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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 199

Summer is on its way and today’s Friday Kodachrome feature begins with this image of a seaside parking lot filled with 1950s vehicles and at least one 1960 model. The facility appears to be operated by a state or town parks department and one of the clues to its location may be the small Lobster boat visible in the inlet.

As is the 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 you find of interest in the photos. You can take look back at all the earlier parts of the Kodachrome Photographs series here. The images are via This Was Americar.

  • Spring apparently was in the air when this Hudson convertible was taken out for a little exercise.

  • A circa-1960 view of 1st street in Las Vegas near the intersection of Fremont Street.

  • The tourists in this Mercury made use of this photo op on a huge tree log somewhere near Redwood National Park in California? 

44 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 199

  1. In the lead photo. I love the Plymouth woodie. The newest cars look like the 1960 Mercury convertible, and Falcon wagon. Looks like a blue Comet parked on the far side of the lot. Hudson sedan parked next to a 1952 Ford wagon with the tail gate kpen.

      • I am beginning to think that the photographer of a lot of the pictures offered here is the owner of several Renault Dauphines which he manages to include in his shots. I have a friend who is the editor of our club newsletter and he manages to include at least one picture that shows his Ford A in each months’ edition. Makes me dislike them even more.

        • I had one of those Dauphines…a wonderful car and it served me well. Seeing a red one especially brings back good memories. Mine started off a sickly tan color and I painted with a red enamel. It looked good and stood up well.

      • Aaron,

        Thanks for your comment. Was also thinking the ’52 BUICK was a Special, but when I enlarged the photograph it appears the C pillar is heavily chromed which the Super had, but not the Special.


  2. I like the ’65 Monterey with the Breezeway window and Mustang hubcaps…I wonder how the owner came up with that idea. The ’65 was, I believe, the last year for the reverse-slanting rear window, even though the Breezeway option lived on for a while longer. Cool car, but I’d get rid of the hubcaps (even though they’re the same ones I have on my Mustang).

    The ’65 Mercury had a great dashboard, too, one of my favorites of the ’60s.

  3. The seaside photo is interesting! I see a `60 Mercury cvt. with the deck lid open, a black `60 Falcon wagon, and a aqua `60 Comet as being the newest cars seen. A very rare `58 Ambassador Custom 4dr. sedan, a black `58 Plymouth wagon, a pink `59 Edsel Corsair, and (naturally….) a red Dauphine!! (I knew there had to be one of those in the photo somewhere) The tired `47-`48 Plymouth woody wagon seems to still be serving duty, and appears to be about the oldest vehicle there. outside of the 2 Willys.
    I’m guessing this to be somewhere maybe in Maine or other upper east coast locale?

  4. It looks like the Hudson convertible may have sat in that parking spot for a while based on the snow piled up against it. I don’t think the owner would drive it into the snow bank risking damage to the car just for a photo op.

    As always great pictures. Lots to look at and think about. thanks for sharing them with us.

    • I would tend to disagree that the ’50 Hudson had been sitting there for any great length of time. The snow looks like its been around for a while, but I would surmise that the car had been parked there only recently and that it was likely a driveway that it was driven into. There is a figure sitting in the passenger side of the front seat that looks like it might be a woman and who appears to be waiting for the driver to get in. The photo was taken in California somewhere and prior to the new yellow colored 1956 plates, but it looks like its paint – which was called Cornish Cream – could do with some buffering. Nice picture though of a car that you do not see very often, and especially in beautiful and original Kodachrome color!

  5. In the furthest row, starting with the gray wagon with open tailgate there is a long line of Fords/Mercurys ending with the light convertible.
    Just past them in the distance, looks like a 55 (or 56) Chevy wagon with a 58 Ford wagon .

  6. Four imported cars in the first picture, two Beetles, one Renault Dauphine and a black Fiat 1100 Special or 1200 Granluce. Another Renault Dauphine in the Las Vegas picture.

  7. Driving with the top down in the winter or cooler months was common on sunny days back then. With the heater on full-blast and with windows up, it was fun…in the front seat! The Hudson drive probably eased it into the melting snow pile to be cute.

    Great variety of cars parked on the beach! Mercurys: ’59 Cruiser hardtop and ’60 convertible, both ’59 Ford and Edsel next to one another. The Renault Dauphine looks to be half the width of the ’59 Pontiac, half the size of the ’59 Ambassador. Nose to nose are the ’46-’48 Plymouth woody wagon and the Jeep all-steel wagon, a contrast of the past and future, also exampled by the gray Ford Ranch Wagon and black Falcon. The gray ’52-’53 Hudson Hornet looks very out-of-date compared to the ’59-’60 models.

