The Nineteen Fifties will be remembered as a time of renewed vitality, bringing with it prosperity, rebuilding and the promise of a vibrant and exciting future.
Before the outbreak of the Second World War and going into the Fifties, the centre of the car industry in the United Kingdom was focused in the Midlands of England.
In Western Europe car manufacturing was especially active in France, Italy and West Germany, although in Sweden a fledgling car industry was beginning to spring up, as industrial giants, Saab and SKF, foreseeing the opportunities available, established their own car manufacturing divisions.
In the United Kingdom and West Germany, the major car manufacturers had to start from scratch after the war with their production plants in ruins. Their French and Italian counterparts were in a better situation, with their production facilities largely left untouched.
The first genuine post-war designed models did not begin to emerge until the early-Fifties in the UK, while in mainland Europe recovery took a lot longer.
The huge plants had to rise from the ravages of defeat in World War Two, taking them almost a decade before they were once again a viable force.
Cars produced during the immediate post-war years still boasted a certain pre-war charm, thanks to the many independent manufacturers that survived the conflict, some of them still producing cars that were more or less hand made.
By the mid-Fifties, the car industries of the UK and Western Europe had undergone an almost complete design renaissance, influenced by the US market. Many of the US auto giants had begun to take a share of the market, through either establishing UK subsidiaries or acquiring existing companies.
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Now more than half a century after the last Fifties or Sixties Classic car rolled off the production line of Great Britain and Europe's car factories and Europe, the hunger to save the remaining survivors of these momentous years continues.
Classic Car Info, a group of interlinked websites, was established by a group of classic car "baby boomers" who want to preserve the heritage by providing wide-ranging information on the many aspects of classic car restoration.
For the countless thousands that have completed a classic car restoration, for the many more that are currently working on one, for those considering realising their dream in the future as well as for all the classic car lovers who prefer to look on from the side, Classic Car Info has and will continue to provide history, tips, tricks, terminology and news on all aspects of the wonderful world of classic cars.
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