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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 222

Today’s lead image containing two men, possibly a father and son with a bright red Corvette was apparently taken in Texas in 1964. With the exception of a set of chromed reversed wheels, this “Vette” appears to be as it left the factory. Share with us what you know about this machine.

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. 

  • Something tells us this individual really liked drinking Schlitz Beer.

  • Where is this scenic overlook located and what interests you in this late-1960s photo?

  • A mid-1950s overhead view of a street located in Hutchinson, Kansas.

51 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 222

  1. Great pictures again !!

    In the 4th photograph [3rd expandable picture], 2nd car back driving toward the camera, is a 1955 CLIPPER; also 5th car back parked on the right is a black over yellow 1954 HUDSON.

  2. In the Lead Photo a ’62 Corvette, a ’64 Galaxie 500 2-door hardtop and possibly a ’63-ish Dodge Dart mostly hidden behind the blue spruce.

    In Item 1 of 3, gentleman holding a Schlitz wearing clam diggers beside a ’61 Impala SportSedan

    In Item 2 of 3, a black ’67 Electra 225 4-door hardtop and seen over the passing ’65 Impala, a silver blue ’61 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special. Beside that Impala a ’68 or later M-B W-113, 250 or 280 SL Coupe.

    In Item 3 of 3, a black over ivory ’54 Hudson parked on the right and a black and white ’55 Packard Clipper out in the street.

    • I believe that the correct color combination of the ’54 Hudson is (Ebony) Black and Coronation Cream. The color was introduced in 1950 as being Cornish Cream. They did have a color called Boston Ivory in 1952 for that year alone but it was more of a lighter beige color than light yellow. Several people have singled out both the ’54 Hudson and the ’55 Packard. I guess that’s because they were fairly rare cars for their time as only 36,000 ’54 Hudson Hornets or Wasps were produced, and only 38,000 ’55 Packard Clippers. Compare that with 738,000 Buicks for the year 1955 and that is a very big difference in sales for those two soon to be obsolete American automobiles.

      • As I remember, Capri pants were longer, coming down to just above the ankles and with rounded corners on the slits rather than square. The Ventures “ Walk Don’t Run” album cover might offer a good example.

        And just for gals – whereas Clamdiggers like Dad’s there could be worn by gals or guys, just not for any guys I knew!

        • Back in the day…we referred to men’s pants that did not cover the ankles as ‘floods’ or ‘flood pants. It would appear that today’s men’s pant styles are anticipating the impending rise in sea levels.
          The blue and white car behind the motorcycle appears to be a 1955 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan which would put the picture in late 1954 or early 55.

      • Capri pants were woman’s fashion pants dating from 1948 by Sonja de Lennart that were of a finer, more tailored form-fitting fabric that tapered to an end midway between the knee and the anklebone (with a necessary slit to get a foot through). They have come to mean most any cropped woman’s pants that end between the knee and the ankle.
        The term “clamdiggers” arrived in the early/mid-‘50s on looser-fitting casual pants made of a heavier fabric, even a light denim, that tapered to an end (with slit) anywhere south of the knee and were generally white. At the peak of their popularity in the late-‘50s and early ‘60s, they often had red and/or blue trim on the outer leg seam and included a white rope belt. They were quite popular and were worn by men, women and children.
        The media fascination with the Kennedys at the Cape Cod shore heightened their popularity, as clamdiggers generally had a nautical look about them. and, as with most any style that peaks with a specific look or details, they rapidly faded from retail sales within a few years.

        • I always thought a Capri was a Mercury nameplate sold abroad. Like Jay Busse, none of the guys I hung out with in Wilmington, Delaware wore pants like that, either.

        • As I was 8 in 1961 my mom made me wear these in the summer. Capris, clamdiggers, whatever… I hated them. Never heard any rude comments from my friends either but, back then, we were inclined to keep our comments to ourselves.

          Do love these 1961 Chevys. I remember my first AMT model kit was a 1961 Impala so they have a special place in the memory banks with me.

  3. In the scenic overlook photo, the 4th car to the right is a Mercedes R113 SL…better known as the “Pagoda” SL, produced from 1963-71.
    Judging by the other cars in the photo it’s likely a SL 230 (1963-67) 250 (1966-68), the 280 model came later in the production run.

    Likely the only car in the photo likely to have survived to this day.

