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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number Eighty-one of the “Kodachrome Image Series” begins this week with a photo of a Chrysler Corporation exhibit of its Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge cars at the 1964-’65 New York Worlds Fair. This is the second photograph posted in this series, and you can view an earlier display of all white Chrysler Products cars here. Tells us all about the automobiles on display in this image.

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 on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via Americar.

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  • This Stone Mountain, Georgia lot is filled with cars to peruse, tell us about what interests you.

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  • A Cold War era Chevrolet Civil Defense station wagon parading down Main St. America.  

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  • This Packard sedan with a low number Illinois license plate was photographed in 1954.

38 responses to “Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

  1. I’m always amazed at large gatherings of cars from the 50’s and 60’s. All over the place, and every car maker seems to be represented. And all instantly recognizable. Today, that same lot would have maybe 3 different makes of cars, all looking the same. In a slightly sinister take on that photo, the folks in the parking lot seem blissfully unaware, that 2 of the parks workers are feverishly trying to keep the caboose from rolling away.
    The Chevy CD wagon, big smiles, ice cream cones, but in reality, that CD thing scared the heck out of us as kids.( and probably most adults) Signs with that logo telling us “where to go” when “the big” one hit, it was even on our radios (at 560 am?)
    And the Packard, I believe, is a ’51. It was the last year for “upswept” winged cormorant, and in ’52, had a cormorant with “down” wings, and was gone altogether in ’53.

    • I remember it as well, Howard. The mantra on the radio was “640-1240, Conelrad.” The spots were marked on the radio dials in cars for a long time, it seems.

  2. That picture from the New York World’s Fair must have been taken during the last few weeks of the fair in 1965, since all the cars are 1966 models. The fair would have closed in October of 1965. Cool picture!

    • I was thinking the same thing. There’s a dart GT coupe with the partial vinyl roof both Exner and Engle favored next to a Chrysler 300 2-door hardtop, with (I think) a white Dodge Monaco 2-door hardtop barely visible behind it, but it sure looks more like a ’65 to me – maybe this picture was snapped mid change out?

      Off to the left is an Imperial LeBaron in an intriguing black-over-gold color scheme, while up in the pavilion you can see a Chrysler Newport and a Plymoouth Sport Fury – note the telltale courtesy light on the inside of the C-pillar.

      Interestingly, this picture is the bookend of the previous one, which featured 1964 models, and must have been shot in the first half of the Fair’s 1964 run.

      • I believe the white car behind the black 300 is a Dodge Coronet. Behind the little white fence is another Chrysler 300, this time in white, wit h a Chrysler Newport or Windsor to its left.

    • Interesting… Some time ago (couple of months by now, I think), there was on this website a picture of the very same spot but with 1964 models.

  3. In the 2ns photograph [Stone Mountain parking lot], parked on the far right next to the black VW, is a white 1959 FORD GALAXIE, either a CLUB SEDAN or CLUB VICTORIA.

  4. The last photo is a 51 Packard 300. My Father had one in metallic green but no sunshade. We took many family vacations in that car. All if our luggage for a family of 4, fit in the trunk. We are also from Illinois, Chicago area.

    • “Land of Lincoln” appeared on Illinois license plates for the first time in 1954. The slogan was supposed to appear on all plates, but it didn’t appear on Dealer, Disabled Veteran, Farm, Historic Automobile, Taxi, some Truck plates, and possibly others. It was another four or five years before the motto actually was embossed on all plate types.

  5. The 53 or 54 Chevy wagon was as plain as can be, a no frills gov’t model. I remember the red on white cards we were given in school to bring home with CD advice. The same with kneeling under the school desk in case of attack.
    That is an unusual angle to take a photo of the family Packard, unless the amateur photographer fancied himself as creative.

  6. One can sure tell today (Friday) is a Federal holiday. All one needs to do is see there have been only seven comments to Friday Kodachromes by 5:30 Eastern! All great as usual.

    • So you’re saying Dave has a large following by our honored armed services veterans, highly dedicated municipal, county, state, and federal employees, caring bankers, devoted school teachers, enthusiastic students K – 12, and faithful postal workers, right? I’m sure you didn’t mean that all of these people are screwing off every day and reading The Old Motor during the work/school day. They would never do that (unless they were on their break or lunch hour of course).

  7. Way in the far corner of the Stone Mountain pic is what looks like a 1959 Buick Estate Wagon. A rare bird even then – 13,517 built, compared to 20k plus convertibles that year.

    Even rarer now. When was the last time you saw a ’59 Buick of any stripe!

  8. Hey Keith…. I farmed today! Taking advantage of some excellent fall weather and helped my niece and nephew bring in the last of the corn. A pretty good yield considering how dry it was this season.

  9. In the Georgia pic, the most interesting cars, apart from the Spring Special Chrysler I noticed before, to me are the 1959 Mercury in the back, far left. Then what about a 1958-59 Rambler wagon and the 1961 corvair? In their time, they were considered ‘small’, but they’re still large compared to the Beetle. Also a thing of beauty: the white 1959 Plymouth wagon…
    The newest cars are a 1962 Ford Galaxie and a 1962 Chevy Bel Air (right to the 1960 Falcon).

  10. Cars were so much more “capable” then! My 2014 Dart GT is not amphibious. That’s a great feature they just don’t offer any more, I guess…

  11. In New England in the 50s and 60s, the tourist spots like Stone Mountain would attach (with wire) a bumper sticker to your car’s rear bumper while you were enjoying the attraction, whether you wanted it or not. Most kids loved it as it provided bragging rights, for the rest of the day anyway.

  12. In the Stone Mountain lot I spot two Plymouth wagons, left lower corner – 1958 blue with white top either Custom or Sport Suburban and as has been pointed out, in the row facing the caboose is a white 1959 Custom Suburban. Plymouth wagons of the era were very attractive.

  13. The pale blue Ford in the first photo is a 1961. My first car was the twin of that vehicle, albeit not in nearly as good of a condition. I paid $75 for my ’61 Fairlane, in the spring of 1968. It would just about move under its own power as the clutch was worn out. One of my father’s co-workers operated a repair garage in his spare time and he swapped in the 223 CID six and the Fordomatic transmission from a wrecked 1960 Ford. That helped the ’61 Ford considerably but it was still pretty slow.

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