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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number Eighty-four of the “Kodachrome Image Series” begins this week with a late fifties photo of a Chevrolet parked in front of a Mid-Century Modern contemporary home. This style of architecture (1935-’65) highlighted structures with open floor plans and large windows that bring light and outdoors views inside. Hopefully, the location of this house may come to light after the state that issued the license plate on the Chevy is known.

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 late fifties city boulevard photo was taken after a sloppy and wet snowfall. 

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  • Tell us the location of this sixties beach and pier scene in Florida.

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  • This woman appears to be posing with this fifties Buick for a new car photograph.

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

  1. The 1st pic looks like a home in the Catskill’s. 2nd, a northern location, 3rd, in stark contrast, I’m sure is Daytona Beach.( 75 miles to Silver Springs can’t be the Gulf) Would you say station wagons dominated the beach? That could have been our family. We must have stood out like sore thumbs. All pale, shorts on, that kid with black socks and tennis shoes could have been me. And last, mom, who was quite a conservative dresser, standing next to their new ’55 Buick. Aside from some trim, not a fancy Buick ( small hub caps and no radio) Still, it took a lot of work to have a new car like that in the 50’s.

    • The Buick, being a 2-door Special sedan (no hardtop coupe), was the cheapest of the line. Indeed it looks quite plain in grey and no white walls, but did you notice the steering wheel is GREEN? I guess the interior is far more fancy than the outside. Still, it was a very good buy; one could buy a Buick in the Chevy (Bel Air) price range.

    • Interesting observation Karl. I live in a rain forest (west coast British Columbia). It’s been raining almost constantly for the last 2 months and you would be surprised how many homes, old and new in our area have flat roofs. I boggles the mind. but it seems to work.

  2. In Photo #4, that bottom-of-the-line ’55 Buick Special 2-door sedan, even with dog dish wheel covers & blackwall tires, still looks good! 1955 was one of Buick’s most successful years, pushing out Plymouth to end up #3 in sales.

  3. 2nd pic: an early fifties (1951?) Dodge following a ’57 Chevy. Again, it’s easy to see how rapidly car-styling evolved.

  4. By now that roof has either been replaced with a new rubber roof or a trussed conventional system.
    Certainly wouldn’t want to deal with those steps in what appears to be a northern climate.

  5. I really enjoyed seeing the last photo of the 55 Buick Special. My Father had a 55 Century Sedan in the same two tone color scheme with full wheel covers & white sidewall tires.

    • The 55 Buicks in the “HIGHWAY PATROL” series were Centurys with the 4 barrel 322 engine for catching the bad guys. As a side note, my neighbors Dad was in the same Army Company as Brodrick Crawford in WWII.

      • I remember seeing one Highway Patrol where, at the end of the show, Broderick Crawford looks directly at the camera and says; “Leave your blood at the Red Cross. Not on the highway”.

    • Looks like the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka. The “modern” office building still appears on Google Maps and the red and white License plate on the Dodge matches Kansas plate colors for 1957.

      • Yes, it is Topeka. I did a google street view and that is SW 10th Ave. in front of the Topeka High School. That dormer & bay windows to the left over the roof of the Plymouth is on the high school. Trees are still there but homes are long gone.

  6. The first picture appears to have aspen trees in the foreground . When I was living in Colorado we had a lot of them around our house.

  7. The black ’55 Buick on Highway Patrol was my favorite ride for Broderick Crawford. It looked tough and no-nonsense like it could burst through a brick wall and shout “Oh Yeah!!!!

    The end of the Daytona Beach Pier floated away during a hurricane in 2004, but the heavy steel towers for the gondola ride kept most of the pier firmly planted.

  8. The 1955 Buick “Special” two-door post reminded me of actor Broderick Crawford’s cruiser in the old television series, “Highway Patrol.” Though the least expensive of the Buick line-up, in my opinion the simple(r) lines, and black wall tires give the machine an understated elegance.

  9. My father purchased a new 55 four door like the one in picture all grey I still it with only 50,000 miles on it , it now is part of my antique car collection.
    Dale Watson , Maine

  10. The name of the signature HOLES: “PORT-A-VENT”. The Buick shown was a very good road car IF maintained properly. My personal favorite earlier Buick is 1937.

    • “I think “ventiports” is the correct term. For trivia sake, 1955 was the only year you could get a “four holer” with a manual transmission (Century and Super).

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