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

1941 Packard 180 sedan

1941 Packard

Packard styling before World War II is much more recognizable. After the war through 1954, it seems as if Packard stylists learned exactly what Buick designers were up to and promptly mimicked them. After that Packard designs followed a page out of the Chrysler Imperial styling book until Packard’s demise in 1958. So Packard added a point to the 1940s category, but not the 1950s.

Photo: Pat Durkin

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