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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 219

It appears this young man was very happy to own this mid-sized muscle car he was posing with. Did the automaker actually offer this unusual color combination or was the color of the roof changed or has a vinyl top been added after delivery? This image makes it quite clear what his favorite accent color was.

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. 

  • Summertime vacation visitors at a tourist trap town located in New Mexico.

  • Is this convertible painted a light brown or is a salmon-pink hue that did not show up well in Kodachrome? 

  • And finally, another 196os image of summertime vacationer’s vehicles at Stone Mountain. 

43 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 219

  1. In the 4th picture [3rd expandable photograph], on the far right, is that front end of a 1957 CHEVROLET, next to a light blue 1961 CHEVROLET Brookwood. Behind the ’61 CHEVROLET Brookwood is a white four-door 1960 CHEVROLET Impala Sedan’

  2. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph], 2nd car parked to the left of the ’66 CHEVROLET Impala beach-wagon, is a 1963 RAMBLER Classic.

      • And, from its taillight, it looks like a 1965. And, in that same photo, how did Pat W identify the 1965 Ford as an “LTD 4-door hardtop”? Were there no LTD sedans? No. The Standard Catalog lists 181,183 Galaxie 500 LTD post sedans sold and 68,038 hardtop sedans sold. Were the trunk lid trim strips only on hardtops? No. A 29k-mile Galaxie 500-only post sedan had them.

        Were those optional? Brochure does not show.

        How does anyone — including Pat W — know?

        • The 1965 Galaxie 500 post sedan to see was sold by B-J in Scottsdale in 2016 as Lot #23.

          The price realized was $11,550.

          They were only original once.

  3. In the third photo, I am not aware of such a ‘palamino tan’-type color Chevy used in `58. I’m inclined to say it’s “Cay Coral”–same color as Buddy Holly’s hardtop! some nice iron in the last photo. Up near the station a baby blue and white `58 Plymouth Suburban wagon. Facing us, a `61 Chevy Biscayne wagon with a really nice `57 Ford Custom 300 coupe in the foreground. Ah! I think that’s an early (`59-`60) GM city bus that now has tourist trap duty! I remember those well.

    • Yes, Will; it is definitely monotone Cay Coral. I owned a 1958 Bel-Air 2-door sedan in that color.

      Cay Coral was fairly popular but usually two-toned with white.

  4. The standout in the New Mexico museum image is the tan 1962 Dodge Custom 880 sedan. Those were the hastily ginned-up full-sized Dodge created to placate dealers apoplectic when they saw the down-sized Dodges were to be their only 1962 cars.

  5. The vinyl top looks like it was installed after delivery to the dealership. When I worked at Chevrolet dealers in the 1970’s the body shop installed a lot of vinyl tops. That way the dealer could make a bit more on the sale.

  6. In the Lead photo, a ’66 GTO (straight rocker panel molding vs ’67’s that extended up to the lower body crease)

    In Item 1 of 3, a ’65 LTD 4-door hardtop, a ’62 Dodge Custom 880 Sedan, a ’64 Comet Caliente convertible, probably a ’63 Corvair, a ’66 Chevy Bel air wagon, likely a ’67 Chevy II 100 sedan, a ’63 Rambler Classic 660 and a ’57 Fairlane 500 Club Victoria

    In Item 2 of 3, a ’58 Bel Air Impala convertible…I was surprised to learn recently the Impala was just a model in the Bel Air series whereas at Pontiac, the Bonneville was its own series.

    In Item 3 of 3, through the ’62 Impala’s windows I think I can see the slim headlight hood, making that a ’60 Ambassador with its slightly wrap-over windshield (vs the ’61 that had a thick headlight brow). The ’60 and ’61 Ambassador windshield header arches slightly upward vs the regular Rambler’s.
    Facing the station, seen between a tan over white ’57 Ford 2-door Ranch Wagon and a gunmetal grey ’61 Chevy Brookwood wagon, a ’58 Plymouth Custom Suburban with Savoy-like side trim.
    The sharp red and white ’57 Ford Custom reminds me of the identical model driven by Bob Burdick in the IMCA Midwest circuit.. number 9.

