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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 234

Linden Ford sure knew how to attract some attention way back in the 1960s with this rig, thanks to a talented sign painter made it become a reality for them. Tell where this image was taken, and all you know about this brightly colored little sedan.

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.

  • Christmas greetings from Santa and one of his elves a DeSoto dealership. 

  • Apparently junior liked this car,  and he’s looking at his parents who are a mirror images in the paint job.

  • It looks like the first day on the job for this stylish pickup truck.

59 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 234

  1. Looks like a mid 60s Ford Anglia as an advertising billboard. Linden Ford, I guess Linden NJ. The little boy in the Chrysler product is a great photo. The late 50s Chevy pickup does look new, but the front and rear tires are different.

  2. The `54 Plymouth-DeSoto dealership showroom image is fantastic! Back then it wasn’t uncommon to see loads of fresh flowers and various displays on the showfloor with the cars. That Santa display is incredible, and probably generated some traffic on it’s own! The farmer looks content with his brand new `55-`56 Chevy pickup!

  3. Beautifully styled were the Studebaker trucks in the late 40’s (such as the red one behind that new 57 Chevy). Somebody has bolted a big thing on the fender, maybe to carry pipe or a ladder. The V on the door of the new Chevy indicates it was V8 equipped. The 283 was not really a truck motor, but that’s okay.

  4. The cute little car with the Linus connection is a Ford Anglia 105-E, made from ’59 to 67.

    They came with a ad a 1000cc engine with 39 — count ’em, 39 — horsepower. I read an article about them recently and wondered how something so underpowered would drive, so I did some research. Beetles of that era also mostly ran on the 40hp engine, and the two cars had an almost identical curb weight of 1600lb. So it may have been driveable, even on the highways.

    • A lot of those economy cars had horsepower numbers that seem surprisingly low today. The early Nash Metropolitans were only 42 horsepower, and the original Austin Mini had an 848cc engine producing a whopping 34 horsepower.

      • Ford in the Uk rated their cars somewhat conservatively.The 1200 Anglia was a lively little car and its 997 version would see off any Beetle.The reverse slope rear screen worked well in creating a more spacious feel in the back,in all a good car.

    • Definitely drivable on the freeway as we used to have a 1960 Ford Anglia and top speed was right around 80 mph, not a lot of pick up though as it would normally take about half a minute to reach the 60mph threshold, but back in those days with not that many freeways around it really didn’t matter that much and it had great gas mileage.

    • The Ford Anglia 105E engine may have been low on horsepower when it left the factory, but that was soon remedied by British engine builders. For years, English cars had been taxed by the size of their engine bores, which made for some very long-stroke engines, which meant the revs had to be kept relatively slow so you didn’t put a con rod out through the side of the block. The 105E was one of the first big bore/short stroke ‘oversquare’ British engines and once engine builders took advantage of the higher available revs, the little Anglias proceeded to tear up British race tracks.

      • I had one, first thing to fo was yank out the engine and put in a t majn bearing 1300 engine. Apart from the lack of sychro in first , it was always a nice car to drive

    • It’s interesting to hear that the Anglia was actually pretty peppy and could easily be made peppier. I think I noticed them for the first time in a British drama set in the sixties, were a couple were used as Police cars. It seemed improbable at the time, but it’s looking a lot more likely.

      I love these conversations. I always learn a lot.

    • I remember seeing a bumper sticker, sometime in the early 60’s I think, that said “YOU HAVE JUST BEEN ‘VOLKSWAGENED’. PASSED BY 36 HP!” I think that’s what they had when the VW’s first started becoming popular in the USA.

