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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number One-Hundred and Thirty-Nine of the Kodachrome Image Series begins this week with a rare photo of one of the Ford Motor Companies “Pony Cars” that has been reworked by a specialist. In addition to year, make, and model, tell us the manufacturer of the wheels and tires.

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 at all the earlier parts of this series here. The images are via This Was Americar.

  • Here we are at the Cold Springs Chalet with a handsome two-door hardtop and mom and daughter ready to enjoy a day on the slopes.

  • If you don’t stop making fun of me and my dog my sister is going to beat you up.

  • This late-1950s two-door hardtop in avacodo and white has Italian styling and is fitted with an accessory continental kit.


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

      • Too bad the lower chrome strip is misaligned where the door meets the rear fender. A minor flaw, perhaps, but the kind that makes one wonder what else might have gone invisibly awry at the assembly plant. Quality issues like this plagued many American brands and opened the door to foreign manufacturers.

        • Not necessarily the case- “foreign” manufacturers had their problems early on i.e. mid 60’s Toyota, VW, Datsun, Borgward, and of course Audi. Rust was a big issue with Japanese brands, with some having visible rust as they were being unloaded from the cargo ships.

  1. The Oldsmobile hardtop has a 1962 North Carolina plate. ’61 and ’62 were the only two years where the number was at the lower left (it was lower right in most years), and the colors inverted each year from 1953-66.

    • That one caught my eye. In the early fifties. My Pop pop bought one (forest green) from a cab company. He used it for four years. He once drove it from Philly to L.A. and back. During this time my dad bought one (moss green). He ran it for about four years also. A decade later (’68) My step dad picked up a pristine example of a 40,000 mile 2 door. It was dove gray like the one above. Three years later he bequeathed it to me, since I was already treating it as my own. I drove it to NYC, North Carolina, Ohio in extreme comfort and reliability. A pure pleasure, in handling, braking, steering, ride. Two decades later , my wife insisted that she just HAD to have one. We wound up with a black 2door. It was certainly not as tight as my gray one was. But let’s say it was lots of fun. I was baffled though, that much of the public had no appreciation for a good machine just because it’s a plain old car. Although the fellow who bought it from me was thrilled.

      Thanks for pointing it out and listening to me.

  2. Wow, I love that Mustang, although the side-exiting exhaust might be a bit over the top. It has a ’66 gas cap, so I’ll assume it’s a ’66 model, and it looks like the owner “detrimmed” it to perhaps emulate the Bullitt Mustang from ’68. It’s missing the rocker panel moldings that fastbacks came with, and it’s missing all its emblems, too. It looks like it has Torq-Thrust wheels and ’66 GT 350 quarter windows instead of the standard slats. Cool car…

    • My bet would be…. it was trimmed out to emulate a Shelby with the sail panel windows and side scoops as well as the rims without center cones. I would have done the same 🙂

  3. I love the `60 Olds 98 Sports sedan in the third pic, but that girl reminds me of “Lisa Lupner”–Gilda Radner’s character on SNL! A beautiful `57 Series 62 Coupe DeVille at the ski resort! And while the `57 Nash Country Club hardtop may have been new in this photo, it sure looked dumpy compared to what everyone else was offering that year.

  4. Some day, someone is going to say, “hey, that’s me”, referring to the 1st pic. It didn’t take long for folks to personalize the Mustang ( ’66 2+2?) Mag wheel, redline tires, side exit exhaust ( indicating headers) Can’t make out the plate, but very well could be Wisconsin. One thing for sure, that car didn’t do well in the snow.
    I’m thinking that’s not mother and daughter, new Cadillac, California?
    I had a neighbor with a 1960 Olds like that. As a kid, it seemed huge to me. And for the record, she may look a bit reserved now, that girl went on to be the hottest girl in high school. ( D’OH)
    The last pic, someone still had an affection for this car, the last Nash to roll out of Kenosha. With styling by Pininfarina (small badge on the rear pillar) and one of the 1st cars with quad headlights ( stacked) it was a beautiful car.

    • While in High School I made side exhausts like that for a few of my buddies. Tap into the original header pipe with a Cherry Bomb muffler, pivot a length of driveshaft on the rounded muffler end and weld it up. Great sound!

  5. The lead Mustang photo.

    Possibly a 1966 from the gas cap or a GT model.

    Side exhaust similar to a 1965 Shelby GT 350 Mustang.

    Quarter windows from 1966 Shelby.

    Wheels are either original American Racing or era copies.

    No hood scoop or distinctive fender badging.


