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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 233

This Friday’s lead image contains a relatively rare car even when it was new. The front fender badge has been photoshopped off of the vehicle to make identifying it a bit more of a challenge. This particular body style was offered by the automaker with this roofline to give NASCAR teams of the time an aerodynamic advantage.

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.

  • This late-1960s image was taken of some sort of a public building in an unknown location which we hope will be identified.

  • The neighborhood hoodlum’s lined up for a photo. Note the engineer’s boots the boy on the left is wearing and the Davy Crockett uniforms popular at the time on the other two.

  • This Yellowstone Park bus was one of a fleet constructed quite some time before the photo was taken.

64 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 233

  1. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph], parked on the right next to the red FORD, is a dark four-door 1961 BUICK Special Deluxe.

  2. In the 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture], parked across the street, is a white over light blue 1954 CHEVROLET Bel Air Sport Coupé.

  3. In the 4th picture [3rd expandable photograph], on the far left, is a red over white, four-door, 1960 BUICK [non-hardtop], with a “towing” side-mirror. Unable to ascertain model.

  4. 1st pic: Do you consider a 1960 Ford rare? I frist thought it would be one of the last-of-the-line Edsels, but no, it is a 1960 Ford Starliner. Unusual two-tone color treatment however. Way back is a 1940 Plymouth coupé and an early 50s Cadillac. If the Ford is brand-new in this pic, the Plymouth must be 20 years old at least. Still looking relatively fresh, though…
    3rd pic: a 1950-1952 era Cadillac Coupe de Ville and a 1953 or 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
    4th pic: a 1960 Buick is the newest car here, I think a 1956 Chevy is passing by, and at the right corner we see a 1951-52 Chrysler and a 1958 Ford wagon. I know nothing or very little about buses and trucks, so I leave that to other viewers… 🙂

    • Of the 794,000 full size Ford’s for 1960, 68,400 were starliner’s. They were designed with the fastback styling for NA$CAR. There were several models that were more rare, but I’ve only seen three 1960 Starliners in my 55 years. My uncle had one when I was a kid in the late 60’s (his had the 401hp /390 6V, 3 on the tree with o/d, and 4.11 gears), one at Holman Moody in the early 70’s, and one at the “Turkey Run” in Daytona circa 1995.

  5. In the 2nd picture [1st expandable photograph], the building looks like it’s currently being used for some public purpose as there’s US mail-box at the front-door. At the time the picture was taken, the building may have been, or still was a railroad station, but if it were, the tracks behind the station must have been elevated or had stairways leading down to the tracks.

    • I agree with AML. Although I was unable to find the building location, the architecture of the building and the style is typical of train stations built in the U.S. during the train-travel era.

      • My thoughts on the building too, but most were not quite so grandiose, so perhaps this was a major junction of several lines?

    • RB, the purple paint on the side (and the roof, I think) of the Starliner is much darker than the purple that Ford introduced that year. And the saddle tan interior goes well with the white, but not the purple. Maybe it’s just the photo, but the purple looks mottled, like it may be metalflake paint, applied by the owner. It was the new big deal in the early 60s.

      • David,

        Agree with you that the purple in the photograph might have been something else. The same purple is in the trees, bushes, and part of the street [on the left]. Also the same “crackle” effect is in all the purple.

        AML

      • The ”metal-flakiness” of the paint likely started out as reticulation in the original film (a processing error causing the emulsion to essentially “orange peel” and the silver grains to clump together) and later emphasized by some heavy jpeg compression. Either that or the overspray got just about everywhere! Its hard to imagine that caused that much purple shift but the top of the car does look pretty much just black.

        “Daveee… Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier! A couple years ago at a truck stop in Merrill Wi, I found the “gift section” had genuine faux coonskin caps for a modest $20. So I had to buy one, having been deprived in childhood. As Jeff Foxworthy said: “The nice thing about having your family reunion at the truck stop is you can do your Christmas shopping too!”

  6. The large, impressive building in the second image is almost certainly a railroad station and offices, though the railroad and location are unknown to me.

    Parked behind the Yellowstone White sightseeing bus is a 1951-’52 Chrysler Imperial club coupe, only offered those two years, one of 1,189 built.

      • Yes, they are. In Yellowstone and Glacier Parks, they kept the fleets of White 706s for as long as they can (over 80 years and counting. I don’t know about Yosemite. About 20 years ago there was an ambitious program to pull the bodies off the chassis’ and fit them to a long Ford V8/Auto powered chassis. The new units were a lot easier to operate, more efficient and a lot more power. They run on propane with is a lot cleaner as well. I recently heard the rumor that some were going to be converted to electric power, something that I certainly question the wisdom of…

        • Nothing close to these White busses in Yosemite, George. The oldest thing running around the park I’ve seen are a few late ’80s(?) GMC tractors pulling the few open-air tourist’s trams left. The park gets new busses every few years, it seems. Currently running gas or diesel hybrids.

