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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number Ninety-seven of the Kodachrome Image Series begins this week with an excellent circa 1964 photo of the Stardust Resort and Casino (1958 to 2007) located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cars in the parking lot can be seen in detail below by opening the large expandable image. After operating for close to fifty years, the Stardust was imploded in 2007 before construction started on a replacement that year which was never completed due to the downturn of the economy in 2008.

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 This Was Americar.

  • The Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, circa 1964.

  • 1950s Cadillac sedan with a detailed view of a dog transport trailer.

  • An early-1960s view of a seaside refreshment stand on Long Island sound in New York?

  • For something a bit different this week we have a  view of a TWA airliner and service vehicles.

 

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

    • Wow, a Caddy without A/C? Wonder where they lived. Must have been dry summers like in SoCal. As for the Connie, I lived right next to the runways at newly opened LAX, literally after 747’s came out (the airport finally taking our house). Saw the transition to Super Connies, to me the best looking of them all, to the 707/DC9 era (Boeing gave free demonstration rides for a few days upon introduction), then to 747 Jumbo’s, which were really immense compared to what I had grown up watching. We could also get peeks of work vehicles at times, especially during emergency landings when the method was to flood the runway with foam. Buddies dad worked at the LAX FD, so we also got a close look at the equipment as well, just too far back for me to remember. However, we did have bird’s eye views of the Concorde coming in for a demonstration, some DC’3’s modified by a subsidiary of the company where my dad worked and a Jap Zero refurbished by the same guys! So, I was kind of a plane/car/bike guy by the time I got my DL. Connies are still one of my favorites!

  1. At the far right end of the American cars on the third picture is A 1958 English VAUXHALL, [I think I spelled it right] sold by GM dealers .

      • Definitely a Vauxhall Victor. Sold over here (as a four-door sedan or four-door wagon) through Pontiac dealers, while Opels were sold by Buick dealers. Vauxhall and Opel didn’t really start sharing platforms or other major components with each other until the mid to late ’70s.

        Quite a timely photo to post, given that GM confirmed this past Monday that it’s selling both brands to Peugeot and Citroen’s parent company.

      • Rich, the Kapitan’s were a larger model in Opel’s lineup; senior to the Rekord. This one’s a Vauxhall Victor; just not sure it’s a `58 because they all looked basically alike `58-`60.

        • Yes, it’s a Vauxhall Victor, known as the FA series (the first type – FB, FC and FD came later). That one’s a 57, 58 or early 59 one – they facelifted them in 59 and eliminated the Dagmars / fake exhaust outlets from the bumpers, and as that’s got those it’s a pre-facelift one. My dad had a 57 when I was born (58) – I’m English, and I can tell you it’s a good while since *I’ve* seen one, too – they had something of a reputation for rust…

  2. The TWA Connie is gorgeous, isn’t it! A fine example of how American technology led the world and form was not a total slave to function as it is today. The automobile was another example of this. Anyway, thanks for posting this photo.

    • A beautiful aircraft, though its accident record was substantial, even subtracting pilot and maintenance error from the record. Nevertheless the Constellation saw extensive worldwide service and was the premier liner for TWA for many years. The military, especially the US Navy, employed the airplane successfully in a number of non-combatant roles.

  3. The TWA Constellation (N6006C) “Star of Pennsylvania” was fleet # 806 (shown on nose gear door). It flew from 1950 – 1968. I had a ride on one of those (maybe that plane)
    from Columbus, OH to Pittsburgh in 1967. On a later trip in 1968 it was supposed to be a TWA Constellation but turned out to be their first day of “All Jet Service” and there was a DC 9 there. I still remember the crew trying to serve dinner on a 22 minute flight. It’s still, in my opinion, one of the handsomest airliners. Howard Hughes, I believe, had a lot to do with the design.

    • “Curvaceous Connie”, hands down the most beautiful airliner to ever take to the skies. Powered by Wright 3350’s. My first commercial flight was on one of these, early ’60s, from Louisville to Pittsburgh. Dinner was served, wild rice-stuffed Cornish hen.

  4. In the 1st pic, just to the right of the sign, is, what appears to be a Wayne street sweeper. We used to call them “Tiddly Winks”, and would follow them on our bikes in a cloud of dust. Years later, I actually operated one, and it wasn’t near as much fun. 2nd, poor dogs, must have gotten a dose of lead deposits with those bumper exhausts, and the master running late.
    3rd, “Lifeguard on duty”? I think he’s talking to a gal in the ’54 Buick. The bottom pic, looks like a Dodge refueling truck, and the tug has kind of a Kenworth front end. I read KW did make some tugs. Anybody?

