Classic european cars 1950

Classic european cars

The 1950s saw European automakers to acquire some of their most famous and memorable models, especially those of automakers in Germany, France and Italy.

Cars built in Germany this period were a sign of the economic miracle in which the construction of the country after the end of World War II.

Two companies that built the classic European cars of the 1950s in Germany were Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen. After launching the W186 and W189 at the beginning of the decade, Mercedes Benz went on to produce what has been described as the largest car ever built – the 300S.

Launched in 1952, this wonderful car was followed by the limited edition 300SC with fuel injection and also featured the independent rear suspension. At the end of 1950 Mercedes produced the latest in luxury models with Fintail, which incorporates a zone of deformation, disc brakes and air suspension.

Another German automaker to survive the ravages of war and become a part of the country’s economic miracle was Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Type 1 or “Beetle” was meant to be extremely popular in the 1950s and beyond. Production of the VW Beetle has reached one million in 1955 and it was to be a sales success in the United States.

In France, a classic European car of the 1950s was the Citroën 2CV. It was sold mainly in France and Europe, 2CV was not the most majestic car, but it had become one of the most beloved and emblematic cars ever built by a French manufacturer.

The high duties and the fact that the 2CV, for some, looked ugly, mean that the model has never experienced significant sales in the UK or the United States. He gave a futuristic Citroen – DS designed by Flaminio Bertoni – for the French society to make its name in the United States market.

In Italy, Lancia is a famous name in the production of classic vehicles in the 1950s. In 1950 Lancia Aurelia launches, famous for its success in motor sports, in the Turin Salon. In 1953 Lancia Appia had added to its range.

The great Italian rivals were Lancia Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo would begin the 50 with the production of classics such as Saloon of 1900, the first model of the company assembly line. The most recent models that would become classic Alfa Romeo Giulietta was launched in 1954 and a year later, the sedan – four-door sedan – and Spider convertible.

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