Abandoned Car of the Week

Seventh-generation Oldsmobile 98



This seventh-generation Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was discovered in retirement in South Carolina. The seventh generation of the 98 was built from 1961 through 1964. We think this is a 1964 model. The Oldsmobile 98,
which was built from 1940 through 1996, came in six body styles in 1964 in 2-door, 4-door and convertible configurations. Standard equipment included power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seats. The powertrain was 6.5-liter Rocket V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic. (Photo by Ralph Gable)

1955 Hudson Hornet



The Hudson Hornet, produced from 1951 through 1957, underwent a major re-design for the 1955 model year after Hudson merged with American Motors. Even with the new body style, which included a broad eggcrate grille and distinctive two-toning, sales were dismal, measured at 10,010 sedans in 1955. This 1955 model living in retirement in Texas is part of Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)


 

A Utah Chevrolet pickup



In early 1947, Chevrolet introduced its Advance Design trucks, the first completely redesigned GM vehicles to appear after World War II. Owners of earlier pickup models had asked for a roomier, more comfortable cab with improved visibility and a wider pickup box. They got it all. The Advance Design was built through 1954 before Chevrolet completely overhauled the lineup. The first, and only, major Advanced Design styling and engineering changes occurred with the 1954 models. These models featured a one-piece windshield, an all-new grille and new parking lights. This 1954 model was discovered in Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah.
(Photos by Jim Prueter)

End of line for this Audi 4000



The Audi 4000 was sold in the U.S. from 1980 through 1987 before it was replaced with the 80/90 series. It could be purchased through the years with either a 5-cylinder engine or a four-cylinder that grew from an initial 1.6-liter, then to a 1.7-liter and finally to a 1.8 liter. The 4000 was of compact size with a length of 176.6 inches and a wheelbase of 99.4 inches, about the same size as the current Audi A3. This 1982-84 model was spotted living by itself in a salvage field in N.C.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Abandoned Ranchero on Route 66



This circa 1977-79 Ford Ranchero has been abandoned in an abandoned small town on old Route 66 in Arizona. The Ranchero rests near one of the abandoned buildings. Several "ghost towns" can be found along Route 66 created after the interstate highway system made the old highway obsolete. Ford built the Ranchero from 1957 through 1979 based on a variety of vehicles. The seventh and last generation (1977-79) was based on the Ford LTD II car line.
(Photo by Ted Biderman)

1938 Ford in the weeds



This 1938 Ford pickup from Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection was found in a large vintage salvage yard near Tokina, Ill., with dozens of other cars and trucks, mainly from the '50s. The truck could be purchased with two flathead V-8 engine sizes — a 2.2-liter making 60 horsepower and a 3.6-liter rated at 85 horsepower. All trucks were equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission. A radio was a $45 option — plus installation charge.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

1938 Ford in the weeds



This 1938 Ford pickup from Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection was found in a large vintage salvage yard near Tokina, Ill., with dozens of other cars and trucks, mainly from the '50s. In 1938, the truck could be purchased with a choice of two flathead V-8 engine sizes — a 2.2-liter making 60 horsepower and a 3.6-liter rated at 85 horsepower. All trucks were equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission. A radio was a $45 option — plus installation charge.

Overgrown 1951 Ford



From Peter Hubbard's "Junkyard Dog" collection is this 1951 Ford F-1 pickup. The truck was spotted in a field on Highway 59 in East Texas, somewhere near Atlanta. MotorwayAmerica is delighted to be granted permission to occasionally use old rusty vehicle pictures from Hubbard's large collection. Peter is an automotive journalist and an enthusiastic photographer of abandoned vehicles living in Austin, Texas.

Texas Chrysler rusts away



This 1941 Chrysler Town Sedan was found rusting away in a back yard near Blanco, Texas. Chrysler Corp. products were great sellers prior to the war as evidenced by the fact the Chrysler Corp. owned a whopping 24 percent market share, five percentage points more than Ford Motor Company. In 1941, Chrysler models could be purchased for the first time with a semi-automatic transmission that delivered a Lo-Hi shift.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A road grader of the past



J.D. Adams & Company was founded in 1885 by Joseph D Adams who invented the first leaning-wheel pull grader and was based in Indianapolis. The leaning wheel, combined with an angled blade, increased the grader’s ability to excavate and move material in a specific direction. The grader could be pulled using a team of horses or by a motorized machine. This well-preserved example of an early 20th Century Adams grader was found in Hosmer, S.D. 
(Photo by Jim Meachen)