    • Hi Howard. I kind of agree with you on the K-Wobbly tug. I heard that Kenworth made tugs during the war and had its nose out of joint as the truck contracts went to everyone else. Classy tug….

    • The refueling truck is a International Metro van with the top and body chopped off and a refueling bed installed on the chassis

  5. I like the black 63 Chevy convertible in the foreground at the Stardust. Adults only at the Lido de Paris! A street sweeper working the parking lot, necessary in the desert. That is a first class trial dog setup. The trailer looks to have Ford tail lights and is obviously professionally built. The beach scene looks early in the season, no one on the lifeguard chair and only one shirtless man. DC7 (?) Star of Pennsylvania serviced by a custom IHC Metro pumper with wide whites, first class.

  6. Parked at the nose wheel of the TWA Constellation is a driveable ground power unit. Some were powered by a 413 Chrysler industrial engines and backed by a non sychro 3 speed. Still in use today at some smaller airports.

  7. 1st pic: coolest car is the 1959 Mercury wagon hands down. If the picture is taken in 1964, it sure was late in the year, for I think the newest car here is a 1965 (model year) Pontiac at the right between the 1960 Ford wagon and Ford Falcon wagon. A Ford and Buick, both 1956 models, further on are the oldest cars here.
    3rd pic: besides the Vauxhall, a 1960 Dodge Dart (still a full-size model then) and an interesting couple of two 1953 GM ‘cousins’ (or ‘brothers’ if you like): Chevrolet and Pontiac; note the similarity of the two-door post sedan bodies. And a 1954 Buick at the right.

  8. In the 1st photograph, parked in front of the Stardust is the tail-end of a tri-tone [white roof with black and light yellow body], two-door BUICK Riviera, either a Century or Special.

  9. Anybody notice the little 8N Ford behind the Connie ? Had 3 of those, neat little tractors ! We had a tug at the Nashville airport similar to this with a MOPAR Hemi engine in it. Never paid much attention to it, but one of the guys told me it was a 392. Looked smaller to me. Love that big Merc Hardtop wagon in the 1st pic !

  10. Seems the Vauxhall really is a Vauxhall, not the short-lived Canadian GM-marque Ensign, the same model and design but with different styling of the tail lamps.

  11. When I was a kid our family was from Kansas City. I recall going to KCMO airport to watch those TWA Constellations land and take off. The sound of those radial engines starting up is still in my favorite memories.

  12. So many nice photos. Thanks, Dave. Yes the fuel truck is a modified IHC Metro. The cabs were c ut of so that the truck stop under the wings. The tow tractor escapes me.

  13. The Victor nearly ruined Vauxhall’s reputation in the UK .What was a very acceptable car rotted so fast it became a national joke.

    • And their bumpers were not up to N American parking habits either, this one seems to have been dinged already with calamitous change of shape. Usually they rotted through the chrome from the inside in UK

  14. The “seaside refreshment stand on Long Island Sound” is the former “Jack’s Shack” located at Town Beach, County Road 48 (North Road), Southold, NY. The snack bar is long gone and unfortunately so is most of the beach front due to constant erosion.

  15. They say one of the most gorgeous sights was when those radials on Constellations cranked up at night cuz of the flames shooting out the exhausts but I wouldn’t know.
    Was that true?

  16. I flew in a Connie round trip on red-eyes Burbank to La Guardia round trip to visit my ailing Dad, this would have been in early 1962. I think the fare was $160 . Three seats on either side of the aisle in that narrow – but beautiful – fuselage – talk about a “tight squeeze”. To lighten the aircraft all the cabin overhead soundproofing insulation had been removed. When those engines started up it was like being inside a bass drum! I was deaf for a couple of days.

  17. The radial engines were most likely Wright “Turbo compounds” The exhaust (3) flowed back to turbo charger like device. However, it did not supply additional air to the engine. Rather these three drove back to the crankshaft.

  18. Those Wright Turbo Compound engines were not repaired, just replaced. Too complicated to do the traditional work. The most complicated piston powered aircraft. The aircraft had a most beautiful shape with all of the fuselage frames being different. Long range versions had wing tip fuel tanks.

  19. I certainly agree that the Constellation was one of the most beautiful air craft ever. As a kid my Dad often commented on the looks of that aircraft.

  20. Last picture, I’m just going to say it even if it doesn’t relate to anything Old Motor. Lockheed Tristar, probably the most elegant and beautiful aeroplane ever to fly, in my humble opinion.

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