  6. Oh no ! The first pic looks like me in that time frame , the second could have been me up at Bromley VT in that time , the third…I had those plates, as I was at Ft. Bragg in that year, the last…yes , I did drive a Rambler Rebel in the late 70’s

  7. My era for sure ! Mustangs modified like this everywhere, a girl named Joyce in high school drove a Caddy identical to this one, a Mr. Rogers on the street below ours had an Olds like this ( seemed so fast to me), and one of my aunts and her hubby both had new Nashes like this except for the colors. We thought they must be the richest people in the world back then, ha !

  8. Mustangs were downright scary on snow and ice. In 1967, my then-girlfriend had a ’66 Coupe, and once, with her driving (on ice with me in the passenger seat), it got loose. I just reached over and steered into the skid. We were OK, but she was royally torqued that I usurped her right to drive (i.e., wreck the car).

    • I can verify that older Mustangs were nearly impossible to drive on snow or ice. My 1984 Mustang GT was bad enough but the ’88 that replaced it was downright dangerous. The 1988 Mustang had Goodyear “Gatorback” tires and they would spin if the street was barely damp, much less icy. The newer Mustangs with traction control, etc. might be better but I’m not going to risk it; my current Mustang (2014) stays in the garage if I even think it will snow.

      • No sweat…I put a set of Michelin winter tires on my wife’s 2012 Mustang daily driver, and it’s the best car I’ve ever driven in the snow. It’s amazing. We live in Michigan, too, so we don’t just deal with a dusting here and there.

        • Yeah, but I have driven in winter in parts of Michigan (Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, etc.) and it amazes me how many poor ‘winter’ drivers there are! Countless skids off the freeway, folks doing 360’s in my rearview, slides into cross traffic at intersections, unbelievable numbers of people driving on ‘normal’ tires (“well, they are almost new, so no problem” overheard in a coffee shop making me spit out half a cup!).

          • Dog, you shoud come to Atlanta on the rare occasions we get some snow if you wanna see people who cannot drive in ‘winter”!

            I generally won’t even leave the house these days if there is snow or ice on the roads. It’s just not worth the risk…

          • All very true, but we still have to get to work…and if you have to go to work, there’s nothing like doing it with a little style! 🙂

            On the other hand, my 2012 Focus with regular all season tires is nowhere near as competent in the snow, but with that being said, drivers should alter their driving style a bit. Not everyone does, as mentioned above. I think all kids in driver’s ed should be forced to get a car out of shape in an open, safe space; and they shouldn’t pass unless they can control a skid. Needless to say, I learned the craft in my youth by practicing lurid powerslides in my ’87 T-Bird.

  9. Love those eyeglasses. Wonder why they went out of style.

    My mother had a ’60 Olds similar to the one in the photo. It had the most confused 4-speed automatic transmission I’d ever driven. No matter the situation, it was always in the wrong gear.

  10. The flashy, two-tone ’57 Nash Ambassador looks to be parked in the quintessential ideal 1950’s postwar suburb including three identical houses other than their pastel colors. Any one remember the satirical song “Little Boxes on the Hillside”?

    • That would be Malvina Reynolds, “Little Boxes” ( made of ticky-tacky) written in 1962. It was a satirical look at the leap to the suburbs, “ticky-tacky” referred to the shoddy material used, “and they all look just the same”. It was a pretty big hit.

    • Sure do, by Malvina Reynolds, a California grandmother, it was kind of a staple on the folk scene back in the 60s. With the lyrics
      “There’s a pink one and a green one
      And a blue one and a yellow one
      And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
      And they all look just the same.”
      this photo could’ve been the cover art for the album. Her other “Greatest Hit” was “The Day the Freeway Froze,” about a massive LA traffic jam.

  11. Dont think those are genuine American Racing wheels on the Mustang – the centre flange looks ‘wrong’. Cant tell you exactly what they are tho – dozens of copies by other companies out there.
    Likewise, lots of companies made redline tyres ; Uniroyal was the first I believe with its ‘Tiger Paws’ if memory serves.
    Very cool ‘Shelby-ised’ Mustang tho, and probably done before the Bullitt movie.

  12. I can’t believe how copy-cat design the American auto industry has become, no originality, no style, no flair …you’ve got to read a nameplate to know what it is.

  13. The third photo down is a ’60 Oldsmobile 4 dr hardtop. Beautiful car. I remember going to the local Olds dealer with my father to look at the car and was disappointed that Dad didn’t buy it. It was gorgeous.
    The ’57 Nash Ambassador Country Club Hardtop is a beauty. Very substantial looking car . Those Nashes were beautiful riding cars.

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