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Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 243

Today’s featured mid-1960s image contains traffic on a California highway driving away from one of the larger cities in the state. Despite of the year of manufacture differences, the three vehicles closest to the camera almost give the photo the appearance of having been taken for an automaker to show its machines out in front of the competition. Although in reality it just looks that way and is a random photo.

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.

  • For many owners, this vehicle has always been a canvas upon which they could add their own design ideas, colors and choice of accessories.

  • Is this a happy new car owner demonstrating the usefulness of one of its accessories?

  • The second picture today with a big city in the background, this time with rush hour traffic heading into it.

45 responses to “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs No. 243

  1. In the lead picture, center foreground, is a white 1961 DODGE.

    In the same photograph, off to the right, is a tired yellow 1958 CHEVROLET taxicab.

  2. The Beetle Man really doesn’t need to emphasize the roof opening since the sun light reflected from his bald pate makes the point rather effectively all by itself.

  3. In the Lead Photo on Hwy 101 in San Francisco a ’63 Chrysler New Yorker followed by a ’60 Ford F-100, a ’61 Dodge Dart followed by a ’59 Ford, and a ’60 Dodge D-100 Sweptline followed by a ’58 Chevy taxi.

    In Item 1 of 3, a ’54 or ’55 Corvette, a ’68 Olds Delmont 88 Holiday Coupe with a ’65 Lincoln across the street with a possible ’67 Cutlass in the garage.

    In Item 2 of 3, maybe a ’58-ish VW.

    In Item 3 of 3, probably a ’50 Chevy Fleetline following a mid-‘50s Ford panel and a non-Fairlane ’57 Ford to the left of the median, with another ’57 Ford and a likely ’51 Chevy approaching.
    To the right of the median a ’53 Pontiac (distinctly split Silver Streaks vs a ’54) following a ’57 or earlier oval window VW another ’49 or ’50 Chevy and a ’58 Impala Coupe. In the right lane a mid-‘50s GMC or Chevy Suburban Carryall following a ’50-’52 Plymouth and probably a two tone ’57 Ford Fairlane with trailer

    • Yes. Note the sign for Stauffer Chemical Company, which had a headquarters and plants in SF and the Bay area. They were also headquartered in Westport, CT, where my dad worked for them for a while.

  4. I think the 1st pic is just a coincidence, these are old cars already, the Chrysler, a ’64(?), the Dodge a ’61, and the truck a ’59 or’60. The Chevy billboard way back appears to showing a new ’66 Chevy. 2nd pic, a young Dale Earnhardt Jr. Who knows, Sr. or grandpa could have had a Vette. VW is a ’66 and looks like Cal. too. It seems the perfect person that would be driving a new VW. Last, they are making use of the outbound lane for inbound traffic. The motel on the left looks like it says “Puget Sound”, so there you go.

  5. The last photo looks like Seattle, southbound Highway 99, about to cross the Aurora Bridge (officially the George Washington Bridge, I think), heading for Queen Anne Hill. I don’t see any cars later than ca. 1957, so the photo dates from well before I-5 split the city in two.

    • I should add that it’s morning. The extra southbound lane (to the left of the divider) reverses for the evening commute.

  6. 1st photo: In earlier pictures of this series, it striked me how few or no Mopar cars at all appear… In this one, a 1963 Chrysler New Yorker, a 1961 Dodge sedan and truck line up in front. Further back at the right, a 1958 Chevy taxi and another Chevy that must be at least 15 years old…

  7. The fourth photo is scary, the single lane seemingly heading into oncoming traffic, on the wrong side of the traffic island! Just a few traffic cones to protect you. I really like the oval window VW and the Chevrolet Suburban heading to the bridge.

  8. First picture there is Ford f100 looks to be a stepside and only one side mirror on drivers side probably a 223 with a 3 on the tree. had one pretty much like it.
    In the last picture looks to be hwy 99 heading south over the aurora bridge heading into Seattle looks to be late 50’s

  9. The VW is a 1966. Flat hubcaps, 1300 insignia on engine lid, metal crank-open sunroof. Also I think the tan was a one-year only color. Had one ( along with about 20 other VWs over the years!)

  10. In the second photo, the 53-55 Corvette has had a few “custom” touches added. In particular the rather odd looking custom padded hard top (removeble?). The hood scoop. The “fencing mask” headlight covers removed. The SS Crager custom wheels (rusty I might add). And a repaint. Noticeably missing are the corvette emblems with the capital V signifying a 1955 V8. Perhaps it was a 53-54 that someone removed the “Blue Flame Six” and transplanted a small block V8. The cars in the background appear to be late 60’s vintage. Maybe it was a “Barn Find”

    • A little chrome polish and 0000 steel wool would do wonders on those Cragars. The scoop looks like one of those old Cal Custom cast aluminum bolt-on scoops that has been painted body color. Overall, paint is weathered. Someone spent time and money dolling up this old Vette, and then either he or the next owner let it go down. But – given the long standing collectability and thus high survival rate of old Corvettes, there’s a pretty good chance this one is still around, restored to original and worth big bucks.

  11. Interstate 80, leaving San Francisco, traveling south towards the airport. What is left out, at the time of the photo the Hills Bros. Coffee plant nearby, and all you could smell was the coffee being processed.

  12. Although the ancient Corvette is the focus of the last photograph, what caught my eye was the still-stunning elegance of the 1965 Lincoln Continental across the street.

    And, thanks yet again, David!

      • The Oldsmobile is a 1968 Delta 88.

        1965 was the first year Lincoln Continental offered a vinyl top. It was such an important new options they made a specific point of featuring it in the sales catalogue. Oddly, it had been available on Ford two door fastbacks for 1963.

        • Perhaps not so odd. If the vinyl tops did not stand up well (fading, cracking, car wash damage, whatever) it could sully the Lincoln brand. The Ford brand could better tolerate such a failure while providing a year or two of field testing for the corporation. GM led the way much earlier, introducing Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmissions via Oldsmobile before making them available on Cadillacs.

  13. Nice turquoises and white Carry-All in the last photo. Don’t let Mr. Aero Space Engineer’s new commuter car mislead you…. there is probably something fast n fancy behind the garage door.
    What is the 40’s vehicle behind the 58′ Chevy Taxi?

    • I believe that it’s a ’66 beetle, the only year with the 1300cc engine. The ’67 had the 1500cc engine and had a bulge in the engine lid with more louvers.

      • Correct: not a ‘67. The ‘66 was last year for headlights behind a glass lens that followed the fender line a la Porsche: ‘67 was first year for vertical trim ring/ no lens matching that body linep. Not older than ‘66 due to wide license plate light housing, flat hubcaps, and one year only 1300cc engine.

      • Note that “only year with the 1300cc engine” only applies to the North American market. European ’67s were still available with the 1200cc or 1300cc engine for tax purposes, and the 1300cc was available up until 1975.

        That said, this does appear to be a ’66 – in addition to other mentioned details, there’s no driver’s armrest, which was added in ’67.

  14. Sorry, I am a nut for grammatical mistakes. The VW pictures captions should be “its” — there is no possessive for “it”.
    It’s is a contraction for it is.

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