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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 203

The white convertible in today’s lead image when compared with the other automobiles in this scene has the look like it just landed after a trip from the planet Mars. It’s slab-sided and angular styling features and size give the look of it being ultra modern as opposed to the plain Jane full-sized and small economy cars in the background.

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.

  • A scene from the infield next to the old garages at “Gasoline Alley” at the Indianapolis Speedway.

  • A circa-1960 parking lot scene with a power plant and what appears to be a fuel tanker in the background.

  • And finally, a second waterside view of a parking lot filled with cars, note the fuel docks out in the waterway.

41 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 203

  1. Yep,looks like an old Cities Service T-2 tanker.Caught one once on a pierhead jump out of the union hall in new york.Sailed as a fireman.Bootsy was 2nd engineer.Everthing was in manual except the water level in the boilers.
    Theres a few still around though theyre at least 70 yrs old.Reminds me of that story about the old Esso Flame down in Panama……


  2. In the 4th photograph [3rd expandable picture]. beyond the silver 1961 PLYMOUTH Valiant Signet Hardtop’s hood, is a tan 1958 FORD Fairline.

  3. In the third photo, I spot a `59 Ford Custom 300 2dr.; a `59 Rambler Custom sedan; and a seafoam green `58 Olds 98 coupe near the water. In the last photo in the foreground on the left, I think the white 2dr. may be a Canadian `61 or `62 Mercury. A beautiful brand new `65 Buick Wildcat cvt. in the lead image!

  4. 1st pic has 1966 Maryland plates, so the Buick Wildcat is not new, ’64 maybe? I think the funnier caption for this pic, is what’s going on behind the Buick. “You said I was getting a new car, and this is what you get?” VW also looks pretty new.
    2nd pic, while it may say Indy 500, they were clearly banking on Dyno Don Nicholson’s success with the Comet around that time (’67?) 3rd pic, well, it’s not Milwaukee harbor, we never had ships that big, or tugs, for that matter. The IH Travelall and VW bus look pretty new. IH tail lights indicate 1960 or older. My buddy’s mom in the 60’s, had a Rambler just like that. It was the car of choice for the stoplight drags. 4th pic, I believe is Pemberton, British Columbia. and the plate on the ’63 Fairlane looks like BC. Is that a Volvo 122 behind the Valiant?

    • The Comet is a ‘66. It was the “Official Pace Car” at Indy that year. I was fortunate to be at the race that year, as a member of our high school band.

      • I was a horn player with our band that marched around the track as part of the 1975 pre-race festiviies. Our band “theme” song was “When You Say Bud.” Right past the end of the pits, our director signaled for us to strike up our theme song . When the crowd – and especially the “snake pit” in the infield at Turn 1 – heard what we were playing, the crowd went nuts. Years later the director and I always chuckled as we imagined what band directors would have faced today if under-aged bandsmen played the song. The following year, Dad and I were walking behind the garage area when we came across Jim Hurtibise on the steps of an old school bus motor home. He invited us in for a beverage . I was underage and with my father…but we spent a good while with Herk, talking sprint cars and his champ car racing days.

    • Hi Howard, I always look forward to your Milwaukee references but I’m not sure about this one. The pic is definitely not Milwaukee but ships bigger than this one and tugboats use the port and even the inner harbor. Google “Port of Milwaukee Freighter”. The first image is of the Stewart J. Cort (1000 feet) passing under the Hoan Bridge. Have a great day.

    • It was the 1966 Indy 500 which featured the 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone as the official pace car. All the front row vehicles look to be new 1966 models. Also it was the first year for the Oldsmobile Tornado FWD!

    • Although there is a realty sign for Pemberton Realty. This photo is from the the Coal harbour end of down town Vancouver. B.C. Although I can remember when there were 3 floating gas stations, Today there is only one left. You can see a small slice of Stanley park, and North Vancouver on the background…. Pemberton is about 120 miles north of Vancouver inland.

