Ford Tail Fins

Ford Tail Fins – At the time of its founding in 1903, Ford Motor Company was one of dozens of American automobile manufacturers vying for a foothold in a new business. From the model T to the chrome ladened tail fin dreamboats of the 1950s Ford produced great cars. Ford tail fins were part of the company’s styling from 1949 to 1961.


1949 Ford Tail Fins
1949 Ford Tail Fins

In the case of the 1949 Ford tail fin, the fin was not on top of the rear fender but instead it was on the side of the rear quarter panel. The 1949 Ford was the most changed Ford since the Model A and the first year for Ford tail fins.


1950 Ford Tail Fins
1950 Ford Tail Fins

1950 Ford tail fins remained the same as 1949. One way to tell the difference between the 1949 and 1950 Ford are the rear bumper guards and new Ford emblem on the ’50’s. Custom four door sedans started at $1558.


1951 Ford Tail Fins
1951 Ford Tail Fins

Styling changes included a new grille with twin bullets instead of one, hidden trunk hinges, larger tail lights with chrome tail fins. 1951 Ford advertising included “You Can Pay More But You Can’t Buy Better”. 1952 Ford cars truly looked advanced and unmistakably new with the horizonal chrome strips on the rear fenders.


1952 Ford Tail Fins
1952 Ford Tail Fins

Ford automobiles got their second full restyling in three years for 1952. One piece windshield, the horizontal chrome strips on the rear fenders and discreat rear fender tail fins were visual highlights of the new body design.


1953 Ford Tail Fins
1953 Ford Tail Fins

Ford Motor Company celebrated it 50th anniversary in 1953. Fords that year received an attractively facelift. Features included new bullet grille, rectangular parking lights and twin round tail lights on the tail fins. Crestline buyers could choose this Country Squire Station Wagon for $2200.


1954 Ford Tail Fins
1954 Ford Tail Fins

In 1954 Ford exhibited minor trim changes but some significant engineering improvements. The long lived flathead V-8 was replaced in favor of a new 239 cubic inch 130 horsepower overhead value V-8. Tail fins and round tail lights remained the same for 1954.


1955 Ford Tail Fins
1955 Ford Tail Fins

This 1955 Ford Crown Victoria got dramatic new sheetmetal for 1955. Features include peaked headlight bezels, wraparound windshield and “Jet Tube” tail lights and tail fins. New trim found on the 1955 Fords allowed attractive two tone paint combinations.


1956 Ford Tail Fins
1956 Ford Tail Fins

1955 Ford “Jet Tube” tail fins returned on the ’56 Ford. A smart subtle facelift occured on the rest of all the ’56 models. A wide grate grille and chrome wrap around horizontal parking lights are just a couple of the new features. 1956 Ford Advertising claims “You’ll Be Safer in a ’56 Ford”.


1957 Ford Tail Fins
1957 Ford Tail Fins

For 1957, Fords were new from the ground up. They were longer, lower and wider with brand biger and bolder new tail fins. The tail fins were described as prominent sculptured shapes. 1957 was also the first year for the Ford Ranchero who pioneered the car-truck concept. The Ranchero had similar tail fins as other models.


1958 Ford Tail Fins
1958 Ford Tail Fins

1958 Fords received a faily heavy handed facelift. Features included quad headlights and tail lights, larger front bumper, dummy hood scoop, side trim and similar tail fins to 1957 Fords.


1959 Ford Tail Fins
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Tail Fins

1959 Ford tail fins consisted of a “Flying V” back panel fixed across the trunk with large round tail lights in ribbed “Iris Eye” reflectors. The luxurious “T-Bird” like Galaxie line debuted mid year 1959.


1960 Ford Tail Fins
1960 Ford Tail Fin

Ford redesigned its passenger cars for 1960 with the cleanest styling in years that included horizontal tail fins. The new look was a marked deviation from all previous 1950s Ford designs.


1961 Ford Tail Fins
1961 Ford Tail Fin

Large round tail lights and tail fins returned in 1961. 1961 was the last year of the Ford tail fins. From 1949 to 1961 Ford tail fins were not as large most other American automobile make of the 1950s and 1960s.