    • The building was identified on another web site as being in Duluth, Minnesota. Sadly it has probably been torn down like so many magnificent old stations.

      • Andy,

        Thanks for the information. Googled “Duluth, Minnesota railroad station” and there is plenty of information and pictures. The building is still standing and in use; including the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. John Sullivan [below] pointed out the “Capital D” in the plaque above the central tier of windows.

        Also Mike W. and Steve Bogdan also identified Duluth [also see both below].

        If we were still in the pre-computer age, it would have taken a month, if we were lucky, to find this information !!

        AML

      • Andy and all, the building is indeed in Duluth, MN, my home town. The Duluth Union Depot is now known as The Depot and it is in fact still standing proudly and is truly a world-class destination for train lovers as it houses the famous Lake Superior Railroad Museum. It also houses the Duluth Art Institute, the Minnesota Ballet, the Duluth Playhouse, and other organizations. It’s a classic example of Chateuesque architecture by the famous east coast firm of Peabody and Sterns and was built in 1982 and it has been restored and is well worth a visit. It’s still an operating depot with the North Shore Scenic Railroad being based there and giving rides along the shore of Lake Superior.

        • Should 1982 be 1892, or something else?
          I live in Whitby, Ontario and the very much smaller station was moved a bit and is now the base building for the local art gallery and runs lots of art classes for children and adults. You can Google Whitby Station Gallery to see how much smaller scale it is. The freight car was recently removed. Believe the track is still there so perhaps a passenger coach is on its way?

          • Ha, you’re right, sir. It’s a good thing I’m not an accountant, wow, embarrassing. Thanks for the correction on the date.

    • The Duluth Depot is very much still there and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses three exhibiting museums, four performing arts organizations and is the station for the North Shore Scenic Railroad. They’ve spent just short of $5 million restoring the station and they’re planning renovations to provide “higher-speed” rail service to Minneapolis, 150 miles south.

  7. In the Lead Photo, a ’60 Ford Starliner with an early-‘50s Cadillac sedan and a ’40 Plymouth Coupe across the street.

    In Item 1 of 3, a white ’57 Cadillac on the extreme left side and on the far right a two-tone green ’53 or ’54 Dodge Coronet 4-door sedan with a ’60 or ’61 Rambler ahead of a ’62, the latter possibly an Ambassador.

    In Item 2 of 3, a ’51 or ’52 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe (vs a ’53 with slightly hooded headlight).

    In Item 3 of 3, a ’56 Chevy Two-Ten passing by the lot with a ’51 or ’52 Imperial Club Coupe and a ’58 Ford wagon, probably a Country Sedan

  8. In the second pic, two ’64 full-size Chevy’s. The maroon sedan is in Bel Air trim. Either the Bel Air driver or the driver of the red Ford behind it believes bumpers are for bumping. Don’t want to do that with a modern vehicle. As for the white ’64 Chevy convertible it’s hard to tell if its a base Impala or an SS. I like the ’61 in the middle of the picture too.

  9. I was only a small child when i saw them, but the building in the second photo reminds me of the long gone railway stations in Concord and Manchester, NH. A similar but smaller one still stands in Laconia, NH

  10. The large building is likely an old railroad passenger depot. The cars in the lot suggest a date of post 1965, a period that railroads viewed passenger service as a liability and arguably did their best to discourage it. Depot maintenance, or lack of it, reflected that perspective.

  11. 2nd pic..There is A Capital D in the plaque above the central tier of windows if that helps..I initially thought it may be the Pennsy keystone.

  12. 1st pic a sweet 1960 Ford Starliner. The man looks familiar, and why did all the grandmothers all have the same dress and hair styles? Caddy across the street, someone doing ok. 2nd pic, clearly a family destination with all the 4 doors. ’68 (?) Merc seems the newest. 3rd pic, can’t you just hear it, “but mom, that Davy Crockett suit doesn’t fit me anymore”. Pretty fancy Caddy for “Pressboard Estates”. The Chevy is much more like it. Last, Hemmings did a neat piece on Yellowstone buses a while back, so I’m quoting off that. These were White model 706 units. Yellowstone ordered 41 in 1937, 20 in ’38, and 10 in ’39. They were powered by the White 318 ci, 94 hp flathead six. White built a total 500 buses like this for other parks as well. After the war, private cars took over much of the business of bus tours,

