In 1950 there were 40 million cars on the road by the end of the decade that number would almost double. The car became the epicentre of our collective success. We wanted it bigger, taller, more powerful and dripping with chrome. Tailfins resembled deep sea monsters. As the Europeans were churning out sub-compact autos and sports cars, the American car manufacturers would have no part of it. Heavy metal could have been the catch phrase for Detroit cars in the 1950s.
1950s cars were some of the most classic, powerful and unsafe cars ever driven. The modern designs and acceleration abilities were getting more and more amazing every year. If you ask someone who loves classic cars what their favourite car is, eight times out of 10, they’ll say ’57 Chevy.
The auto industry was starting to experiment with a new concept called a “sports car.” By the end of the 50s, Americans fell in love with the sports car. After all, the 50s gave birth to the Corvette.
Back in the 1950s, there was no local hand car wash to go to; there was a classic trend to clean the super vehicle yourself. We have put together effective ways to clean your cars similar to how they used to back in the 1950s.
1. Use a cheap foam brush or paint brush to dust between the AC vents. You can get foam brushes at craft stores.
2. Vacuum up the dust as you brush it off, so it doesn’t immediately settle somewhere else in the car.
3. The vacuum+brush duster combo also works to clean all your car’s knobs and buttons.
4. Remove and replace your cabin’s air filter to get rid of stinky smells. You’ll have to check your owner’s manual to see if your make and model has a removable air filter first.
5. Get all of the trash out from every nook and cranny. Slide all of your seats all the way forward and pull out your floor mats, so nothing escapes your notice. Use a plastic grocery bag to collect trash as you go.
6. If dirt has embedded itself in the textures of your vinyl, some detail scrubbing with a toothbrush may be necessary. Some dish soap or Castile soap diluted with water will do the trick
7. Use olive oil to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard.
8. Banish animal hair from your upholstery with a spray bottle of water and a squeegee.
9. Use a fine-bristled brush (like a toothbrush) to get dirt and crumbs out from the seams of your seat cushions. Then vacuum up
10. Shampoo the seats in your car with diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush, and washcloths. Elbow grease FTW. Use white or un-dyed washcloths, though, so the colour dyes in the cloth don’t rub off onto your car’s fabric.
11. Spray your dirty floor mats with stain remover and throw them in the washing machine.
12. Wipe down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol to prevent a smeared windshield.
13. Shine up cloudy headlights with toothpaste and water.
14. After washing your car, use a clay bar to pick up bits of grime that water doesn’t rinse off.
Many noticeable design changes were made to the 1958 models. And for the first time in history, the US imported more cars than they exported. Research & engineering teams worked hard at making the 1954 models safer, less expensive and easier to drive. The wrap-around window was a nice look, though. Now we have shared these useful tips of cleaning go out there and try it on your motor for yourself!