  5. 1st pic is a mid 60’s Ford Anglia, which would fit the Ford dealer. Why Linus Van Pelt would lose by not shopping at Linden Ford, is anyones guess. Charles Shultz a partner? Royalties? Pretty cheap looking car with one wiper. The truck is a ’59 or ’60 IH B120 4×4 Travelall.
    2nd pic, Plymouth sure was promoting power steering and “no-shift” tranny. ( Hy-drive?) in ’54. Targeting women for sure. 3rd pic, those cars, mostly Plymouth and Dodges(?) look pretty new. I say a dealer and their new car. Last, dad was mighty proud of his new 1957 Chevy 3100 stepside pickup. While it looks spartan, he did get the V8. The tired looking M series Studebaker must be dad’s “old” truck that he must have gotten right after the war, and by the looks of it, got his use out of it. I think he lost his thumbs in the war..

    • I believe 1954 was the first year for the PowerFlite two-speed fully-automatic transmission in DeSotos, but Plymouth kept the “Hy-Drive” until the 1955 model year.

      • No, some 1954 Plymouths did have the fully automatic, two speed PowerFlite. My parents bought one early in 1958 and kept it until 1963. It was then sold to the daughter of a neighbor who needed cheap wheels and she drove it until 1970 or so when it finally became so rusty that it was unsafe and taken off the road. The Plymouth was the first car in our family with an automatic transmission. It replaced a 1950 Ford that my parents only owned for 15 months or so (my father’s normal practice was to buy a well used car and drive it until it was no longer worth fixing). There is no one left who I can ask but I suspect that my mom put her foot down and “suggested” to my father that they needed a car with an automatic transmission.

        • Makes perfect sense. I based my opinion on a couple of ’54 Plymouth brochures I found online, but
          PowerFlite was more than likely introduced as a running change sometime during the model year.

          • No, the Ford had the inline six. My father viewed cars purely as transportation appliances and wouldn’t have wanted the V8 even if the initial cost was the same. Unless I’m mistaken the only vehicle he ever owned with a V8 was the Dodge pickup he purchased right before he retired in 1985. He still owned this truck when he passed away in 2000; he had stopped driving by then and the truck only had about 65k miles.

    • No, Schultz wasn’t a partner…
      Ford had a marketing deal and could use the Peanuts characters in the period.
      You’ll see the characters in some, but not all, print advertising of the time.

      • The Peanuts characters were used very heavily in Falcon advertising from 1960-1963. You saw them in brochures, posters, newspapers, outdoor, etc.

    • I think hooligans stole the other wiper arm – I see the shaft where the other arm mounts. I can’t think of any production mono-wiper cars other than some late model Mercedes.

  6. Junior appears to be looking at the camera. The folks seen in the paint job are out of the picture on the right. Angle of incidence = angle of reflection.
    I’m not fussing; I always enjoy The Old Motor.

  7. In the Lead Photo a black ’64 or ’65 Comet 202 coupe, a red and white ’66 F-Series and the orange ’59-68 (?) Ford Anglia with a black ’59 or ’60 International Travelall behind them. Seen to the left of the Comet’s windshield a ’62 Pontiac, a ’57 Buick wagon, maybe a ‘57 Chevy and a ’64 Pontiac.

    In Item 1 of 3, a ’54 Plymouth and DeSoto. Note the extended filler panel behind the Plymouth’s bumper, done both front and rear to extend the ‘54’s overall length by 4-3/8” in the vain effort to reduce its stubbiness.

    In Item 2 of 3 a ’50 -’52 Plymouth Cranbrook Club Coupe with, I think, a ’46-’48 DeSoto and two Plymouths ahead and possibly an off-white 47-52 Studebaker 2-door sedan passing.

    In Item 3 of 3, a ’57 Chevy 3100.

  8. I wonder if the young fellow in the new ? 49 Plymouth is in a Desoto/ Plymouth dealer car lot, with Mom and Dad capturing this this event on camera. There is a rare 42 green Plymouth coupe in the front row flanked by a Desoto sedan, and a grey Post War Plymouth coupe on the right.

