These automotive portraits of AUTOMOBILES OF THE 1950's are symbols of a bygone era of conspicuous consumption that for better or worse has left their indelible imprint upon an entire generation. These classic cars are also enjoying a resurgence of interest at car shows and cruises all across the country.

The 50's were my decade. I graduated from high school, served in the army, dropped out of two art schools, sold my first freelance illustration, got married, started engaging in activities that would ultimately clear up my acne, became a father, and above all became the proud owner (possibly the third or fourth) of a gleaming green 1952 Pontiac convertible. Trying to keep that classic example of Detroit iron running was as heartbreaking as rooting for the Dodgers to stay in Brooklyn.

Illustrations by Murray Tinkelman