1950–1959 years

Model of the car: Gullwing Mercedes-Benz 300SL, 1955

The Mercedes 300SL was the first true “supercar,” a high-tech, 150mph (241kph) road machine built…

Model of the car: Masserati 250F, 1954

Founded in 1926, Maserati was purely a manufacturer of racing cars for its first 20…

Model of the car: Jaguar D-Type, 1955

By the early 1950s, Jaguar exuded excitement on all fronts: its XK engine was acclaimed;…

Model of the car: Nash Austin Metropolitan, 1954

Nash Motors had been mulling a really small “sub-compact” car since 1945, when it asked…

Model of the car: General Motors Firebird Xp-21, 1954

You couldn’t buy it, much less drive it on the road, but General Motors was…