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1950s Cars, Part III

1956 Pontiac station wagons

FOUR OF AMERICA’S BEST BUYS…for Beauty, Bigness and Blazing Go!

1956 Pontiac 860 4-Door

860 4-DOOR, 3-seat, with room for 9 passengers…both rear seats fold for extra carrying space

Why not have fun while you’re being practical?

Here are four wonderful ways to do just that! Each one is sleek and exciting as a sports car, handy as a pickup truck…and extra big in the bargain with a road-leveling 122″ wheelbase!

But the really breath-taking difference in Pontiac’s fabulous family wagons is the way the GO!

There’s nothing like it…because they’re powered by the greatest performance team ever offered in a station wagon…the mighty 227-horsepower Strato-Streak V-8 and revolutionary Strato-Flight Hydra-Matic Drive*!

That big, extra power means handling ease and liveliness you’ve never known in a big car before.

And wait ’til you hear the prices. They’re as practical and exciting…as the cars themselves…starting right down with the lowest!

See your Pontiac dealer soon – see why these fabulous ’56 Pontiacs are rated America’s best station wagon buys!

* An extra-cost option.


860 2 Door, 2-seat

1956 Pontiac 860 2-Door, 2-seat

860 2-DOOR, 2-seat, low-priced suburban favorite available in 48 color combinations

1956 Pontiac Star Chief Safari

STAR CHIEF SAFARI 2-DOOR, 2-seat custom de luxe style leader

1956 Pontiac 870 4-Door, 2-seat

870 4-DOOR, 2-seat, rear seat folds flat for 7 1/2′ carrying space with gate closed, 9′ gate open


These ads are from the April 27, 1956 Collier’s Magazine.

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1950s Cars, Part II

1956 Lincoln

A Lincoln is to dress up and go

A Lincoln is a moving idea with 285 horsepower to second the motion

Each inch is luxury: 222 new inches of beauty and confort based on strength and safety and power

A Lincoln is one of the Ford family of fine cars

Every mile from the dealers’ doors these are the five best ways to get from place to place

the Ford * the Thunderbird * the Mercury * the Lincoln * the Continental”

1956 De Soto Firedome 4-Door Station Wagon

“One of 5

1 Pushbutton PowerFlite. Chrysler Corporation leads the field again with the driving advance of the year! Like magic – you just push a button and go! No levers or gears to bother with. Pushbutton PowerFlite is as easy as ringing a doorbell. Its simple mechanical design has been fully tested and perfected. Why not try it today?

2 Power Steering all the time! Other cars still haven’t caught up with Chrysler Corporation’s full-time Power Steering! It helps you 60 minutes of every driving hour!

3 Extra Power Longer! No other American passenger car V-8 engines have dome-type combustion chambers!

4 Safest Brakes! Chrysler Corporation brings you the biggest advance in brakes in 25 years! Easier, surer, less adjusting, longer lining life!

5 Brightest Design Note of 1956! THE FLIGHT-SWEEP – one clean aerodynamic sweep from headlight to upswept rear fender!

You get so much more for what you pay in a car of Chrysler Corporation. See your dealer now!


See Chrysler Corporation’s Great TV Shows, “Shower of Stars” and “Climax!” Thursday nights, CBS-TV

I apologize for the poor quality of these photographs. It has again become difficult to scan things in, and really difficult to get a good photo. When you click on each picture to enlarge, the quality improves.
These ads are from the April 27, 1956 Collier’s Magazine

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Riding in Cars with Dogs

Peter Parker (aka Petey) enjoys an automobile ride, but is not a good traveler, so we’re trying to get him used to short rides. Maybe then he can manage the trips to Oklahoma with more success (don’t ask).

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