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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 224

Instead of an image of a complete car for today’s Kodachrome feature we chose this photo to give our knowledgable readers a chance to identify a car by using only a picture of its interior. We will mention this however, there is one clue in plain site that can be used to determine the automaker that constructed this convertible.

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.

Editors Note: We are taking Saturday off this week to compete in the VSCCA Fall Finale races with The Old Motor Volvo at Lime Rock Park Speedway. We will return again with a new feature on Monday morning.

  • An interesting post-war view down a side street in a mining town.

  • This mid-1960s street scene contains a wide varity of vehicles to identify.

  • And finally, everyone likes a parade and the freebies these boys are tossing off of this beer truck.

55 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 224

  1. In the second photo, the Union Hall in the background probably means it was taken near the Bingham Canyon Mine near Salt Lake City, Utah. Love the yellow COE on the right. Is it delivering cases of bottled soft drinks? Can’t tell.

  2. There’s at least one enthusiastic driver in the town depicted in photo three. He’s parked his Bugeye Sprite behind the Studebaker on the right.

  3. That first one draws a blank but I’ve seen that type of shifter before. Gottal love the Ford and Chevy trucks in the 2nd pic. The Ford Slopeback makes my heart ache; I had a ’38 Std 2-door boosted out from under my nose many years ago now but it still gets me down. I remember when those Chevy vans were down every street, almost. And that beer truck has got to be a Dodge. Are those boys tossing out free beer? I can imagine opening one of those old cans with that old opener that hung from the mirror…

  4. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph], parked just beyond the yellow truck, is a four-door 1950 BUICK, either a Roadmaster or Super.

  5. The “mining tiwn” is obviously near the Bingham open pit copper mine just West of Salt Lake City. What exact town the street is in, I don’t know.

    Is that a Coke truck to the right (remember their wooden cases were yellow, not red. Interesting Dr. Pepper sign in the background, that was a fairly rare drink back then outside the south.
    But hard working miners will be miners, which explains the Beer sign in an otherwise pretty “dry” area.

  6. In the 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture], parked in front of the Mars Store, is a white over red 1960 BUICK either an Invicta or LeSabre two-door hardtop; it appears there may be a problem as the hood is open and there are a few persons looking in the engine bay.

    Parked three cars behind this ’60 BUICK is a cream 1959 or ’60 STUDEBAKER Lark two-door sedan.

  7. In the mining town photo there is a 1949 Ford beverage truck (yellow) and parked in front of it it a 1937 Ford Tudor slant back sedan.

  8. I’d smile too, if I had a new, shiny `48 Cadillac convertible! Back then, this was absolute top shelf and looks it. The third photo, taken some time in the mid 60s has a wide variety of cars we all like. I’d take the lt. blue `63 Buick Electra 225 cvt. in the foreground. Across the street down on the corner is a nice maroon `60 Buick, either LeSabre or Invicta hardtop; can’t tell which. Never heard of Altes Golden Lager beer; may have been a regional brand way back. But hey–that’s quite a parade display of a truck they used to promote it!!

    • Richard Banks had it tagged correctly. It is a ’49 Cadillac. The 1948 had a distinctly different instrument cluster. What told me it was a Cadillac was the center steering wheel button.

  9. 3rd photo must be tri-state area because of the Strauss parts Stores in the picture.Wasnt their trademark a midget man running with a tire?
    Kids promoting beer?Not these days!The authorities would go hysteric.

    • Do you mean NY-NJ-CT, or a different tri-state area? This definitely feels east coast. Curious there are both Strauss and Mars auto parts stores on opposite sides of the street.

  10. In the enlargible the 37 Ford 4 door, nose to nose with the Cab-Over-Engine Ford Coca-cola truck.
    In #2, the Studebaker Lark and the early style Austin-Healey.

  11. 1st pic, easy, a late 40’s Caddy. S.California,.no doubt. 2nd pic, I found, the Bingham Open Pit mine is a copper mine near Salt Lake City, and the plate looks like an early 50’s Utah plate. The Cudahy truck is a late 40’s Chevy AD and the Coca-cola truck is a late 40’s Ford F5 cabover. Note the full load with more soda strapped to the top. 3rd pic, there is a Cannon Pharmacy in Mooresville, NC, not this image though. Newest car appears to be the ’65 Buick and a A-H Sprite. Also the front of a GMC straight truck with a V6 by the Mars store. Looks like Krauss or Strauss(?) and Mars had a thing going with specials. And last, that’s a late 40’s Dodge cabover, and,,,are those kids throwing beer cans and cigarettes to the crowd?

    • The AH Sprite isn’t the newest car there, far from it. It sure looks to be a “bugeye” (or frogeye in the UK) model, which ended in the early 60s, (’62, IIRC) the Mustang is much newer.

    • The lad in blue at the center is dipping into a carton labeled Fleischman’s Yeast, altho that doesn’t look like what is in the hands of others. Perhaps if we could fill in the missing letters of “…ight ….ow … hing” we’d have more of a clue.

  12. The Lead Photo appears to be a ’49 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two convertible.

    In Item 1 of 3, at the end of the street a dark green ’48 Olds 98 Sedan with a black ’50 Buick 4-door Sedan (lip on the top edge of the bumper vs a ’51) behind the yellow Ford COE.

