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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 215

The management of The Car Strip used auto and truck sales lot certainly knew that investing in attention-getting and memorable neon signage would get car buyers to stop in and look over the offerings. We are hopeful that our readers will be able to identify where the operation was located and possibly tell us more about it.

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.

  • It must have been white car discount day at the Disneyland Hotel.

  • Vehicles manufactured in four different decades are visible in this parking lot scene.

  • An interesting street filled with fifties cars.

48 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 215

  1. David,

    Great pictures again !!

    In the 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture], center, is a white 1951 STUDEBAKER Champion Sedan.

  2. In the 4th photograph [3rd expandable picture], parked on the right forward of the ’59 CHEVROLET & ’58 CHEVROLET, is a 1951 HUDSON, unsure of model.

  3. You can almost read the minds of the two guys driving the newer Chevy sedans as they watch that slick first gen Corvette go by in the other lane. “I looked at those on the dealership floor but my wife reminded me that with three kids it would not be practical,so we bought plain Jane four door.”

  4. The first photo is interesting, being taken at night to emphasize the neon marquee. With the newest car I spot here being a `54 Chevy, I’ll hedge a guess it was probably shot late `55 or sometime in `56. The second photo has a couple of my favorites in it–a nice white `60 Olds 98 hardtop, and an aqua `61 Country Squire! The third & fourth photos I’ve seen before on Pinterest; I like the rare yellow `55 Vette in the last image!

  5. Four MG’s in 2 pictures: rarer MG A coupe, MG TF with headlights faired into fenders unlike the TD, a Bugeye Midget next to the TF, and a newer Midget nearer the fence (ok the last 2 could be Austin Healey’s).
    Yellow Corvette (odds are a 1954). 1960 Buick convertible seen through the Corvette windshield.
    Keep ’em coming, David.

  6. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph] has a nice contrast between a ’60 FORD Falcon and a ’60 OLDSMOBILE with a six body trunk !!

  7. In the third photo there are not only cars from four decades, but also four counties. Two MGs, one Volvo, one Peugeot and of course the American cars. I’m guessing most of the gaggle of motorcycles were from Japan.

  8. In the third photo there are not only cars from four decades, but also four countries. Two MGs, one Volvo, one Peugeot and of course the American cars. I’m guessing most of the gaggle of motorcycles were from Japan.

  9. It is funny, that in Thursday’s Post, the Studebaker was the fresh new design. Twelve years later, it looks so old and outdated. Nice Sierra Gold , Adobie Beige 57 Bel Air Sport Coupe. In the last photo, it looks like a rare yellow 1955 Corvette driving towards us.

    • I agree that the Corvette is a 55 with the Blueflame straight six
      53 and 54 Corvettes only came in white as GM struggled to perfect its fiberglass body work

  10. Last photo, parked facing us on our left, is a 56 Plymouth V8 (vee emblem in grille center). Can’t tell from the front what model.

    And the yellow first generation Corvette? What an eye-catching, good looking car that was!

    Only one year apart, but quite the contrast between the 58 and 59 Chevrolets on the right.

  11. The fourth car from the right in the lead photo is a 1951 Meteor. The two Pontiacs also appear to be Canadian-production by the headlights set closer to the grille. Neat neon sign, bet that attracted a lot of attention.

    Interesting how many import cars are among those in that California parking lot. Have never seen an MG TF with fender skirts. Someone was still happily driving a ’32 Ford Tudor for daily transportation.

    Striking is the contrast between the ’58 and ’59 Chevys and the Hudson step-down in front, how quick body architecture changed in just a decade. Back then, seeing a Corvette was an event, now… meh.

  12. The Car Strip was located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    Early in June of 1962 Bill Haley and his Comets appeared in person to help get the cars sold!

  13. I’m having trouble finding a 40s car in photo 3.
    The old looking MG, as others have said, is a TF, so that’s not it.

    Perhaps the blue Studebaker could be a 48-49?

