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In the late 1940s after several years of building tanks and airplanes instead of American Automobiles, Detroit starting making cars again. At first it was the same automobiles they produced prior to World War 11. So by the 1950s the motoring public wanted something new and it had to look different.

With airplanes entering the jet age, Detroit began to designed their automobiles with an aerodynamic look. The public was obsessed with the need to go fast and America's passion for the jet age. So in the 1950s and 1960s American Automobiles would come to resemble the jet with it's tail fins.

It was doubtful that any fin would help an automobile go any faster than it's engine could propel it. However, before the 1950s and 1960s were over, the builders in Detroit would be adding fins to every car they could. The 1948 Cadillac was the first. The 1959 Cadillac's fin was a sleek design that was an aerodynamic work of art. Perhaps the most famous of all the Detroit tail fins is the one Chevrolet offered customers in 1957.

Allstate Tail Fins
1952 Allstate
1953 Allstate

American Motors Tail Fins
1955 Nash Rambler Custom Club Coupe
1956 Rambler
1958 Rambler Rebel
1959 Rambler Rebel & Ambassador
1965 AMC Rambler Marlin

Buick Tail Fins
1952 Buick Roadmaster
1953 Buick Roadmaster
1954 Buick Skylark
1956 Buick Roadmaster Riviera

Cadillac Tail Fins
1948 Cadillac
1949 Cadillac
1950 Cadillac
1952 Cadillac Series 75 4 Door Sedan
1952 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
1954 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

Chevrolet Tail Fins
1953 Chevrolet Belair
1954 Chevrolet Belair
1955 Chevrolet Belair Convertible
1955 Chevrolet Belair Sport Coupe
1955 Chevrolet Belair 4 Door Sedan
1955 Chevrolet 210 Delray 2 Door Sedan
1955 Chevrolet 210 2 Door Sedan
1955 Chevrolet 210 4 Door Sedan
1955 Chevrolet Station Wagons
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Belair Convertible
1957 Chevrolet Belair 4 Door Hardtop
1957 Chevrolet Belair 2 Door Hardtop
1957 Chevrolet Belair 2 Door Sedan
1957 Chevrolet Belair 4 Door Sedan
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air & Impala
1959 Chevrolet Impala

Chrysler Tail Fins
1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Newport
1959 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron
1959 Chrysler Windsor

DeSoto Tail Fins
1949 DeSoto Custom & Deluxe
1953 DeSoto Firedome & Powermaster
1955 DeSoto Firedome & Fireflite
1957 DeSoto Adventurer, Fireflite, Firedome and Firesweep
1960 DeSoto Adventurer & Fireflite

Dodge Tail Fins
1956 Dodge Royal Custom
1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

Edsel Tail Fins
1958 Edsel Ranger, Pacer, Corsair and Citation
1959 Edsel Ranger and Corsair
1960 Edsel Ranger

Ford Tail Fins
1952 Ford Station Wagons
1953 Ford Mainline, Customline & Crestline
1955 Ford Sunliner Convertible

Lincoln Tail Fins
1956 Lincoln Premiere
1956 Continental Mark ll
1957 Continental Mark ll
1958 Continental Mark lll

Oldsmobile Tail Fins
1959 Oldsmobile Supper 88 Hardtops
1956 Oldsmobile Supper 88 Holiday 4 Door Hardtop

Packard Tail Fins
1953 Packard Caribbean
1953 Packard Clipper
1954 Packard Clipper Panama
1955 Packard Clipper & Patrician
1956 Packard 400 & Caribbean
1956 Packard Clipper
1957 Packard Town Sedan & Country Sedan
1958 Packard Hawk & Starlight

Pontiac Tail Fins
1956 Pontiac Catalina Hardtops
1956 Pontiac Star Chief Catalina
1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible

Studebaker Tail Fins
1951 Studebaker Champion & Commander
1952 Studebaker Champion & Commander
1953 Studebaker Champion, Commander & Land Cruiser
1954 Studebaker Champion, Commander & Land Cruiser
1955 Studebaker Speedster
1956 Studebaker Champion, Commander and President
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk, Sky Hawk, Power Hawk & Flight Hawk
1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk & Silver Hawk
1958 Studebaker Commander & President

Willys Tail Fins
1952 Willys Aero
1953 Willys Aero
1954 Willys Aero
1955 Willys

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