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Four Fun Friday Forties, Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number Ninety-nine of the Kodachrome Image Series begins this week with an image of the Quik-Wash Automatic Car Wash located in Daytona Beach, Florida. My first thought when seeing the photo for the first time was that the facility might have been owned by a General Motors dealership; all the cars in the photograph were produced by the Automaker and could have been used cars, and the shot also appears to be staged.

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.

  • A young man with a Honda Scrambler and his girl friend – check out his high-water pants and the chukka boots that are just coming back into style today.

  • This appears to be a mother and daughter with identical Chrysler sedans and dresses that match the color  of the cars.

  • Mother and daughter posing with a postwar two-tone General Motors sedan. 

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

  1. I don’t think the 1st pic is staged. GM was really that popular in the late 50’s, and car wash’s are always busy there. Very few dirty cars in Florida, unlike say, oh, IDK, Vermont maybe. 🙂
    2nd pic instantly shot me back to my early teens. A guy across the alley had a Honda CL77, just like this. The CL77 Scrambler, an offshoot of the CB77 Super Hawk, (61-67) was a very influential bike. This kid knew what bike to ride. It was one of the 1st so called “super bikes”, and would eat most bikes ( Harley and British bikes were the most popular, at the time) FOR LUNCH! The guys across the alley, was just like this young man’s. Yellow, and we can’t see them, it probably has “snuff-or-nots”, they’d be behind the girls right leg, which were washers in the pipes and a knob, you could open or close off the exhaust, and also probably has the “2-into-one” end piece removed, as well. It was a heck of a bike, and changed motorcycling for ever. Many a rider got their 1st taste of off road riding with these, which, with no front fender, is exactly what this young man does with it. By today’s, or even 70’s and 80’s standard’s, it is pretty poor. The blond, I’ve never seen before.
    I do remember people in the same family buying the same cars. My old man and his business partner did that for years.
    Aside from that kink in the right rear, that is a nice looking car. Thanks for the Honda memory. It was a fast bike.

  2. The Chevrolet 1946-48 Fleetline Areo-Sedan was one of the best looking fast backs ever built. Although this one seems to have bumped into something with the back fender.

  3. Top pic: 1955 Buick, 1960 Pontiac, 1955 Chevy, 1957 Chevy, 1958 Oldsmobile and a 1960 Chevy. At the background there seems to be a non GM-car (It’s not so clear, it looks like a Mopar or maybe a bulletnose Studebaker…)
    2nd pic: 1961 Chevy, an early fifties Dodge truck and a 1955 Buick
    3rd pic: Two 1950 Chrysler Windsors (The New Yorker had different parking lights)
    last pic: 1946-1948 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan. Apart from a little dent in the rear fender, it looks perfect. I guess this is because of the important ‘dead corners’ so typical of this body-style.

    • The Fleetline is not a ’46, which lacked the chrome “Chevrolet” nameplate on the side of the hood and the vertical chrome stripes below the taillights. Also, the ’46 had a chrome strip that ran a couple of inches below the belt line from the side of the hood to a point near the trunk lid. This car is either a ’47 or ’48, with the chrome hood emblem, vertical chrome stripes below the taillights and chrome strip right on the belt line ending at the trunk lid. It’s a little hard to tell from the photo but it looks like this car has the slightly flattened taillight lenses of a ’48 and also a single stand-alone backup light that I think was a ’48 optional feature.

    • I think the black car in the distance in first pic is a MoPar of some kind, not a Studebaker. Looks too long and boxy to be a Studebaker.

  4. The car wash photo is staged in my opinion. At least 5 people are posing for the photo. That 1960 Impala convertible would be the car to own today.

  5. In the 1st picture, parked in the foreground, on the left, is a 1955 BUICK Special Riviera.

    In the 2nd photograph, parked on the right, might be the same ’55 BUICK Special Riviera that appears in the 1st picture.

  6. 1st photo – Early 1950s Plymouth.
    1955 Chevy.
    Old pick-up truck.
    1955 Buick
    1960 Pontiac.
    1957 Chevy.
    1958 Olds.
    1960 Chevy.

