Fabulous fins

Savoy Automobile Museum, Cartersville (GA), United States

6 December 2022 – 2 April 2023

The avant-garde and sharp fins are emblematic of the automobile style of the late 1950s in the United States. These years were a period of aeronautical innovation, from airliners to the beginnings of space travel. Car designers will be very influenced by the aeronautical field, and design some cars as fighter planes, including these impressive fins terminating the rear wings. It is also a period of growth and sometimes extravagance that will give birth to these huge cars with imposing bodies and sculpted grilles, with a lot of chrome. If most American manufacturers will adopt this style for some models, everyone will make his interpretation. It is this variety that presents the exhibition Fabulous Fins at the Savoy Automobile Museum.

This design will also influence many European models, albeit in a smaller size.

The Fabulous Fins exhibition at the Savoy Automobile Museum presents a dozen cars characteristic of this decade and this style, Packard Caribbean 1956, Studebaker Golden Hawk 1957, Chevrolet Bel Air 1957, Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” 1958 or Chevrolet El Camino 1959.

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