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The Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photos Series

Number One-Hundred and Sixty-Three of the Kodachrome Car Photo Series begins this week with an image of a couple posing with a Lincoln convertible sporting a very patriotic paint scheme. It appears that this land yacht was initially a red car with the blue and white added to it and finished off with the stars. Could this be Evel Knievel’s Mother and Father?

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 America.

  • This red 1960s sports car on the hook appears to look like a UFO in a landing field full of American iron.  

  • We think he caught this prize and then drove home with the car to put on his tuxedo for the photo to send into the local newspaper. Tell us about the fish and the Ford.

  •  Meanwhile, back home in Alabama….


44 responses to “The Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photos Series

  1. That `58 Continental Mark III is sure odd; makes me wonder what it’s meant to promote, besides the fourth of July. The gal in the last photo sure looks proud of her new `58 T-Bird! I would be too!

  2. 1st photo: behind the 1958 Lincoln is a mid-50s Studebaker President.
    2nd pic: early Porche 911, image taken around 1964? If so, the black 1957-1958 Dodge is well taken care of, they were really rust buckets that rarely looked that good when 6 or 7 years old. Also visible a 1960 Chevy and 1957 Buick.
    3rd pic: 1941 Ford
    4rh pic: T-bird and Plymouth both 1958, and a 1952-54 era Ford

  3. Oh my, I bet if I went through my old photos I could find several of my old red ‘66 Porsche 912 at the end of a tow truck hook.

    • For some reason that I can’t put my finger on, I think that Porsche is a 912, not a 911. Can anyone confirm or refute?

  4. Looks like there is some printing on the front of the Lincoln. It is a fairly new car to judge by the rest of the parked cars. Attention gathering in 1959 I am sure. 1964 Porsche 911 in guards red, broken down or illegally parked? 1941 Ford, Dapper Dan and his date. 1958 Thunderbird already splashed with Alabama clay. Many bemoan the demise of the two seater but the four place ‘bird was a stunning car in its own right.

  5. I said this on the This Was Americar page, but it’s true here as well. This feature has changed the way I watch old movies.

    Ruth and I watched That Touch of Mink (1962) the other day, and I kept looking in the background and thinking, “Oh, that’s a /58 T-bird. Is that cab a DeSoto?” And when Doris Day was stopping at every gas station in northern New Jersey to keep from winding up at the hotel with the cad, I was noticing signage and pumps.

    Thanks again, David, for a terrific site.

    • David King:

      I know what you mean. I sometimes lose track of the plot because of the cars.

      Remember the Lincoln Odd-Job crushed in Goldfinger? Heartbreaking! My lustful eyes were also fixed on the white Thunderbird convertible the CIA agents posing as racing touts were using to tail James Bond in Kentucky. If I only had that car today!

      • It annoyed me that the T-Bird kept appearing with and then without its fender skirts. ARGH! Car continuity in old films is my bug-a-boo. Many an old film is wrecked for me when the inside and the outside of a set car don’t match or when a car keeps changing between shots!

        • I forgot to mention: in “Goldfinger,” the car that Solo was riding in was a ’64. When it was crushed, it turned into a much more valuable and collectible ’61 (and you could see through the grill when it was lifted past the camera that it didn’t have an engine in it.)

        • I always hate when the camera is showing through the windshield at the driver and passenger as they are “supposedly” driving down the road, and the gear shift is obviously in park.

      • My favorite Bond car memory was from Dr. No: the chase down the mountain with Bond in the Sunbeam and the bad guys in the ’39 LaSalle hearse. Given the size and weight of the hearse, and the cornering they were doing, the Sunbeam should have left them in its dust in the first two minutes. But, you know, cinema magic, I suppose.

        • My favorite part of “Goldfinger” was when they dropped the crushed Lincoln into the Falcon Ranchero. If that were the full weight of the Lincoln the Falcon would have broken in half.

