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Four Fun Friday Fifties and Sixties Kodachrome Car Photos

Number One-Hundred and Sixty-Two of the Kodachrome Car Photo Series begins this week with an image of a gentleman on a trip to Cape Cod, located in eastern Massachusetts with a 1960s Pontiac station wagon. It appears his significant other took this photo on the Cape at a Gulf Service Station where he filled up the tank with either “Good” Gulf at 24 & 9/10s cents a gallon or “Gulftane” at 24 & 9/1os.

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.

  • We have seen this woman earlier in a photo taken in the wintertime with this sporty little Plymouth.

  • Summer fun at a semi-rustic cabin in the woods, and check out the painted rocks.

  • A woman and this near-new Ford two-door hardtop with two-tone paint pose at a seaside parking lot.


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

  1. Great pictures again.

    In the 3rd photograph, behind the 1948 OLDSMOBILE Dynamic convertible, is a two-door 1949 or ’50 NASH.

    The “cabin” appears to be a farm house for the kids’ grandparents. Interesting there’s a “WARNING” sign on the front of the house and barbed-wire in the foreground.

  2. “Pop” looks happy while Mom snaps a photo in Cape Cod. The `63 Catalina wagon looks brand-spankin’ new!
    The photo of the Barracuda touches my heart. I own a very early `64 1/2 with some rare options, but it’s in storage right now, in dire need of some TLC. Brings back alot of memories. On the `51 Ford hardtop Victoria, notice only the driver’s side has both windows rolled down; the pass. side has the windows up. I bet it’s fairly new, and it was a feature he wanted to show off. I don’t blame him. Ford sold WAY more of these than Chevy’s Bel Air HT that year!

    • I had a ’65 Barracuda in college. It had the big slant 6 and a factory 4 speed with Hurst shifter. Used to Rally and Autocross it some. It’s the “one” I wish I’d kept!

  3. In the first photos it’s a ’63 Pontiac Station Wagon getting fiuled up. Second is a Plymouth Barracuda and the last photo is of a ’51 Ford 2 door hardtop, the first year for that model by Ford.

  4. I hope dad got “Good Gulf” (with Nonox) for that big Poncho. I wonder if he has leather patches on the elbows of that jacket. 2nd, friend had a Barracuda like that, slant 6, used a quart of oil a day, 3rd, anybody else hear a banjo playing? And last, I wonder if that ’51 Ford has the new “Fordomatic”, ?

    • Depending on which version of the 389 V8 the Pontiac has it might be perfectly content with the low priced gas. My family owned a small herd of early & mid-sixties Pontiacs and they were fine with regular gas, even the ones with the four barrel carb got the cheap stuff. During that era Pontiac offered the 389 in six or seven stages of tune and you didn’t really need the premium fuel until you got into the high output engines. These cars were all purchased well used and we got several years of use out of all of them; there is something to be said about a huge, slow turning, under stressed engine when you want cheap wheels.

  5. Back in high school, my local gasoline station was a Gulf station. I always purchased the cheapest of the 3 Gulf gasolines that being Gulftane at 19.9 cents a gallon. There were 3 gasoline pumps of different octanes beginning with Gulftane, then the mid-grade Good Gulf, and then Gulf No-Nox, the highest octane of the three. Who remembers getting the plastic No-Nox Extra Kick horseshoes to stick on the back of your car when you purchased the Gulf No-Nox gasoline?
    I remember driving into an Atlantic gasoline station and seeing their cheapest gasoline was 22.9 cents a gallon. What? 22.9 cents? I wasn’t going to pay that much. I drove out.

    • Mike,

      Also in high school, had a 1961 OLDSMOBILE F-85 with a dent on one of the rear fenders. Those twin orange “horseshoes” looked good in the dent !!


      • What a great idea having those horseshoes in the dent!
        I find that those horseshoes can be found for sale on line.

    • Still have a set of horseshoes tucked away somewhere.
      Mom would pull or Rambler statonwagon in to the Swann Osterholm Service Gulf station when I was a kid. When the attendant came to the window she would always say, “Fill it up with 50/50.” That was a mix of two grades she explained to me later.

    • My father owned a Gulf station in the sixties and early seventies. I had entirely forgotten about the horseshoes, as well. Thanks for the memories.

  6. What a great Friday the 13th treat. All great photos, I was especially drawn to the family in front of the cabin. It reminded me of growing up in the 50’s. We lived in the suburbs, but took many a trip to visit grandparents and other family members living in the wilds of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas. What fond memories. It’s too bad that many people think of “hill folks” as those lazy, uneducated, and perverted characters shown in Hollywood movies. My own experience has shown me people who are hard working, honest, intelligent,and kind as any I have met. Thanks for the great pictures.

  7. i bought a barracuda the same color in the 70’s. my first and last flood car. still ran pretty good with the 273, had a burnt valve and rubber u joints.

  8. The 63 Pontiac Catalina station wagon is just like my Mom and Dad’s only theirs was fire engine red! What a beautiful car! I was 5 years old and thought it was just grand! Being from the Cape, this picture is near and dear to my heart!

  9. Remember selling Sunoco “190” for 17.9 while the Gulf station across the intersection was selling Gulftane for 19.9
    We were always having “price wars” and when they would raise the price .05, customers would block their driveway/intersection while in line, to buy ours.
    Good ol’days as a “pump Jockey” during High School.

  10. I’m betting that the cabin photo was in the early 60s because of the 2 crewcuts.
    That hairstyle automatically got put on you whenever you went to the barbers if you didn’t tell him different back then.
    It was all because of John Glenn.
    Couldn’t see any painted rocks.

  11. The last photo has the last of the three years of “Shoebox [’49 – ’51]” Fords, (This one being; ’51 , and also a Victoria “Hardtop Convertible” that would not convert, a Fixed body style with no window post , a beautiful styling design with a whopper wind whistle and cold air entering in the Winter —when the rubber seal got hard and no longer flexible. Folks didn’t seem to care about that, compared to the styling of a “Hardtop” !!! the ’49 Model was Ford’s first Modern design , as it boldly stepped away from ’42 through ’48 design stagnation of GM, Chrysler etc..! (Thanks to the insistence of Henry Ford II . The ’51 also had other firsts: A tried & true (already) 3-speed Automatic Trans, option, and a Key operated starter, for both (6 or V-8) engines. All cars had different trim, — front and rear. More paint / trim schemes, The “hardtop design carried on for many years later. The ’51 Ford Six was “quite a mileage champ”, when combined with Overdrive . Edwin W. The unique distributor/ carburetor “combo” ’49-’53 also contributed to economy or power. Edwin W.

  12. The Barracuda is a ’64 – the way you can tell from only the side view is that the Barracuda script on the front fender has a long tail on the last “a” – ’65’s had a shorter tail. From the back, the ’64’s have a Valiant script next to the right side taillight – that part first appeared on the ’60 Valiant’s front fender. I’ve had my ’64 Barracuda for more than 30 years now…

  13. The gentleman refuelling in the top photo had a freshly dry cleaned suit hanging in the rear seat, as well as some boxes in the back – maybe he is attending a conference/seminar?

  14. Nice – I learned to 4-wheel-drift in a baby blue ’63 Catalina Wagon – in the Poconos (PA) I was 12 or 13 at the time – this early training has helped in racing my 1956 Porsche 356A

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