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Take a Colorful Trip on Sunset Strip

The world famous “Sunset Strip” is a one and a half-mile section of Sunset Boulevard located in West Hollywood, California. The roadway extends west from the border of West Hollywood and Los Angeles to Beverly Hills.

Sunset Boulevard is a twenty-two-mile-long thoroughfare that travels west from the Little Armenia neighborhood located near the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The Boulevard ends at the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) in Pacific Palisades which is situated northwest of Santa Monica next to the Pacific Ocean.

Today’s feature contains a pair of videos filmed on Sunset Strip, the first “Sunset Strip 1964” (below) is courtesy of Lost Los Angeles.

“Sunset Strip 1964”

The second video (below) courtesy of Vintage Los Angeles dates to the early-1950s. It has been reported that some of the buildings seen in this video are built on property owned by the Montgomery family since the 1860s and some of the structures have survived.

Share with us what you find of interest in both of the videos. View a number of other photos here on The Old Motor in a series covering Sunset Boulevard.

  • “Sunset Strip in the 1940s”

26 responses to “Take a Colorful Trip on Sunset Strip

  1. In the 2nd video, labeled “Sunset Strip in the 1940s” appears to have been taken in the early 1950s as there is a HENRY J and a 1951 NASH, along with a few other early 1950s cars.

  2. In Item 1 of 2, an ice blue ’61 T-bird convertible up front…the four pieces of side trim ahead of the taillight are just barely visible. The silver sedan up ahead at first seemed to be a Cadillac, possibly a ’62. But the lower skeg line fin seems to be absent and their lower, squar-ish taillight didn’t have a visible red lens. I think it’s a ’64 Olds Ninety Eight,
    Ahead of the T-bird on the left, a Falcon Sedan Delivery and coming this way a ’59 Plymouth Fury with maybe a ’57 or ’58 Plymouth further back in the curb lane. Possibly leading the pack with the Falcon could be a ’64 Imperial in white…with what appears to be a low, wide taillight at bumper bumper height coming to a point at the side.

    In Item 2 of 2, a ’49 Chrysler convertible in maroon, likely a Windsor, behind a ’42 or more likely, a ’46 or ’47 grey Cadillac Series 62 convertible and a ’50 or ’51 Studebaker Regal convertible in possibly the popular dark metallic olive green. Off to the left a black ’49 or ’50 Ford Tudor…a ’49 if we’re seeing its screw-off gas cap

  3. I can still hear the opening music to the TV series. It’s hard to believe it was over half a century ago.
    You must be old.

    • “You meet the high-brow and the Hipster, the starlet and the phony tipster. You meet every kind of gal and guy, including a private eye…”

  4. Correction: after seeing the second video on Sunset Strip I see my first impression was right…that is a ’62 Cadillac..a Coupe, not a ’64 Ninety Eight.
    Also the white over orange car ahead of the red Falcon is a ’55 Nomad and the white over black car ahead of that is a ’57 T-bird with a porthole hardtop.
    There’s a white ’59 Galaxie turning left and I suspect what I imagined might be a ’64 Imperial is looking more like a ’60 Ford Galaxie.
    Earlier than this still in the video is a white ’61 Imperial parked on the right and a black ’58 Cadillac Series 75 limo pulling through a gas station.

  5. I’ve long said, vintage videos takes car( and truck) spotting to the next level. I’ve seen the 1st one before, whoever was filming that shouldn’t have been looking through the viewfinder, they ran the stoplight almost hitting the ’61 Chevy. The truck turning in the 1st video was a Dodge, @ 1:34, proof, the postal service DID use ’58 Ford wagons, @1:47 a ’56(?) Ford “Ma Bell” truck. The red dump truck in the 2nd one @ 1:55, with what looks like quite a load, I believe was a surplus military GMC. @2:20, I believe that covered truck is either a Chevy, or GMC cabover. Thanks, more, please!!

  6. The 2nd vid is not late 40s but early 50s. At Some point I see a Kaiser Henry J and a 1951 or ‘52 Packard Clipper passing by.