    • The jeep would be a good start. I don’t think it is a later CJ, I think it is an original MB / GPW with added top

      • Only if it’s a CJ-2 or military surplus MB/GPW.
        I think it has a tailgate…The reason why it is set up as a pickup with a half-cab…and I think that’s a spare tire swing arm we see in the right rear behind the rear wheel. If it has a tailgate, it’s a CJ.
        The CJ-3 was produced until ’54s.

    • It looks like a ’32 Ford Tudoor, in front of picture #3. The Jeep looks like it does not have a tailgate and the headlights seem to be recessed which would make it a WWII MB/GPW.

  14. In Item 1 of 3, I see possibly two of the three taillights of a ’62 Impala (hard to spot the brushed metal panel with a white car), a ’61 Falcon Fordor, a ’60 Old 98 Holiday coupe and probably a white ’60 or ’61 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Sedan.
    On the back side an MGA Coupe , a ’61 Country Squire, likely a ’60 Cadillac 4-window (“vista”) hardtop, a white ’61 GM C-body coupe (one-year-only angular C-pillar vs the curved one on the B-body “bubbletops”)..could be a Cadillac, Buick Electra/E 225 or an Olds 98 (once again allowed to use the C-body in ‘61. It’s probably a Buick or Olds as the Cadillac’s fins ought to be visible.

    In Item 2 of 2, a ’57 Bel Air Coupe and just the headlights of a ’60 Dodge Polara (more massive bar above the bumper and fender-top windsplits vs a Dart). The older sedan may be a ’32 Ford Tudor with maybe a ’55 or ’56 Dodge, a ’60-’62 Valiant and a Volvo PV 544 seen over its hood…along with an early ‘50s MG and AH Sprite. The Corvair coupe may be a ’60 (nose seems concave)…another ’57 Bel Air, a 2-dr sedan, possibly a ’55 B-body Buick sedan and a Plymouth sedan…I’ll say a ’54 as the bumper seems somewhat mounted away from the body.

    In Item 3 of 3 a ’56 Plymouth followed by maybe a ’59 Ford. The pale yellow Corvette is likely a ’55. A ’59 Bel Air 2-dr sedan a ’58 Bel Air 4-dr sedan, possibly a ’49 Hudson with its wider rear window vs a ’48, a white ’60 Buick convertible, a ’57, ‘555 and another ’58 Chevy

    • I thought that ’62 Chevrolet was an Impala, too, but the brochure says Impalas had backup lights as standard equipment, and the pictured vehicle does not (it’d be in middle of the center lens). But that rear panel does seem awfully shiny, and brochures can be “subject to change.”

      • Looks like the center of the lens is clear and it looks like an aluminum rear panel making it a 1962 Impala. Also it was once a fad to remove the backup light lens and replace it with a tail light lens and socket and have all three lights as taillights.

    • The Volvo is a PV444, not the ’59 and up PV544. The PV544 has a one piece curved windshield, not the two piece, flat glass on the pictured car. I worked for Volvo at the time in Newark, N, J,.

  15. The yellow Corvette would have had a green top and interior. One used to show at Hershey, one of 6 built with a six cylinder engine.

  16. I see several of the 50’s cars with sun visors. My Dad had a 1950 Oldsmobile 98 with a sun visor. Every time we saw a big truck approaching when we at hiway speeds, he would caution my mom and we six kids to ‘hang on to our hats’. The sun visor would shake and rattle when we passed. I always thought each time would be the time it ripped loosed and sailed away. The Olds was pretty new and he drove about 70.

    It had the magnifier prism mounted on the dashboard for viewing traffic signals. It also had the auto dimmer on the dashboard to dim the lights, and he cussed it all the time. It would dim when there was a reflection off a sign and when we would go thru a dip and catch the reflection of the road. I’m sure it was adjustable or had a way to disable it, but he didn’t know how to or didn’t want to because it was the latest fad.

    • Hi Tom, when I was a kid, my old man pulled a travel trailer, and most highways were 2 lanes. When a semi was approaching, my old man would grip the wheel, and the turbulence would almost blow us off the road, cabovers were the worst, followed by many expletives my old man would shout.

