Vintage Snapshots: A Hardtop Gallery – Hardtops In The 1950s-1960s

We’ll pay homage today to a cherished, yet defunct, body style; the hardtop. When GM popularized the new body style, a stylish new era that everyone followed was launched.

Needless to say, this is going to be one nice-looking gallery. Unlike others, this one focuses mainly on the cars, with only a few people appearing. For a change, I added model names (as per brochure) and years.  We start with the brand that popularized the fad, with the lede image being a 1956 Buick Super 4-door hardtop.

1950 Chevrolet Deluxe.

1951 Ford Victoria, “Smart as a convertible, snug as a sedan” in the words of the ’51 brochure.

1952 Buick Super.

1955 Plymouth Belvedere, 2-door hardtop (sport coupe).

1957 Nash Ambassador, Super Country Club Hardtop.

1957 Dodge Coronet.

1958 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Sedan.

1960 Pontiac Bonneville Vista.

1960 Mercury Park Lane.

1961 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria.

1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix.

1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe.

1964 Buick Skylark, 2-door sport coupe.

1969 Ford Torino, hardtop coupe.


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