Chevrolet Tail Fins

Chevrolet Tail Fins – The 1946 through 1954 Chevrolet automobiles were sound and reliable but weren’t very exciting. New Motoramic styling and a landmark V-8 along with new tail fins on the 1955 Chevrolet’s were so impressive that they are now often referred to as “classic”. The functional tail lamps which jutted out slightly from the rear fenders and could be seen from the sides were a useful safety feature.


1955 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1955 Chevrolet Tail Fins

The 1955 Chevrolet’s were call “The Hot One’s” and the 1956 Chevrolet’s were “The Hot Ones Even Hotter!” The 1956 Chevy tail fins were extended with large chrome plated tail lamp housings mounted vertically. The left unit opened from the top to reveal a hidden fuel filler.


1956 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1956 Chevrolet Tail Fins

If the 1955 Chevrolet is a classic Chevy then the 1957 Chevrolet should be called “The Ultimate Classic Chevy”. Even today it is “Sweet, Smooth and Sassy!” Out back were reshaped fenders incorporating the most recognizable set of tail fins of the 1950s. The ’56 Chevy concealed fuel filler returned as a side hinged panel in the left tail fin’s vertical edge molding just above the taillamp.


1957 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1957 Chevrolet Tail Fins

The 1958 Chevrolet’s was a completely new design from ground up with sculptured body styling, a new front end with dual headlight, revamped side trim treatments and gull-wing rear fenders. Tail fins? Yes, I guess they could called that.


1958 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1958 Chevrolet Tail Fins

Chevrolet’s push for longer, lower and wider automobiles continued in 1959. Tail fins were once again a prominent part of the new design. Horizontal “gull wing” or “bat-wing” fins and matching “cat-eye” taillights were the most outstanding features of the 1959 Chevrolet.


1959 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1959 Chevrolet Tail Fins

The 1960 Chevrolet Impala became the best selling automobile in the US. With its oval grille, enclosed headlamps and missile inspired side trim the 1960 Chevrolet is one of the best looking Chevy’s ever made. The seagull like “Spread Wing” fins were smaller versions of the previous years “Bat-Wing’s”.


1960 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1960 Chevrolet Tail Fins

The last year for the Chevy Tail fins. The 1961 Chevrolet grille and front areas were rather flat and square. While the rearend sported a flat V-type tail fin.


1961 Chevrolet Tail Fins
1961 Chevrolet Tail Fins