Car design is like fashion, through history it continually changes be it for the better or for the worse. Designs tend to follow popular culture and ideas of the time period. That is why I will always have a love for tail fins.
It was the late 1950's the country was on top of the world. America had emerged WWII unscathed. A superpower. The beat of the country was the sound of rockets as they thrusted towards the edges of our atmosphere. The designers in the car industry capitalized on this new found love for the extraterrestrial with designs more futuristic and optimistic than the country had ever seen. Cars like the Cadillac Cyclone Concept had so much charisma it looked like it could take off and go to the moon.
The bygone era will forever be one of the greatest design exercises of excess. More tail fins, more chrome, more futuristic. Cars that could go to the moon driven by Buck Rodgers. The nation was on a high, the tail fins were even higher.