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Pacific Coast Highway: Malibu California Sport Fishing Pier

Over the last month photos of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California have been featured here and today marks a return to the same location for a view this time to the west side of Highway and the Malibu Sport Fishing Pier. The facility is located directly across Route 101 from the Anchor Inn Cafe and the open air Texaco filling station next to it featured earlier. The image was taken by Bob Plunkett of Los Angeles circa 1950.

According to the California State Parks, the Pier was constructed in 1905 for loading boats with agricultural products from “Malibu Rancho” and for receiving shipments. The Pier opened to the public for fishing in 1934.

The sectional enlargements below show the vehicles in the scene in detail. Tell us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Huntington Library.

35 responses to “Pacific Coast Highway: Malibu California Sport Fishing Pier

  1. The ’41 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe, setting top down with a blanket draped to prevent the sun from heating up the front seat, is impressive.

    But the hands-down rarity is parked ahead of the ’41 Cadillac and postwar Ford sedan: a ’38 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton Model 80-C, one of 350 built for domestic sales and 61 for export.

    • The other (equally rare today) convertible is the late forties topdown Studabaker Commander, off the road, snug up to the little tower, as well as, under the pier sign and entrance, also to the west of the aforementioned “Chipster”.

  2. A 38 Buick 4 door convertible with sidemounts, wow, one car away a Cadillac convertible. Was the pier privately owned, was there an admission fee?

  3. I held back on the previous Malibu pics, and even though they were taken on separate days..there was that Buick convertible at the curb. I find 1951 as the newest and a 20 year old car beneath the Pier sign. Love the Skil Saw sales and service truck….back when you used that name and everyone knew what it was. That beautiful Caddy probably needs a new top or mechanism repair.

    • I think the Skil Saw truck is a 1948 – 1950 Chevrolet DeLuxe Panel, probably a Model 3805 on the 137 inch wheelbase. See the details at the link below (replace the three instances of the word “dot” with a period).

      www dot uniquecarsandparts dot com dot au/brochures/_GM_Trucks_Vans/1948%20Chevrolet%20Trucks%20Brochure/1948%20Chevrolet%20Trucks-20.jpg

  4. Didn’t Jim Rockford live just to the right of this pier?

    Love the beach house with the 3 car garage. I wonder what is behind doors 1 and 3.

  5. On the far left at the light, a nice new `50 Studebaker sedan. Over on the far right, parked against the curb is a gorgeous light-colored (yellow?) `41 Cadillac cvt.

  6. In the second photo I see a 1941 Cadillac convertible and a 1938 Buick convertible sedan with side mounts. Both of these vehicles are iconic GM cars from the 30’s and 40’s.

  7. Little fuzzy, but looks like it could be a nice Harley in front of the mailbox in the first photo.
    Maybe another motorcycle peaking out from behind the right front fender of the beachside four door sedan in the second…

    • I think they’re both postwar Mopars, possibly Plymouths… the 2 head to toe really displaying the difference between real whitewalls on the coupe and the white plastic wheel shields on the sedan.

      • Believe the car (sedan) with the real white walls at the curb is a 49 Dodge. . .judging by grill and full chrome taillights. . .

  8. The oldest car there – under the TEXACO sign – a 1934 Chevrolet Standard two door coach.

    Interesting very short deck on the truck.

  9. The Chrysler Co. sedan referred to by Billy is, I believe a
    ’49 Dodge Coronet. Nice looking ride. Also like the Chevy
    Fleetline 2-dr. Either a ’49 or ’50 model. Can’t enlarge the
    pic enough to be specific on the front end.

  10. I’m thinking late 1950, maybe very early 1951. For 1951, California introduced yellow on black plates, and retiring and replacing all the black on yellows issued from 1947 on.

  11. I’m late to the game here…so I’m surprised no one commented on your final line of the into to this photo…
    “Tell us what you find of interest in this circa 1934 photograph ” !

  12. Knowing Malibu, I believe that I am looking at a CHP California Highway Patrol Officer On a Harley Davidson, conveniently parked behind a cross -walk, diagonally , (for a quick get- away , motor idling,) — waiting for someone coming down the hill , into Malibu Southbound, on “Sunday Drivers” Day, returning from the more northern beach towns (But it’s only Noon! ) Perhaps a rendezvous ? J. Sullivan is probably right about the “Sprung Hub” Triumph M/C, — (about 4 years later, — it very well might’ve been me!)

  13. The motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson, and it can’t be any later than 1948. Purists will argue that H-D offered the spring fork into 1949 for sidecar use, but I have to doubt that the CHP not have bought the new Hydra-Glide hydraulic fork in ’49 for solo, and pursuit duties. Forgive me for being so motorcycle centric; they are just so rare in these wonderful photographs.

  14. From the looks of the grille the Mopar with the whitewalls is a 50 Dodge. Love that 41 Cadillac convert and Buick with the side mounts. Is the dark 4 door heading South an Olds of about a 1940 vintage?

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