  4. 1st pic, the plate is from 1964, and while the Corvette may not be new, dad was mighty proud of junior. Not as nice as dad’s ’64 Galaxie 500XL(?) though. 2nd pic, if this guy isn’t from Milwaukee, or at least Wisconsin, I’d be very surprised. Schlitz was pretty much a regional brand, and the 4 door 61 Impala on Daytona Beach seals the deal. 3rd pic looks like some kind of dam overlook, the ’65 Chevy has those bumper stickers or the wired on kind. I believe the fellow in the Rambler American wagon is removing one. Last pic looks like a rough part of town. Cop on a HD Electra Glide at the light.

    • Howard, I believe Schlitz was nationwide by the 60s. It was my beer of choice for some time, until sometime in the very late ’60s when the brewing formula was changed to cheaper materials. Never being a big guzzler anyway, I never drank it again.

      • Schlitz garnered the largest selling title in 1902 and traded it with Anheuser Busch thruout the first half of the 20th century. At some point you would have to throw Pabst’s Blue Ribbon beer in as well. And then, of course:
        “I’m from Milwaukee and I ought to know
        It’s draft brewed Blatz beer wherever you go.”
        Interestingly, (to steer the car out of the ditch and back onto the automotive roadway here) in the late 50s/early 60s Augie Pabst raced a Scarab for the Chicago based Peter Hand Breweries’ Meister Brauser Racing Team until I think the family put the kibosh on that as being a “branding conflict.”

        • My oh my, what a flood of memories are unleashed with the mention of Scarab! First comes Lance Reventlow and his step father, Prince Igor Troubetzkoy, who won the Targia Floria and turned Lance into a racing maniac. Then came Scarab racers built in Venice, Ca and running Chevy engines built by TRACO engineering right down the street. Scarabs were driven by many famous folks, including another famous rich boy, Augie Pabst, and Carroll Shelby. Funny that Shelby Cobras were later built in the same Scarab facilities after Reventlow went bust! But that was just a section of Thunder Alley! Dick Guldstrand and Edelbrock and I think Iskendarian were there as well. All part of that SoCal hot-rodding tradition! Oh yeah, the Meister Scrab is still around, serving as a model for some very nice repros.

    • As the other replies agree, Schlitz was FAR from a “regional brand”. I remember my dad drinking it when I was a kid, and I was a fan of it as well when I got older. It was ranked right along with Budweiser as America’s “beer of choice”. They did change it at some point, then Stroh’s took over the brand during the 80’s when Stroh was trying to go mainstream on a national scale. That effort eventually failed, and Shclitz pretty much fell with it. You can still find it in some places, but it is a shell of what the brand used to be.

      • Yes Schlitz was a definitely a national leader and not regional. “The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous” Howard, you’re going to have to relinquish your role as Milwaukee historian. It’s being brewed to the 1960’s formula and is a great beer once again. Like the Pabst site, the Schlitz brewery is a thriving office park (“Schlitz Park”) now, with some of the brewing equipment featured in the architecture. I like the white ’61 4-door hardtop. The white Impala 4-door hardtop I have is a ’64.

  5. The last photo on the left side parked next to an odd two tone 46/48 Plymouth is a two toned 51? Chevrolet sedan delivery. Opening shot of 62 Roman Red Vette with chrome reverse wheels and spinner. Neat stuff again. John

  6. The 65 Impala on the senic overlook has been to a few places judging from the bumper stickers. Day at the beach. The fellow with the Schlitz , and a new 1961 Impala 4 door hardtop, is living large. Dig the clothes. John

    • Hi Charles, I wouldn’t say they were popular, but in the days before a/c, blocking the sun was the next best thing. I happen to like visors, had them on my semis and when restoring our 1950 Packard in the 80’s, I bought 2 parts cars for $300 just to get the visor. They did restrict your vision considerably, as most traffic signals were hanging from above, all sorts of gimmicks were made to try and see the signal. Triangle prisms and mirrors, none of which worked very well. As a/c became the norm, visors fell out of favor.

    • I remember seeing sun visors on older cars in the late 50/early 60s. They were fairly common on 40s cars and to a lesser extent early 50s cars. They could be seen regularly, but they were not universal by any means.
      I was a little kid in the late 50s/early 60s, but I was one of those little kids who paid a great deal of attention to automobiles.
      One of the more interesting accessories back then was venetian blinds in cars’ back windows. I used to badger my parents to get this awesome thing along with lobbying for them to get new cars with bigger fins. I couldn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want these things..

