There's a romance around '50s hot rods that few other cars can claim. Seeing one conjures images of a simpler time in America, of young people cruising to the malt shop or drive in, or barreling down narrow roads in an impromptu drag race. The sound of those powerful engines is music to a gearhead's ears.
There are several vehicles that were popular in the -50s, and some of those are extremely popular collectibles today. These cars are difficult to come by. If when you find them, they are expensive, especially if they have been completely restored.
A stylish design is part of the appeal of these convertible 'Vettes, but the engine makes all the difference. The higher-horsepower models were among the fastest production cars made for the general public during this era.
All of these hot rods are difficult to find. If there is one in your family, you should hang on to it and do what you can to keep it in its original condition.