tail fins that resembled those on the Cadillac, and the grille widened. Wheel size was reduced from 15 to 14 inches (38 to 35.5cm) to get the car lower to the ground. Overall length went up from 4.5 inches/11.5 cm compared to 1955. See our comparison photos on pages 34 and 35. But it was not enough to halt Ford’s growing sales successes. Nor was it enough to blunt the impact of Chrysler’s stunning new 1957 range, with its evocative advertsing line “Suddenly, it’s 1960.” In the battle to reach the top of the sales ladder, Ford won. The final tally was 1,522,406 for Ford versus 1,515,177 for Chevrolet, a 7,359 advantage for the blue oval gang. Automotive legend has it that the Chevrolet styling team was criticised for not having done a good enough job! And yet, by the early 1960s the iconic status of the ‘55-’57 Chevrolets and was well and truly emerging. There are many theories about the popularity of the tri-five Chevrolets. However, we think there is little point in trying to reduce these wonderful cars into a theory. Quite simply, they are what they are. ‘55s were being released. el 150 sedan. 27