Chevrolet ruled the 50’s thanks to one man… Clare “Mac” MacKichan. He designed and was in charge of overseeing production of most models in the US during the fifties.  Although it was primarily the work of Robert McLean, MacKichan contributed to the final design of the original 1953 Corvette.


Clare “Mac” MacKichan

MacKichan was responsible for the shape of the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette SS racing car. MacKichan was team lead for the group that developed the “Sculpturamic” design language used for the 1958 Chevrolet line. The style was applied to the 1958 Impala. It was also seen in the related 1958 Brookwood and Yeoman station wagons.

Classic 55 Chevy Facts

The 1955 Bel Air weighed over 3,400lbs and was over 15 feet long. The 265 V8 introduced in the 1955 Tri-Five became one of Chevy’s most legendary engines and their first ever small block V8. It’s estimated that more than 90 million engines of this type were manufactured, making it one of the most popular engines of all time. The 1955-1957 year range represented a lot of effort by GM. They spent a million dollars in 1956 alone because they wanted to make the Bel Air look like the more expensive Cadillacs. The result was extravagant body lines, Cadillac-inspired bumper guards, and tail fins. The Nomad was introduced mid year in 1955 and was unique in its class since it was a two door station wagon instead of the typical four doors.