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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Images

Number One-Hundred and Forty of the Kodachrome Image Series begins this week with a photo of a mildly customized mid-sixties Corvette. It appears that this car may have been repainted in candy apple red and the owner turned up the bling factor quite a bit by adding a set of chrome-plated wheels and chromed or polished stainless panels covering the faux side vents.

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.

  • A McDonald’s restaurant was featured earlier in the week so today its time for the competition, Burger King.

  • A salvage yard in California containing vehicles dating from the 1930s to the late-1950s or possibly the early 1960s. Note the red station wagon equipped with quad headlamps.

  • “Ram Tough?”

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

  1. In the 3rd photograph, in the lower right corner, is a blue 1950 BUICK Super; forward of this BUICK is a two-tone, two-door, 1955 STUDEBAKER Champion; beyond this STUDEBAKER is either a 1952 or ’53 dark WILLYS Aero.

    • That’s a ’49 Buick in the salvage yard.

      That’s a wild Corvette at the top; it looks like a ’64, but what a paint job! And those wheels! I’d prefer a coupe, but why be picky?

      • AH! Candy Apple Red! But overall a crap car. Too bad. Looks like there might be a ’55 Chevy behind the 49 Buick and 2 past the Willys is another Studebaker – maybe a ’52?

        • Crap car?!?!? Aint NO 64 Corvette a crap car…
          Yes, I could live w/o the chrome covers over the ‘vents’ as well as the chromed cowl vents, but the Candy Apple Red and the Astro Supreme wheels are SO period; really cool, as are the undoubted 6 taillights in the back.

          The 64 Impala behind it looks just like the one my folks bought new at Wilkerson Chevrolet in Tulsa oklahoma, summer of 64.
          And turquoise on a 63 like in the second photo…sublime. 🙂

  2. Not only is the Corvette missing its bumpers, it’s also missing its wiper blades.

    Thanks again for Kodachrome Fridays!

  3. The BK image is interesting, as ours in Omaha had a different architecture , and didn’t arrive until about `68. The `57 Olds 98 Holiday sedan seems to have held up well into the 60s! The poor, frozen `54 Dodge…it looks like how I feel on a cold winter morning! BBRR! The salvage yard image I’d guess was taken around `65 or so; on the far right facing us, a red `60 Rambler wagon has met it’s fate. Too bad those CA. cars aren’t around anymore; some select ‘dry iron’ there for sure.

  4. The side vent “covers” on the Corvette look like they were Photoshopped. Also, it looks like the car is missing its windshield wipers. Parked in the background are a ’63 Chevrolet sedan and a ’64 Chevrolet hardtop, so they seem to have brand loyalty.

    • If you look at the pavement beside the Corvette, you will see sunlight reflected from each chrome wheel and a double reflection for the side vent covers. I think the vent covers look different because we are seeing a mirrored image of the pavement.

    • Although that is a’63 Chevrolet, it is not a sedan, but is a Super Sport hardtop. My first car was a ’63 SS convertible in Palomar Red, and I’d love to have it back!

    • I was telling my wife, a while ago, part of the reason for open cars was not just a lack of ‘bad actors’ .

      We didn’t load the cars with ‘stuff’ (it did not exist) as we do today. Also then, in warm weather the blast furnace from a closed car was unbearable.

    • I drive an 88 Volvo 240. Never lock the doors and leave the windows down in the summer. I leave nothing of value in the car. Never had a problem, just notes that someone wants to but it!

    • You probably would leave your windows down if you lived where I do. Smithville Texas. I don’t even lock my car when I leave it out over night.

  5. 1st pic, a rare photo of President Ford as a young man. Women’s body language tell’s a story. That woman leaning agin the tree thinking, ” that was suppose to be me in that Corvette”. I remember, you could buy little paint crayons to highlight the words on the tires. 3 cars, and all Chevy’s. We had BK’s in Milwaukee, but always played 2nd fiddle to McDonald’s. Rounding out the top 3 was Burger Chef. ( remember those?) ’63 Impala SS looks pretty new. 3rd pic, look at all those cars re-purposed Asian cars. We look at scenes like that now, and say ,”WHY!!!”, but truth is, this is what was left over after after all the good stuff was taken. And lastly, I read a very interesting article about the Dodge Ram hood ornament. It was commissioned in 1931 by a man named Avard Fairbanks, ( who created the Plymouth “Flying Mermaid” a few years earlier) trying a mountain lion, a jaguar, and other wild animals, and finally the mountain goat, saying, “the ram was master of the trail, and not afraid of even the wildest animals”. Walter Chrysler gave his approval in 1932. It remained the Dodge symbol until 2010, when it became the sole symbol of Dodge trucks. We had an inch of snow in the high plains the other day. I went back to bed. Viva retirement!!

    • I took a second look at the lead photo, Howard, and you’re right, that does look like Gerald Ford behind the wheel.

      I don’t mind the lack of bumpers on that Vette, but the changes to the fender “vents” and rocker panel trim do nothing for me.

