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Parking Lot Series: Dock Workers Parking Lot Montreal, Canada

The historic city of Montreal, founded in 1642 is located in the province of Quebec Canada on an island surrounded by the St. Laurence and Ottawa Rivers; the larger of the two rivers is also known the St. Laurence Seaway (see video below.) Montreal, located at the beginning of the Seaway turned into a very active international port of call after the system of deep water locks opened for business in 1959.

Today’s feature image dated by the source to 1966 contains a view of dock workers vehicles in a parking lot located on the waterway in the city of Montreal. Due to the harsh winters and the use of road salt, the great majority of the automobiles are 1960s models made in the US and Canada by American automakers with less than a half a dozen of the cars being imported from the UK and Europe.

Share with us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Archives de la Ville de Montreal. Earlier posts in the Parking Lot Series can be viewed here.

17 responses to “Parking Lot Series: Dock Workers Parking Lot Montreal, Canada

  1. All American looking cars with funny names. I didn’t think any area was worse on cars than Wisconsin, but doesn’t look like Montreal was any better. That Edsel and gray Pontiac wagon, whatever they called them, for only being 5 or 6 years old, looks pretty cashed already. Going to need Pat W for all those Canadian car names, eh?

  2. Interesting comment about the proliferation of domestic manufacturer’s cars and the scarcity of imported autos. Today the situation is completely reversed. The overwhelming majority of vehicles on the roads of Quebec are imports and a tiny handful are from domestic manufacturers.

  3. To the extreme right I see a likely a white over red ’61 or ’62 Chrysler (or ’61 DeSoto), above it a ’58 Edsel Ranger sedan, the tail end of a ’59 Pontiac. Farther down the front row, a ’64 or ’65 Studebaker Commander sedan, a ’60 US Ford Galaxie Town Sedan or Victoria, a black ’62 Plymouth sedan, a green ’60 Chrysler Windsor, a black ’63 or later Canadian Valiant or US Dart, a finless white ’62 Chrysler Newport and a pale green ’56 Olds

    In the second row there’s a russet over white ’60-early ‘62 Vauxhall Cresta…farther to the left, light grey Ford Consul, a white Vauxhall Victor (though there’s something peculiar with the front fender) and what appears to be a white over brown ’55 Pontiac.

    Along the water a black ‘60 Dodge Dart behind a ’63 Acadian Beaumont convertible.

    The 3rd car from the right in the front row, might at first be taken for a GTO but it appears to be a regular Tempest hardtop coupe with an overhead cam six emblem…and some add-on road lights in the grilles

  4. The Magga Dan was a ship used in artic and Antarctic exploration. The parking lot features a lot of GM vehicles, I like the two door blue Olds in the front row.

    • First thing I spotted too. I think it delivered the first of the four Trans-Antarctic Expedition Sno-Cats to the starting point around 1955.

  5. In the lead photograph, on the far right, is the front-end of a white over dark blue 1958 EDSEL Ranger four-door sedan.

  6. 2VWS 1zodiac/zephyr 1 PA Cresta 1 Envoy.Magga Dan was a famed veteran of antarctic exploration.20 47 bst.

  7. In front of the Vauxhall, in the front row – first White car in the row is a 64-66 Studebaker – looks like a 4-dr Commander

  8. The Studebaker was likely Canadian made.
    Remember that Canadian production of cars like the sedan shown (no, no Avantis, GT Hawks or pickups), continued after South Bend operations ceased.

  9. First row (next to the red Chrysler product) I see a ’62 Pontiac Laurentian sedan with a ’66 Grand Parisienne next to it. Statesiders would recognize those two as Star Chief and Grand Prix here in the lower 48.

  10. I believe I see several British made Ford’s parked in the second row. A Ford Victoria, a Ford Zodiac, and a Ford Anglia parked right next to it and maybe even one more Ford parked further down the row. I only see two cars though that are readily identifiable from the 1950’s, what appears to be a maroon and white ’55 Pontiac at the end of the second row, and a black and white’58 Edsel at the beginning of that row. Quite a lot of GM cars however, and not too surprising as they controlled around 60% of the U.S. car market during the early to mid 1960’s. But it’s a lot less than that nowadays, I think it is only around 17%-18% if I’m not mistaken.

  11. The red ship is the danish polar-ship Magga Dan, operated by shipowner J. Lauritsen. Built in 1956, this ship and some other xx-Dan ships, did a lot of work for the Australian Antarctic expeditions , but also operated in Greenland.

  12. Great to see period trucking company equipment in picture–in this case a pair of Maislin Tansports trailers. Long defunct as t rucking companies come and go.

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