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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 210

We are finally enjoying some warm and sunny springtime weather in northern New England so for today’s Kodachrome Car Photographs Series feature we have an assortment of vehicles and people with them enjoying the great outdoors. The lead image contains an attractive Chevrolet convertible, and a speedboat and trailer combo all hooked up and ready to go and enjoy some fun out on the water.

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 on all the earlier parts of this series here. The photos are via This Was Americar.

  • Tell us what type of outing you think junior is going on and the contents of grandpa’s old cigar boxes he’s about to load into the trunk of the family Pontiac.

  • This pair of automobiles juxtaposed on what appears to be the main drag in a town located in the southwest makes for an interesting study in contrasts. 

The bride and the groom with the getaway car behind them.

57 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 210

  1. In the 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture], in the foreground is a 1959 PLYMOUTH Custom Suburban station-wagon.

  2. That’s a beautiful 56 Bel Air convertible–but how unique it would have been if #210 in the series had actually been a “210” instead of Bel Air.

  3. My first thought on the second photo was that junior was unloading the trunk, not loading it. And that the family had just visited an area with lower tobacco taxes, and picked up a supply for grandpa.

    • Note the labels on a couple of the boxes, plus it looks like cobwebs hanging from one…either that or the Pontiac has a scratch.
      My guess is that cleaned out gramp’s garage-kept collection of fishing lures or nails/screws.

  4. In the 4th picture [3rd expandable photograph], beyond the girl’s head, is a four-door 1964 CHEVROLET Impala Sport Sedan.

    • Should have said “beyond the young lady’s head.” Also the couple may be the best man & maid of honor as the young lady is carrying a camera.

    • The engine in my daily driver is making an objectionable noise 🙁 so coincidentally, I drove my’64 Impala Sport Sedan to work today 🙂

      Great Friday pics.

  5. In the third photo, the lady hopped out of her late-model Rolls it seems to ask the `59 Plymouth Custom Sport Suburban wagon owner if they have any ‘Grey Poupon”! In the lead photo, that mid-century modern home makes the sharp `56 Bel Air cvt. stand out! (Both very likely built the same year!)

    • Will,

      The giant air-conditioning unit on the roof of the mid-century modern home certainly distracts from a wonderful house. Hopefully it’s placed over a load- bearing wall with extra reinforcement in the attic.


      • That’s an evaporative cooler (aka swamp cooler). This also locates the picture location in some hot and dry locale, likely the desert southwest. They don’t weigh all that much, so extra support isn’t needed. The giveaway is that large ductwork and large unit for a small house. A conventional A/C compressor unit would use a small diameter lineset to transport the cooled refrigerant to a coil unit inside the house while the an evaporative cooler cools the inside air which must be transported to and from the unit.

        • Tin Indian, a swamp cooler doesn’t always indicate a hot and dry locale. I’m reminded of my dad wo found one in Washington D.C. during WWII and installed it in the dental clinic in the Pentagon. They wouldn’t allow him to set it on the window sill of the visible exterior of the new building, so he set it on a platform just inside the window and, as needed, drew in outside air via some ductwork he built. Of course, a tap-able water source is readily available in a dental office. When he opened the window and turned on the cooler, the dental clinic became one of the very few cooled offices in the Pentagon…making it a surprisingly popular place to go among the brass. Needless to say, he earned quite a few “favors” from them.

          After the war when he reopened his practice in downtown Minneapolis, he properly installed it on his window sill of an upper floor in a medical/dental building on 7th Street and had a delightfully cooled office before air conditioning was available in the building. They wouldn’t allow anyone to install the typical window air conditioners of the day since they unattractively hung out the window too far. How he sweet-talked the building management into allowing his less-protruding swamp cooler, I don’t know, but he claimed the water slowly dripping through the excelsior air chiller also filtered the air of pollens…and was essential with his serious hay fever.

          Shortly after he had the unit rebuilt in stainless steel in the early ‘60s, he was forced to move his practice due to the construction of the IDS Center complex. His new location was in a nearby building with central air…and where he had to admit the central air cleaned the air better than his swamp cooler had…and he gave the swamp cooler to my brother in Tucson.

          • Great story, the swamp cooler today would be considered a harboring site for Legionella. Nurseries use them for cooling in their green houses today. The NV boat registration suggests this swamp cooler was a needed accessory for the desert SW.

    • Will, isn’t it a shame that the lines of the house are spoiled by that big ugly swamp cooler on the roof? But different times, and needs must.

  6. Neat stuff today! That ’56 Bel Air is sharp in single-tone black with white top. The Pontiac looks like a ’65 Catalina, maybe even in Mayfair Maize (my favorite color on those). Sitting next to the ’59 Plymouth is a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, Series I or Series II. Nice car!

  7. That first picture is fabulous, and embodies the achievement of the mid-century American dream: a modern house, a new convertible, and enough money to afford recreational activities like boating. Maybe they were getting ready to head off to their cottage on the lake. The owners had it made!

    • Greg B, the owners may have been up to their ears in consumer debt. At least, that’s the way my Dad would have explained it.

  8. In Item 1 of 3 a ’65 Catalina 4-door Vista with the premium wheel covers.

    In Item 2 of 3, in the background on the right a ’48-’50 Willys Jeepster and probably a two-tone ’56 Ford Customline Turdor and maybe a mid-‘50s Country Squire beyond it.

    In Item 3 of 3, behind the ’64 Impala that AML identified, a ’66 Chevy Bel Air sedan

    • Hey Pat, sharp eye–that DOES appear to be a about a ’50 Jeepster. My dad had a hard top, which as I look back on it now, could have been the first SUV or at least a prototype.

