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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 223

The identity of the legendary high performance “Pony Car” in today’s period lead image is quite easy to determine even though it was only produced for two years. Tell us all about this car and to make it a bit more challenging share with us the origin of the non-standard wheels it is fitted with.

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.

  • A&B Motors apparently specialized in imported sports cars and domestic cars. Can anyone determine where the used car car dealership was located?

  • This smiling young man was living the “Dream” in Illinois

  • This  Chrysler Corporation publicity photo leaves no doubt as to what inspired the automobile tail fin.

59 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 223

  1. Picture #1 is a ’66 Shelby GT350, as long as the clear quarter window was installed at the factory; I think it was a fairly popular add-on to earlier models (and basic fastbacks). The wheels are from a ’66 model, and it looks like someone installed an R-model front valance.

    I’ll take one of the TR3s from picture #2.

    Pic #3 is a neat ’64 Catalina convertible.

    Pic #4 is the entire 1956 Chrysler lineup, a great model year that is perhaps underappreciated thanks to the popularity of the ’57s.

    • Re: 56 Chrysler lineup. 57s were more advanced, stylewise and mechanically, but 56s were much better built. Funny thing is my (rust-free) 56 Plymouth Belvedere has more than once been mistaken for a 57 Chevy.

      • The 56-57 Chrysler line was futuristic styling with good taste with the exception perhaps of the outlandish Chrysler FINS.
        The early 60’s line was a mashup of really ugly chrome-laden faces with distorted body lines . What happens in the design departments, anyway? How is it that the industry with such a long history continues to create various lines of poorly designed, mechanically inadequate vehicles.
        Designed obsolescence prevails.

  2. The young lady in the first photograph , her dress matches the car’s paint job and stripes. Looks like a Mustang Club meet. All the cars appear to be Mustangs.

  3. I believe A&B Motor Co. was in Seattle. There’s a University Motorsports listed with an address of 5017 Roosevelt Way NE on Yelp with a photograph that looks like the right side of the building in the historic photograph – two small doors to the left of a single-bay garage with a triple-paned window that starts above the right-hand door.

  4. Pic 2 has the aforementioned Chevys and Rambler plus a Morgan, TR2 and Sunbeam Alpine, plus an MB 190 (maybe a second red one in the back).

    A&B Might now be University Motorsport, same address (same building??) in Seattle.

  5. The last photo of Chrysler’s `56 model line is a rather well-known advertising piece. When I worked for a car magazine some year’s back, we had a color 8×10 transparency of this photo, so I had an 8.5 x 11 photo made from it. Colors and image so crisp, you’d swear it was shot this morning!! The cars looks virtually untouched.

  6. The first photo is of a 1966 Shelby with an optional ‘R’ model front valance and side exit exhaust, both of which found on the 1965 Shelby ‘race’ model. The wheels where from a 1967 Shelby.

    With a green 1969 Mache 1 Mustang in the back ground, the photo might be from an early Shelby American Club Convention.

  7. A & B Motors appears to be located in Seattle WA, and the address today shows a business called University Motorsports (near the University of Washington). The Rambler has a Washington plate as well

  8. As for the 64 Catalina Convertible, I wonder why the title “California Dream”? That’s not a California license plate, and the location suggests otherwise, as well.
    That aside, I’d love to have that car. Had a 64 Bonneville Coupe and loved it.
    The AB Car company had a very eclectic car collection for sale and a collection that if they had today, would be worth a lot of money.

  9. The Sunbeam in the used car image appears to be a Tiger, given the low profile rear fender as opposed to the finned Alpine. The real estate is likely now University Motorsports in Seattle.

  10. FWIW, A & B Motor Co. was in the University District of Seattle.
    It is or was more recently University Motorsports and the building is for sale, price not revealed ( do not to inquire at the business, since they are apparently unaware of the offering).
    I think I see two MB’s, a TR3, a Sunbeam Alpine and some Chevies
    The black one at the rear may be a MGTD.

  11. picture #2 is in the university district of Seattle just west of the University of Washington. it was still there selling cars up to the 90’s.

  12. 1st pic is clearly some Mustang doin’s and the the girls stripe on the dress is far too coincidental, she must be “Miss Shelby”. 2nd pic, unless someone figured it out, the only Roosevelt Way that comes up is Seattle. The ’62 Chevy, if it has flags on the V symbol, it’s a 327, and 4 speed was a nice car. Rambler looks out of place, Sunbeam could be a Tiger. The TR3’s are the newer ones with wide grill. 3rd pic, convertible screams Cal. but those garages could be anywhere. Fact is, I bet he’s visiting some place other than Cal. Last pic, I think Chrysler in the 50’s made it perfectly clear they were copying aircraft. Jets were a pretty big deal in the 50’s. That Imperial is almost as big as the jet.

