From the end of the Second World War through the 1950s, Detroit automakers built cars that dramatically captured the whimsical and optimistic feeling of the day. Brilliant chrome details-from flamboyant fins to embellished fenders to outrageous grilles-quickly became the calling card of American postwar automotive design. This book reveals the beauty, glamor, and charm of the 1950s American cars.
The first of four fascinating volumes presenting automotive mascots that serve a purpose beyond ornamentation. Artistically photographed and with expert narrative, the presentation is both informative and entertaining. 91 mascots are shown, most in life size. 10 French, 11 English, 64 American and 6 of other countries trace a chronology of design from 1900 to 1923. Many mascots do not appear in any other reference book.