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1950 Buick Convertible

Four Fun Friday Fifties Kodachrome Images

Number One-Hundred and Forty-Nine of the Kodachrome Car Photos Series begins this week with an image of a late-1940s or early-1950s Buick convertible. The proud owner posing with appears to like it and who wouldn’t with the blue over red color combination.

As is the usual practice in this series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of these vehicles along with anything else of interest in the photos. You can look back at all the earlier parts of this series here. The images are via This Was Americar.

1958 Buick Convertible

  • In contrast to the lead image here is another Buick convertible built later in the 1950s.

1958 Chevrolet Station Wagon

  • The all American station wagon, popular for hauling the family around, and to the park.

Edsel Convertible

  • This image appears to be posed and appears to be a Ford Motor Company photo?  

39 responses to “Four Fun Friday Fifties Kodachrome Images

    • I’d say the lead Buick is a late 40’s (48-49) possibly a roadmaster. My grandmother had a 48 roadmaster 2-door, same color combination. I’m 64 and I can still smell the leather!

  1. The Edsel photo is odd. A serious company photographer wouldn’t shoot a car on such oil-stained pavement and in front of a yellow painted curb. Also it looks like the car is up on the curb judging from the perspective of the yellow curb and the nose of the car. Perhaps the photo was going to be cropped and just show the man and the woman doing whatever they are doing.

    • If the Edsel DOES have its right front tire up on the curb, that guy’s not gonna help his date out of the car, because the driver’s door isn’t gonna open!

  2. 1st pic, nice young man headed off to prom with Uncle Phil’s new Buick. ( look at the tires this behemoth rode on)Styling by orthodontists, and it’s odd, the radio antenna on a convertible is in the same place as the sedans.
    2nd pic, looks like a happy group, top of the line Buick? 3rd, could have been any one of our families, sometimes, you just have to get out and stop, and no, the guy is not talking on a cell phone, and last, is that rust already in the front wheel well?

  3. After the beautiful new senior series 1949 Buicks, the 1950 models were a huge disappointment. The huge buck tooth grill was so overdone that it was a joke. GM explained “no more locked horns”, meaning no more locked bumpers with other cars. GM got the message and the 1951 models had a dental transplant.

  4. The last picture with the snazzy Edsel Convertible looks like it was taken at the Ford purchasing building at Rotunda and Southfield in Dearborn. The beautiful mid century structure was torn down about 10 years ago I think because it has asbestos throughout.
    It was always interesting to arrive there just before lunch and witness all of the sales people picking up their Ford contacts to go for lunch. It was a busy place for years.
    This picture was obviously taken on the weekend.

  5. You gotta love those Buick grills in days of old. They were something to behold. It’s hard to believe this feature is almost three years old. Tempus fugit. Thanks for all of the great pictures over the years.

  6. Looks like the folks with the 57 Buick convertible are mighty satisfied Ike and Dick Nixon are in the White House.

    • Too bad the photographer didn’t catch up with them down the road, breezing along with the top down. I’ll bet they were like college freshmen on spring break.

    • There were probably homes on the gas station site that were demolished, and perhaps even rezoning was done to allow the gas station or other businesses to use the land.

  7. I wonder if that Edsel convertible was the real deal? If memory serves, during the Edsel “craze” several years back, some enterprising types were grafting the front clip and dash from a 1960 sedan onto a Ford convertible , thus creating an Edsel convertible. Not sure how they got around the VIN #, but supposedly there wound up being more 1960 Edsel ragtops registered than were actually built!

  8. The 1958 Chevy wagon was a rare item. Few were made in the low selling year. Something odd about the distance between the “V” and crest on the hood. Did anyone else notice?

    • Sorry I’m late to the conversation. Just compared old period photo of my ’58 Bel Air 2 dr. coupe. An imaginary line drawn from tip-to-tip of the “V” would pass through about the mid-line of the emblem. In the wagon’s case, the emblem would appear to be above that line. Maybe a repair following an accident?

  9. If you saw that Buick coming up behind you in your rear view mirror you would think a sea monster is coming up to bite a huge chunk out of your rear end

  10. The photo with the Edsel looks like it could have been taken in front of Ford Motor Headquarters in Dearborn, Mi. ,also known as the Glass House. It looks familiar.

  11. Photo #4 : Advice : Do not collide with one f these! They will win! ( When Buicks collide with Buicks, it makes the front page!) Starter on the gas pedal , (press i t to the floor) , to start the motor, or: Clear a flooded carburetor on a hot day , and then the motor will start! A hood that is dually: hinged or locked on either side (pick one , to gain better access to the “engine room” Note the Antenna, (or Aerial , if you prefer), similar to the same center mounting on a Buick sedan, for Pivoting, to add “signal gain”, or stowing the antenna from inside the car, via a knob!, also one of the first A.M . car radios to have a Floor mounted: “Station changer foot button” There was a time when Buick engineering was impressive, Little touches that were uniquely Buick! Along came the “side holes” (“Port A Vents” ), on the hood, and not only did they vent but they identified: 3 or 4 on each side for the Standard or Deluxe models. Sadly, by the “Eighties”, they were only “stick-on” — tiny medallions ! The original vents were round like portholes, (same application) then , they enlongated them, to look more like: “Scuppers on a Battle-ship’s deck”. Edwin W.

    • On my RHD Buick Super of 1951 the Port Holes were not vents, they were just fixed to the fender. My gas pedal starter mechanism fell apart at the carburettor end but I managed to repair it with Super Glue as the broken bits were Bakelite I think, however, it didn’t last long and then I had to fit a starter button onto the dash. Although it was only a Super it had been supplied to the American Consul in Durban, South Africa, so had green leather upholstery. it badly needed new seat covers as the current cloth covers were beyond repair. I ordered some beautiful green cloth in order to bring the car back to original only to discover the original green leather underneath! As I had already bought the cloth material I had my upholsterer make them in the green cloth but at least he had the original pattern to work with.

  12. The Edsel might be as reference for an illustrator. If so, more shots would have been taken, probably the car in the same view but without people, and many details of the car. Having worked with artists as an adman, I know they want plenty of photos.

    If this is reference, the surroundings wouldn’t matter as the car would finally be poised in a pleasing scene, perhaps a country club, sea side, or other. Photos would be wanted for that, too, but could likely be bought from a stock photo agency.

    Also, the position of the car partially on the curb could be to alter the perspective slightly, making the Edsel appear lower. It seems to be shot with the camera at the eye level of the woman, focusing attention on her while exaggerating the height of the man,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was shot as reference for an ad in a woman’s magazine. Otherwise, the man would have been in the car with the woman looking on admiringly.

    Just guesses on my part, but I’d say the evidence is strong.

  13. I attended the regional dealer unveiling of the 1958 Chevy in Denver. Happy Days are Here Again played as the curtains opened revealing the new car. Big deal! My father-in-law bought a ’58 black Brookwood wagon, my brother-in-law a ’58 Impala hardtop (baby blue w, 348) . I bought my first new car, a ’58 silver blue Delray 2 door w/ 283 & stick. I guess we all got caught up in the hype, but I loved that car and it served me well for over 100K of trouble free miles.

  14. The young man next to the Edsel is wearing what we called a “car coat” in the late Fifties. In the same photo, I just noticed the heavy windscreen tinting.

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