Favorite Grilles

Is your favorite grille on Frank’s list?

Collectible Automobile publisher Frank Peiler has been working around automotive publications since the early Seventies, but his love of cars goes back much further than that.

Recently, Frank shared his favorite station wagons, pickup trucks, and concept cars of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies.

Here, Frank is getting more specific, picking his favorite grilles from what is arguably his favorite automotive-design decade. read this thoughts below each image.

If you have a favorite Fifties grille, please tell us what it is. The place to leave comments is down below.

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1950 Ford

1950 Ford Grille

1950 Ford

Though the front end of the ’50 Ford isn’t quite as simple as the rear, it’s still beautiful and nearly perfect on this car.

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1952 Packard

1952 Packard Grille

1952 Packard

Pretty much the same as the ’51 Packard, save for the addition of a few vertical bars. It’s simple and clean.

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1954 Oldsmobile

1954 Oldsmobile Grille

1954 Oldsmobile

Another clean and simple design. Save for the bumper, this is a telling preview of the 1955.

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1954 Pontiac

1954 Pontiac Grille

1954 Pontiac

A simple design that has proven very popular with the custom-car crowd.

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1954 Studebaker

1954 Studebaker Grille

1954 Studebaker

Compared to the ’53, it’s amazing how much a few vertical bars can improve a grille. A beautiful grille on a beautiful car.

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1955 Chevrolet

1955 Chevrolet Grille

1955 Chevrolet

About as clean and simple as a grille can get. There’s a Ferrari-like elegance to this grille.

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1955 Chrysler C-300

1955 Chrysler Grille

1955 Chrysler 300-C

The twin-grille look long before Pontiac adopted it. This same treatment also looks great on the 1955 Imperial.

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1956 Studebaker Hawk

1955 Studebaker

1955 Studebaker Hawk

Beautiful. A bold return to the upright grille.

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1957 Chrysler 300-C

1957 Chrysler

1957 Chrysler

Even bolder than the Studebaker Hawk. Very strong and very aggressive.


1959 Cadillac

1959 Cadillac Grille

1959 Cadillac Grille

Massive, complicated, and arguably fussy, this iconic grille somehow works. Very well executed.

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