I was twelve and remember all the advertising hoopla prior to the introduction. I also remember being a little disappointed when I actually saw the car and it wasn't as cool as I had imagined it would be. The car wasn't helped when Red Skelton made fun of the grill on his popular TV program. New car introductions were a big event in our family back then. The boulevard (Van Nuys, CA) was lined with WW2 spotlights and people thronged to the dealerships to see the latest wonders from the carmakers. I later thought the 1959 Buick Electra 225 (black convertible) was the most wonderful thing I had ever seen on four wheels. I can't imagine thronging to see the latest transportation appliance stamped out by today's carmakers. It was a great time to be a teenager.