Abandoned Car of the Week

Post-war Chevy pickup



The Advanced Design Chevrolet pickup was General Motors' first all-new truck after World War II and it proved to be a gigantic success. It was manufactured from 1947 through 1953 with little change. This relic was discovered in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A New Yorker in North Carolina



Chrysler produced a wide variety of models for 1966 with a little more than a quarter million sales ranking ninth on the production list just behind Rambler/AMC and about 70,000 units ahead of Lincoln. The most popular was the New Yorker as pictured here. The standard engine was a 340 horsepower 6.8-liter V-8. This 4-door hardtop example was found in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A 'stylish' driveway in Utah



This "stylish" driveway in Utah includes two automotive oddities — a Yugo (once called the "worst car in history"), and a modified Subaru BRAT — that are hard to find out in the wild let alone as a pair in one driveway. The BRAT — short for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter — was sold from 1978 to 1994 in the U.S. It was motivated by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder making 67 horsepower. It was increased to 73 hp in later years. And Subaru made a turbocharged 93 hp variant available in its final years. The Yugo was built in communist Yugoslavia and marketed in the U.S. from 1985 to 1992 by Malcolm Bricklin. Its 55 hp engine could take the little car from 0-to-60 in 14 seconds. Its ultimate downfall came in the early 90s when it performed poorly in crash test scores.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A GMC hauler



This rather unusual-looking 1960 GMC 5500 truck was found in a Texas salvage yard. It looks as if it could be restored if anyone was interested in restoring such a vehicle.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Rambler Marlin in state of disrepair



The two-door Rambler Marlin was built by the American Motors Corp. (AMC) from 1965 to 1967. Marlins were fastback versions of the mid-sized two-door hardtop Rambler Classic. AMC aimed it at buyers wanting a sporty fastback that was roomy and comfortable, contrasting it with the smaller Barracuda and Mustang fastbacks that had arrived a year earlier. The Marlin, following the muscle car launches of the 1960s, was intended to outflank competitors as a product they did not offer. The car could be ordered with a 327 cubic inch V-8 with a 0-to-60 time of about 10 seconds. This stripped-down example was found in eastern North Carolina. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

The innovative '55 Chevy truck



Chevrolet introduced an all-new pickup in 1955, known as the Task-Force pickup. It came with the truck industry's first wraparound windshield and running boards hidden behind the door. Also in 1955 Chevrolet started producing an overhead V-8 engine. This copy was found in retirement in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)


A used up step van



Over the years the Chevrolet Step Van has had many uses from delivering bread to milk to packages to auto parts. This retired van was found in eastern North Carolina. It's hard to determine the year because there's been little styling changes over the years, but we think this van was probably built sometime between 1968 and and the mid '80s. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

A Texas Clipper



This 1956 Packard Clipper found in Texas was one of the last Packards built in Detroit. The last Packard rolled off the assembly line in Detroit on June 25, 1956, although some Packard-badged cars were built until 1958 in Indiana by the merged Studebaker-Packard company. The Clipper was built in 1941-1942, 1946-1947 and 1953-1957 as an entry-level vehicle. In 1956 the Clipper was classified as a stand-alone marque. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)

A pre-war Chevy truck



Chevrolet introduced the AK Series pickup in 1941 with a cutting-edge front-end design highlighted by bevelled grille bars with a horizontal upper section and vertical lower section. The new lineup came with two engine sizes — an inline 216.5 cubic inch six making 90 horsepower and an optional 235.5 cubic inch Load Master six making 93 horsepower and considerably more torque. Three transmissions and nine wheelbases were available. This example was found in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Early '60s Ford Ranchero



This early second-generation Ford Ranchero pickup (1960-1965) was found living in retirement in Utah. The second-generation Ranchero was based on the newly introduced compact Falcon sedan. Ford believed the market wanted a more practical vehicle, one much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than a full-sized pickup truck, and indeed the Ranchero sold well. The standard engine was a 2.4-liter straight six with a 3-speed manual or a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)