I put up an article about the cars of 1947. It wasn’t the most dazzling time in automotive history, as most of the cars featured were rehashes of cars that originally appeared on the market before World War II. I thought it would be interesting to jump ahead ten years and take a look at 1957. In just a decade, there was an immense change in the automotive landscape. Gone were the drab, muted designs of the ‘40s. Suddenly, things were brighter, more colorful, and more stylish. It was one of the most extroverted, optimistic periods in automotive history. Let’s take a look at some of the standouts.
you almost have to open with the iconic ’57 Chevy. It actually lost the sales race to Ford that year, but history has made the ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air likely the most popular single make and model vehicle ever. This was the third year of the available small-block V8 engine, and exotic options like fuel injection enhanced the mystique even further. That baby Cadillac styling has endured the test of time like nothing else. When was the last time you saw a ’57 Chevy? Probably the last time you went to a car show.
I could go on and on about the cars of 1957, but it’ll make this too long for a blog post. So instead, I’ll leave you with more than 150 factory promotional photos from this important year in automotive history. See them in the slideshow below, or click this link for a nicer version.