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Many of Detroit's diverse car creations of the 1950s persist in our memories. There are others, however, which fell out of view over the years and didn't receive the recognition that they deserve.  One thing that all these models have in common: they have all enjoyed the wide-open spaces and driving opportunities of the USA. Whether cruising mightily down Main street or getting economical gas mileage as important compact commuter cars for the postwar generations.

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1. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Generations of the full-sized Bel Air models put Chevy's luxury designers to work, creating sleek two-door initial offerings, convertibles, plenty of chrome options, and even a Ferrari-inspired grille in the second generation. The car's drivetrains and technical features evolved to lead the pack of 1950s automobiles, including self-dimming headlights and power features, which included steering, brakes, front seat, and front windows.

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