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1956 Buick Special Wagon

1956 Buick Special Wagon

The emergence of automotive tail fins can be attributed in a large part to America’s fascination with air and space travel. At the dawn of the jet age, it was common for manufacturers to hawk their wares–automotive and otherwise–with references to fighter planes and rockets.

Today, the automotive industry is hurriedly preparing for the reality of autonomous personal transportation in the not-too-distant future, but General Motors was hyping the potential of self-driving vehicles way back in 1956. Check out this video for a fabulous—and not entirely far fetched—mid-Fifties look at the future of hands-free driving.

In honor of that seemingly innocent and optimistic look forward, we have amassed ten ads from that same year. Note the subtle nods to air and space travel, as well as the proliferation of tail fins.

If you have a favorite among the vehicles seen here, tell us which it is. The comments section follows the last ad.

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