    • Hi Howard. They did thin out the herds a bit but there is still a lot of nostalgia with those old buses. Glacier and Yellowstone still have a substantial fleet that they intend to run for some time to come. The buses were actually a part of Great Northern’s enterprises. They built those luxury lodges and then used the buses to shuttle guests back and forth, as well as take them on numerous tours. Those staying at the lodges can still ride the tour buses, and from what I’ve heard they are always full…

  13. The Yellowstone bus is a 14-passenger White Model 706 with a six-cylinder flathead. Between 1936 and 1939 the park acquired 98 of that model. #361 (a 1936) is preserved at the park and was last registered in 1958, so they were in use to that date or later. I agree with Pat W that #421 was 1937 or later, because of the rounded corners on the windshield.

  14. I have never seen a two tone scheme like that on a 1960 Ford. That also looks like it was painted deep purple, which was not a factory color for Ford in 1960. 1941 Plymouth coupe across the street.

    • Ford did not offer contrasting body colors on the full size models. They could be ordered with a solid body color (not purple) and a white roof.

  15. There are eight of the Yellowstone busses that were rebuilt on Ford E450 chassis in 2006 , for safety and maintenance reasons, roaming Yellowstone roads today.

    • I helped on those 8 buses, rebuilt at a ‘concept’ facility in Livonia, MI. A lot of subtle changes were made, mostly on the fenders due to the lack of proper sized tires being available at the time, to meet vehicle commercial safety codes and all. The fenders were fiberglass, think Corvette, and were shaped to compliment the new tires available, yet match the style of the ’30s.

  16. The building in the second photo is the Duluth Union Depot in Minnesota. The depot was built in 1892 and served 7 different railroads. In 1973 it became location for the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Duluth Art Institute, and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

    • Those ‘engineers’ aren’t the slide-rule, pencil pusher, pocket protector kind. The engineers referred to are the dig -the -ditch, drain-the -swamp, clear-the-debris kind. On Caterpillars and in dump trucks, etc.
      The ’60 Starliner that showed up in my small home town while I was still in high school was the nicest looking profile I’d ever seen in a car at that time. I’m no Ford guy, either. Still looks nice to me, though.

    • Don’t think those kids were quite as bad as the adjective used, but the dog on the right does look a bit “mangy” doesn’t it?

      • Not the adjective, for grammar purists, neighborhood fits, but the noun “hoodlums” might be inappropriate as they have probably grown into old car lovers!

  17. The twin-turreted train station is in Duluth, Minnesota, still in service and a very active attraction. It has a great RR museum.

    A Yellowstone bus like the White shown (with its canvas viewing top buttoned down) sold last year for $170,000.

    • If you want to feel dumb, post the name of the RR station before anyone else, then come back later to find you are number four or five with the info.
      Maybe David will tell us how many unacceptable posts he has to remove.

      • Most readers are OK, although there are some that are a problem. I don’t have the time to be sure that all of the comments make sense because if I did there would never be time to write new features.

  18. In photo #1, parked across the street is a ’40 Plymouth, it is a P9 business coup (no back seat)
    with rubber stone guards on the front of the rear fenders.
    In Photo #3, parked in the driveway is a ’54 chevy Belair Hard top.
    I owned both back in the day.
    In photo #2, the ’64 impala convertible does not appear to be a super sport model judging from the side trim.
    The railroad station in pix #2, is similar to the one in Durand Michigan still serving Amtrak, as well as a historical railroad museum.
    Although the Durand station is not as large.
    Thank you for presenting the wonderful photo’s and memories.

  19. My father bought a 1960 Starliner NASCAR racecar in Cleveland in I would guess 1962, and ran it in the 1963 Daytona Sportsman race. With I believe the 360HP 352. I remember driving to Cleveland for the purchase. Then sold it. And then came upon it in a backyard in Georgia in I believe the ’80’s. And brought it home. To Toronto area. It’s been restored to its authentic period. First raced at Charlotte in the first World 600, driven by Shorty Rollins. Later at Daytona in the 500 by Larry Frank. Bench seat. 3 on the tree. David, I can send you a picture of it as it looks today if you would like.

    Dan

  20. OK then,Ive never seen railroad engineers (or firemen) wearing “engineer boots”Nor have I seen operating engineers,civil engineers,marine engineers,sanitation engineers,etc. wearing them either.Just Google railroad engineers and see for yourself.
    The only engineer boots I have seen are Harley Davidson engineers steaming down the highway like Casey Jones.

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