The final season of Mad Men kicks off this month, and knowing the end is near has people talking about what they will miss most about this fabulous AMC drama. Mad Men gave us a captivating look at what life was like in the 1960s, and that included frequent glimpses of the cars that made the decade one of the greatest in automotive history. Here are five of our favorites.
1957 Ford Country Sedan
Nothing said “well-heeled-early-1960s homemaker” better than Betty Draper’s Ford wagon. Seen in the show’s pilot and on into Season 3, the Ford Country Sedan was one of the best selling cars of its time.
1960 Buick LeSabre
Don Draper’s first car in the series is a perfect fit for an upcoming advertising executive. Flamboyantly finned, this classic convertible was, like Draper himself, a revered holdover of late 1950s style.
1961 Dodge Polara
Late in Season 1 and early in Season 2, Don Draper inexplicably ditches his convertible for this classic utilitarian Dodge. While drinking and driving on the way to the beach with his ear-nibbling mistress, Bobby Barrett, Don puts the affair in jeopardy after crashing the car into a ditch.
1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
After crashing the Dodge, Roger Sterling suggested it might be time for Don to buy a car that says, “I’ve arrived.” With its sleek-looking fins, the Coupe de Ville then represented the epitome of vintage class. Purchasing the ice blue car from the showroom floor made for a memorable scene marking the symbolic struggle in Don Draper to reconcile the man he was with the man he was pretending to be.
1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible
On one of his California escapes, Don takes a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in a car that, while never a runaway success, stands as one of Chrysler’s most prestigious and emblematic of the day.