“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
By 1980's standards, this was ridiculous. By 2050's standards, the Honda in my driveway will be just as ridiculous. Judging the past by the standards of today is easy. It's also stupid. We stand on the shoulders of giants. We leave the world a better place. Except for pervs like Biden who grasp the window sills of the girl's restroom, or Kamala, whose story I need not repeat.
I always marveled at the fact Chevy designers could go from the beautiful '57 to this atrocious design in 2 short years....
59 Chevy Biscayne. I think that was the year of Peak Tail Fins.
Indeed, the 59 Caddy fins are out of this world.
Late 50's.....gruesome period in car styles!
My recollection is that the '59 and '60 Chevys were unstable at high speed. Best guess was the horizontal fins created some rear end lift, but I don't know if that was ever documented. I had a '60 Chevy, and it was squirrely above 100mph, without any obvious problems. Moved on to '61 and newer and that problem didn't re-occur. My '56 and '57s never had the problem either.
... and lowered by adolescents.
That tail end, the 59 caddy, the 65 Imapla with the new sleek lines but with 3 dot tail lights from 64... Oh baby...
The dash on the '59 was fantastic, but the '65 Impala coupe "with the new sleek lines but with 3 dot tail lights" was the shitz, you betcha.
When I was a boy, that was our family car!
When I was a boy in '65 that was my car. Same color and all. First car, second hand (VERY second hand) and I loved it. Loved the acres of windows. Don't know about any probs at 100 mph because neither it nor I were capable of that.
My grandfather had a 1959 Biscayne and my father had the 1960 Biscayne. I loved both of those old road boats.
When I was a kid, my mom drove a 1959 Brookwood station wagon. It had a 6cyl with 3-on-the-tree and was pea green. 100mph - hah! not likely. She carted 7 kids around in that car until it finally gave up the ghost sometime in the 70's
That was my best friend's car in high school in 1970.
Uncle Bill worked at the Leeds assembly plant in Kansas City, always had fast cars. My favorite was his Gold 1964 SS 409 4 speed Impala. I called it the "Blast Off Car".