  5. Imagine trying to get into that white Pontiac 4dr in the 4th picture. Maryland plates on the first picture Expires 3/31/67

  6. In the Lead photo, across from the ’64 Impala and ’65 Wildcat is a ’56 Dodge Royal (chrome headlight bezel vs Custom Royal), a ’62 Chevy Biscayne wagon and probably a ’61 Falcon

    In Item 1 of 3, behind the two ’66 Comet Cyclone GTs, a ’64 F-85 Cutlass, a ’66 Toronado and a ’66 Ford.

    In Item 2 of 3, on the left a ’59 Ford…probably a Fairlane 500, to my eye the rear window doesn’t seem tall enough for a Galaxie, a ’56 Ford Fairlane Tudor and a ’59 Rambler, likely a Custom 6, and a ’60 IH Travelall.

    In Item 3 of 3, up front on the left a ’61 Monarch Richelieu 2-door hardtop facing a ’61 Valiant Signet hardtop. The tan ’58 hardtop behind it seems to have the script of “Fairlane” rather than “Meteor” on its hood. The pink over white car in the next row almost seems to have the roof of a ’57 or ’58 Turnpike Cruiser but the body seems to be that of a ’59 Ford Fairlane 500 or Meteor Rideau 500.
    Seen to the rear of the Valiant is a ’62 Pontiac Laurentian sedan, a ’63 Ford Fairlane and a two-tone blue Fairlane, probably a ’55. Behind it appears to be a ’64 Mercury with the Breezeway roof

  7. The 4th photo is taken in Vancouver British Columbia, I would say spring or fall early 60’s. The shot is taken from the waterfront looking north (to the left Stanley Park, center is Grouse Mountain and right is North Vancouver). I grew up in Vancouver and this shot brings back a lot of memories! Also, of the 3 floating fuel stations, only the Chevron is there today!

  8. Last picture is of Coal Harbour (Harbor in US Spelling) with North Vancouver in background, Stanley Park on the left. The white building on the left is the Navy base on Deadmans Island. Only one of the fuel barges remains now

  9. In the 3rd photo is a red and white ’55 Ford Club sedan. A 2 door identical to my first car in high school in 1960. A little closed is the same car in blue and white, but a ’56 which had a few subtle changes including the dual exhaust coming through the rear bumper. I bet I’m not the only one here with great memories of their first high school car.

    • Keith, re: the red and white coupe. When I enlarge the photo, it doesn’t appear to have the same taillight as the blue and white ’56 Fairlane off to the left, with a 3” chrome ring mounted on the red lens in addition to the chrome bezel around the lens.
      The ‘55s had a 1” chrome ring around a small reflector in the middle of the taillight plus the chrome bezel around the lens (the backup light lens was in the “spearhead” above the taillight in both years).
      Only the Ford Fairlane and Meteor Rideau got the exhaust port in the bumper in ’56…lesser models (Customline, Niagara) didn’t have that.
      Anyway, the red and white coupe has a single piece of chrome side trim mounted above the rear quarter side bulge ahead of the taillight. The only models with the side trim mounted in that higher location were the ’55 Meteor Rideau, the ’55 and ’56 Meteor Niagara and the ‘56 Ford Customline…all others with side trim had it centered on the bulge or had multiple pieces of trim.
      Since this red and white coupe has ’55 taillights, that limits us to a ’55 Meteor Rideau or Niagara…but this has the smaller Niagara emblem on the trunk lid…so I’d say it’s a ’55 Meteor Niagara.

  10. Will Fox is correct about the Canadian Mercury in the fourth photo. It is actually a ’61 Monarch Richelieu. Relatively uncommon even in its day.

  11. In the last photo, what’s the small maroon car at the right edge, parked in the aisle? Based on the hood ornament, I was thinking Austin, but I’m not sure.

    In the first photo, the driver came very close to scuffing those new whitewalls.

    • Frank, Howard Arbiture and David Greenlees have suggested that the maroon car is a Volvo122s. That would have been my guess too.

      • I took another look at it the “Volvo” and my own 122s and now I’m sure that is isn’t one.
        Three things rule it out, the brake cooling slots in the wheels are not the same shape, there is no bright trimmed cowl vent screen, and the windshield is shaped, raked, and curved differently side to side.
        Take a look here and you can see the differences:

        • I think the red car in the aisle might be a mid to late fifties Austin Westminster . There is also a “fintail ” Mercedes in blue beside the tan `58 Ford.

