Abandoned Car of the Week

Wagons were the thing



Ford built numerous station wagons in the '60s and '70s. For instance, in 1969 the Blue Oval had the large Country Squire, the mid-sized Fairlane/Torino wagon and a smaller Falcon wagon. This 1969 Torino Squire wagon was found in abandoned condition in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Another used-up post-war Chevy pickup



Chevrolet sold boatloads of pickup trucks in the years following World War II so it stands to reason that there are still a great number of late-1940s and early-1950s Chevy pickups littering the landscape in an abandoned state. This used-up example was found in South Carolina lacking a front bumper and much of its paint.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Post-war Dodge in Nevada



This 1948-1950 B Series Dodge work truck was discovered in Nevada. The B-series pickup trucks were sold from 1948 to 1953 replacing the prewar Dodge truck. The B-series trucks featured a high-visibility "pilot-house" cab with optional rear quarter windows.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A used-up Arizona Ranchero



This used-up 1959 Ford Ranchero was found in a salvage yard in Casa Grande, Ariz. The Ranchero, built between 1957 and 1979 was originally adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. Over its lifespan it was variously derived from full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford for the North American market. Its chief competition was the Chevy El Camino.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)


Chevrolet truck yard art



This 1941 Chevrolet truck looks quite classy as yard art near Portland, Ore. This style truck — nicknamed "Art Deco" — entered the marketplace as a '41 model and was built until the start of World War II in December 1941, and then resumed production without changes for 1946. Chevrolet introduced an all-new design for the 1947 model year.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A conglomeration of Edsels



This conglomeration of Edsels was found in an Arizona salvage yard. If anyone is restoring an Edsel, this may be a treasure drove of parts. Built by Ford, Edsel was designed to range above Ford and Mercury and below Lincoln in the Ford lineup. The sedan was sold for just three years — 1958-1960 — before it was discontinued because of anemic sales.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Pick Cadillac in the snow

This 1960 pink Cadillac looks good in snow. The big GM luxury car was found in wintertime Nevada. Cadillac sold 142,184 cars in 1960, outpacing luxury rival Lincoln, which sold only 24,820 copies. (Photo By Jim Prueter)

A South Dakota Ford F-600



Ford has built a medium duty truck since 1948, and it was redesigned for its second generation in 1953 becoming the F-500 and F-600. 1953 was the last year for the long-running Flathead V-8 replaced in 1954 with the 239-cubic-inch Y-block V-8. This 1956 F-600 was found languishing in a backyard in Hosmer, S. D.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A van lineup

A Ford and a Dodge van occupy space with a step van (right). The three trucks were found in retirement near Sims. N.C. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

A Studebaker wagon



Station wagons were in vogue during the 1950s, and Studebaker had its version. This 1953 Studebaker wagon sits up high in a salvage yard sharing space with an early '50s Dodge van. As was the case with many station wagons in the '50s, the Studebaker was utility-challenged with only two doors.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)