          • First, boy you guys are sharp! I’ll have to watch for those bloopers the next time I watch Goldfinger. Mike, I DID notice that when they dropped the Lincoln in the back of the Falcon that it hardly hunkered down. Considering that there was supposed to be a million dollars in gold (payoff for the gangster that Odd Job shot) at 1960’s prices, that should have added significant weight to the car.

  6. 1st pic, Uncle Louie always liked big cars, and they didn’t get any bigger than the ’58 Continental. I bet he smokes a cigar too. The trash can was made by a company called Bennett Mfg. ,Alden, NY. 2nd, Porsche and barren hills, Mel’s has got to be California. 3rd, 1941 plate, the fun soon stopped here for this fisherman. And last, they may be from Alabama, but looks like Florida to me.

  7. The Porsche is a ’66 or earlier model; the ’67 and later cars had the model designation at the top center of the engine lid, and this one has it at the lower right. Based on the appearance around the engine and muffler, it’s probably a 912. Whatever, the owner isn’t going to be happy about the damage caused by the tow-truck’s hooks.

  8. In the lead picture, parked on the far right, looks like an off-white 1953 or ’54 STUDEBAKER Commander Land Cruiser.

  9. Looks like a Studebaker Land Cruiser behind the red, white and blue Lincoln too. Love the paint job, we painted our 63 Mini red, white and blue stripes, stars, and flames back in 88. Still a favorite at shows, especially with the kids.
    2nd pic, love the big black 57 ( ? ) Dodge.
    3rd pic….yuk, it’s a carp !
    4th pic, my cousin had a “black Bird” like this. His was a 59 I think, and had the 430 engine. Nearly wrecked me in my 64 “Sloevrolet” when he went around me “topping it out” one day, ha !

  10. Oh, I forgot to mention I love this great blog! You have worked your way up to my first “go to” site while my wife makes dinner. Maybe it’s because I’m learning so much about cars from you folks.( Now, if I could only start learning about fish also!)

  11. 2nd pic, looks like a ’34 Dodge in the background. If the Fordor were not so shiny, I would think the car was owned by the military, as its’ the right color, but their vehicles were always a dull finish on the theory that light would not be reflected off it, thus giving the location away and making it a target.

  12. No matter where the tow truck driver
    Attached the tow hooks ,
    It’s for sure bent the rear swing arms ,
    damage the axles / cv joints or both .
    Of course he would not be responsible
    & it would be upon the owner to ” prove ”
    the tow company as liable ,
    Just saying never saw a tow truck operator whom caused any damage
    Any damage was either existing or
    Contributed directly to the loss
    Just saying …..

  13. The success of the four-seater Thunderbird prodded GM to develop the car that eventually emerged as the Buick Riviera.

    • Then the guy that made the Tbird change from the 2-seat to the 4-seat went on to become the president of Ford, then the longest running Secretary of Defense .

  14. I heard that those big orange ball 76 signs that seemed to float in the sky are a cult item now,(photo 2)and worth a lotta jack.
    Why,what was wrong with ’66 Porsches

  15. Odd in the 2nd picture, other than the Porsche, the newest car is a 1960 biscayne. And at best the Porsche 911 was a 63 or later.

  16. Folks… there was no such thing as a 1958 “Lincoln” convertible. There was no Lincoln convertible that year. Only the Continental Mark III. A continental was a Continental. A Lincoln was a Lincoln. This history is horribly blurred today, but in 1958 is was very clear. The Continental Mark III was a different car in 1958 and was not considered a “Lincoln.” The dealer book says so, the sales brochures said so and the cars said so.

    A 1958 “Lincoln” had different grill, different rear treatment with different tail lights, different wheel covers, different trim, different interior, different roof and rear window… and NO convertible. In 1958 Lincoln and Continental were two separate and different lines while they shared a common body for the first time.

    AND… while the factory began to fudge the model and line names in 1960 (in preparation for what was to happen in 1961), the two things didn’t really become fused as one until 1961 when everything was known as “Lincoln Continental”….and there was no difference in trim or design from one to another.

