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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 229

Today’s lead image contains a newly-married couple about to leave their wedding reception and head out on the honeymoon in the early-1960s. This Corvette is easy to date due to a feature only used during this particular model year run.

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: Due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday weekend we will return again on Tuesday morning with a new feature article.

  • It appears their are enough clues in this photo to identify the location of this “Auto Show.”

  • Tell us all about this building and the vehicles you see in this circa-1967 photo.

  • Plenty of filling stations and a new car automobile dealership in this post-war photo.

54 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 229

    • I remember 1958 because I at the time was seven years old and did not understand what a ‘recession’ was. Dad was a tool maker and was out of a job more often than not. That being said many ’58 cars were designed by extraterrestrials (any Studebaker, Lincoln and even the Ford in my opinion) but that ’58 Chrysler New Yorker convertible is one that I would drool over. Thank you Ex!

    • In the second photo is a ’58 Studebaker Starliner hardtop . Behind it is a ’58 Golden Hawk, the last year of the Golden Hawks.

  1. Packardbakers in the bottom right of the auto show photo! After mid 1956 Packard really ceased to exist, as both their East Grand Boulevard and Conner Avenue plants were shut down and all operations moved to the South Bend, Indiana Studebaker Factory. The 1957-1958 Packard models were nothing but warmed over, rebadged Studebakers – hence “Packardbaker”

  2. In the 4th picture [3rd expandable photograph], leading the pack, is a 1942 CHEVROLET, which appears to be missing its hood emblem; six vehicles behind this ’42 CHEVROLET is a green 1949+ STUDEBAKER pick-up truck.

  3. In the second photo of the `58 Auto Show, not sure of the location; can that be Cobo Hall in Detroit? I don’t recognize it at all. A nice shiny selection of various makes on display. IMHO the rarest car seen here? The white `58 New Yorker cvt. Poor Packard; I bet most people simply ignored their offerings that year realizing all they were, were glorified Studebakers.

  4. PS: My second guess on the `58 Auto show locale might be the original McCormick Place in Chicago that burned to the ground in `67.

  5. In the 4th picture [3rd expandable photograph], the billboard on the left is featuring a two-tone 1952 CHEVROLET Styleline Deluxe Bel Air.

  6. First pic is a (one year only) ’58 Corvette with faux louvers on the hood. The third picture is the Museum of Art in San Diego’s Balboa Park. A 1962 Olds Fiesta (?) is the first car in the forefront. Coulda’ been my uncle Ted’s.

    • Earl,
      I am a 73 y/o San Diego native, born and raised here and I can tell you SD has never had an opera house, per se.
      However opera is occasionally performed at The Old Globe, Starlite Bowl and downtown at the Civic Center Theater. The building I identified as the Art Museum has been such since the 1915 Exposition. It’s never been anything else.

  7. The second expandable photo is of one of the exhibition buildings in San Diego’s Balboa Park. This particular building houses display/expo space used for local clubs and a small community theater. That brand-new Camaro must have gotten LOTS of attention pulling into the lot…

  8. In the last photo on the left is a billboard for a 1952 Chevrolet. Auto show for 1958 in Kansas City. Bright array of colors from Chrysler, Lincoln, Packard , Stidebaker on one side. To the left are Ford., with a chassis on display, Dodge, Thunderbird, and in the background is a 1958 Buick. Great photos.

  9. 1st pic, clearly a GM family, is that a ’63 Wildcat behind the Vette. She doesn’t look too happy, and I’m thinking the snow was an unwelcome surprise on her special day. I think the groom is just as interested in the car. I believe that came out years later. 2nd, pretty lackluster showing for an auto show. I have no idea where it is, Kansas City, maybe, but can’t find anything on the “out of this world” show. Look honey, the new Packards are in,,meh. I wonder if the, 3 people in the exhibit, knew this was the gasp for such an important car maker and the same fate for the other cars in the exhibit a few years away. Come to think of it, wasn’t THAT a happy exhibit. 3rd, I’d say the Mitchell Corn Palace, without the corn. Sure was a touristy location, Is that a Camaro ragtop? ’67 then. Last one, I know it’s not the Badger, someone will recognize the hill, the billboard shows a “new” ’51(?) Chevy, and “What’ll you have?” Coming from Milwaukee, care to guess how many times I heard that jingle?

  10. In Item 1 of 3 we have a ’58 Auto Show…Studebakers and Packards up front, then Lincolns/Continentals, Chryslers, with Ford and Dodge to the left

    In Item 2 of 3 I see a ’62 Olds 88 Coupe, a ’62 Corvair coupe, a Karmann Ghia, a pale blue ’64 Dodge Dart, and possibly a ’63 Buick Special. Of interest in the next row, a white over brown ’54 Chevy sedan and another one five cars to the left…but a wagon.

    In Item 3 of 3, with its ’52 Chevy billboard, a wild guess, but mostly going by proportions and maybe the few details, could those be a 1st and 2nd-gen Kaisers backed up to the Phillips 66 wall on the right? There is a very faded Kaiser Frazer sign above.

    • Pat,

      Good catch with the 2nd generation KAISER. Was thing it were, but couldn’t see enough of it, but the true prize of the day goes to noticing the KAISER FRAZER sign !!


