Chrysler Tail Fins

Chrysler Tail Fins – The company known today as Chrysler was founded by Walter Chrysler in 1925. Prior to that date it was known as The Maxwell Motor Company. The first Chrysler’s were well engineered automobiles offered to customers at an affordable price.


1955 Chrysler Tail Fins
1955 Chrysler Tail Fins

The 1955 chrysler were an all new look for the company. Chrome fins were grafted onto the rear fenders of the 1955 Windsor, New Yorker and 300 models as Chrysler followed an industry trend. Most advertising called the ’55 Chrysler the car with the “100 Million Dollar Look” due to the cost of development.


1956 Chrysler Tail Fins
1956 Chrysler Tail Fins

The 1956 Chrysler’s received a modest but beautiful facelift. Included were revised rear fenders with modest “Flight Sweep” tail fins, new front and rear bumpers, and a new grille. Over 128,000 Chrysler cars were produced in 1955.

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1957 Chrysler Tail Fins
1957 Chrysler Tail Fins

The 1957 chryslers had “Forward Look” styling with high flying tailfins. A 1957 chrysler New Yorker convertible started at $4638 and could be equipped with a large 392 cubic inch 325 horsepower Hemi V-8 engine.


1958 Chrysler Tail Fins
1958 Chrysler Tail Fins

1958 Chrysler grilles were altered slightly, tail lights lenses were smaller, but Chrysler offered little if anything new for 1958. A recession hit Chrysler very hard in 1958 and sales were down about half of total sale of 1957.


1959 Chrysler Tail Fins
1959 Chrysler Tail Fins

An effective facelift can be seen of the beautiful 1959 Chrysler. Tail lights were placed in a notched housing totally unlike previous tail fin designs. Four door 1959 Chrysler hardtops like this one started at $5319.


1960 Chrysler Tail Fins
1960 Chrysler Tail Fins

The 1960 chrysler had a all new body style that featured a new grille and modified tail fins. Tail lamps were mounted into a sharply arched housing mounted at the end of the tail fin. A first for 1960 was unibody construction.


1961 Chrysler Tail Fins
1961 Chrysler Tail Fins

Continuing its stunning combination of luxury and performance Chrysler’s new 1961 models were some of the best looking ever built. Tall leaning tail fins carried over from 1960 were matched by stacked leaning headlights between a inverted trapezoidal grille.


1962 Chrysler Tail Fins
1962 Chrysler Tail Fins

For 1962, Chrysler built what some people called the “Plucked Chicken”. Similar in styling to the 1961 Chrysler but without the tail fins. Chrysler claimed the ’62 had a crisp, clean custom look. The mid 1960s were the years of change for Chrysler styling.