  7. The last photo of mother and daughter next to the Chevy sedan is cute. The young girl looks like she is striking a Bonnie Parker pose. The only things missing are a cigar in the mouth and a pistol in her hand.

  8. The 1960 Chevrolet with its top down just outside of an automatic carwash. Hmm, are those folks who are gripping door handles about to release a car full of soapy water?

  9. First photo: That car wash did quite a good business. It was located about 3 blocks from Daytona Beach where you could drive on the beach. At times on weekends and in the summer there was quite a line of cars wanting to get the salt and sand off their cars. (we used one of the quarter car washes a bit further west)
    It later became the Broadway Car Wash, then housed a dune buggy rental business. It has been vacant for some time.

    The right section of the building still exists. I can’t link a photo.

  10. We too,were very taken with our brand new ’60 Impala convertible till we took my Dad’s curmudgeon uncle for a lift in it.”This thing seems made of tinfoil”
    I guess body sheet metal was of a thicker gauge back in his day.

  11. In the first pix, the old truck looks like an International Harvester.
    The wagon is a ’61 chevy and the ’55 buick appears to be a hard top.
    As far as those Hondas, the 250 scrambler had a triangular rear hub that the sprocket attached to, the 305’s were round so it was easy to tell from the rear, espically while in motion as the 250’s looked like a “spinner hubcap” so to speak.
    Other than the engine & baging on the tank, they were the same.
    “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” were the advertising phrase of the day.

  12. Rough-tough Cream-puff on that fenderless Honda… 😉

    ( I get razzed all the time from my Hawg-riding friends for my love of vintage Honda MC’s… first bike was a 1969 Honda CB-450 – Japanese Triumph. )

  13. I recently bought a 1955 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Hardtop Coupe (with factory A/C) – a car that sort of found me and I have to say I never noticed them in pictures and … until owning one, but it amazes me how many pictures you have posted over time that have s a 1955 or 1956 Buick in the background (two photos in this post show 55’s and both are possibly Condor Yellow which I believe is a “spring color” for 1955).

    • You see so many 55 Buicks in pictures because there were so many on the roads well up into the 60’s at least. Buick took the number 3 sales spot from Plymouth that year. I have owned 55 Buicks since 1964 and I am restoring a 55 Special as a driver now. I got my love for Buicks from my Dad as he drove them from the time he returned from the Army after WWII until the day he died. As always, thanks for the great pictures and the memories!!

    • My cousin bought a new 60 Pontiac with a 389,tri power and 4 speed. Don’t ever remember him starting out without puttin down some rubber!

  14. Honda had two slogans in those days:
    “You meet the nicest kind of people” and
    “I’ve come for your daughter”.

    This image is the latter, perhaps just before dad came out and chased him off.

    I like that pic.

  15. Pretty sure that was the car wash I used to stop at after every visit to Daytona back in the 1960’s when I lived about an hour from the beach. After cruising up and down the beach all day in the salt air, you would be foolish not to take your car through a car wash on the way home!

  16. On that green Chrysler in picture 3 I’m not sure if that black spot is actually a patch in the fender or just a pice of gunk that got stuck to the film. Blown up, there does appear to be a ring of rivets around it. What really has me stumped are the two” loops” sticking out from the rocker panel and fender behind both wheels. I wanted to say curb feelers perhaps but they don’t look they could actually serve that function. The trim on the bottom edge seems either rusty or very dirty?

  17. Follow this site primarily for the early cars, trucks and old photos in general, but the chukka boots are what caught my attention. Yes, I’ve noticed them in stores today. Had several pair late ’50s early ’60s, loden green were my favorite. Seemed to go with cool cars, DA haircuts and rock & roll.

  18. Sometimes Ya wonder what creates such a perfect vertical crease: (RR fender and the 3 St. Steel strips MY guess: the 6″ X 6″ vertical angle iron on the corner of a Loading Dock ! (The Dock won that round!!! ) Edwin W.

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