  9. The pickup in the last picture. That basic cab/style was used by Chevy and GMC from mid ’55 through ’59. The ’55/’56s had basically the same hood as this one, but without the two ribs running front to back on each side of the hump. The ’55/’56s had a habit of making loud banging noises due to the airfoil effect from the at speed wind lifting up over the windshield. So for 1957, the two ribs were added. That was not enough to dampen the whipping effects from the air, so for ’58/’59 the hood was made with sharp ridges on the sides of the top of the hood, with the center area lowered slightly. My dad had a ’59 for many years. Even with the more complicated shape and sharper ridges, the hood would often make banging noises and we could watch as the whole center area of the hood whipped up and down at freeway speeds. The two small ridges are a one year feature, assuming the hood hasn’t been changed at some point. A good friend had a ’55. I only rode in it a few times, and it did also whip in the wind.

  10. Ford of England had 3 versions of the “Anglia” architecture in 59, and I am lucky enough to have had all 3….hmmmm, perhaps lucky is the wrong word, but I enjoyed them. My 1st one was a 59 Thames (Anglia van) with the flat-head 4 cylinder engine, then a 59 “New Version” Anglia sedan with the backwards sloping rear glass and the “New” overhead valve engine, and then a 59 Popular with right hand steering, which was the same body as all previous Anglias back to 1939 or so. It too had the little flat-head engine. All 3 of them would go around 60 mph given a bit of room, a perfect tune, some hope, and as a bonus, a slight down hill slope. The ohv one would do it easier and a little bit faster. They were very enjoyable little cars, and folks just loved to check them out. Oh, all 3 still had the hand crank if you needed it, which lots of folks wanted to try and it seemed to really delight them because they started so easily, ha !

    • The elf is turning the shaft on which there are 3 disks. Santa is holding a paint brush and is painting a black line on the side of the disks near the edges. Two of the disks are painted and he is about to start on the 3rd. But, what are the disks? Perhaps nothing, and the display is only to show that Santa is busy making toys for his Christmas run.

    • Given that it’s an auto dealership, perhaps it’s a somewhat fanciful representation of Santa “grinding” a crankshaft.

  11. For the Ford Anglia photo, Linden, New Jersey, leapt to mind. But NJ uses front plates, and none of these cars show one. Was the front plate requirement introduced later?

    Because of its light weight, the Anglia probably got along fine with 40 hp. My Citroen 2CV has only 29 hp but weighs just 1,300 lb empty.

    Thanks, David, for all you do, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  12. Back in the sixties I picked up a 283 Chevy engine to replace the tired 265 in my ’55 Bel Air. I wondered why the engine was painted green instead of orange before I found out it came out of a pickup. After learning that these motors had forged steel crankshafts and connecting rods, I was pretty happy.

  13. It is not very often when I see two previous family cars being shown in the same post, but that occurred today as our first family car was a four door “Bolivia Green” 1949 Plymouth which we had from 1958-1962 which was followed by an “Ivory White” 1960 British Ford Anglia that we had from the late ’62 until early ’64. My father was very found of the Plymouth and would have undoubtedly kept it longer but it develop a bad oil leak which another owner of that make and model told me was quite common for those boxy old Plymouths. I was just about the same age as that boy was when we had that Plymouth. I noticed that those three late 40’s Chrysler made cars in photo all have different state license plates on them which kinda makes you wander what state that dealership was located at.

  14. I don’t know where the first picture is, but it definitely isn’t Linden, NJ, which is basically residential with small downtown and a commercial/industrial strip along Route 1.

    Something funny about those round signs in the DeSoto/Plymouth dealer – Powerflite did come to DeSoto in ’54, but those “new bodies” were a year old. For DeSoto, and also Plymouth.

  15. My first road purchase was an Anglia van, and it was a fine little thing till the road salt got to it.

    Looking from the UK, the only things I notice about that one are left hand drive, the overriders on the front bumper, and one windscreen wiper. Not sure if the single wiper was cost or if someone stole it, as you wouldn’t get that on the road here.

  16. I never thought I’d see an Anglia on here! I had three or four of the little devils, all second-hand . They were great little cars with a 997cc or 1200cc engine, 4-speed gearbox and axle all of which were virtually indestructible, it was a pity about the body shell as they rusted away before your eyes especially around the top of the front McPherson strut mountings and the rear cart-spring hangers weren’t too good either. Easy to work on.
    To get more performance you could drop in the 1500cc engine and replace the front drum brakes with the discs from the Ford Cortina.
    Sorry, I’m beginning to wallow in nostalgia. Dries eyes, and posts comment!

