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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 217

Today’s lead image in the “Kodachrome” Photo Series is cropped version of a professional promotional shot taken for Volkswagen of America. It contains one of the automakers second most memorable vehicles it produced in the period which has become popular with collectors and is quite valuable today.

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 “Fresh County Sausage” sign on the far left may indicate that this pair gentleman are raiding the grocery bags behind the front seat? 

  • Check out this custom built tailgate kitchen, and note how the fins on the car provide more room for preparing meals.

  • Photo without caption.

30 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 217

  1. And might the other end of the rope tied to the ’59 Chevy station wagon’s wind deflector be attached to the family dog’s collar?

  2. The first image is a little too ‘perfect’ not to be a promo piece; I’d guess the Microbus is probably a `63-`64. The woman’s outfit & hair help to narrow the year too.
    The second image sure looks nice. Those two look a bit young too young for that `56 Cadillac DeVille to be theirs–I bet it’s Dad’s and they just borrowed it. What a gorgeous car. Mom sure looks happy with her display on the tailgate of her `59 Chevy Brookwood 4dr. wagon! I dare anyone to have such a spread today with their SUV!! What time’s breakfast Mom?

    • Will, this would be a Series 62 convertible as the DeVille was available only as a Coupe DeVille and 4-door hardtop Sedan DeVille. Interestingly, the Sedan DeVille and Eldorado Seville Coupe were introduced nearly a month before (Oct 24, ’55) the rest of the lineup on Nov 18, ’55.

    • Dad: “Son. run down to get some of that fresh country sausage for us. We’ll cook out this morning”.
      Son:” Can we take the Cadillac?”
      Dad: “Yes, but no hot rodding it, its still the break-in period”
      Son: “Oh Boy, wait until the girls see us cruise by in it!”

      Those flat ‘fins’ were great shelves on the 1959-’60 Chevy station wagons. Bets GM Styling never considered that use when they designed them.

      That was one strong young lady to pull the front bumper off a ’35 Dodge! Probably trying to make it look ‘cool’ like the other hot rods. Note it had only one driving light which was typical then, not two.

    • You’d have to see pictures of the pre-Opera tailgate parties at the Santa Fe Opera to see just how far people go using their SUV’s as chuckwagons.

  3. In Item 1 of 3, a ’56 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

    In Item 2 of 3, a ’59 Chevy Brookwood 4-door with possibly a bronze ’57 Chevy Bel Air next to what appears to be a white over green ’61 or later C-Series IH Travelall in the left background.
    As David notes, that’s an amazingly handy camping cabinet they’ve got there and the fins finally serve a purpose! This is the first year GM offered a roll-down tailgate window…only 8 years behind Chrysler Corp, but a year before Ford (Falcon only) and 2 years before the full-size Ford.

    • Great chronology of trivia! The roll down rear window was so useful as displayed by the portable camp kitchen outfit. Now that you mention it, as I have never experienced the former traditional tilt up rear window , the roll down window really adds usefulness to the stationwagon.

  4. The VW has to be a ’64 or newer with oval tail lights and no rear corner windows. The sign in the window says “Super Right Hams”, but can’t find any Super Right. Probably from the ad agency. ( they cut the real name out of the photo) Who would have ever thought these would bring 5 figures today. 2nd pic, I agree, a bit young, looks like a Texas plate, daddy’s car all the way. 3rd pic, oh yeah, we had many parking lot breakfasts. Dad built a special deal and mom loved to cook for us. The stove looks like a Sears 2 burner propane, probably early 60’s, milk in square quarts, Lipton Tea, Sanka instant, paper towel, they’ve done this before. Not sure what the red plastic jug is, way too early for plastic gas cans. And last, certainly staged, if she pulled that bumper off, she’d be a lot more surprised. Why the bumper came off in the first place, who knows. Car doesn’t look too old, dents were just a part of driving, I suppose.

    • “Super Right” was a brand sold by the A&P Supermarkets. Notice the shapes of the letters on the brick wall. They match perfectly the A&P’s letters of Food Stores.

      • Thanks, Mike, I should have caught that. My mom shopped exclusively at an A&P in our neighborhood. I picked up once at a warehouse in Toledo, it was one of the original A&P warehouses and looked right out of the 30’s. I read, A&P was the largest grocery retailer in the US from 1915 to 1975. They closed for good in 2015 after 156 years in business.

        • Not only is the girl’s red plaid a perfect match to the picnic gear so often seen in Type 2s (and especially in Westfalias) when “staged” (hey, they ARE homes-away-from-homes) at so many car shows, but Plaid Stamps were dispensed (and were developed…) by A&P!!!

          How very historically fitting.

          Search “S&H Green Stamps” in Wikipedia or ask AlexSiri.

          • Thank you for mentioning Plaid Stamps. My sister and I both got our bicycles with Plaid Stamps. Had forgotten all about that.

      • In the quaint little suburban village where I grew up, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company store existed directly alongside The National Tea Company store. (As if tea was the only thing? IDK) Neither could have been more than one or two thousand sq ft and featured the first checkout lanes I remember. Manually operated, there was a sort of little corral extending down to the end of the counter you placed your purchases on and periodically the cashier would give the “corral” a yank bringing your goods to within her reach. Just don’t put your loaf of bread behind the watermelon.

    • I saw the larger, uncropped version on This Is Americar — a Facebook group I’d recommend, by the way. It’s definitely an A & P.

  5. The “photo without caption” illustrates almost perfectly the procedure delineated in the manual for removing the front bumper of my Corrado. Once the two retaining bolts are removed, two workers seated on the floor place their feet against the front wheels and, on the count of three…..

  6. My wife’s favorite Chevy is the 1959, BECAUSE of the fins! I remember riding my Schwinn Traveler bicycle down Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis in the fall of 1958, to sneak in the back lots of the dealerships to see the new cars hidden (sort of), in the back rows. When I caught my first glimpse those ’59 fins, my eyes were as big as silver dollars! Batman had come in the form of an automobile. When the 1960 models came along, I was vocally critical of the new design, saying it looked like they took a sledgehammer to the ’59 fins, flattening them out! Over the years I grew to like the 1960 model better, maybe because of its cleaner design, rocket-like side spear… or maybe it was just because Jeannie Hayes’ (who I had a crush on at the time) dad had a 1960 white Impala coupe!

  7. For some reason I developed a fixation on ’56 Cadillacs as a youngster. Probably from sitting in them when they were just cheap old cars on used car lots. I went through several old Caddys but didn’t get my ’56, a four door hardtop SDV, until I was in my 50’s. I passed up buying a ’55 El Dorado convertible, with dual quads and sabre spokes that needed some bodywork for less than 200 bucks. Oh well!

  8. David I fixed up the first image – color, saturation, contrast etc corrections to compensate for the fade. Email me if you want it. Kind of surprising as Kodachrome does not usually fade – probably Agfachrome.

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