  9. Ist photo, kid looks like a heavy smoker.
    2nd photo reminds me of Avila Beach CA, back in the day. Rolling hills and some cliffs nearby, with the beach out of view on the left side of the picture. My dad and I would park there and watch the girls walk by….

  10. What an odd pairing: a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and a ’59 Plymouth station wagon! Wonder if they were traveling together?

    The first photo looks like a promotion for the Mid-Century Modern suburban good life! A new house, convertible and boat, what more could anyone want?

    When they were ubiquitous, I paid little attention to ’65 Pontiac Catalina four door hardtops but now do they look appealing and wonderful!

  11. Nice Pics. In lead photo I love the wide white wall tires on the boat trailer to match the ones on the Bel Air, even chrome hub caps. It looks like the boat registration is Nevada. Brown grass?

  12. As a model car builder for decades I can attest to the utility of those left over cigar boxes . I used them for parts storage long before multi drawer plastic stackable stuff was invented.

  13. The 1st pic, the Chevy appears to have Nevada plates, and the boat with the “NV” prefix in the numbers may substantiate that. The boat could be many, but I believe the motor is an Evinrude Starflite V4.
    I’m with Dave on #2. Rusty is bringing in grandpa’s ceegars. The boxes look unopened and there’s more in the trunk. Cigar smoking was incredibly popular in the 60’s. My grandpa smoked cigars, Antonio and Cleopatra, I believe,. Ironic how it says” The cigar that breathes”,,, good lord, they were like 10 cigarettes at once. BTW, that light in the trunk of the ’65 Poncho, is one of those that has a long retractable cord for service work. A Pontiac exclusive, I think.
    3rd, if there’s a Rolls Royce ( or Bently) and mountains in a picture, it must be California. Just over the top of the Rolls, is a Jeepster.
    And last, again, he may be in the wedding party, but she’s not. Way too casual, and my ’71 MGB ( non GT) was that color. I think they came in the Toyota Corolla.

    • They parked the saucer out beyond the edge of town where it wouldn’t be conspicuous and are now heading in to select a few abductees.

  14. In the last photo, that’s an Instamatic the girl is carrying, I think. And isn’t that a Toyota Corolla partially blocked from view? I too well remember those years!

    • I agree, Bob. I think Junior looks like a fresh water fisherman on the way out, as he is super clean. Even his socks!

  15. That is a good looking ’56 Bel Aire and boat. Exactly the kind of picture I look forward to each Friday. But I don’t think it is hooked up yet; the trailer landing wheel is peeking out below the rear quarter panel. My uncle smoked Roi Tans and he used the boxes for everything: fishing gear, ammo, small hardware, etc.

  16. First (Main) photo — That boat looks suspiciously like a 14-foot Sears boat with a small (35 hp?) Johnson motor. Would get eaten alive on most of today’s lakes.

    Third photo — Wonderful ’59 Plymouth wagon in a great color along side a mid- to late-50’s Rolls. It appears from the sand on the left and the full street parking down the road suggests this is a southern California beach/tourist town.

    Fourth photo — Although the tree-sized hibiscus and background apartments’ single-wall construction hints Hawaii, the one-story stucco building with a fireplace says southern California.

  17. The bride/groom photo: they’re standing behind a 1971 Toyota Corolla. There are no license plates visible (all four are exactly hidden!) but given the houses and the colors on the houses in the background, I would guess that they may be in a coastal area. Is that a blooming magnolia tree on the left side? Maybe they’re somewhere in Mississippi on or near the Gulf Coast?

  18. 2nd photo:Low cut sneakers.We used to call them “skips” As in strictly for girls. As in: “Damn,Skippy!”

    • Don’t knock the low sneakers. In high school (1960’s) we call them “Baldies” and males mostly wore them. I wear them still and have black and blue ones. I’d like burgundy, too, but have been unable to find that color.

  19. First picture: The person with the boat should waste no time heading for the lake before the air conditioner on the roof starts (leaking) (running over) (breaking a belt) or needing new cooling pads.
    My wife and I lived in several rent houses when we were first married, and most of them had the evaporative coolers.
    The float seemed to never stay adjusted and they would always run over, staining the roof from hard water deposits. One Sunday the belt broke and of course on one of the hottest days of the summer. There was no where to find a belt so I used one of my wife’s panty hoses. It worked fine except it fit so far down in the pulleys the squirrel cage ran in slow motion. It did, however, provide some cooling.

  20. 1st photo could be labeled as a staged “study in wrap around windshields”. The Chevy has no passenger outside mirror and doesn’t appear to even be hooked up to that heavy trailer so may not be the actual tow vehicle.

  21. I don’t believe that John thought there was a 210 convertible made in 1956. I think he just meant that a 210 would be appropriate for that number of FFFKCP posts. Of course it would have to be a hardtop of one sort or the other. I’m going to give John the benefit of the doubt here. Good comment John!

  22. That partially blocked Corolla in the last picture looks like a twin of the one I bought in 1971. The grille identifies it as a “coupe” version of the 1600 cc Corolla (rather than a 1200 cc which had no coupe). It was my first car when I separated from the Army and I really loved the “half-a-hemi” engine and slick-shifting four-speed transmission. The handling and ride was less than stellar as I recall but it was a pretty good little car for price.

  23. In the second photo, the trunk light in the Pontiac is the optional reel style that is removable with enough wire to reach all the way to the front of the car. Great for seeing what you are doing if you need to change a tire at night. When done, the wire rolls up into the housing and fits back into the bracket on the inside trunk deck! Slick!

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