    • The jet looks to me to be an F86 Sabre which was the most prominent U.S. jet fighter in the Korean conflict. It was produced in multiple variations but I can’t tell from the picture which model it is. The F86 was still a first line fighter in 1955-56 and it is difficult to believe that one would be in private hands at that time. The F86 was not only produced in large numbers domestically, it was license built in Canada, Italy, Australia and Japan. As the U.S. and their NATO allies acquired more modern aircraft Sabres were often handed off to smaller countries and many of the planes remained on active service through the sixties. The last F86 Sabre in service with the ANG was retired in 1970

      • It is a F-86D model interceptor known affectionately as the “Sabre Dog” because of it’s black nose. Had a rocket tray in the belly for 24 rockets to be used against invading bombers.

      • I believe you are correct sir, the aircraft is likely a Fiat G.91, which to my eyes greatly resembles the F86. The G.91 was designed several years after the F86 but other than a superficial resemblance the two aircraft are not related. The G.91 was designed to be used as a fighter bomber, primarily for tactical ground attack. Fiat did assemble more than 200 of the F86K (I think), which was the NATO version of the F86D.

          • Correct, Clyde. The “D” version had a radar in the nose, a slightly larger airframe than other Sabres, and was nicknamed the “Sabredog.” The “Dog” was a pure interceptor version, carrying no guns but armed with unguided “Mighty Mouse” rockets in the belly. They were fired shotgun style, and in retrospect were fairly ineffective.

      • The G91 has the canopy further forward and the nose wheel further back such that the wheel would roughly line up with what we’d call the “windshield header.” In this case, not even close. Plus the Fiat has a really pointy nose.

  13. Is that Talbot mirror on the Mustang standard equipment on that model? They were available from accessory catalogs and always looked cool mounted on the front wings of an MGA or B. I had a pair on my VW Squareback.

    • Close, but no it isn’t a Genuine Talbot. Although, whatever company made them styled the Shelby mirror to look somewhat like a Talbot. I checked them out recently while searching for period mirrors for the 1800s.

  14. The A & B Motor Company in Seattle, Washington was owned by Stanley Higgins and Al Stephen. They had two locations, the one on Roosevelt Way, and another at 7819 Bothell Way. From sometime in the 2000s until around 2016 the space under the right-hand window was occupied by University Motorsports, another used car dealer. Today a new building housing the University District Food Bank stands in its place. The Bothell location appears to be a strip mall now.

  15. Neat North American F-86D Sabre with the Chryslers.
    Odd that they’ve airbrushed out the USAF titles and markings while leaving what appears to be squadron markings. Probably don’t want to imply an endorsement, but no one seemed to worry about that kind of stuff back then. Or, and more likely in my opinion, they wanted a cleaner look on the jet.

  16. That Rambler is really out of place. Gramma’s car. Maybe it broke down and they just parked it. Or, maybe its their Courtesy Car so people can realize just how much they would prefer something else in inventory.

    Those Chrysler products were painted in audacious colors, for an audacious era.

  17. The quarter window on the GT-350 is an easy add to the ’65, but to me, two features say “1966”. One is that the tach is mounted to the top of the dash rather than in a moulded black mount. Two is that the rocker stripes and lettering is 1966 style, a bit smaller than the ’65.

  18. That’s a USAF North American F-86D Sabre which had the nose radome. The photo is retouched to remove the Air Force Insignia and I’m not familiar with the red stripe markings.

  19. Definitely an F86D fighter. That may have been a Canadian marking or Air National Guard. The jet was also made in Canada as well as Japan.

  20. Except for the forest green Imperial all the 56 Chrysler line up cars are two and three colors, unlike the insipid lifeless colors on contemporary cars (Black, Silver, Dark Grey, Burgundy) from bumper to bumper, and even the bumpers are body color. Want another color, gotta order it from the factory.

    The jet in the photo could be a Lockheed factory owned unit used for demo and observation purposes, hence no military markings, but I’m inclined to agree that all the markings were airbrushed out.

  21. No one addressed the wheels on the Mustang. I seem to recall that those wheels were provided as part of the Shelby Package on the GT 350’s? Or ?????????

  22. funny that Chrysler would use this setting as PR stunt, especially in view of the fact that the Le Sabre Concept car was a GM product that first added ‘jet age’ embellishments to autos, such as tail fins! And yes, the name was specifically chosen to reflect the current US fighter at the time. This was also the first use of what would become the Buick aluminum 215 ci V8 and a rear mounted auto transmission, far more advanced than the Chrysler products shown here.

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