Abandoned Car of the Week

An idled excavator

Case has made construction equipment since the late 1800s and continues to this day. This Case 880R excavator, built since 1977, may have seen the last of its working life as it sits idled and rusting in an eastern North Carolina field.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

An Edsel in Utah

Edsel was a failed experiment by Ford Motor Company in the late 1950s. The full-sized sedan was designed to fit into its lineup between Mercury and Lincoln to give Ford a fourth brand to go up against such nameplates as Buick, Oldsmobile, Dodge and DeSoto. But it never caught on with the public, lasting just three years, 1958-1960. This 1959 model was found in retirement in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Skylark yard ornament

The fifth-generation compact Buick Skylark — built from 1985 through 1991 — came in two-door and four-door configurations. This circa 1989 model found resting in a North Carolina yard (note the wheels have sunk a few inches into the ground) came with a new-for-1989 3.3-liter V6 making 160 horsepower.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

1936 restorable Oldsmobile

This 1936 Oldsmobile found in eastern North Carolina seems to be in restorable condition. For 1936 the Oldsmobile came with two engine options — the Series F with a straight-6-cylinder and the longer Series L with a straight 8. The Oldsmobile was restyled for 1935-36 and again in 1937.
  (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Old Fords stick together

A 1946 Ford truck shares time in retirement with a 1957 Ford pickup in Utah. Ford redesigned its 1942 trucks, which sold in limited numbers because of the onset of World War II. The 1942 design was carried over into the 1946 model year when sales resumed. Two engines were available — a 90-horsepower inline 6 and a 100-horsepower V-8. Ford completely restyled its pickup for 1957. The '57 came in Styleside and Stepside configurations.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

DeSoto business coupe

The rusting remains of a 1937 DeSoto business coupe rest peacefully in an eastern North Carolina woods. Notice the portawall, also known as a whitewall insert, falling off the rear tire. 
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Along Route 66

In 1954, the Windsor DeLuxe was Chrysler's lowest priced car. The grille and instrument panel were new from the 1953 car, which got the one-piece curved windshield for the first time. The '54 was powered by a 119-horsepower inline 6 with either a three-speed manual or Power-Flite automatic transmission. This example was found along Route 66 in Arizona.
(Photo by Ted Biederman).

On the Horizon

The Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon are subcompact cars that were produced by Chrysler from 1977 to 1990.The Omni and Horizon were reengineered variants of the European Chrysler Horizon and became the first front-wheel-drive economy cars to be built in the US. Marketed for 11 years with very few changes, around 2,500,000 Omnis and Horizons were built with the Plymouth badged versions more popular than the Dodge branded models. This mid-80s Horizon found in eastern North Carolina is perhaps awaiting a new owner for a total restoration.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A used up post-war Chrysler

This post-war circa 1946-1948 Chrysler was found rusting away in a South Carolina salvage yard. The upscale luxury brand was a favorite of a lot of people with a decent amount of disposable income as pointed up by the brand's decent sales following World War II with 332,680 copies sold in three years.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Working for a living

Chevrolet had a full range of work trucks in 1955. This example of a Chevy dually was discovered in Nevada. (Photo by Jim Prueter)