My mother claims cars were more recognizable 60 years ago. I analyze decades and disagree (Part 1)

1949 Ford promo advertisement

1949 Ford ad

One of the clearest styling breaks of the 1940s decade was when the redesigned 1949 Ford became the first American car to eschew most of the trademark design cues of ’40s cars. Aesthetically, it was probably five or six years ahead of Chevrolet and Dodge.

Photo: Ford Motor Company

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