  7. In the first clip A Borgward Isabella a n Austin Anmerica if that is how the ADO 16 was badged then and a Vauxhall Victor I remember 77 Sunset Strip the TV show.. probably led to a lifelong devotion to Thunderbirds.21 ,00 bst

  8. this is a good video. I didn’t see the 56 Ford telephone truck, the 57 t-bird, the woodie, whatever else there was, because I was in love with the 55 Nomad. I did, however, see the light changing and would have avoided the awkward situation seen at the end. Great video, and I’m glad it survived. And, thanks for showing it, and all the rest here.

  9. Wonderful cars, in the top photo I recognize a ’59 Plymouth coming towards us on the left. In the other photos, I wish I could tell 30’s and 40’s cars apart, but they mostly look the same to me. (I was born in ’49) and remember late ’40’s cars still being around but a little kid doesn’t notice things like that until they become car-crazy as boys will do. I do recognize a maroon Plymouth (?) and in front of that a gray Chevy(?) in front of it in the third picture/screen-grab from the video.

    Didn’t Sunset Boulevard (or parts of it) used to be a residential street? In many of the scenes in the 1940’s video the buildings looked like former mansions that had been converted to business use.

    Funny how people are fickle and what was once the “in” area to live moves to other places.

    • Richard, while many of the 2 to 4 story business buildings in these more suburban locations do resemble mansions, by and large they are not. Beginning in the decade after WWI, many business buildings outside of downtowns used residential-like architectural themes like half-timbering, peaked roofs, chateau, Moorish and even residential international design themes.
      In that same period, taller business buildings downtown had begun to embrace the new art moderne designs that we much later refer to as Art Deco.

  10. Nice to see distracted driving has always been a thing.

    At the end of first video, the clown with the camera ran the red so bad it wasn’t even close.

  11. At about 1:40 in the 1964 video, a 1958 Plymouth convertible is parked on the right, just ahead of a 62 Chrysler 2dr hardtop.

  12. The revolving Shell Oil sign in the upper right corner.I haven’t seen a rotating commercial sign in years come to think of it.I think they must have banned them.

    • Hi Sara, I think you mean the blue Falcon 2 door @ 39 seconds. I’m not sure what that is, at 1st, I thought a Muntz or a Woodill. It looks fiberglass. California, could be a custom job, too.

  13. In the second film at 0:34 is a Ford or Mercury Sportsman 1946-1948 and at 2:22 is a 1930-1931 Model A Ford roadster in good running order (no smoke/no list)

  14. I absolutely loved the woman in the white dress, with white gloves walking toward the Ford Sportsman. That was the era, long, long ago, when people actually dressed nice for everyday events. Sigh.

  15. Ah yes, Sunset Strip in the 60’s. Used to ‘cruise’ there regularly in a variety of vehicles….Kawasaki 250, Mini-Cooper S (with at least 4 or 5 passengers!), 56 Chevy with 327, 59 Ford with 390, 57 Ford first with inline anemic 6 and then with 406, 350 Kawasaki, 64 Fairlane with HiPo 289, etc., mainly to check out the fun/circus on the Stip and then run fast from there to the beach and tackle Dead Man’s curve. Fun place to go before the druggies started congregating there. Even got busted for a curfew violation during some teenage protests (about closing a club, not Viet Nam). Besides watching all the interesting vehicles go by, there were a number of great music venues that hosted some top names before they were on top, so a lot of groupies in the area as well. Very much a tourist trap these days, not as seedy as yesteryear, but not as interesting either.

  16. What a great photo and video collage! The outer Sunset Blvd. area of “mansions” referenced above is somewhat visible in the opening credits of the legendary 1950 film “Sunset Blvd.” starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. It shows the old homes in a driving sequence setting up the story. The actual house belonging to “Norma Desmond, ” however, was not on Sunset Blvd., and the interior shots were filmed on a Paramount soundstage.

    The Old Motor comes through again – and makes my Sunday!

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