1950–1959 years

Model of the car: Lincoln Futura concept, 1955

The iconic Batmobile of the 1966 Batman TV series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, was famously based on a real-life “concept” car: the Lincoln Futura. Designed at Ford, and built in Italy in 1955 by Ghia for a reputed $250,000, it was driven through New York on May 3 that year by Benson Ford, Henry Ford’s grandson. Keep Reading

Model of the car: Damolnar Bisiluro, 1955

Here’s a positive catamaran of a car. The Bisiluro had twin, cigar-shaped “hulls,” with the driver seated in the right, and the engine, gearbox, and fuel tank shrouded in the left to balance the weight. Beneath the lower, central portion of the body was a radiator, heat exchanger, and two-stage aerodynamic brake. Keep Reading

Model of the car: Citroen DS, 1955

The Citroën DS has an extraordinary mystique—an ability to induce the misty-eyed reverie more normally associated with something genuinely unattainable, such as a Bugatti. That punning French name for the shark-shaped sedan, Déesse, means Goddess, and is highly appropriate. Keep Reading

Model of the car: Mercedes-Benz W196, 1954

Mercedes-Benz made a spectacular return to top-level motor sport in 1954, 20 years after the three-pointed star was first seen in Grand Prix racing. In 1950, the international series had been reorganized as Formula One, with a world championship for drivers. Keep Reading