Looking for an iconic classic car from the 1950s? Here are ten of the most interesting you can buy today
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One of the UK's most enduring and endearing post-war sports cars, the MGA, offered sporty motoring with looks to match – all at an affordable price. Despite the current popularity in the UK, the majority of the 101,000 cars were actually sold in the US. While right hand drive conversions migh command a little less today, the steering wheel swap is relatively straight forward so don't shy away from these cars.
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Released in 1955, the Citroen DS offered advanced hydraulic suspension, steering and brakes, while the space-age styling was a hit from the start. This was a car that was so far ahead of the competition that it could have come from another planet, packed with technological firsts such as all-round disc brakes and semi-automatic gearbox.
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In the case of the Ford Thunderbird, most auto enthusiasts agree that the original is best. Introduced in 1955, the first Thunderbirds were two-seater convertibles, with massive V8s and unashamedly ostentatious styling. Offering customisation hitherto available to the select few, the Thunderbird could be specified with a dazzling variety of options. Imortalised in popular culture, these cars are more grand tourer than sports car, however their relaxed demeanour makes for an excellent long distance companion.
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A direct competitor to the larger and more luxurious Thunderbird, the Chevrolet Corvette is another ‘50s American motoring icon that redefined its segment. Despite starting production earlier than the Thunderbird in 1953, a number of production issues and initially a lack of V8 power means that the ones you should be looking at were built from 1957-on. A sleek body style that received design tweaks throughout production and more powerful V8 engines culminated in the final models having 360bhp, fuel injection and an optional manual gearbox. The low-revving burbling V8 and soft suspension are happiest when cruising down a sunny boulevard. Few cars do it better.
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With the budget Isetta attempting to keep BMW in the green, the sporty 507 convertible did its level best to put the company out of business with dismal sales and high production costs. So why does it make our top ten list? Despite it being a sales flop, its beautiful lines and advanced engineering laid the groundwork for a range of successful BMW roadsters.
Derived from Mercedes' racing cars, the 1954 300SL’s 3.0-litre engine sported fuel injection, a first in a production car. With a claimed top speed in excess of 160mph and futuristic gull wing doors, it was destined to become a classic.
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