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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Old Car Photos

We are sorry that the photos for Number One-Hundred and Forty-Eight of the Kodachrome Car Photos Series today are not as good as what is usually posted here on Fridays. The continued internet outage due to the high winds that passed through the area have left our photo archives temporarily inaccessible. This was the best that could be done for today, sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully, we will be back on track for tomorrow.

The lead image contains a man proudly posing with a turquoise and white Chevrolet two-door hardtop that judging by its appearance appears to near new. In its day this model was one of the best performing and handing cars due to the new 283 c.i. engine which was set back in the chassis more than what was usual at the time. The changes led to this model being extremely successful on both the drag strip and on circle tracks across the country.

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.

  • This woman’s boots must have made a fashion statement in the day – tells us all about the pair of Plymouth’s in the image.

  • A pair of well optioned early-1960s Ford Motor Company automobiles, both finished in black.

  • A 1950s view of a housing development with the majority of parked cars in the scene being late model vehicles.

41 responses to “Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Old Car Photos

  1. Somebody in the last image certainly liked their Ramblers ; a very nice 58-59 Ambassador sedan gets driveway honors over their American station wagon.

    Thanks for your efforts in keeping the masses entertained during your challenging moments of out(r)age!!

  2. David,

    Sorry to read you’re still having internet problems. Hope they’re solved soon.

    Pictures are great !!

    In the 4th photograph, parked on the street, center, is a white 1955 RAMBLER Suburban.

      • David, many thanks for the terrific photos. Glad your internet has been restored. Like our Cleveland weather, yours is fickle, too. Snowed here yesterday; bright and sunny this morning.

    • That would be Rambler Cross Country, could be either a Nash or a Hudson. We can’t read the badge, so leave it at that.

  3. One of my childhood favorites, a ‘ 59 Chevy 4dr. Hardtop (aka “flattop”) is way in the background of picture 3.

  4. I’m not seeing any drop in quality.

    And that bug/gravel guard on the Chevy is wonderful. I guess there were a higher percentage of dirt roads back then , and you wouldn’t want the new car dinged up.

  5. David, no disappointments here; hope your internet is up & running as it should soon. In the first photo, I noticed you stated the `57 Chevy was a 2dr. hardtop. Looking through the windshield at the pass. side windows, the C-pillar tells me this is a 4dr. sports sedan (hardtop) model. (I thought it was a 2dr. at first also)
    The third image features a car I’ve long-loved: a `60 Mercury Park Lane wagon! Complete with rear skirts too! A teacher I had drove one when I started school.

    • Hi Will, I’ll give it to you. If you look (first pic) next to the left hand and knee you see the split in the body. and trim of the back door.

      Here’s to spring!

    • That just doesn’t look heavy enough to be a C pillar. More like the chrome trim around the window glass. Which makes it the hardtop.

    • Curb feeler accessory on the brown sedan in pic #2…..and is that a an parking brake rock behind the tire?? or a snowball??

  6. Life in suburbia was good for someone: a ’60 Mercury Colony Park hardtop station wagon and a ’62 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible!

  7. That ’57 Chev’s front grill screen is interesting. Must have been a buggy place, or maybe catching flies for fishing.

  8. Thanks again for this photo series. The bug screen’s use of the ’57
    Chevy’s hood rockets as mounting points may actually be the only practical application for them since, well, 1957.

  9. 1st pic, it’s a 1958 Illinois plate, and lots of bugs in Illinois in the summer. Those bug screens, I think were a dealer add-on. And remember “penny loafers”? 2nd, remember when you could sit on a bumper? Skiers must have liked Plymouths. 3rd pic, I agree on the ’62 Ford as a Galaxie 500 XL. Stainless skirts, wide side molding, and a 390 badge ( but could be a 406) on the fender, top of the line car. The Merc was a tank. And last, a new subdivison in SE Wisconsin, and these folks worked for Rambler in some capacity. People rarely had Ramblers anywhere else, much less 2.

    • Wow! They sold 374,240 1959 Ramblers in Southern Wisconsin? Quite a feat!

      BTW that was number 6 in sales that year, more than Buick, Dodge, Mercury, Cadillac, Studebaker, Chrysler, etc .

      Pontiac and Oldsmobile outsold the Rambler by about 9k. Chevy, Ford Plymouth were the top three.

      • Clearly, that wasn’t the case, however, growing up in Milwaukee, Rambler was a very popular car in Wisconsin. As we traveled farther away from Wisconsin, Ramblers got fewer and fewer. We were very proud of Rambler, and noticed every one.

