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1951 HENRY J. TOTAL PRODUCTION 81,942. RANKED 17th IN SALES. IN AN ATTEMPT TO BOOST SALES AT KAISER-FRAZER CORPORATION, MANAGEMENT WANTED AN ALL NEW CAR ADDED TO THEIR LINE. THUS CAME THE HENRY J, POWERED BY A WILLYS 4 CYLINDER ENGINE. IT WAS PLAIN; PROBABLY TOO PLAIN. NO GLOVE BOX, NO TRUNK LID. MOST BUYERS WANTED THESE ITEMS AND PAID AN EXTRA $200 FOR A CHEVY OR FORD. THE CAR LASTED JUST 3 MODEL YEARS BEFORE BEING DISCONTINUED.

1951 HENRY J
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1954 LINCOLN. TOTAL PRODUCTION 36,993. RANKED 15th IN SALES. THE LINCOLN NEVER CAME CLOSE TO BEATING IT'S MAIN RIVAL, CADILLAC IN THE FIFTIES. LINCOLN'S HYDRAMATIC TRANSMISSION WAS ACTUALLY BOUGHT FROM GENERAL MOTORS! IT'S ENGINE WAS ONE OF THE INDUSTRY'S BEST, HOWEVER. LOOKING A BIT TOO MUCH LIKE A MERCURY, LINCOLN WAS COMPLETELY RESTYLED THE NEXT YEAR.

1954 LINCOLN
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1956 CHRYSLER. TOTAL PRODUCTION 128,322 RANKED 10th IN SALES. CHRYSLER HAD A GOOD YEAR IN '56, NEARLY BEATING CADILLAC AND LEAVING IT'S OTHER RIVAL, LINCOLN, FAR BEHIND. CLEAN YET AGGRESSIVE STYLING BY VIRGIL EXNER GAVE THE '56 CHRYSLER AN ULTRA MODERN LOOK. THIS, PLUS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, MADE MANY A MAN A CHRYSLER OWNER.

1956 CHRYSLER
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1950 MERCURY. TOTAL PRODUCTION 293,658. RANKED 9th IN SALES. THE '50 MERC WAS A GREAT VALUE. STYLED LIKE A LINCOLN BUT COSTING MUCH LESS, BUYERS COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS CAR. THE FOLLOWING YEAR WAS EVEN BETTER. IT'S V8 WAS 12% LARGER THAN FORD'S AND DELIVERED 15 MORE HORSEPOWER. IT WAS, IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS, A HOT RODDER'S DELIGHT.  

1950 MERCURY
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No plastic look alike econo boxes here; these are REAL cars!

1959 OLDSMOBILE. TOTAL PRODUCTION 382,864. RANKED 5th IN SALES. THE '59 OLDS OFFERED ROOMINESS, STYLE AND PERFORMANCE. ECONOMY? WELL, NOT EXACTLY. BUT WHO CARED WITH ALL THAT CHROME AND STAINLESS STEEL GOING BY? SOME CAME WITH 4 BARREL CARBURETORS TO GO WITH THE NEW SUPER 88 AND 98 THAT PROVIDED 315 BHP WITH 9.75:1 COMPRESSION RATIO. YOUR NEIGHBOR MAY HAVE LIKED HIS NEW RENAULT DAUPHINE, BUT YOU COULD BLOW HIS DOORS OFF ANY DAY OF THE WEEK IN THIS BABY! 

1959 OLDSMOBILE
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Don't forget THE ROCKET SHOW in the central Florida area or THE DOO WOP SHOPPE, HEARD ALL OVER THE WORLD ON THE INTERNET!!

1963 DODGE. TOTAL PRODUCTION 446,129. RANDED 7th IN SALES. THIS WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR DODGE. IN 1963, DODGE EMPHASIZED PERFORMANCE AND WITH GOOD REASON. THE 413-CID WEDGE WAS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE 880 SERIES, COMPLETE WITH 360 BHP. THE PERFORMANCE VERSION WAS BUMPED UP TO 426 CID AS THE RAMCHARGER. IT DELIVERED  415 OR 425 BHP. NO WONDER THE LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA KEPT ONE OF THESE IN HER GARAGE. 

1963 DODGE
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