Great Grilles of the ’50s

Beautiful 1956 Cadillac in Carmel, California. Featuring a fabulous grille with awesome Dagmar bumper bullets. According to the authors of “Great Grilles of the ’50s,” they were actually intended as a form of bumper guard at GM.

Yesterday, I was happy to communicate with Mark Misercola, co-author with Hank Kaczmarek of the newly published book, “Great Grilles of the ’50s,” who kindly provided me with an advance electronic version for review. As a lifelong fan of the great automobile designers and executives of the postwar era, including Bill Mitchell, “Bunkie” Knudsen, Dick Teague, Virgil Exner, and so many others, I was only too happy to read and review the book.

I read the book with great interest today and while it is beautifully illustrated and worthy of repeated reading and prominent placement on any car enthusiast’s coffee table, the content goes far deeper. In addition to highlighting the frontal styling cues of each of the 11 cars profiled, this book delves into their design heritage and enduring significance to collectors and enthusiasts today. Background stories provide a rare glimpse into the minds and thought processes of the designers responsible for these rolling sculptures.

I know I will definitely use the book as a reference in my daily work as a classic-car auction catalog writer, with its inclusion of factory-issued marketing materials and advertisements, as well as copies of relevant factory paint and interior color charts and codes. Images of the wonderful artwork depicting each car in factory ads and brochures are particularly enjoyable, including glamorous photography and colorful illustrations including Pontiac’s iconic commercial artwork by Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman. Also included is a study of the 1957 Cadillac by my good friend, Joe “Joe PeP” Pepitone.

If you are like me and countless other enthusiasts who love to celebrate the “Jet Age” American automobiles of the 1950s, “Great Grilles of the ’50s” is a must-have book to add to your collection. Pricing is easy on the wallet to boot, from $34.95 for the Deluxe Standard Edition, plus applicable Sales Tax and low Shipping & Handling Fee. Contact the publisher, M.T. Publishing Company, at or by telephone at 1-888-263-4702.

Christmas is coming soon and “Great Grilles of the ’50s” will make a great gift for that special car enthusiast in your life. Take it from me, I am sure that you will enjoy and refer to “Great Grilles of the ’50s” for many years to come!

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