  17. The first photo was taken in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Since there have been many buildings erected and torn down between when the photo was taken and today, it is hard to be sure of the exact location. The remaining buildings make the parking lot appear to be in the vicinity of 220 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Looking at the back of the lot on the left side of the photo, the building with the curved arch doorway and stone edifice no longer exists. The four story building to it’s right is the back side of about 211 Wyoming Avenue. The next building to the right with the fire escape is the back side of 207 Wyoming Avenue. The final building in that row is the back of Bank Towers at 201 Wyoming Avenue (at the corner of Spruce Street). The large arches of Jermyn Apartments can be seen at 326 Spruce Street .

    Linden Ford was located at 118 Linden Street several blocks away. The dealership was either sold or the name changed to become Scranton Ford at some point. Scranton Ford went out of business during the financial crisis that began in 2009. The location is now a Bridgestone/Firestone store.

  18. That Anglia would’ve been fairly common in the early 60s but it lost its appeal when the Falcon came into its own.

    My uncle sold Chrysler/Plymouth and Dodge trucks from wartime until he sold out in ’59. So both pics remind me of his dealership. He always dressed up his place from harvest until the new year. I don’t know if he had any increased sales in that or if it was simply because a lot of his customers showed up to pay their bills and always got a Christmas ‘nip’ or two (or more in exchange). More often that not, they had a good party going.

    That ’57 Chevy truck could represent anywhere in the western plains but this could pass for the region around Conrad, MT. So many farms used the older 2-3 ton trucks because they didn’t see a lot of miles. Their pickups were another matter; it seemed that every farm had a newer pickup. And I saw a lot of identical twins to that blue ’57. I might add that the owner could pass for one of our neighbors, right down to the cigarette…

    • I don’t think the Falcon would have taken over the Anglia George as the Anglia is British and the Falcon is American. The Falcon was also about 3 times the size of the Anglia.

  19. I have a 1912 Oakland that is rated at 40 HP and would probably pull a tree stump if it had enough traction. It has a 4 cyl. flat hd. with a displacement of 254 cu. in. However it probably has a top speed of about 40 mph.
    Not very efficient by todays standards to be sure. Engine design has come a long way since then.

  20. The new 1960 Ford Anglia’s OHV “Kent” engine was radicaly over square,. At 3.2″ X 1.9″ bore and stroke, it was even more oversquare than the 289 Ford V8 of a few years later. And the Kent engine was the basis for lots of Lotus and Cosworth 4 cyl racing engines. Cosworth developed its 4 cyl engines into the V-8s that dominated F1 and IndyCar in the late 60s – through the 80s, I think. Funny little underpowered car?

  21. My grandfather had a similar Plymouth to the one in the second picture.

    It had a manual gear shift and no power steering.

    Having an American car in the early 60’s in Israel was not common, as the few vehicles in our street were mostly British (the small Ford Anglia was a big hit at the time) French – 402 Peugeot and Renault Duaphin, Citroen Deux Chevaux, and of course, Italian – Fiat 500 & 600.

    I remember well the ancient Plymouth tackling Haifa’s steep hills, and when I was lucky enough to get a ride to school in it, I collected many points among my classmates!

    The car oozed character with it’s tortoise shell like Bakelite trimmings everywhere inside.

  22. Reference has been made to Anglia cars being used by British Police. Yes, like many little Brit cars they were referred to as ‘Panda Cars’. A popular TV series of the day showing/using them was “Z Cars”

    • The Liverpool set Z cars was a nifty bit of product placement.The eponymous Z cars were Zodiacs and Zephyrs from Ford UK.However blatant the plug it escaped sanction.Ford UK were dab hands at this ..the Sweeney ,,all those Granadas and Cortinas The Professionals ,, Capris and not a few others.

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