  6. In the Corvette photo the gal under the tree in the red dress, clutching her purse, looks like she’s waiting for someone who’s coming to pick her up for lunch. It’s likely that she’s the owner of the beige ’63 Chevy in the driveway and, perhaps, she’s thinking that a ride in that Corvette might just be fun on such a nice day.

  7. The Corvette appears to be in a parade.
    The two girls are possibly “Rainbow Girls” and the driver an officer in a Masonic Lodge with his Lodge jewel around his neck.

    • The uniforms the two girls have on are not like any Rainbow Girls uniform I have ever seen. I had friends that were Rainbow girls and don’t remember seeing them in anything like that.

  8. It may be that the Corvettes side vents are chrome plated inserts that are reflecting the pavement. Also notice the bright reflection from the chrome on the pavement.

  9. The Corvette is most likely a ’64. Only ’63 & ’64 had those fender indentations, and the hood is missing the chrome ’63 inserts. Those modifications would be looked down on today for sure by Corvette purists.

  10. Two ’57 oldsmobiles on the same day? Great! (If that is one in the 3rd pic, far left. Gray.) Good pictures. Keep up the good work!

  11. In the first pic, I’m guessing this is somewhere around the Grand Rapids/Holland area. Those look like Dutch peasant costumes. Wonder if the guy’s dad was a Chevy dealer, if that’s his house.

    On the last pic, reminds me that the ’53-4 Plymouths and Dodges had different greenhouses from the B-Pillar rearward, yet they somehow looked more alike than the ’55-6s that replaced them, even though they shared the same greenhouse.

  12. If someone can figure out which PG and E power sub-station that is in third photo, we might be able to come up with a location of the salvage yard.

  13. I remember when it was legal to ride like that in convertibles,not just in parades or football rallies.
    Nowadays you’ll get a big fat moving violation bill.

    • Haha, I got one for that in 1970, while driving my mg. A girl was stretched out on the trans hump, shoulders and elbows on trunk, butt in the “back seat” and feet on the top of the windshield. She got a ticket too, for riding on a car, and my ticket was for not having control of my passengers and reckless driving.

  14. Based on the side trim the Dodge in the 4th picture is a 1953. The model name is missing from the front fender – it is either a Coronet or a Meadowbrook four door sedan.

  15. Re: Kurtruk question: It’s “hit or miss”on the possibility of: “Dry & less rust” Only in: “certain” of the P. G. & E. territories , and in City of Los Angeles Dept. Of W & P. territories (which basically follows the 200 mile long Aqueduct & hydro-electric Power). in a sort of: “patchwork quilt”. P G & E is seen more North on the coast and inland, plus: some Southern areas. Natural gas power has been added by both with some Reactor usage by PG& E (which may be shut, now?) Certain California areas are arid (dryer) , (rust “free) (great for junkyards!) The cumulus Clouds in the picture suggest: “Near the coast”, but not necessarily “At the beach” as that is: “Salt territory” There are also high mountainous territories (Sierras, & high Southern Ca. mountain range areas where “local” cars are exposed to seasonal road-salting! Our ’51 Ford came from the huge California Mojave Desert and it is reasonably “rust free”, “as- is”, at 37,000 miles.

    • I’m very aware of the topography of California, (having lived here all my life) as well as PG and E’s coverage. I was referring to the words on the sign above the PG and E logo. I’m sure it is the name of the substation. I just can’t read it on my monitor.

  16. I have to wonder if that Burger King was in Wallaston, Mass. in the city of Quincy. Our family had good friends there, and their car nut son dragged me (with no trouble) to every junk yard we could walk to. I recall that their Burger King was the first fast food chain restaurant I had been to, as we didn’t have that sort of thing in Connecticut. I also recall that your order was broadcast via microphone thru speaker to the cooks in the back. I know that architectural conformity was requisite for chain restaurants, and motels, but that just looks the image that was in my 10 year old head from the early ’60s. Thanks for ‘The Old Motor’.

    • It is the Bay Meadows Substation. It is at the corner of US 101 and Hwy. 92, west of the San Mateo Bridge. This site is now occupied by an exit ramp unfortunately.

  17. I going to say picture #4 is a 1953 Dodge D44. Dad bought ours new in 1953 to replace our ’52 Chevy because the Chevy had a 6 cylinder engine and the Dodge had the new V-8 Hemi engine and we needed the extra power to pull our utility trailer full of stuff when we moved from Michigan to California in August, 1953. Ours had the stick shift which seems to be not too common for that car. Ours was the same color as in the above picture except ours had a white roof. The engine was terrible in that it had to be rebuilt about every 30,000 miles due to the cylinder walls wearing out. Our engine had 3 major overhauls before 98,000 miles. I learned many years later that the iron in the engine block was too soft on a number of the cars was the reason.

  18. The Studebaker in the junk yard is not only a two door, but a two door sedan, not one of the famous and desirable C-K models. Two door sedans are little known as not many were produced.

  19. The Girls sitting at the back of the Corvette are wearing old traditional Swiss Clothing. I assume the picture was maybe taken at New Glarus or on a Traditional Parade ellswhere.

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