Share on Facebook

A Trusted Friend in a Complicated World

Here’s What 11 Car Brands Looked Like 50 Years Ago

In the 70s these popular car brands looked a lot different.

1 / 11
ford vintage carAssociated Newspapers/Shutterstock


The Ford Fiesta has been around since 1976 and over 16 million have been sold. In 2008 the sixth generation Fiesta was introduced.

2 / 11
vintage chryslerDale Atkins/AP/Shutterstock


Chrysler Corporation Chairman Lee Iacocca sits on the hood of a Plymouth Reliant. The corporation divided its vehicles into brands separated by price class and function. The Plymouth brand was on the low priced end of the market. Check out these other vintage cars you’ll wish you could drive today.

3 / 11
vintage buickAssociated Newspapers/Shutterstock


The Buick Electra was on the market from 1959 to 1990. It was offered in coupe, convertible, sedan, and station wagon body styles.

4 / 11
vintage cadillacMartyn Goddard/Shutterstock


Cadillac has always been a luxury car brand. The Cadillac Eldorado was marketed for over 12 generations and from 1957-1960 it was the most expensive car that Cadillac offered. 

5 / 11
vintage chevroletFairchild Archive/Penske Media/Shutterstock


Chevrolet was founded in 1911 Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant and continues to be a top-selling car brand in America today. These are the craziest cars ever built.

6 / 11
vintage dodgeMikko Okssanen/Shutterstock


The Dodge Coronet was marked as a full-sized car when it came out in the 50s. Then, models from 1965-1975 were classified as intermediate-sized models. 

7 / 11
vintage volkswagenJames Mccauley/Shutterstock


The Volkswagen Beetle of the 70s didn’t change much from the 1963 Beetle that appears in the classic movie, Herbie the Love Bug.

8 / 11
vintage toyotaAP/Shutterstock


The Toyota Tercel was introduced in Chicago and got about 43 miles per gallon in when driving in the city. The base price was a little under $4,000. These vintage trucks never went out of style.

9 / 11
vintage nissanKatsumi Kasahara/AP/Shutterstock


Nissan Motor Company started in the 1930s in Japan. These cars are waiting to be shipped over to the United States to be sold. 

10 / 11
vintage saabJames Gray/Daily Mail/Shutterstock


Saab was founded in Sweden in 1945. In 2011 they filed for bankruptcy and in 2012 a newly formed company called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) bought Saab’s bankrupt estate. 

11 / 11
vintage fiatRon Stilling/Associated Newspapers/Shutterstock


The Fiat 500 was on the market from 1957 to 1975 and was advertised as the perfect small automobile for city dwellers. If these cars from 50s years ago are making you want to buy a new one, make sure you first read these secret car buying tips your dealer won’t tell you.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Senior Production Editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works with our Production Coordinators to keep content moving and make sure that things are working well behind the scenes for all our digital sites. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.