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1950 Dodge Coronet Diplomat

1950 Dodge Coronet Diplomat

 

In 1949-50, a hot new fad was sweeping through the auto industry: the hardtop convertible. Here’s Dodge’s contribution to the styling trend, the 1950 Coronet Diplomat.

 

When first you hear it, the term “hardtop convertible” sounds like an oxymoron—like “constant variable” or “jumbo shrimp.” Hold on, and we’ll make some sense of it. In the late ’40s, industry product planners discovered that many new car buyers, especially young people, purchased convertibles but then seldom if ever took down the tops. Perplexed by this curious fact—convertibles were significantly more…

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1950 Dodge Coronet Diplomat

1957 Dodge Royal Sedan

1957 Dodge Royal Sedan

 

Don’t call them tailfins. According to the Dodge styling department, those are “vertical aerodynamic stabilizers” atop the rear fenders of this 1957 Royal Sedan.

 

The Dodge design team tested scale models of their 1957 body design in the wind tunnel, and the results in the lab were less than conclusive. But this we know for sure: In the showrooms, consumers couldn’t get enough of the futuristic, jet-fighter styling. Dodge sales that year set new records.

 

The Royal shown here is the middle trim level in the ’57 model lineup….

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1957 Dodge Royal Sedan

2011 Charger styling: Days of Future Passed




It was the summer of 1967. Music was in the air at Monterey Pop, and lots of things were new – the first Super Bowl, the television show Sesame Street, and Rolling Stone magazine all debuted that year. On the streets of Detroit, Dodge prepared to unveil one of the most iconic designs of the muscle car era, the 1968 Charger.

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2011 Charger styling: Days of Future Passed