Abandoned Car of the Week

A second-generation Sedan de Ville



The first generation of the Cadillac de Ville is remembered by its huge tailfins in 1959 and 1960. The second generation (1961-1964) was re-styled and re-engineered and had a more conservative fin treatment. It came in two-door (Coupe de Ville), four-door (Sedan de Ville) and convertible treatments. Engine choices were 6.4-liter and 7.0-liter V-8s. This 1963 Sedan de Ville was found in eastern North Carolina awaiting possible restoration in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Remains of an Ambassador



The remains of this 1952-54 Nash Ambassador was discovered in an Arizona salvage yard. The Nash Ambassador received a complete restyling for 1952 celebrating the company's 50th anniversary. The 1952 unit-body design looked like nothing else on the road. It continued into 1954 almost unchanged, before it got a revised front grille and more pronounced tail fins for 1955 and 1956. With the new design in 1952 Nash sales rose to 154,291 cars.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A 'most carefully built' car



It was tagged "America's most carefully built car" in 1960 advertising. The Chrysler Imperial, which started life in 1926, became a separate brand for the Chrysler Corporation in 1955 and was sold under that nameplate through 1975 in competition with Lincoln and Cadillac. New technology on the Imperial included the first all-transistor car radio in 1955, built by Philco. It was a $150 stand alone option. This big-finned 1960 model was found in an Arizona salvage yard.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

An off-roader from International



The International Harvester Scout is an off-road vehicle produced by International Harvester from 1961 to 1980. It was created as a competitor to the Jeep, and it initially featured a fold-down windshield. The Scout was produced in Fort Wayne, Ind, as a two-door truck with a removable hard top. This discarded example was found in Michigan.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

International Light Line



International Harvester produced the Light Line pickup truck from 1969 through April 1975 when production ended. The truck came with two inline 6-cylinder choices and five V-8 choices. Transmissions included a 5-speed manual and a 3-speed automatic. This 1974 example seems to be in decent shape.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

A Dart survivor



The Dodge Dart was built from 1959 to 1976. By the time it entered its third generation in 1963 it had become a large compact vehicle and remained a popular family car through the end of its run in 1976. It compared to the Ford Falcon and Chevrolet Nova at the time. This 1966 model was found languishing in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter}

The remains of a Chevy



Chevrolet led all automotive brands in 1967 with nearly 2 million in sales, topping second-place Ford by more than 200,000. The remains of this 1967 Chevy convertible looks as if it has been cannibalized several times for spare parts. It was found in a South Carolina scrapyard.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

1966 Thunderbird in retirement



This 1966 Ford Thunderbird was found in retirement in Utah. The 1966 model carried a base price of $4,393 with an inline six-cylinder engine making 275 horsepower mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Carrying a significant 4,400 pounds, it took 11 seconds to go from 0-to-60. If that wasn't enough performance, Ford sold the T-Bird with several sizes of V-8 engines.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Mercury Montego in retirement



The second generation Mercury Montego (1972-1976) was introduced alongside the redesigned Ford Torino. The Montego was also a close kin to the Mercury Cougar. The Montego adopted a split-wheelbase chassis — 114 inches for two doors and 118 inches for four doors. The base engine was a 250 cubic-inch inline six. Several different V-8 engines were optional. This 1972 Montego GT was discovered in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Loadstar at rest



The International Loadstar is a series of trucks that were produced by International Harvester from 1962 to 1978. The first product line of the company developed specifically as a medium-duty truck, the Loadstar was slotted between C-Line pickup trucks and the heavy-duty R-series. This 1972-78 model Loadstar 1600 was found living under a lean-to in an abandoned rural factory in eastern North Carolina, its useful life probably over.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)