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Four Fun Friday Fifties Kodachrome Car Images

Number One-Hundred and Twenty-Three of the Kodachrome Image Series begins this week with a colorful image of a bride and groom who have apparently just arrived at the “De Luxe” for their reception. The bright red Buick has red upholstery and looks quite sharp with the windows up and the top boot in place.

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.

Editors note: We are using this Columbus Day holiday weekend to do some fall cleanup work in the workshop and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage here in Vermont and will be back again on Tuesday morning.

  • We posted this photo of flooding in Miami in the late-1950s as a reminder to our readers to help those in need by contributing to the relief funds for Florida and Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

  • A view of downtown Laguna Beach and the historic Laguna Hotel, there is a lot to see here including a semi-customized car. 

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29 responses to “Four Fun Friday Fifties Kodachrome Car Images

  1. By semi-customized, do you mean whatever is behind the 60 Chevy wagon? Looks like a lowered 58 Chevy with Packard-Hawk fins, Maybe.

  2. Real nice photographs again !!

    In the lead picture is a 1952 BUICK Super convertible.

    In the 2nd picture the ’57 CHEVROLET Bel Air, with a six banger, will be riding its brakes to dry them out !!

    In the 3rd picture there’s a white 1960 FORD beach-wagon, which has been over filled with gasoline too often, about to enter the intersection.

    In the 4th picture is a tri-tone 1956 NASH Rambler Custom Cross Country wagon, which is over loaded and starting to show some rust.

    • Hi AML, while I think all ’56 Rambler wagons were called “Cross Country”, I don’t think this is a Custom. It’s missing the “Rambler Custom” script on the rear 1/4. The 1960 Ford was called a Ranch Wagon. My old man had several ( the cheapies)

  3. Second car behind the TR3 appears to be lowered, a Chevy, maybe. “60 ford wagon has a slopped over gas fill. Sedan delivery at the curb on the right

  4. Google Earth: Looking south on the Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, yes the hotel is still there and except for a few trees the area hasn’t changed all that much.

  5. 1st pic, must be “before” the wedding, no bride. Dad took the picture with the new in-laws in the back. 2nd, heck, this is just a flooded intersection, I’m sure it pales in comparison to what happened recently. Got to be a mess. The 1960 Ford wagon does have those gas stains, as does the Nash. I remember, no auto shut off’s, and the attendant ( almost no self serve then) would literally, fill it until it over flowed, leaving those residue stains. No biggie, gas seemed to evaporate a lot faster back then. The wagon looks to have the remnants of those whitewalls that were added to the bead.( and then come flapping apart) Weatherstripping hanging out, rust already, probably just off the showroom floor. Kidding, these Rambler wagons were incredibly popular in Wisconsin. Many workers probably built their own cars. The different color combos on Ramblers was great. Not many other car makers did that.

  6. On the 2nd pic, the newest cars here appear to be from the 1957 model year, all in the middle of the street (and wading in deep water): Chevy, Ford and my absolute favourite: a beautiful white-over-pink Chrysler. Too bad these cars were so terrible put together, leaky and VERY prone to rust. I wonder if the owner in his new Chrysler had yet to experience that, or if his feet were wet already?
    At the parking on the left, it’s 1955 all-over: Buick, Plymouth and Mercury.
    Driving away from the viewer, about ot enter the pool is a 1952 or 1953 Cadillac.

    3rd pic, behind the ’60 Ford Wagon is a 1956 Mercury. In front at the right we see a part of the newest car here: a 1961-1963 era Thunderbird.

  7. 3rd picture. I see a ’60 chevy wagon, a ’60 ford wagon, and I’m not sure about the green one behind the ’58 chevy. Maybe a plymouth? And possibly a white ford wagon 2 cars behind the corvette. I know station wagons were popular during that era.

  8. That Buick in the 1st photo looks like it should have whitewalls. And who ever heard of an in-law in the back seat with a full length veil? I think it’s an older couple getting married.

    • I have to agree with Dave,who would have a up scale car like a Buick ragtop and not spring for white walls! It was always a pet peeve of mine to see a convert with the top down and the windows rolled up. That 56 Chevy 210 HT is a very rare sight, even when new, I worked with a guy back in the 60’s that had an all black 210 HT that he had bought new, he had ordered it with the 265 power pack engine with a standard trans and overdrive. I have always wondered what ever became of that car, he was a fanatic about keeping it clean and in tip top running order.
      Never was a Rambler fan but they did have some neat colors.

  9. the Port-A- Vents (3) on each fender of the red rag-top Buick will always tell you the price range of the car. 4 Port-A- Vents — and you are really stylin’!!! 1937 Buicks Don’t have ’em ! All of ’em look elegant!!!

  10. I’m with Dave Mason on all counts. The couple in the back
    seat is the bridal couple. Look at that fancy veil she is wear-
    ing. Think too that they look to be a little older. Also think
    the Buick would look great with some wide whites, keep
    in mind that that was the era of the Korean War and ww
    tires were somewhat scarce. Assuming that the photo
    was taken from that time ’51 or ’52.

  11. My dad was a “Buick Man”, so I grew up around, and being obsessed with 50’s Buicks. This red convertible is a real beauty. My dad bought a new one that the same year, not a convertible but a maroon “Riviera” model (which is what Buick called their then-new pillarless coupe), or “hardtop convertible” as they were also sometimes called. LORD I loved that car; cried like a little girl when he traded it in maybe only a year or two later! (My dad didn’t keep cars very long.)

    Seems a bit odd to see this one with black tires — anybody who ordered a red convertible would almost certainly include whitewalls on the option list!

  12. In the Laguna Beach picture, that is the corner on PCH where the Laguna Beach Greeter – Eiler Larsen – stood a shouted greetings to all passersby from the 1940s to the 1970s. A real institution there. Surprised he is not in the picture.

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