5. 1949 Cadillac De Ville
The 1949 Cadillac was an important model for the company. It introduced big chrome fins, a new design element that became a trend. The raised rear fenders near the rear lights started a revolution in American design during the ‘50s. It was one of the first fresh post-war designs as well as an influential model since it introduced a new trend.
The new 331 CID V8, 1949 Cadillac produced 160 HP. And that was powerful by the standards of the day. With a manual transmission, the De Ville could accelerate to 60 mph in just 12 seconds. So, the performance was fast for the late ‘40s.
In fact, it transformed this luxury coupe into a muscle machine. The De Ville came as a coupe, sedan or convertible. And it set the standard for later models with style, grace, performance and quality.