1950–1959 years

Model of the car: Aurora, 1956

The Aurora wasn’t quite the first experimental “safety” car. That accolade goes to “Survival Car 1”, revealed in 1957, and bankrolled by the Liberty Mutual insurance company. Keep Reading

Model of the car: Renault Etoile Filante, 1956

The two buzz phrases in the global car industry of the 1950s were “aerodynamics” and “jet-powered.” Many show cars of the time adopted one of these themes to grab attention, but Renault decided to unite both in 1956, to pursue a serious goal: the world land speed record for a gas-turbine car. Keep Reading

Model of the car: Oldsmobile Golden Rocket, 1956

One of the stars of General Motors 1956 Motorama line-up, this space-age dream car certainly added sparkle to Oldsmobiles dowdy image. Its interior, too, boasted clever ideas that made for easy access despite a very snug, close-coupled cockpit. Keep Reading

Model of the car: Powerdrive, 1956

In the arcane world of British microcars, David Gottlieb is a near-mythical figure. The designer of three of the most infamous of these Suez crisis-era fuel-misers—the Allard Clipper, Powerdrive, and the Coronet—the whiff of failure surrounding them is also the aroma of his mystique. Keep Reading