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Looking Back: The Best of Fun Friday Kodachrome Images

The New Year is just around the corner, and since the “Kodachrome Images” feature is five years old, we thought it would be an excellent time to take a look back at photos that were the most popular based on reader comments.  Today’s lead photograph ” A Family of Five and the Dog was posted on February 16, 2016.

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.

August 10, 2015 – “The Great American Dream.”

April 17, 2015 – “Are You Talking To Me.” 

January 8, 2014 – “Desert Gold and Sand Dune White Paint Scheme.”

47 responses to “Looking Back: The Best of Fun Friday Kodachrome Images

  1. All of those kids with the Mustang would need to be in a booster seat today in Ontario, Canada. Second photo the guy has a whole empty subdivision to take a picture and he gets a tree in the way!

  2. Re the “family of five plus dog”—the guy’s face says it all. “What was I thinking when we decided to make this trip in Sally’s Mustang?”

    • I wouldn’t say that Sally looks the type to want a Mustang GT for her own car. Maybe Harry’s AMC wagon was in the shop and he borrowed the ‘Stang from his unmarried brother. By the way, and a question that may be answered in later comments, can anyone tell whether the car is ’65 or ’66. I’ve had a bunch of Mustangs over the years but all were ’65’s

  3. 1st pic, the kid is a chip off the old block. Careful with that six shooter, son. The guy better be using “Extra”. It’s a ’66 Mustang GT with hy-po 289. The plate looks like PA, and ESSO, I believe was an east coast name. I’d say one more kid and it’s goodbye Mustang. 2nd, hard to tell, but looks like a NJ plate, and everybody had an “uncle Mike” that looked like this. Not a fancy man, blue collar with those dirty pants, and his car fits the theme. Not quite the ’58 Poncho across the street, but he was working at it. 3rd pic, got to be the inspiration for “Rainman”. Army trucks across the street, I think big brother from California, visiting little brother on base somewhere. Last, a ’57(?) V8 Belvedere, at 1st I thought Colorado, but no snow tires and not dressed for Colorado, got to be California.

    • Esso was Standard Oil of New Jersey, and used the Esso name in that state, Pennsylvania, New York, the New England states, the Virginias, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana (and a lot of other countries). It was Enco (“Energy Company”) or Humble in other states where other Standard Oil groups objected to SO-NJ using the Esso name. It became Exxon in 1973 and still owns the trademark on Esso.

  4. The red 1951 Buick Super convertible looks pretty sharp. Parked next to it the 1950 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight sedan looks pretty seedy. An interesting contrast of two mid-range GM products of approximately the same vintage.

  5. In the Lead Photo a grey ’58 Super 88 or Ninety Eight off to the right and a ’66 Mustang GT at the pump.

    In Item 1 of 3 a trio of ‘58s…a Pontiac Star Chief 4-door sedan on the left, a Plymouth Plaza sedan up front and an Impala Sport Coupe (even though the 3 lights on each side and faux roof “scoop” are difficult to make out, the slope of the eyebrow over the lights is most likely that of an Impala, as it extends closer to the license panel in the bumper than on a Bel Air Sport Coupe). In the distance on the right appears to be a white over red ’56 Plymouth Plaza sedan.

    In Item 2 of 3 a red ’51 Buick Super convertible and a grey ’50 Olds 98 Sedan

    In Item 3 of 3 a ’57 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe

  6. Those kids in the back seat of the Mustang were probably doing a lot of the “stop poking me” and “you are on my side” in the tight quarters back there. And one of them got to ride on the less comfortable “hump” in the middle.

  7. Second picture – three 1958 cars: the Plymouth in the foreground, the Pontiac across the street, and the Chevy parked just outside its garage, behind the Plymouth. That “tree,” if still alive, would be 60 years old today. I’ll bet the streets are paved now, too.

    First picture – the Mustang is a GT, with dual exhausts, GT badge on the front fender behind the wheel opening, and the GT stripes, but the engine call out appears to be that of the standard 289, not the hi-po 289. The three small kids (and dog) would have been comfortable enough on a shorter drive, but would have been awfully confined on a long trip.

    • Hi Curtis, while it is hard to see if it has the hi-po V8 badge, I read, most GT’s came with high performance 289, and getting premium for it would probably confirm that. Also, while it was a small car, kids weren’t confined to a seat like today, and moved freely about. A miracle we survived at all.

      • The GT came standard with an A-Code 289 4-barrel, which was the hydraulic lifter version…basically a 289 2-barrel with an Autolite 4100 and flat-top pistons to raise compression. Because of this, the A-Code also required premium. The fender badge on this one shows it’s an A-Code.

    • The 58 Plymouth in the second picture is a Plaza Silver Special. The Plaza was the lowest priced 58 Plymouth, but the Silver Special package jazzed it up a bit with silver paint on the roof and inside the Sportone side trim, added full wheel covers and front stainless fender spears that extended partially into the doors, and, finally, replaced the Plaza badges on the rear fenders with the same Forward Look emblems that had been used on 56 Plymouth Belvederes. The lack of a “V” in the grille center identifies the motor in this Plymouth as the venerable flathead six.

  8. The blue ’58 Plymouth has no V emblems – has the flathead six cylinder. It’s a dressed-up price leader. I suspect it was ordered by the dealer for his promotional purposes. This guy either didn’t fall for the bait and switch, or he got it at the end of the model year when the dealer was moving on to the next model run.

  9. Hi Manning, I live in Salida, ( middle of the state) and we don’t get much snow either, ( snowing now, however) but to get anywhere, you have to go over a pass, and it’s no place for a car like that. CDOT has “traction warnings” and all vehicles must have chains, 4 wheel drive or snow tires, and a minimum tread depth, or they make you turn back. All commercial trucks must “hang iron”. It can take hours to go around the passes. And they don’t mess around, there’s huge fines if you get stuck, and even bigger fines if you block the road.

  10. The gold Plymouth shot in the snowy scene which is certainly Jackson Hole, WY. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was not delveloped at the time, so our sporty gentleman almost certainly was skiing at Snow King, the smaller ‘town hill’ right at the edge of the town of Jackson.

  11. Isn’t the ’57 Plymouth (last photo) a duplicate of the one Tulsa OK buried brand new in 1957 and resurrected in 2007 as what proved to be a fragile, worthless shell? Whatever happened to it, anyway?

    • Hi Bob, I read a company named “Ultra One” did the “de-rusting, panels were paper thin and the undercarriage was rusted completely. They found a donor car for the suspension, and a place called Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Illinois agreed to give it a permanent home. BTW, it is an exact copy of the car featured.

    • Yep, it appears the final resting place of “Miss Belvedere” is Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe, IL (Danica Patrick land!) just south of the IL/WI border off I-90. Quite an odd agglomeration of items there – be sure to see Hank Williams’ hat! (Well, one of them, at least.)

      There is an interesting and quite thorough write up of the Miss Belvedere saga to be found on Wikipedia.

  12. First picture: Rusty, ‘DO NOT TIE THE LEASH TO THE BUMPER’!
    2nd and 4th pic: Which Plymouth is more like Chrisine? I read that 1957’s and 58’s were used for the movie. They had to come up with several cars for all the destruction scenes. When Christine went into the narrow space to get Moochie, the car was pushed with a dozer.

  13. The second photo (red Buick convertible) shows what appears to be a deuce-and-a-half hiding way over on the right side.

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