Introduction - The early Fifties were a truly unique period in the history of automotive design. Europe was eager to leave the tragedy of the Second World War behind and to celebrate, also through new individual forms of mobility, its newfound peace.The times was ripe; the rebuilding of cities and productive infrastructures was slowly improving people’s economic conditions, thus paving the way for the mushrooming of the private mobility that will mark the following decades.
Most times, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette (split-window) Stingray is the first, if not the only car that comes to mind when people mention ‘split-window’ cars. That just highlights the incredible significance of the 1963 Stingray, as it's literally stolen the ‘split-window’ show from other '40s to '60s classic cars sporting a similar design, which includes the split-window 1952 – ’53 VW ‘Zwitter’ Beetle, the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, and the 1948 – 1952 Porsche 356.
An ambulance is a medically equipped vehicle which transports patients to treatment facilities, such as hospitals. Typically, out-of-hospital medical care is provided to the patient during the transport. Ambulances are used to respond to medical emergencies by emergency medical services (EMS). For this purpose, they are generally equipped with flashing warning lights and sirens.
A food truck is a large motorized vehicle (such as a van) or trailer, equipped to cook, prepare, serve, and/or sell food. Some, including ice cream trucks, sell frozen or prepackaged food; others have on-board kitchens and prepare food from scratch, or they heat up food that was prepared in a brick and mortar commercial kitchen. Sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries, and other regional fast food fare is common.
The Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser was the first station wagon 4×4 built by the Japanese marque offering seating for up to 7 adults depending on internal configuration. The original prototype for Toyota’s first 4×4 came thanks to a Willys Jeep that the Japanese found in the Philippines during WWII. The vehicle was sent back to Japan, shortly thereafter the Japanese military commissioned Toyota to build an almost identical vehicle.
The automobile industry was in a fateful crisis from Japan's defeat in war and the chaos that followed it. However, military procurement enabled a recovery and the combination of the accumulation of technology from before the war and present material resulted in the development of an automobile above expectations.