  8. In the lead photo, I see a ’59 Ambassador Custom sedan next to a Renault Dauphine.
    Down front a ’53 Chevy Two-Ten sedan, a ’54 Plymouth Belvedere sedan (tunneled headlight bezel, extended front bumper and higher chrome fin vs a ’53) and a ’52 Buick Riviera, probably a Special with its shorter trunk lid.
    Off to the left, a ’59 Rambler Super next to a grey Hudson, likely a ‘53
    At the far end a ’55 Olds sedan, a ’55 Buick C-body 4-door sedan in white over maroon, a ’60 Mercury convertible (as identified by John), a ’59 Edsel, probably a Corsair (if I’m seeing the extra side trim on the rear quarter and it doesn’t seem to have a Ranger’s dip in the side trim on the door) and a ’59 Ford Custom 300 sedan

  9. In Photo 1 of 3, I think is a ’50 Hudson Commodore Convertible Brougham

    In Photo 2 of 3, a ’58 Pontiac Star Chief sedan. a ’54 Dodge V8, a ’60 Olds Holiday SportSedan and a ’54 Ford.
    Across the street a ’57 Ford Fairlane Club Victoria, a ’55 Pontiac, probably a Chieftain 870 Catalina (no visible stars on the door and front fender) a brown and white ’54 Olds sedan and a ’53 Mercury Monterey convertible in red with a Renault Dauphine passing in the street.

    In Photo 3 of 4, a ’65 Mercury 4-door sedan, the next to last Breezeway of that style…with ’66 Mustang caps (for the 14” wheel).

    • Hi Pat, if you’re talking about the Vegas pic, we’ve seen this on Hemmings, and I don’t think that’s a Dauphine. The roof is too tall, maybe a British sedan?

      • The chrome strips on the sliding windows in the rear doors; the horizontal creases in the rear doors leading to the radiator inlets, visible just above the roof of the car in front; the placement of the license plate light: all seem very Dauphine-ish. Hard to judge the roof height without seeing the rest of the car. Check out the Dauphine in the lead photo. Scaled up to “normal” size, that’s a pretty “tall” car.

  10. The blue/white ’59 Pontiac Catalina hardtop in the first picture sure looks low and sleek compared to the ’59 Mercury next to it. I guess after GM decided to retire Harley Earl and his final over-chromed 1958 models, new design leader Bill Mitchell stepped up to the plate and brought the General into the modern age at the time.

  11. I’m not so sure the 1st pic is the seashore, it looks an awful lot like the entrance to a harbor on the Great Lakes, and the cars may substantiate that. Renault Dauphine looks pretty snappy ( probably new). 2nd pic, got to be California, snow one day, 70 degrees the next. I think we’ve seen just about every Fremont St. picture known to man, and last, the “Drive-On ” log is at the Shrine Drive Thru Tree Park, Myers Flat, California, near Eureka.

  12. Along the right side, the black and white wagon by the shed is probably a ’58 Plymouth Custom Suburban with its optional ’57 DeSoto-like side trim that allowed for a two-tone treatment. Solid color Custom models had just a full-length straight piece of trim that descended slightly.

  13. Nice lead photo with a wide variety of cars shown including two ’59 Edsels parked in the back. As for the location, most of the cars have 1960 New York License plates on them, but the metallic blue Volkswagen has New Jersey plates. So the location must have been a beach on the coast of New York and not too far from the Garden State. Incidentally, I used to have a similar colored blue Volkswgen Matchbox model when I was a kid that today sells for a couple hundred dollars in mint state with its box in the same condition. Back then you could buy that same model just about anywhere for only 50 cents. My how times have changed!

  14. The front page picture truly looks like my home beach which I have lived by, just down the street my entire life of 60 years. It looks like none other than Bass River Beach, sometimes known as Smugglers Beach or The Point, in South Yarmouth, Cape Cod Massachusetts. The name Smugglers came from the prohibition era when rum running up and down the coast was prevalent and this beach was a know destination for booze drop off and pickups. The jettys look the same today.

  15. Third pic from top — Not to pick nits, David, (okay, I guess I am, a little) but I’m pretty sure this picture has appeared here recently (Kodachrome 191, Feb 1) as I remember identifying the Oldsmobile that is 3rd back in the parking lane at left.

    It’s worth another look see and since you do such a great job with the website, I don’t think anyone objects, least of all, me. :^)

    • You are correct and thanks for bringing it to my attention – it happens at times because after posting over eight-hundred photos over four years it becomes hard to remember what has already been used.

      • David,, As a webmaster who also posts pictures, I understand completely. Sometimes when I look back through my postings, something that appears new and different was posted several times over the years.

  16. Top picture — At first I thought it was the entrance to the harbor in Miami where the cruise ships enter, but the lobster boat scotched that. Did anybody see any MOPAR products in the lot? Maybe that’s a clue as to its location.

    Second from top: — Obviously a mountain area, where days can be surprisingly warm in the Spring while there are still mounds of snow around. She doesn’t look very comfortable hunkered down behind the windshield in the convertible though. Probably hoping the photographer will get back in the car and get the heater going full-blast. I love the old cinder-block building behind the Hudson. Looks like a fire station, or county highway garage. Hardly ever see those circular/truss roofs on buildings anymore, except in small towns where they still exist.

  17. David – Thanks so much for always featuring a Renault Dauphine. I loved mine, and will always have fond memories of the times I had driving it. Viva la France!

  18. Though I can’t find another picture of the building behind the Hudson in the snow, Gorman seems a likely spot. It is at the pass between Los Angeles and the central valley, then along US 99.
    Snow there sometimes provided huge traffic jams and sometimes just the best place just to go play in it.
    I have enjoyed the Waldo Renault challenges.

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