I know; I’m a broken record about the misguided lower, longer, wider mantra. But for anyone who’s ever sat in the back of a car like this 1947 Chrysler Newport posted by robadr, with its tall sofa of a set that is orthopedically correct, has massive leg room, and inevitably creates a sense of well-being, will wonder why ten years later they were threading themselves into the low and cramped back seat of a 1957 Chrysler.
And this isn’t just because it’s a Chrysler; a Dodge or Plymouth or any American car of the era were about the same, except for the trim.
A bit of extra width wouldn’t hurt here, but then buyers voted with their wallets against the Chrysler Airflow, which was wider back in 1934, but looked too odd to conservative Americans. But one can’t exactly argue with the visual appeal of the dashboard. It may not have a screen, but there’s plenty to look at.
This basic design was getting a wee bit old by 1947, having started life back in 1940. But it was still very serviceable, and would soldier along through the end of 1948, as a First series 1949 model before being replaced by the all-new Series 2 Chrysler Corp. cars. And they retained the qualities that I and Chrysler President K.T. Keller admired in cars: “These cars were made to sit in, not pee over”.
The front end is a bit Baroque, but you knew what it was coming down the street.
The relationships of the front end and rear ends was a bit out of proportion. Folks just didn’t have a lot of luggage back then.
And they were hood-proud. Even if it was just a venerable flathead six hiding deep in its bowels. And we wonder why pickups have become the sedan of the times/