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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 242

Today’s lead image contains a line up of American-made and imported cars in an unknown country. The automotive mix visible here consists of late-1950s to mid-1960s cars. The distinctive license plates on the vehicles should make it reasonably easy to identify where this photo was taken.

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 photo apparently taken from the wrong side of the tracks was shot in a major US city.

  • Feely Chevrolet appears to be and old-fashioned small town dealership.

  • This image is identified as being a slide taken by an American tourist in July of 1957 at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, CA.

56 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 242

    • The location of the lead picture may be one of the former Danish Caribbean islands that became part of the U. S. Virgin Islands in 1917. Can’t read all the signs, but those that I can are in English. Possibly Saint Croix.

      • Not St Croix for sure, or any of the US Virgin Islands or British VI — been living here over 40 years.
        Maybe Panama Canal Zone??

        • CAPT ED,

          Thanks for the correction.

          After a few other noted Curacao, I googled Curacao and found a drawing from the 1880s that looks very similar to the lead image.

          AML

        • If you Google “Bookhandel Salas,” you’ll find that they’re still in business, in Willemstead, Curracaeo. There are also some other pictures from about this time period, from different angles.

  1. AML, a couple cars down from the `57 DeSoto I see a black `59 Dodge Sierra wagon! I’m thinking the little baby blue car next to the Dodge might be a Fiat 500? Next to that, a Ford Zephyr from the UK.

    • Agree on the Fiat, but probably the slightly larger 600. The English Ford is the top line Zodiac, different grille than the similar Zephyr and standard 2 toning.

      • David,
        I reckon you are spot on. I was an apprentice motor mechanic in Australia during the early 1960s. the Ford is a 1960 Zodiac and I’d guess the Fiat is a 500?
        Cheers,
        Jim

  2. I believe the lead photo is in Willemstead, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. Bookhandel Salas is still in operation.

    I was wondering why, of all the American cars they might choose to import, they picked that Dodge. But it probably represented the epitome of American design at the time.

  3. The top photo was taken in Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean island. Since all vehicles are imported, it makes sense that US autos would predominate in that time frame. Graham Paper Company was located In St. Louis MO and from the looks of the parking lot it was a Chevrolet town.. in fact the locomotive is a GM.

  4. I’ll hazard a guess that the location of the lead photo is Suriname. In addition to the license plate design, the Dutch language signage and architecture seem to point there.

  5. 1st pic, I’m gonna do a ‘calculated guess’ about the location: ‘Boekhandel’ and ‘Winkel en zonen’ is in Dutch language… The architecture too is reminiscent to the old Amsterdam houses… But the number plates don’t match The Netherlands (or Flanders, Belgium for that matter)… The steering wheels are at the left, so it isn’t South-Africa either. My best guess is Suriname, maybe the capital Paramaribo?
    About the cars: As AML points out, that 1957 DeSoto may be an export-only Plymouth-based Diplomat, we don’t see enough of the car to be sure. There’s also a 1964 Chevrolet, 1959 Dodge, the pale blue car looks dwarfed in-between the Dodge and the Ford Consul, but it’s unrecognizable to me. Further on we see a 1963 Plymouth. The other cars are too blurry due to the bright reflections of the chrome in the sun, but I’ll leave it to other viewers to name them… 🙂
    2nd pic: the 1961 Plymouth is missing its inner headlight or is it the photo? All the cars seem dirty or pretty tired, the 1960 Impala looks decent.
    3rd pic: The new 1969 Chevrolets have arrived!
    last pic: newest car here seems to be the 1957 Pontiac at the right, and the Oldsmobile hardtop and Chevy across the street being one year old. In-between the Pontiac and Olds is a 1953-54 Chevy and I especially love that 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline four-door fastback at the left, fairly rare for a Chevy and seemingly in very good shape.

  6. The first photograph, possibly the Netherlands? In the second photo is a rarely seen 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air Four Door Hardtop.

    • The pic of Feely Chevrolet is from my hometown, Needham, Ma. Directly across the street was the Studebaker dealership the took on Datsun when the former went bankrupt. Who woulda thought that folks would actually buy Japanese cars?

    • Appears to be looking SE from the west bank of the Chicago River just north of Lake St. The el passes over the river at this point, perhaps the train is stopped, waiting for the bridge to close? There’s a thin slice of the Merchandise Mart showing at the left edge. Confusing since they both used a predominantly yellow color scheme, the loco is actually Milwaukee Road

  7. In the Lead Photo on the right, a ’57 DeSoto Firesweep (Dodge front clip with a DeSoto bumper), a ’64 Chevy Bel air or Biscayne sedan, a ’59 Dodge wagon…probably a Custom Sierra, maybe a Fiat 500, maybe a ’59 Ford Zodiac, a ’63 Plymouth, probably a ’65 Chevy II, a ’61 or ’62 Dodge Lancer and maybe a ’64 Falcon wagon.

    In Item 1 of 3, from the left a ’60 Plymouth Fury opposite a ’65 Dodge Coronet 440 sedan. Apart from the ’60 Buick AML identified, the rest are all Chevys of one form or another.

    In Item 2 of 3, a ’67 Firebird (vent windows and non-wraparound turn signal vs a ’68), a ’68 Impala Sport Coupe and a red ’70 Malibu SS. A ’70 Chevy in the street and some ‘69s in the lot.

    In Item 3 of 3, a ’49 or ’50 Chevy Styleline Special 4-door, a ’56 two-tone Two-Ten 2-door sedan and farther down the street, a ’54 Plymouth. On the right side a ’56 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Sedan, a ’53 Bel Air 4-door a ’57 Pontiac Chieftain or Laurentian…next block a ’50- ’52 Dodge Coronet Diplomat with a likely ’50-’52 Plymouth ahead of it.