      • If you zoom in on the first picture of the Buick you can see that the whitewalls do have some scuff marks. At least they are true whitewall tires, and not some Chip Foose 22″ rim with the fake painted white wall.

  12. What is it with green VW Bug owners and their inability to close their doors? Ha! Ha! And where is the Dauphine? I searched and searched…

  13. An interesting variety of pics, as usual.
    I don’t think there are any guesses as to the location of #1.
    The two-tone VW Bus in #3 looks like a 1954 to me.

  14. In the last photo, behind the Valiant, the maroon car looks like an Austin A95. In front of the Valiant there is a Mercedes Benz 220S ( W111).

  15. My brother in law has a cyclone convertible sitting in his barn just like the one in the photo…..sure wish he would give it to his sister. I know her husband would like it. That would be me.

  16. In the second photo, third car back is a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado… the first model year for that car. You can tell it’s a ’66 by the faux “vents” above the pop up headlights. The 1967 model, which is nearly identical, does not have these “vents”.
    When I was going to Southern Illinois University, back in 1966, I rode in a car pool with two friends of mine taking turns driving from Ferguson, MO to SIUE in Edwardsville, IL. I had the only convertible, a 1959 English Ford Consul MKII cabriolet so when the weather was nice, we went topless. Bob had a Chevy II Nova 400, sport coupe. Howard’s dad, an engineer at Shell, Wood River, Illinois (and a man of means) bought Howard a brand new 1966 Toro in the same color as the one in the photo… Trumpet Gold. Being a man of means, but also somewhat miserly, he ordered the Toronado without A/C! I was probably the only one I ever saw with out air.
    The two things I remember most about Howard’s Toro was that he modified the headlamps by installing aircraft landing lights in the high beam space… the fit exactly, connector and all. They were great maneuvering around the tight curves on Old Jamestown Road and Sinks Road out near the river. Only problem was the high current drain caused the circuit breaker to trip, leaving you totally in the dark! That was a bit scary.
    Also, the interesting drum style speedometer spun up to 150 mph (top posted speed was 140, but 0 would be 150. And we “occasionally” would wrap it up to 150 streaking across the new Chain of Rocks Bridge on the way to SIUE and back!
    Most people don’t realize just how powerful those Toronados were, especially considering their weight of 4,400 lbs. Squeaking the tires off the line was no problem. Another fellow I met much later in life, restored one and took it for a “spin” out on I-255 in Illinois. He happened to be friends with a few of the Illinois State Troopers. In the wee hours of the morning one night, he arranged to have one of his trooper friends (we’ll call him “Smokey”) set up a radar check somewhere along I-255 near Collinsville. We’ll call the Toro owner “John” (as in Doe) took out the spare tire, had left only a eighth of a tank of fuel in the beast and probably took out the floor mats just for good measure. “John” got a running shot and flew past the trooper who was on the side of the road running the radar. After the “test” the two met at a local doughnut shop (where else?) and the astonished Smokey reported a clocked speed of 162 MPH!
    (I’m guessing the statute of limitations has expired long ago, and maybe John and Smokey as well.)

    • English Fords and college. I had my Mom’s English Ford Zephyr convertible, probably a 1960, at UC Berkeley in about 1968. It got totally as I tried to make a left turn (legally). Salvage was $25. The insurance paid $600, I had $600 and my Dad threw in $600 to get a far more interesting ’66 Triumph TR4-A.

  17. In the first photo, behind the Buick Wildcat convertible is a ’58 or ’59 VW (larger back window) with the big sliding fabric sunroof – I had a ’58 for my first car, loved that big sunroof!

  18. That white 2-door hardtop in the lower, left-hand corner of photo 1, is a 1961 Monarch (Canadian Ford), Richelieu. During the fifties and sixties, Ford of Canada was building Ford cars in Canada, for Canadians. The basic mechanicals were identical to their American counterparts, along with body panels. Canadian market-specific trim, unique grilles, taillights and other trim to marginally differentiate them from their Mercury relatives.

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