Best of 1950s Diecast

The 1950s were the age of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, and poodle skirts, but they were also a time of impressive new car designs and attractive, flashy exteriors. Corvettes, Cadillacs, Bel Airs, and more symbolize this unique time in our country's history as America was making a comeback after World War II. The cars from the 50s not only represent the style of the time, but also embody the American spirit. Adding a 1950s model to your diecast model car collection is a great way to celebrate automobile history all while making your collection even more attractive and enviable.

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette was the new and improved version of the 1956 model. While it looked mostly the same, the interior had superior features. The Chevrolet Corvette was a sophisticated racing car with a new body and an attractive design. The convertible top and power windows made this vehicle a stylish option, while the 4-speed manual transmission and 290 hp made it a great choice for speed. The small-block V8 engine with a constant flow GM-Rochester injection system made this one of the fastest commercial vehicles of its time – in fact, it was one of the first to reach 1 hp/in3.

As always, Maisto has replicated this chic racing vehicle perfectly in this 1/24 scale diecast model. The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette is a well known classic luxury vehicle, and would make any model car collector proud. The turquoise and white design makes this model an attractive piece to round out any display.


The 1955 Chevy Bel Air is the second of eight generations of Chevrolet Bel Air vehicles, distinguished from its counterparts by a Ferrari-inspired grille. The 1955 model also offered the option of a V8 engine, 2-speed Powerglide automatic, or a 3-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission with optional overdrive. While the car had a few less than favorable characteristics such as a partially blocked speedometer and a penchant for burning through too much oil with the V8 engine, the Chevy Bel Air was a classic 1950s vehicle known for its uniquely fashionable design, comfort, and speed. The 1955 Bel Air could go from 0 to 60 mph in 12.9 seconds.

From the chrome headliner bands to the full wheel covers, Jada Toys has recreated every detail in this 1/24 scale diecast model. This blue 1955 Chevy Bel Air model will bring a little 50s flavor to your model car collection while embodying the hot style of the era of rock and roll.


There have been ten generations of the popular Cadillac Eldorado, and the third generation 1959 model was one of the most visually distinctive. The design for the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado featured a jeweled, three-deck rear grille insert, matching deck lid beauty panels, and notable sharp tailfins. The rooflines and tail lights were also distinctive, giving this vehicle a very unique and recognizable look. Unlike its predecessors, this model had new shock absorbers and a new scientifically engineered drainage system.

The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado is a classic vehicle from the 50s, and the tailfins and other style features set it apart from other generations of the Eldorado. This intricately detailed 1/18 scale model is an impressive representation of this beloved luxury car and comes in red, the perfect color to represent this vintage era and jazz up your diecast model car collection.


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13 thoughts on “Best of 1950s Diecast”

  • Doug Swafford

    I agree automotive styling in the 50's had a flair unequalled by any other era. 1/43 scale is my favorite scale.

  • Jens

    I'm with Doug, 1/43 is the scale I prefer. large enough for detail, but small enough to not overwhelm shelf display space. I would love to see customized versions (Chopped, etc.) of 1950 Mercury, 1953 Studebaker, and 1940 Ford Tudor sedan. The older cars have the curves.

  • Gerald Smiley

    Still looking for a 1/18 Scale 1959 Ford Galixie 500 XL 4 Door

  • Pete Smith

    Our having had a beautiful black with charcoal and pink trimmed interior, I would love to see made in diecast the 1957 Pontiac Star Chief convertible having the "waterfall" grille BEFORE it was renamed with the Bonneville mark. With the top down, the bonnet cover was shocking pink in vogue with the fashionable pink & black color combo of the time. Sadly I no longer have it but if I had shown it would have taken trophies in any show.

  • jim

    I would like to see a 1968 pontiac bonneville conv. top dwn med blue /w white lsather interior.

  • Stan Lubowicki
    Stan Lubowicki August 4, 2015 at 3:23 am

    50's Cars...Its generally agreed that the best looking model year was 1957. How about a series of all models for that year.....???..

  • Don Crabbe

    @ Gerald Smiley-wow! Big +1! I had to check, that I'd not forgotten posting a comment, here. That happens to be the one diecast I, keep, hoping for. It's my favorite car, of all-time; no, don't know why. I was born the following year. I, always, have wanted a sedan(not sure which color but, likely, powder blue.) I have seen them in pastel shades of green, orange, pink and, yellow, too! They, all, looked like sherbet colors, to me. Not sure why they chose those but, to this day, they, do, still, stand out. '59 Ford sedans, forever! :)

  • Derek Belbin

    You could regard the '50s as being a Renaissance in automotive design and engineering.After the drab colours and pre WW II car designs that were reintroduced after the war,the car buying public was ready for a long overdue change in the automotive industry and once the '50s arrived the designers of the auto industry went wild with a completely uninhibited approach to car design and as the '50s progressed car designs became more and more showy and even ostentatious culminating in the one upmanship that came about when fins became the big thing in car design.Because of all these incredibly beautiful flights of fancy in car design that went on in the '50s the diecast industry has produced elaborate replicas of some of the most iconic automotive works of art ever produced.I have hundreds of diecasts-dozens from the '50s-in every popular scale although I prefer the 1/24 and 1/18 because you can see the more intricate details that are very difficult or impossible to see in the more diminutive scales.Having said all that there were some very elaborate vehicles produced in the '30s and '40s such as the Auburn boat tail speedsters and the Duesenberg and Packard dual cowl and sport phaetons.Keeping a good representation of cars from each decade allows you to see the evolution of automotive design and the advances in engineering.

  • John Ward

    I am the proud owner of (2)- 1959 fords, One being a Fairlane/Galaxie Club Victoria - Ex -South African Police Dept. Interceptor .2 Door. The second is a 1959 Ranchero Pick-up Truck. I would be Very interested in finding one of each in a 1/18 Diecast Model, to match my Full size Cars. Hopefully before my Use-by date comes up.

  • norm north

    I would like to find 1958 Ranchero light blue with gold trim I had one with 58" Edsel station wagon tail lights and 4 scavenger tail pipes and other googies, but gave it up to get married in 1961 (How's sorry now)

  • CollectableDiecast
    CollectableDiecast August 25, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Great to see a lot of enthusiasm about these beautiful '50s models. We'll definitely consider posts highlighting the cars by decade as well as the 1/43 '50s cars we stock.

  • roger benfield

    looking for 1953 bucik hardtop

  • looking for a 1956 oldsmobile diecast
    looking for a 1956 oldsmobile diecast January 24, 2016 at 2:25 am

    body red and white convertible 88

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