This is What Cars Looked Like 50 Years Ago

These popular car brands certainly looked a lot different!

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The Ford Fiesta has been around since 1976 and more than 16 million have been sold. In 2008, the sixth generation Fiesta was introduced.

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In this vintage pic, Chrysler Corporation Chairman Lee Iacocca sits on the hood of a Plymouth Reliant. The corporation divided its vehicles into brands separated by price class and function. The Plymouth brand was on the low priced end of the market.

You’ll probably never see these popular classic car features ever again.

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The Buick Electra was on the market from 1959 to 1990. It was offered in coupe, convertible, sedan, and station wagon body styles.

Loving these retro cars? Here are 10 vintage trucks that never went out of style.

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Cadillac has always been a luxury car brand. The Cadillac Eldorado was marketed for over 12 generations and from 1957-1960 it was the most expensive car that Cadillac offered.

Find out how much classic cars cost in the 1950s—and what they’re worth today.

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Chevrolet was founded in 1911 Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant and continues to be a top-selling car brand in North America today.

Take a look at 15 vintage cars you’ll wish you could drive today.

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The Dodge Coronet was marked as a full-sized car when it came out in the 50s. Then, models from 1965-1975 were classified as intermediate-sized models.

Here are 10 classic cars that are still being made today.

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The Volkswagen Beetle of the 70s didn’t change much from the 1963 Beetle that appears in the classic movie, Herbie the Love Bug.

Don’t miss this tribute to the Volkswagen Beetle’s impact on pop culture.

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The Toyota Tercel was introduced in Chicago and got about 43 miles per gallon in when driving in the city. The base price was a little under $4,000.

Did you know that the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car of all time?

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Nissan Motor Company started in the 1930s in Japan. These cars are waiting to be shipped over to the United States to be sold.

Here are 10 classic car models we wish would return.

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Saab was founded in Sweden in 1945. In 2011 they filed for bankruptcy, and in 2012 a newly formed company called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) bought Saab’s bankrupt estate.

Are you a classic car expert? See how you fare with our vintage cars quiz.

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The Fiat 500 was on the market from 1957 to 1975 and was advertised as the perfect small automobile for city dwellers.

Next, find out the most popular car the year you were born.

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