    • Thanks, AML…I couldn’t see enough details of either Kaiser (your posting on the 1st-gen Kaiser wasn’t visible yet) so I made the wild guess mostly relying on the proportions. Many times it’s the proportions rather than the details that’re most reliable….and often in a reverse way: they can eliminate possible cars that the stray details might’ve suggested.
      I was just about to post my guess when I started to make out that very faded sign…and felt a lot more confident.

  11. The Corvette in the first photo is a 1958 model. The large phony louvers on the hood were on ly used for that year plus two chrome strips that ran down the trunk that cannot be seeing this photo.

  12. The last image of the western town main street shows a Dodge-Plymouth dealer on the left in the brick building. A yellow ’49 Dodge Wayfarer roadster is prominent on the lot corner. Just visible above the dealership is the top story of a large building with a mansard roof with dormer windows, perhaps a hotel.

    The billboards advertise the ’51 Chevrolet with the Bel Air hardtop and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer which is suddenly popular again. Sayers Motor Philip 66 has a Kaiser-Frazer neon sign on a pole. The ubiquitous ‘Standard’ and ‘Texaco’ lolly-pop signs are present like very western town in those years.

  13. Second photo on the left, a ’58 Ford (In an unfortunate, to my eyes, color). So on the dais if the first of the 4-seat Thunderbirds.
    In the last photo, I see “Bean Wheel Aligning” on the building on the right. I’m sure the Bear people would have objected.

  14. That’s a very beautiful building in the third picture. My inclination was that it belonged to the prestigious San Diego Zoo, and after doing some checking on the Internet discovered that is indeed correct. Built in 1916, it is the Museum of Art building with part of the Botanical building in the background. The parking lot however is long gone. I’ve never been there, but if I ever visit San Diego I’ll be sure to also visit their wonderful zoo.

  15. The “Packardbaker” being seen in the same photo with the Forward Look Chryslers shows how obsolete Studebaker-Packard had become by 1958. Thanks again for Kodachrome Fridays!

  16. The Corvette shown with the newly married couple is easy to identify. It is a 1958. The “washboard” hood is the only year this was used. It also is not a fuel injected model as the lack of the “fuel injected” insignia on the front fender.
    If the trunk lid was visible, this would also identify it as a 1958 as the two straps used on the trunk lid was also a 1958 only.

  17. The third picture looks like Balboa Park in San Diego. I believe the park was home to a world’s fair type exhibition in 1915. If it is Balboa Park there’s a neat aeronautical museum with some early aircraft.

  18. The 3rd picture [2nd expandable photograph] is of the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. The building to the right is the Botanical Building which now has the Lily Pond in front.

  19. The 4th picture looks to have been taken in Trinidad, Colorado. If so the peak in the background is known as Simpson’s Rest.

  20. I am guessing that the 3rd photo was taken in Balboa Park in San Diego. The buildings there were built for a word’s fair.

  21. 1958 Corvette, 757 were painted silver blue with silver cove. The auxiliary hardtop was welcom e option on this chilly wedding day.

  22. ’58 was the last year for the solid hubcaps too, ’60-’62 had slots around the outside. Dashboard would be pebble grained.

  23. You can almost hear someone say years later as theyre going through their photo album:
    “Yeah,the old Corvette….,Had to sell it when the new baby came along, though….All those hospital bills,ya know….Too late now”

  24. I don’t think the ’58 Corvette is going anywhere on this cold day. I think someone suggested this posed photo. I’m thinking parent or sibling of the groom. It was awkward for the Bride to navigate to the car over the hard frozen, snow covered, slanted terrain. Her expression comes across as stoic but trusting and calm. The Groom seems in favor of the photo. His smile tells me that he is proud yet modest about the car. His sure grip on his Bride’s arm as he momentarily teaches for the car seems to be to assure her that she is really the most important thing in in his life.

    • Sorry Robert, Sure-Grip is a Mopar trademark. You obviously meant that he has a Posi-Trac on her arm, G.M’s version of the Sure-Grip

  25. The last photo is definitely Trinidad CO. North Commercial St. Camera location was appx 37.1731 N, 104.5076 W looking NNE. A long focal length makes Simpson’s Rest look closer than it is. The interstate came thru here and most of the buildings are gone. But the main clue was the General Tire store, which still stands on the left at the intersection of Broom St.

  26. I was never a fan of fake accoutrements added to stylistically enhance an automobile’s cachet such as the louvers on the hood of the 1958 Corvette at the head of this post. That being said, the 1958 Corvette is actually one of my favorites. I suppose that there are others who frequent this web page who, like me, also wonder not only became of the cars pictured here but also wonder what became of the people who were photographed with their cars. The just-married couple with what we presume is the groom’s vette is a prime example; did the couple’s son or daughter see this same photo in his or her parent’s wedding album and decide to one day own the same make and model of car? The newlyweds were probably born in the late 1930’s, 1940 at the latest for the bride; yes, we have to wonder where their Corvette ended up and where the couple is now. It’s a near certainty that they’ve thought back to that day, with snow still on the ground, when they were married those many years ago. Along with the groom’s thoughts of his treasured car have surely crossed his mind, as well.

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