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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number Ninety-five of the Kodachrome Image Series this week contains photos of motels, mostly in sunny and warm places, which would be perfect for an end of the winter vacation in the sun. The lead image and the enlarged version of it below are of the Beachcomber Motel located in Miami Beach, Florida in the late-1950s or early-1960s.

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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  • Beachcomber Motel located in Miami Beach, Florida has a number of interesting cars in the parking lot.

1950s & Early-1960s Automobiles in Old Photograph

  • This circa 1962 photo of an unidentified motel is filled with US built cars and one Mercedes-Benz.

1950s Cars at Ocean Park Motel

  • The location of the Ocean Park Motel is unknown, but it’s parking lot is filled with 1950s automobiles.

1950s & 1960s Vintage Autos at the Doric Motel Tacoma WA

  • The Doric Motel in Tacoma, WA was part of a chain operated by the Doric Motel Co., the photo was taken in the early-1960s.

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

  1. How nice. We’re having a big snow storm, as I type. We stayed in many motels in Florida, but not in the Beachcomber. Judging by the cars, it was a bit out of the old man’s reach ( Hey, get that rusty Plymouth wagon out of here) 2nd pic, getting closer, but still, little fancy. (T-bird, M-B, albeit, the “cheapie” M-B) 3rd pic, BINGO, this, judging again by the cars, was the one. This is Ocean City, Md. The 2 Caddy’s are there, probably because there was no room at the fancy places. And last, The Doric. Just stopping for a bite to eat. There’s the Plymouth wagon, except the old man’s car didn’t look like that nice. Is that an Anglia ( or Prefect) on the street? Now, back to our regularly scheduled blizzard,,,,ugh.

  2. First pic front and center, worth noting. This is the first year Galaxie model offered with the new FE series V8. Also seen are five ( if my old eyes see right ) convertibiles.

    • The Galaxie convertible in the 1st pic is a ’59. That would be the second year of the new FE series motors. The ’58 Fords had 332 and 352 FE’s as an option.

  3. In the first photo, about half of the cars were convertibles. That is an unusually high percentage of convertibles as compared to the percentage of what were originally produced.

  4. In the 1st photograph, parked on the far right, is a four-door gray, with white roof, 1950 BUICK Special, or it could be a Super.

    In the 2nd photograph, in the lower left corner, is the rear-end of a light blue 1960 BUICK, either a Le Sabre or Invicta.

    In the 3rd picture, 6th car parked to the right of the pool, is a white, with gray roof, 1952 BUICK. On the other side of the pool is a newer blue and white METROPOLITAN convertible.

    In the 4th picture, parked on the street on the far right, is a white over red 1956 PONTIAC Chieftain 860 Catalina.

  5. At the Beachcomber the driver of the ’54 Ford convertible must have been a real speed demon. Looks like he got all the way to Miami before all the snow melted off his roof.

  6. Check out all the convertibles at the Beachcomber. Is that snow on the roof of the 50’s Ford parked at the right corner of he building??
    I always liked the ’59 ford convertibles with the canvas top, the proportions seemed much better than the retractables.

    • Hi Hank, oh, we can rest assured, that Ford ragtop never saw a flake in it’s life. Looks to me, like a beach towel draped over the black roof. After all, it IS the Beachcomber.

  7. Top pic: I miss a sign ‘Only for convertibles’ near the driveway of the hotel… 🙂
    From left to right: a 1958-59 Lincoln, two 1959 Chevies (flattop and convertible), 1959 Ford Convertible, behind it a late fifties Fomoco Convertible (Mercury or Lincoln?), a 1956 Oldsmobile Convertible, a 1960 Cadillac Convertible (newest car here), a 1956 Pontiac coupe, a 1958 Lincoln, a 1954 Ford Convertible, a 1950 Buick and a 1950-52 Era Cadillac.

    • The Ocean Park Motel was located in Ocean City, Maryland. The land is now part of a Holiday Inn Hotel. An earlier view of the same scene is at the link below (replace the two instances of the word “dot” with periods)

      rogerwilkerson dot tumblr dot com/post/94728243406/ocean-park-motel-ocean-city-maryland

  8. Love the architect of the Beachcomber, no doubt gone now. That must have been the restaurant up front. And the cars, I’m in heaven. That red and white ’59 Fairlane convert is beautiful.

  9. When i lived in South Flordia, years ago, I owned a 1957 Tropical Turquoise Chevrolet conv. like the one in the hotel parking lot. My was a six cylinder. Great pictures as always. Thanks

  10. In that first pic Could that be 2 breezeway fords ? One white one just to the right of the aaa sign and a blue one behind the 60 Cadillac convertible .they would have to be mercury turnpike cruisers or perhaps galaxies?.These were the back window mechanism borrowed from the station wagons ,they tended to rust out at that part of the trunk deck so they’re hard to find now .Everyone looks pretty dressed up ,must be Sunday am back from church,quick dip then the long drive back up 95

  11. The Doric Motel in Tacoma is still there. It’s now Cascade Park assisted living – 242 St. Helens. The building has been remodeled and looks pretty good for 50’s architecture.

    • Was so very cool to be able to see a picture of the old Doric Motel, especially since as a little girl, I spent a lot of time on the job site as it was being built. My Dad was the foreman on that job site, and it really was a big to do back then

    • I agree with Hildreth, there’s icky things in the ocean. As a kid, my parents couldn’t get me out of the ocean, but as I got older,,,no thanks. Won’t catch me in the ocean. Walking along the surf, that’s a different story.

  12. 3rd pic starting with the ’54 Chevy; two mid-50s Cadillacs, one four-door, one two-door; ’52-’54 Ford convertible; can’t tell what this one is, guessing early ’50s Chrysler product; another Chrysler product, mid-’50s; ’55 Ford; last two I’m lost on. On the other side of the pool, is that a Metropolitan convertible?

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