There was absolutely no question as to what today's car pic was going to be.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette.
#53 had to be the '53 'Vette, the one that started it all. Whatever your thoughts are on the current state of General Motors, the 1953 Corvette was a bold statement from the company. After suspending production during WWII (can you *imagine* any car company doing that today), American car manufacturers roared back with a vengeance. It took a few years to get back into the swing, but by the early 1950s American cars were three things: ornate, showy and large.
The Corvette was none of these things. It sat two people, the driver and a single passenger, in a time when most cars could seat six. For dinner. It had chrome, sure; no car at the time didn't, but it wasn't dripping in it. And it was small, with a powerful (for the time) engine, a 253 cubic inch six cylinder putting out 150 horsepower. It was designed to be America's answer to the Jaguars, Austin Healeys, Alfa Romeos, and other small, light two-seaters from across the pond.
Because, if WWII showed us anything, it was that if the Europeans could do something, we could do it better.
That is all.