  17. 1st pic, I’m not so sure an advertisement for stock car racing would be the best at a used car dealer. Buyer: IDK, these cars look a little haggered,,,salesman: I assure you, only driven on Sat. nights. The “Car Strip” and a flashy sign scream Las Vegas. 2nd pic, “Monorail” ( Simpsons reference) Look at the 2 cars, one of the biggest, the Olds, and one of the smallest, the Falcon. White for a car color is making a huge comeback, especially in hot climates. 3rd pic, I’ve seen before. This is a high school parking lot in California, Bakersfield maybe. The Volvo is a ’58 or older PV 444, with split windshield. It was my 1st car. A Spriget with wires, the Jeep, I think, is a CJ3A ( short hood) can’t see the bikes, but lots of Asian bikes and last pic, almost looks like an ad, flashy Corvette, pretty girl, open road( ever notice on TV car ads, there’s never another car in sight. Don’t be stuck in traffic, see your Chevrolet dealer today.

  18. 3rd photo location: Atlanta, Georgia circa 1960-61. Peachtree Street looking north toward 10th St. (Blue 56? Caddy turning left) The Firestone dealer was up at the curve for decades. Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell lived (1925-32) and wrote the bulk of her Pulitzer Prize winning book in a place she called “The Dump.” It is located just to the left, pass the crosswalk behind the commercial store fronts.
    Nice yellow Corvette, probably a Georgia Tech “Yellow Jacket” grad. ’60 Buick convertible behind it northbound.

    • Thanks for identifying the location in Atlanta where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her landmark and only book, John. Gone with the Wind was first published in 1936 so from the vantage point of the appearance of Peachtree Street in the above photo none of the cars which would have been passing by in 1936 are in evidence. If you ever come across a vintage copy of Gone With the Wind and it DOESN’T have roman numerals identifying the edition as having been published in 1936 but has “1936,” instead, it’s likely that you’ve stumbled across a truly valuable book.

  19. Geez,why cant they make signs like that anymore.
    Politically incorrect and the huge cost of neon is why.And don’t forget vandalism

  20. First nighttime pic. The dealerships in my town were always open until 9pm. In the mid 1950’s my cousin and I rode our bikes all over town and checked every car lot. The evening lights always made the offerings in the bargain row more attractive. They looked barely used, not very rusty and beautiful in our young eyes.

  21. It’s not a car, but it is a transport, so something on Disneyland monorail. Preceded the Seattle monorail by two years. Both built by ALWEG. German firm owned by Swede who became a billionaire via Electrolux. The unique styling?
    Not to make it look like a vacuum cleaner. To make it look more like a space-age rocket ride.

    By the Imagineer who designed Autopia. One of the longest-lived Disneyland rides, and may still be “near-and-dear” to many here.

    The history is fascinating (and a bit creepy), so some more non-links for your enlightenment.

    schwebebahn.de

    wikipedia/wiki/Axel_Wenner-Gren

    freshbakeddisney/disneyland-monorail

    yesterland/chevronautopia.html

    wikipedia/wiki/Bob_Gurr

  22. I knew I saw the 3rd pic before, it was featured on Hemmings a while back as a “carspotting” feature. It’s Burbank High School, 1966. In the Hemmings feature, dated March 27, 2014, there’s a much larger version of this photo.

  23. I’m fairly certain the bike parked in the lot, right at the right front fender of the Falcon parked on the street is a Triumph, early 6o’s. Distinctive tank and seat shapes give it away.

  24. What a great selection in photo 2 – COrvairs, Pickups, wagons, etc. And bikes to, but hard to dientify. Aleady mostly noted, a bit more detail – the Green MG TF (1954-55), next to the white Bugeye – Austin Healey Sprite (1958-61), and the white MG Midget appears to be a MKI (1962-64)

  25. Did anyone identify the red coupe on the upper left in the Disney photo?
    I was guessing an MGA? My family visited Disneyland about that time. Don’t remember much about it! The familiarity with those car designs gives evidence to my age… and I’m the little brother!

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