1955 – The start of something new
The G Plan Vintage collection is steeped in history, and as a continuation of our exploration of the past, we now turn to Britain in 1955 – the year that inspired our G Plan Vintage model, The Fifty Five.
1955 was a year of firsts for Britain. The Formula One racing driver, Stirling Moss, once described as ‘the greatest driver never to win the World Championship’, became the first English winner of the British Grand Prix, which at that time was held at Aintree.
The Guinness Book of Records annually publishes listings of the world records, such as the extremes of the natural world and human achievements, and was first released in 1955. It in fact holds a record of its very own, the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. The first edition included records such as the smallest pub in the world, The Smith’s Arms, which only measured ten feet wide and four feet high to the eaves.
This year also introduced a few culinary classics that we still enjoy today. In 1955 Clarence Birdseye, an American inventor, often considered the founder of the frozen food industry as we know it, began selling fish fingers in Britain. Up until this year Coca-Cola had been sold in glass bottles, but 1955 saw the introduction of the first cans into Britain.
1955 was such a special year as it heralds the beginning of many things that are still a big part of our lives today. We think The Fifty Five, with its sleek lines and statement design, is the perfect way to pay tribute to this year.
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