European classic cars of the decade, 1950

The 1950s saw European car manufacturers are just some of its most famous models and memorable, particularly vehicle manufacturers based in Germany, France and Italy.

Cars built in Germany at the time were a sign that the economic miracle of the country was enjoying what was formed after the end of World War II.

Two European companies building cars of the 1950s classic Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen were in Germany. After launching the W186 and W189 at the beginning of the decade, Mercedes-Benz was to products that have been described as the best car ever built – the 300.

Launched in 1952, this wonderful car was followed by the Limited Edition 300SC, with fuel injection and also featured an independent rear suspension. At the end of the 1950 Mercedes produced the ultimate in luxury models with fintail, incorporating a crumple zone, disc brakes and air suspension.

Another German carmaker to survive the ravages of war and be part of the country’s economic miracle was Volkswagen. Type 1 or Volkswagen “Beetle” was supposed to be very popular during the 1950s and beyond. VW Beetle production reached one million in 1955 and was to be a bestseller in the United States.

In France, a classic European car of the 1950s was the Citro├źn 2CV. It is sold mainly in France and Europe, the 2CV was far from the most majestic of cars, but would become one of the most expensive cars and iconic buildings ever constructed by a French manufacturer.

The high import taxes and the fact of the 2CV, for some it seemed ugly, mean the model never enjoyed strong sales in the UK or the U.S.. It took a futuristic Citroen – DS designed by Flaminio Bertoni – the French company made its name in the U.S. market.

In Italy, Lancia is a name famous for the production of classic cars in the 1950s. In 1950 Lancia Aurelia launched, famous for its success in motor sport at the Salon de l’Automobile in Turin. In 1953 Lancia Appia had added to its range.

The Italians were great rivals Lancia Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo to begin on 50 by producing such classics as the Salon of 1900, the business model of the Assembly in the first line. Later models have become classics of Alfa Romeo Giulietta, were released in 1954, and a year later the Saloon – four-door sedan and Spider convertible.

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