  8. The “Imperial” Esso station and “Throat Easy” Buckingham cigarettes billboard would seem to locate the last picture somewhere in Canada.

      • You aren’t the only on who thought of ‘touchy – feely’, gave me a good chuckle! Maybe Touchy was a partner before Feely bought out his share….

    • I found a building at what is listed as 73 Chestnut St. in Needham, MA on Google Maps, and it appears that the former Feely Chevrolet building has survived.

      • The Feely building shows in the current google street view, but is replaced by a construction site in the satellite view.

        The new building might be a city project due to its size and proximity to the fire station. The Feely building looked solid in the street view.

  9. 1st pic, I get a kick out of all these foreign names, and then, “FRIGIDAIRE”. What, didn’t they make refrigerators overseas? Why all the US cars parked together? I believe the moped on the end is an Allstate. How it got to the Netherlands is anyones guess. 2nd pic, looks like an EMD F9(?) train engine belonging to the Milwaukee Road, another clue to it’s midwest location. I had a Lionel just like that. Pretty obvious, the Windy City was a Chevy town. 3rd pic, the red Chevelle, possibly a 454, not backed in, so not for sale. Must be the old man Feely’s kid’s car. Last pic, the truck is another IH R190, with cowl vent open. Those big 450 Red Diamond motors ran hot. It’s why so many took the hood sides off.

    • An F9 indeed. When the Milwaukee Road was in reorganization in the 80s, power was always an issue. None of the F9s were in passenger service any longer and were used wherever there was a need…local transfers, switching and even road service. I’ve seen as many as nine coupled together to get a train out of the West Yard for the Superior, and then stall. The yellow paint came out of agreement with the UP to haul their trains from Chicago to Council Bluff, Iowa, with the understanding the locomotive paint would match the UP color scheme. I would be fibbing if I said I didn’t miss those days.

  10. Nice pics today, as every Friday. In the first one, what is marring the otherwise clean lines of the ’64 Chevy’s grille? Some kind of medallion? The hood release is under the main beam of the bumper directly over the center of the license plate so it can’t be a modified hood release.

    2nd pic includes more ’64 Chevys. Nice one on the left but the one on the right has been roughed up. Then across the Milwaukee Road tracks, hard to tell if either wagon could be.

  11. There are further pics of the bookshop on the web some showing cars .One in particular with Kei cars.type in boekhandel salas curacao

  12. Am I the only one pondering why all the cars in the first photo are BACKED in? I have recently read in Europe (?) people back in to parking spots because it is less dangerous (for pedestrians) to pull forward out of your spot, rather than backing out. I have started to do this in parking lots, but those impatient around you need to understand what you’re doing! I have no problem backing and it is nice to pull out forward when leaving.

    • Absolutly, Kurtruk, here in crowded NJ I also do this and have been for years. Some of the regular places I go it has started the trend of lots of other people doing it too. Especially when it’s single line parking, It’s always easier to pull out than back into traffic.

  13. In the lead picture the fifth car down is a Ford Zodiac rather than a Ford Zephyr or a Ford Consul as some posters have surmised. But I cheated, sort of, as I checked with the handy classiccarcatalogueDOTcom reference guide that AML kindly clued me onto that has just about every worldwide make pictured from about 1930-1980. Feel free to use it for better car identification purposes.

  14. The British Ford in the lead photo is a late ’50s or early ’60s Zodiac, but to give it its full name it was called the Ford Zephyr Zodiac, so all those Zephyr guesses were half right too. The range started with the Consul with a weedy four-cylinder engine (how do I know? yep, I had one). The next model up was the Zephyr with the 2.5 liter six, and the Zephyr Zodiac was really just a dressed up Zephyr with extra chrome trim at the back, a different grille and two-tone paint. They were nice cars in their day but regarded in the UK as a bit ‘flash’; ie showing American styling influences. Fitting three on a bench seat was a novelty for us in the old country though. The little green thing next to I agree is a Fiat 600 rather than Renault 4CV; the latter had more of a step down from the front panel to the fender, but they would look very similar from what is visible otherwise. The Zodaic was small compared to the rest of the American cars, but us Brits remember them as big cars, especially when parked next to Fiats.

    • Great post! Many years ago I read that what impressed Paul McCartney most about their new manager Brian Epstein was his car – it was a Ford Zodiac. He himself just had a Ford Popular. I’ve always thought that the Ford Zodiac was a bulky and very ugly looking car, with probably not a whole lot of pick up power. After the Beatles made it big Mr. Epstein bought himself a brand new 1964 Bentley S3, and as for Mr. McCartney, he purchased a new ‘Sierra Blue’ ’64 Aston Martin that today is said to be worth around $2 million dollars and over 300 times its initial purchase price!

      • An addendum. I should have said “rather ugly” instead of “very ugly”, but the one in the picture is not nearly as bad looking as some of the old Zodiac’s that I have seen.

  15. Hi Roger. The English car is actually a Ford Zodiac and my late brother owned one back in Southern Rhodesia that was exactly the same colour scheme. i have no idea where the photo was taken but do note that it appears to be a country where they drive on the left judging by the way all of the cars are parked.

    • I visited my grandmother a few times back in the early 70’s, who was then living in London, when I was around twelve or so and I remember watching a police show called “Z Cars” (pronounced Zed Cars) but I believe that the police cars were Zephyrs rather than Zodiacs, although it might have been both. Compared to American police shows I didn’t think too much of it as it seemed to be low budget type of material.

  16. In the lead photo, nobody commented on the fact that all of those cars were backed into the diagonal parking in a pretty decent manner. In my hometown of about 60,000 you can’t find a half dozen cars parked that neatly in any mall parking lot, nor on the street by pulling forward.

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