    In Item 2 of 3, in front of Mars Stores a ’65 Buick LeSabre Sport Coupe beside a ’60 Buick Invicta or LeSabre Sport Coupe, Farther to the right a ’59 or ’60 Lark sedan and a ’58 or later Austin Healey Sprite.
    There’s a handsome ’63 Buick Electra 225 convertible behind the Chevy van.

  13. OK, I’ll stick my neck out and say the first photo shows a Cadillac, maybe 1952? In the third photo, the little blue car on the right, behind the Studebaker Lark, appears to be an Austin-Healey Sprite.

  14. 1st picture is unmistakable a 1949 Cadillac series 62 Convertible. Note the hydraulic lift window switches on the door panel. The split windscreen tells us this is pre-1950, while the similar 1948 model had a completely different dash.

    3rd picture: Nearest street cars riding to the left: rear end of a 1963 Ford, 1st generation Chevy G10 Van (1964-1966), 1964 Buick Electra convertible; parked cars closest to the viewer: 1959 Chevy Impala and 1964 Ford Galaxie convertible without hubcaps. Background street from left to the right: a 1964-1965 Buick Special, a 1960 Buick, 1962 Chevy Biscayne or Bel Air (not an Impala), 1964-1965 Ford Mustang, a Checker Marathon taxicab passing by, 1959-1960 Studebaker Lark and an Austin-Healy Sprite.

  15. The interior photo of the convertible is of a 1949 Cadillac. The emblem on the dash looks very much like a chrysler, but nothing else fit. The dash has a very “gmish “ look which led me to cadillac. The usual Cadillac emblem looks very different than the one in the picture. Must have been used for a limited time?

    • That winged Cadillac crest emblem was unfamiliar to me also, but if you Google “1949 Cadillac dashboard” you’ll see that they all have that emblem on the dash.

  16. Street scene 1964 Ford Conv., minus hubcaps. 1963 Buick 225 with the top up/ At the curb is a 1959 Lark, and an Austin Healey Sprite

  17. The Cadillac in the lead picture is clearly a ’49, discernible by its lack of the ’48 version’s large semi-circular speedometer and lack of the later models’ one-piece windshield. In the photo the shift lever is all the way up, in the neutral position; but, unless the engine was running at the time, the lever should have been all the way down, in the Reverse position, which, in early Hydra-matics, engaged a parking pawl when the engine was not running.

  18. I’d like to know more about the first photo.
    It looks to have been taken at a small airport, notice the open sliding hangar door and what looks to be a small single engine high wing plane in the background.
    Judging by the color alone, I’ll call it a Taylorcraft….But it could be anyone of a number of “Cub like” ships of the 30s-50s.

  19. The third photo (2nd expandable) is at the corner of South Main Street and Church Street in Freeport, New York. The 12,400 pound Spanish made cannon is a war trophy from Morro Castle given to the city by the U. S. Navy. The cannon was captured at Santiago de Cuba in 1898.

    The small plaque in front of the cannon is a commemorative plaque which states that the first public school in Freeport was built on this site in 1820 and was used until 1852 (where the Cannon Pharmacy is in this photo).

    The Strauss Stores building still stands. All the rest of the buildings have become parks. The dark blue Checker taxi has a strangely located advertisement on the back. Note that there was only only one large red tail-lamp on each side of rear of the earlier Marathons along with the lighter bumpers. Later Marathons had two large red tail-lamps per side and much bigger bumpers.

  20. Someone in this crowd of experts should be able to share the story behind the dash emblem in the first picture of the beautiful gal with the beautiful smile sitting in that beautiful convertible. Was this a special edition car or commemorative model for the year or ? I’d like to know more about that prominent emblem.

    • Hi FXLEW, I was wondering that too. Apparently, Cadillac used wings in their ornaments, in different shapes, back to the 30’s. It appears they used that dash plaque into the early 50’s.

        • Cadillac got grille, radiator, and trunklid wings in ’32; in ’34, Cadillac crests became detachable — and would be through ’39, except on 60S.

          Wings were redesigned each year ’38 through ’42 ; ’41 on trunk so “moderne abstract” more bar than wing. ’41-’42 hood emblem same castings, with red paint infill on some ’42s. (’42 trunk wings were entirely new and a bit more wing-like.)

          Winged IP badges appeared, as noted, into the ’50s, but it is worth adding that the first Harley Earl wings appeared on Cadillac’s companion car in ’27 — and they had been copied from Hispano-Suiza!

  21. Long ago I owned a ’49 Coupe Deville and the ’49 Cadillac convertible photo brings to mind that every bit of sheetmetal, trim and so forth from the windshield header down on the coupe was common with the convertible. Except for the roof related pieces, of course, the only other difference between the two was the x-member reinforced convertible chassis which wasn’t needed with the steel topped coupe.

  22. As Joe Amara in the first comment suspected, the photo was taken near the Bingham Canyon Mine near Salt Lake City, Utah. The location of the photo was 501 Main Street, Bingham Canyon, Utah. As the open pit copper mine grew the land the city was on was increasingly encroached upon by the mine. By 1972 the last 31 residents had moved out and the remainder of the town had been completely razed. At one point approximately 15,000 people had lived there.

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