  7. In the last pic I see a ’57 ford two door wagon hidden behind the ’57 Ford custom two door sedan. Where are those cars now.

  8. Is the guy near the saloon in the second picture a police officer writing a ticket?
    hard to tell what the hat is that he is wearing, maybe he is just checking his cell phone … what they didn’t have those then? How primitive!

    • I would say he is fooling with his camera. Almost as complex as a cell phone. Especially when only used on vacation. I can remember trying to “stand still” while my Uncle messed with the camera. Only to find out a week later, after film developing… that he had cut Mom’s head off or no one had legs in the photo. And then there was the thrill of being allowed to take a picture of my folks by myself. My favorite tourist memories were in my Uncles 62′ Bel air and then the Fawn Tan 64′ Impala 2dr.

  9. The tourist trap New Mexico town is the Longhorn Ranch. described as “On Highway 66. 48 miles east of Albuquerque and 70 miles west of Santa Rosa, New Mexico”. Sort of the middle of nowhere!

    • As a kid, we drove a large part of Rte 66 to visit relatives back East and my sisters and I always bugged dad to pull into one of those ‘Amazing’ places. Never did, so we missed out on dinosaurs, Indian relics, real wild west stuff, abandoned mines, more dinosaurs, etc. Of course, Dad knew they were all tourist traps and stopping would have taken valuable driving time away from our lone driver…him…during the summer with no A/C. New Mexico was also known for a variety of speed traps, something I personally found out was still true in the 70’s!

  10. the red and white 57 looks like the Hot Rod magazine Pike Peak hill climb winner in 1957. 1957 Ford Custom 2-dr with the 300hp supercharged 312

  11. The Stone Mountain Scenic Railway, which is located at Stone Mountain State Park in Georgia, first opened in 1962. So this picture must have been taken shortly after its initial opening as I do not see any cars parked there later than that year. In the background you can see the controversial carving honoring three heroes of the Confederacy on the side of the rock before its restoration later in the decade. The train depot pictured is no longer standing at that location.

  12. Hard to tell the color on the 66 GTO. Could be Mission Beige, or Candle Light Cream, (yellow),. It does have a burgundy top, which looks like it was done at the dealer and not from the factory. Red lines, dog dish caps
    Nest car. The picture from Stone Mountain has a 1958 Plymouth Suburban in blue s d white with optional side trim .

  13. 1st pic,,NERD,,I bet he has a pocket protector under that sweater. Sure picked a nice car. Are those red line snow tires? 2nd pic, the “Longhorn Ranch” was located in Moriarty, NM on Rt. 66. It faded out in the 70’s when the Interstate came through. I think I see oil accumulating on the Corvair rear grill. 3rd pic, got to be a pilot, pilots always had convertibles. Judging by that exhaust right behind the front tire(the pipes always rotted out right there) it has a V8. Last, Stone Mountain is in Georgia, and has an image carved in the side, of which you can kind of see here, in poor shape, of the Confederate generals, Lee, Jackson and then president Jefferson Davis. Being a stout Yankee, it’s no wonder I never heard of it in our travels down south.

    • Little-known fact: automotive historian Robert Nitske (Porsche & VW Story, Mercedes-Benz Production Models, etc.) is buried in Moriarty, N.M., alongside his wife, who grew up in that area. I attended his funeral there.

    • Howard, you are being too harsh…or perhaps guilty of judging past actions by today’s standards.

      He looks like a “clean cut” college boy of the period…just before to the latest 60s with weird clothes, longer hair and other fashion fads.
      (Refer to cast photos of “Route 66”, and note that The Kingston Trio and folk music were still popular.