    As for the folks posing with the Continental, I doubt they had any connection with Evel (not “Evil”) Knievel since this is a tad early for his all-out Americana theme. I met Evel many years ago in Las Vegas and I still have his autograph. When I asked him if he really did ride his motorcycle up stairs in a girl’s college dormitory to pull his wife-to-be out of there, he responded, “Hell yes, you bet I did!”

      • C’monnnnn. Who says that Imperials “are always referred to as a Chrysler Imperial”????? Imperials weren’t “supposedly a separate line” they WERE a separate line and look in the 1950s. My Grandpa would be turning over in his grave if he could read this. He was a diehard Imperial fan and bought new “Imperials” often (not “Chryslers” and certainly not “Chrysler Imperials”).He had every Imperial sales brochure and printed materials ever issued. He even got me on the Chrysler Corporation press preview list… in the 1950s. Back then the sales guy would come to his office and take us to see advanced showings of “Imperials”–before the general public. Nobody would dare call an Imperial a “Chrysler” or “Chrysler Imperial” in the 1950s. In 1955, my uncle bought a new Chrysler. In 1955, my grandfather bought a new Imperial. I assure you, nobody confused one for the other. And nobody back then was calling it “Chrysler Imperial”… this is today speak that evolved in the 1970s.

        Now because the corporation that made both of these car was known as “Chrysler”… some people eventually took to calling the Imperial, “Chrysler Imperial”… but this was before it degenerated down to merely being a Chrysler model. Just like some people started calling the Plymouth Plainsman a “Chrysler Plainsman” when it in fact was a Plymouth. Let’s please let the poor Imperial be an Imperial. At least it was back then, even if it got mooshed like Lincoln and Continental did later.

    • The Continental Division was disbanded in mid ’56. By ’58, the Continental had been folded into Lincoln as a speciality model. The “Mark III” moniker was a marketing device, the cars were actually high end Lincolns.

      • Wow. The 21st century has taken us A long, long way from where things really were back then. Continental was a “moniker” it was a line of vehicles… distinctly different from Lincolns. If youlook at the cars, read the sales brochures, service books, Owner’s Manuals, etc. one is one and the other was the other.

        Yesssss, I know all about how and when the Continental Division was disbanded… just like I know that the very building they were housed in did not say “Lincoln Continental” on the outside wall… it said “CONTINENTAL.” I really, really do know all about this. I owned a few of these cars and all of the pertinent literature. And I had friends and relatives who bought these cars new. I remember going to the showroom to look at them and went with a friend’s dad to buy a new Continental Mari III convertible…IN 1958. Nobody in that showroom would dared have called that car a “Lincoln.” Nobody. Mooshing Lincoln and Continental into one thing for 1958 and 1959 is a modern notion of today.

        We are talking about 2 separate model lines and two distinct cars. This is not a case of mistaken identity or mooshing of terms. In 1958 and 1959 a Continental was a Continental. A Lincoln was a Lincoln. This was a clear fact in 1958 even though Continental (which again was NOT “Lincoln Continental” but simply “Continental”) was no longer a division but sharing some of its body, etc. with Lincoln. But this did not make what was maketed and built as “Continental Mark III” into a “Lincoln Continental”… this is today speak. A Lincoln had a completely different roof and different tail lights and different grille and different rear trim. Lincolns even had different hood ornaments and different wheel covers. ONLY the Continental had the rear-slant backlight rear window and roof… different tail lights, different grille, different interiors, different hood ornament. The names didn’t start to get mixed together until 1960 sales brochures… in preparation for the marriage of names in one car in 1961.

  17. Did I miss it? Did anyone identify where the Lincoln was parked? I tried enlarging the sign at the end of the parking lot without success. The more I look at it, the more I’m sure it’s a highway rest area. Since most state’s use the same plans to build rest areas over and over, I surprised no one recognizes it.

    On a personal note, if Mrs. Lincoln was walking away from me, I would walk up and tap her on the shoulder thinking she was my grandmother. In fact, I’m sure I’ve seen my grandmother in that dress.

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