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is a dedicated resource for information about the Chevrolet passenger cars of 1959, and to the fins &
eyebrows that ushered out a decade.
What other car can be recognized as quickly as
the `59 Chevy? The
batwings, the cat eye taillights, and the brows over the head lights are
all part of the last car designed at the
adjustable height desk of Harley Earl. This eccentric car design with
its flowing lines and engaging extremities was like nothing else. In
short, Harley Earl's desk created a winner for GM. This amazing car has some people saying "Wow!"
and some others saying "Whoa!" Nobody I've met has ever been indifferent
about the car's styling, or thought it was "just some old car." There have
been some very different and intriguing designs coming off of the desks of
car designers over the years, but nothing like this!
One thing is for sure; this car
commands a reaction from most anyone.
Every time I look at mine I see a different
line, a different curve, or a
different styling treatment.
Neil Ostrander - Till The Wheels Fall Off...Literally
|The look of this
car is never static to me, nor is it bland and nondescript like a lot of
newer cars. The `59 Chevy was designed during a time when stylists
and dreamers ran the automotive industry, when accountants were frowned
upon, and when federal mandates for safety were several years down the
What does this add up to?
The `59 Chevy represents a part of American society that we may never see
again. Unabashed styling was deployed without heavy analysis of
market trends. Metal was thick. Parts were rebuildable, not
just replaceable. And safety came naturally from driving a large
car, not by "the implementation of a partially-hydrogenated passive safety
method." And air bags? Those were for the Air Ride Suspension
package. Here at Chevy59.com we celebrate all the things that make
this car great, and invite the Classic Car hobby to learn more about these
unique and dynamic vehicles. Knowing more about `59 Chevys is -- in
essence -- knowing more about America!