      Remember in the early and mid 60s being square like that was rather in fashion…guys did have short hair and wore ties to college classes.
      The Beatles long hair notwithstanding, through 65-66, college guys actually looked like that.

  14. In the second photo, the sign painter could have used “SpellChecker” when he lettered “New Mexico Museum Off The Old West”. (Note the word ‘Off’ instead of “Of”.) But as Alan Adams pointed out, they didn’t have cell phones (or SpellCheker software) back then!

    • Good proofreading something that still slips through today, with our technology ( I’m a printer by trade). Now we did have daily spelling tests in grade school though !!

  15. In the Stone Mountain railroad lot, visible over the red and white ’57 Ford Custom between another ’57 Ford Ranch wagon and a ’60 Rambler Ambassador is a white 1962 Cadillac four-window Series 62 or de Ville hardtop.

  16. There are write-ups in my Route 66 books on the Longhorn Ranch.
    A rare occurrence recently: all American cars in that pic.

  17. The color of the building, foundation and ground wash out the color of the 1958 Chevrolet Impala. The clothing in the photo of the ’66 GTO should embarrass any adolescent male of the mid 60s. The choice of the roof color demonstrates that good taste was not required.

  18. As a kid of about 10 years old and living in the panhandle of Texas, I had been to New Mexico several times by then and seen tourist traps like the museum picture in Moriarty,NM. The kind of things they sold were usually gimmicks like baby rattlers or do-nothings and post cards and Indian artifacts made in Japan.

  19. I concur that the first picture shows a 66 GTO. I’m partially color blind, but it looks like to me that the car is yellow with a black vinyl top and black interior, which was a very popular color combo at that time. I had a 67 Cutlass Supreme with a vinyl top, so I can’t see what the hubub is about there being a vinyl top on a 66 Pontiac.

    Although he didn’t know any better it appears that he dressed from the Mr. Rogers school of fashion.

  20. In the lead photo the GTO is painted GM Butternut Yellow. I bought a new ’64 Chevrolet SS convertible in the same color so know it well. I believe the top on this car was painted that dull red to match the accessory red line tires the owner had ordered. just a hunch.

  21. The ’58 Impala is painted a factory coral/salmon color. The only interior color available with this body color was a matching color. A bit much in my opinion and not very popular at the time as I remember. I had a ’58 Impala coupe in Ermine White which was seen on a large number of the 1958 Chevrolets back then.

  22. Keeping the style theme of the GTO’s “companion,” the redlines just may be portawalls….even the mud on the rear tire didn’t seem to want to touch them much.
    Oh, and I think Mr. Wizard wants his tie back.

  23. Big wheel bike on top of Emporium store roof. Loved places like this when I was a youngster, ” Can we stop and buy something…. please Dad”.

  24. OK, enough of critiquing the guy’s clothing choice. Would you rather see him in cut-off blue jeans and a tie-dyed T-shirt? How ’bout bell bottoms and an unbuttoned polyester shirt? Or today’s choice: 8 inches of boxers visible above his sagging oversized trousers and a shirt with four-letter words on it?

    No, I think what he is wearing is very appropriate. And I wasn’t in grade school yet when this car was made.

  25. I wonder if all the cars at Stone Mt departed the parking lot with a wired -on thin cardboard “bumper sticker”? Compliments of the local boys hired to do every car in the lot while the families toured the site. I still have one from a northern NY tourist trap from the 1960s hanging in my garage.

    • Bob,

      My father strongly disliked any of those “bumper stickers” on his cars. The type that really set him off were those that were heavy paper which had glue backing. Seemed it took him forever to remove the paper & glue.


  26. HAHAHAHA the GTO shot is priceless…and yes, one could have the dealer install a aftermarket vinyl top…but pal, this 66 Goat was no play thing…it would dust most any auto that came off the assembly line…and I would give my (75yo left nut – not much use these days anyway) for a 66GTO…Sweet. just looking at the pic again, the slim slacks are now back n style as french…men love it…women really love it…

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