  10. The Mercury wagon and Ford convertible must have been owned by the same person, obviously a Ford fan. Both are black, with whitewall tires, fender skirts, and rear-view mirrors atop their front fenders. Is that a ’56 Lincoln back by the garage–or a Plymouth ?

    • I agree, the sedan has the taillights of a 1953 Cranbrook. The wagon is hard to identify the year…. suspect similar vintage.

  11. I guess it must be my glasses, but I can’t see any problems with your efforts! We had the wind a couple of days ago, here at the western end of Lake Ontario, appreciate all the great work you are doing, don’t get any ulcers over your problems!

  12. Love the colors of the cars in the first and last pictures. A sharp contrast to today’s blacks and whites and shades in between! The guy in the first picture went for the 283 over the 265 judging by the golden Vee on the hood.

  13. I agree with others here that I do not see a decline is quality in these photos. There is just something not right with that fancy ’57 Chevy and the ugly bug screen. The Merc wagon and the Ford convertible might be parking against the curb because they are too long to fit in the driveway.

  14. The two 1953 Plymouths are so clean and new looking in the second photo.
    Love the 1960 Colony Park! The 1962 Ford convertible could be a Sunliner rather than an XL. I also vote for a 56 Plymouth in the driveway.
    The last photo on the right side of the street I see a 57 Ford Ranch Wagon, a 2 passenger T- Bird in the street , and limited production, high performance 57 Fury in the driveway. That Fury was the middle version (56-58) with the “golden fins”.

    • Mike,
      You have a keen eye. I was 15 in 1959, and a car guy already. I think you are correct on the 1957 Fury, but the ’57 through ’59 Plymouths share the Fins. On the left side of the street is a 1959 Ford wagon, behind it is a 1952 or 1953 Blue Holiday Olds or Cadillac. The 1959 Chevy on the right is a 4 door flattop.
      I really love all the pictures, Thank you all for your comments, it adds a lot to the pictures.

  15. Fourth image: Interesting to me that even the folks with garages and long driveways seem to prefer parking near the street. (Bad choice when returning from the grocery.) Showing off, perhaps?

  16. ANY pictures without snow are welcome, and I see nothing wrong with the quality anyway. Thanks for pushing through!

  17. I thought that the bug screen was not so bad, compared to other accessories that claim “value”! Each area had its own accessories, years ago, depending upon the circumstance: My family members in Oshkosh, Wisc. , (in Winter-time), were using block heaters, chains, accurately controlled anti- freeze , etc. In the Springtime, was when Bug Screens became popular: Oshkosh is near Lake Winnebago & the Fox River. There is a “bloom ” of “Lake-flies” each Spring , there, which can severely clog radiator fins & tubes, and some air cleaners almost instantly !!! Overheating or starving for engine Intake air are possible, and on the “peak days”: probable! Also , another problem at that time is ice- like slipperiness(!!!)(- from a 1/4″, to over 1″ of (after mating & making more flies!), – dead slimy insect bodies!!! Bug screens are not a foo-foo joke at certain times of certain seasons of certain areas Note: is was not uncommon to back flow: High volume compressed air through the radiator core at least two times or more — in bug season on transcontinental trips!!! Ask any cross-country Trucker about this . Bug “blooms” can happen in a big hurry, “an’ set-cha – ta – walkin’! Out in the Western Desert crossing areas, it was very common to see a flaxen – canvas water bag, attached to a door handle (with a loop). it was regarded as a necessity for folks or vehicles alike! Yeah it looks ugly like the bug screen, but could save your bacon!!! It is not uncommon for our AA ford 1-1/2 Ton Truck to carry a filled water bag in the summer! someone, or some-thing ,or both — might need a drink!

    • Never saw the canvas bags on a door handle, but saw lots hung at the front of the car over the bumper in the CA/AZ/NM/TX deserts in the 50’s and 60’s.

  18. I’ guessing the bug screen is really a rock screen. Typical of what was often seen on the Alaskan highway before it was completely paved.

  19. The second picture struck a chord with me as soon as I saw it. My dad worked for Ford Motor Company and of course we always had Fords. My mom had a 62 convertible with the stainless skits like the one on the photo, only her car was red with the center stripe next to the chrome being black. Most cars nearly always had white stripes . I have only seen two of three red cars with the black stripes. Her car too was a 390.

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