Abandoned Car of the Week

Vermont lineup

These three abandoned cars adorn the front yard of an equally abandoned house in upstate Vermont. The car lineup includes, from left, a 1979 Chrysler LeBaron, a 1982 Chrysler LeBaron station wagon and a circa 1978-1982 Honda Prelude. (Photo by Jim Meachen)


An optional radio in 1935



The 1935 Ford came with a flathead V-8 engine in 1935, being introduced in 1932. It was the first "affordable" V-8 engine on the market. Affordable meant a 1935 sedan started at just $655. Not only did the 1935 have eight cylinders, it could be ordered for the first time with a radio as an option. The dashboard was neatly designed with three round gauge clusters, the speedometer in the middle. To the right, partially hidden by the steering wheel, was the ashtray cutout, which was used to house the radio. Philco, a pioneer in radio production, manufactured the radio for Ford at an option price of $44.50.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Remains of a '57 Chevy



The iconic 1957 Chevrolet is a good vehicle for restoration. But sometimes purchasing a '57 for future reconditioning turns out to be something just out of reach, resulting in an old rusted car sitting in the yard. This could be the case for this 1957 Chevy that apparently has never left the trailer it was brought in on.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A Nevada lineup

This abandoned truck lineup in Nevada consists of (from left) a 1941Chevrolet, a circa 1940 International, and a post-war snub nose GMC. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

 

A pre-war Nash in North Carolina



This 1938 Nash Ambassador business coupe found in eastern North Carolina. has seen much better days. While Nash offered a full range of cars from coupes to sedans and with a choice of six and eight-cylinder engines, sales sagged to 41,543 in 1938. The Nash lineup was completely revised for 1939 with sharper, more modern styling and sales surged to 60,348. One interesting feature that could be ordered for the first time in 1938 was the Nash Weather Eye, which directed fresh, outside air into the car's fan-boosted, filtered ventilation system, where it was warmed (or cooled), and then removed through rearward placed vents. The process also helped to reduce humidity and equalize the slight pressure differential between the outside and inside of a moving vehicle. 
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Useful life over for N.C. farm truck



This mid-1960s Ford farm truck appears to be at the end of its useful life. It was discovered by the side of a rural road in eastern North Carolina. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Two Beetles in the snow



Two mid-60s Volkswagen Beetle survivors were discovered in Nevada on a snowy afternoon. The German Beetle was one of the most popular imports through the '60s. More than 21.5 million Beetles were sold from its inception in 1938 through 2003. In 1965, its air-cooled 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine made 53 horsepower.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Junkyard '56 Lincoln



This 1956 Lincoln Premier was spotted in a Casa Grande, Ariz., salvage yard. The 1956-57 Lincoln Premier was positioned below the Continental Mark II in the lineup. The '56 Premier cost on average $4,600 new, equivalent to around $50,000 in today's dollars. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

Vandura in winter



This camper built on the GMC/Chevrolet Vandura platform was abandoned at some point in Duplin County, N.C., and sits forlorn on the side of the road. The Vandura was sold over three generations (1964-1996). This third-generation model has the engine up front.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)



A Kentucky Chevy



1954 marked the first significant design changes in the Advance Design Chevrolet truck that was first introduced in 1947. The 1954 truck had a curved one-piece windshield for the first time. The grille changed from five horizontal slats to a crossbar design commonly referred to as a "bull nose" grille. A Hydramatic automatic transmission was available for the first time as an option. The design lasted for only two years with the Chevy getting a complete makeover in 1956. This rather artistic 1954-55 truck was found in Nelson County, Ky.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)