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Wednesday Edition: Kodachrome Car Photographs Week

For day three in our website content host changeover week, we have chosen this very colorful image of an automobile being unloaded near the body shop at an unidentified car dealership. We are hopeful that our resourceful readers will be able to determine where this auto seller was located.

As is the usual practice in this series, we ask our readers to tell us the year, make, and model of all of the vehicles in the photograph along with anything else of interest in the photos. You can look back on all the earlier parts of the Kodachrome Car Photographs Series here. The image is via This Was Americar.

20 responses to “Wednesday Edition: Kodachrome Car Photographs Week

  1. NOW we’re talking! A brand-new `56 Olds 98 holiday sedan fresh from the factory!! And on the left, someone’s `50 Olds 98 Holiday coupe. Images like this make me wish I was around back then to have purchased a gorgeous Olds 98 like this one. One of my favorite vintages & models!

  2. The green vehicle, parked forward of the ’50 OLDSMOBILE Futuramic 98 Holiday Coupé, looks like it could be a 1953 OLDSMOBILE 98.

  3. That’s a ’56 Ninety-Eight Holiday Sedan (4-door HT) on the ramps, a ’56 88 or Super 88 Holiday Sedan in red and white ahead of it with a blue ’50 Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe to the right. There’s also a green Olds seen over the hood of the ’56 Ninety-Eight but not enough shown to ID it.

  4. Nice new 56 Oldsmobiles being delivered. Love that new car smell. Sitting next to the truck is a 1950 Nighty Eight Holiday hardtop.

  5. I had a 56 Oldsmobile Super 88 two door Holiday hardtop in the same colors as the turquoise/white two tone colors.

  6. I was guessing who the man is in the photo. 1st guess – salesman; car is sold and it is his delivery. 2nd guess – the owner of the dealership. 3rd guess – the future owner of the new car. If so, it is possible that the 1950 is the one he traded in. Not a clue as to where this was located. Plates on the trailer don’t help. Common to see a trailer with plates from almost anywhere.
    Hey, everyone: please stay safe and healthy. Regardless of encouraging news reports, I am far from ready to go out unless I absolutely must. In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over”.

  7. “Jim, Did my new Oldsmobile arrive yet?”

    “Why yes, Stan, its just being unloaded from the transporter right now. Why don’t you go out and have a look?”

    “Jim, She’s a beauty!” That new Holiday sedan is just what I’ve been waiting for!

    A real honey, you’ll love it, Stan! It has the new Jet-Away HydraMatic, makes driving even better! As soon as we get it prepped, we’ll deliver it to your home or office and collect your ’50 Ninety-Eight coupe. Don’t worry about cleaning it up, we’ll have the shop boys do that.”

    Announcer: “You too can have the thrill and driving pleasure of the new Jet-Away HydraMatic in your own luxurious new Ninety-Eight Holiday sedan. See your nearest Oldsmobile dealer this week. You’ll be glad you did!”

  8. I’d say, the owner of the dealer, looking on, was very interested in the new Olds he had heard so much about, possibly with the new “Jetaway” transmission. The car carrier, was pretty typical of the time. 4 cars per trip was it. Today, modern car haulers carry twice as many. I bet a dozen donuts, it was pulled by a GM truck, as was customary at the time to have a truck made by the car maker. Car haulers were a tough breed. There was no hydraulics, like today, and those ramps were handled by hand.

  9. 1956 Olds…I really want one…I’ll throw in my ’12 Mustang and Ranger pickup in trade today!

  10. The ’50 on the right doesn’t look too bad for its age. No visible rust (yes, some dust or mud…plus a scrape low on the door).
    Also, note the wheels in body color on the ’56. Detroit did away with that in the late ’60s.

  11. The man surveying the Oldsmobile about to be unloaded appears to be staring intently at the area of the door just beneath the window trim. There appears to be some minor damage to the paint in that area of the door; unloading the car at the body shop is circumstantial evidence that the first order of business was to have the paint redone before the car would be taken to the showroom floor. Large note on the dashboard might be instructions for settling up with either the trucking company or G.M. for making the repair.

    • After checking further I agree that it is a 56. I liked the 1955 models as their styling looked long and low. The 56 looked a bit fat, probably because of the large grille. The 57’s? another story.

  12. My first car was a used 1956 Super 88 2-door hardtop . It was also the first engine I rebuilt — in the family garage. The Hydramatic went south soon thereafter, but that was above my pay-grade (and the local Olds dealer couldn’t repair it either!) Fortunately, two guys who operated a gas station in my home town of Geneva, Ohio also rebuilt automatic transmissions and were able to make it all better.

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