII was coming to an end. The F-Series were named after the payload, while the F1 could carry up to 1/2 ton, the F2 3/4 ton, the F4 1ton, and so on. This first-gen F1 was offered with a 226-ci inline-six or a 296-ci V8, producing 95 and 100 hp respectively.
2 1959 Chevy Impala
In 1959. the Impala stopped being a trim model of the Bel Air to become a model on its own, with its own distinctive styling, body lines, and the raindrop tail lights that were replaced on the 1960 model. The standard engine was a (boring) 135-hp inline-six, but there were also some V8 options: a 185-hp 283 CI, a 290-hp 283 CI, and the top of the line 335-hp 348 CI.
1 Austin Mini
Due to its layout, the Mini was not just popular, but a game-changer. Furthermore, it was voted as the third most influential car of the 20th century. This mini car was produced from 1959 to 2000, and thanks to its transversal engine and FWD configuration, it allowed the passengers to use 80% of the floor pan space. The engine was an inline-four 848-cc that produced 34 horses. The same car was also built and commercialized by Morris and Innocenti under license, until BMW acquired the Rover Group and started manufacturing the Mini as we know it today.
SOURCES: bmw.com, porsche.com, classic-car history, blueovaltech.com
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