  7. In the last picture, the car farthest from the camera looks like a 58 ford, making the thirties sedan parked next to the shoebox ford on the left a very well used car at the time, and most of the forties models pretty out of date by then to. If it is a 58, there aren’t any other ‘new’ cars in sight. Green 49 Plymouth on the lower right and a Nash coupe next to the Pontiac on the left.

  8. The scenic overlook in the second expandable picture is the upper end of the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway in the Adirondack Park outside of Lake Placid N Y. From the castle like building you can access an elevator or hike a short trail to the summit

    • Yes, my guess, too. I was there 2 years ago and a rainy and windy day. I was reminded what brake fade feels like on the way back down – a bit unnerving! It turned out that there is a descent button on my dash which kicks the trans down to a lower gear, only discovered later.

    • Yes indeed. During the 2010 BDC rally I watched a string of vintage Bentleys arrive at the parking area, led by a Speed Six which approached at a surprising rate – loud pedal firmly depressed – made a thunderous crackling double-clutched downshift & pulled in & idled for a bit to cool off.
      I can see Whiteface & the castle right now.
      I later spoke with the driver of the Speed Six about the trip down the mountain, he said it was done using second gear & compression braking with “moderate brake heating” and a bit of blue exhuast once he regained the public roads.

  9. The Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon Coast used to tie on over-sized signs with wire to everyone’s bumpers. The setting could be almost anywhere on the Coast but the structure in the background isn’t familar. A wild guess is the Vista House on the Columbia River Gorge, but that’s several hours drive from the Sea Lion Caves. Anyone else have a guess?

  10. The ’62 Corvette has the new 327 engine. replacing the 283. Also no more optional 2 tone paint in the side coves since the moldings were deleted from same. Also the last of the rear straight axle Corvettes as the new Sting Ray was about too be released in 1964 with independent rear suspension. I loved watching the evolution of the Corvettes while in high school and beyond.

  11. The overlook appears to be the ‘castle’ at the top of the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway in the Adirondack mountains of NY.

    • Perhaps a Safety Zone for pedestrians who didn’t make it all the way across the intersection while the light was green? That’s a pretty wide expanse for the less ambulatory to navigate in one shot.

  12. In the fourth photo: The car behind the motor cycle is a 1955 Ford Club Sedan and six cars behind it in the left lane is a ’53 ford four door.

  13. Although striped rather than hatched, likely a version of a “box junction” — an area not to be entered unless exit is clear AND immediate, to reduce the gridlock in larger cities like London.

    Box junctions are found in the UK and in many other countries (boxed yellow diagonal stripes on signs signal “hazard ahead” there…); yellow stripes in a box on a pavement in the US signal “no-tarry” turning areas.

    If you’re interested:

    highwaycodeuk.co.uk

    mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm

    And re factory or aftermarket pre-TG-pre-AC windshield visors: remember that VISORLESS windshields had become “cool” in the early ’30s when windshields that were slanted or two-pieced made ’20s cars with visors over the windshields “old-fashioned” and “uncool.”

    GM/Ford/Chrysler/Studebaker/Nash/etc. (and a Milwaukee company that has made car parts for 118 years) made millions more visors from the late ’30s through the mid-’50s — when old was new and “uncool” was “cool” once again.

    If interested, search for “Fulton Performance” and image search for “Fulton Sun Shield.” See vintage ads, instructions, parts lists and Buick woodie with Fulton Sun Shield. And see a ’49 Fulton “Light Air Conditioning” ad via the UK.

    It’s at this not-all-there-not-really-a-link:

    oldclassiccar.co.uk/visors.htm

    Happy seeing.

  14. The fourth photo was taken from one of the upper floors inside the Wiley Building at the corner of North Main Street and East 1st Avenue looking south. The Wiley building still exists.

    The businesses shown include the following. The first two buildings still exist, but much of the block has had its edifices updated. The theatre marquee is gone.

    Midland Theatre, 8 – 10 N. Main
    C. R. Anthony Co., 22-24 N. Main (department store)
    B & G Hosiery Shop – you can see the “Y” of hosiery above the traffic signal at the lower left of the photo.

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