Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pickup Trucks with Panoramic Windshields

Panoramic or "wrap-around" windshields were a 1950s styling fad in America and elsewhere.  The American version first appeared in the 1953 model year on expensive, low-production General Motors convertibles such as the Oldsmobile Fiesta.  Then, for 1954, GM unleashed futuristic looking Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Cadillacs, all with panoramic windshields.  For the 1955 model year, all American manufacturers had wrap-arounds on most of their brands.  (Yes, Kaiser-Willys did not, but it wasn't major, being in the process of closing up shop aside from the Jeep line).

Somewhat surprisingly, GM, Ford and Chrysler rapidly followed up on their pickup truck lines.  I say "surprisingly" because in those days pickup truck styling took a distant priority compared to the firms' passenger cars.


Advertising illustration of 1955 Chevrolet Task Force pickup truck.

Photo of 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Series pickup.

1955 GMC 100-Series Deluxe pickup truck. Both GM divisions marketed pickup trucks, but each brand's styling was distinctive.

Dodge C2-GL pickup. Panoramic windshields were introduced during the 1955 model year as a running change.

Ford F-100 for 1956.  Ford and Mercury sedans got their wraparound windshields for 1955, so Ford was lagging GM by one model years for both passenger car and pickup truck panoramics.

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