Abandoned Car of the Week

Last year of the Chevy Task Force trucks

This 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup was discovered in Arizona. The 1959 truck was the last of the second series of the so-called "Task Force" trucks. The C/K series replaced the Task Force in 1960. The'59 pickup could be purchased with a choice of two inline 6-cylinder engines or three V-8s. Three transmissions were offered in1959, a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Bullet hole in disturbing place on this Buick

We hope nobody was sitting in the driver's seat when a bullet apparently went through the windshield of this used-up 1952 Buick discovered in an Arizona salvage yard. Buick was the fourth highest-selling nameplate in 1952 trailing only Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Pre-war Oldsmobile

The 1941 Oldsmobile had a uniquely styled front end that lasted only one year. FYI — In 1940, Oldsmobile became the first nameplate to have a fully automatic transmission, called Hydramatic. This well preserved 1941 model lives in a salvage yard. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

1959 Edsel wagon lives in salvage yard

Ford Motor Company developed Edsel to give it a fourth brand to gain market share from Chrysler and General Motors competing against Buick, Oldsmobile, Dodge and DeSoto. The sedan was marketed with great fanfare in 1958, but failed to gain enough sales to keep it alive. Edsel was discontinued in late 1959 after less than 3,000 1960 model cars were sold. About 116,000 Edsel's were produced. This 1959 Edsel station wagon was discovered in a salvage yard.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Street of Dreams

A Dodge delivery van (far left) and a Ford panel van sit atop what look like 1950s vintage Ford vehicles in this "street of dreams" for old car junkies in an Arizona salvage yard. The Dodge van appears to be from the mid-50s. Also seen are the front end of a VW Beetle (far left) and an assortment of bicycles.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

The first affordable automobile

A collection of Model T and Model A Fords was discovered in an Arizona scrap yard this winter. The Model T was the first mass produced car, and in its last year in 1927 could be purchased for as low as $360 (equivalent to $5,616 in current dollars). The Model T finally gave way to the more modern Model A in 1928. Ford produced 15 million Model T cars and trucks from 1908 through 1927.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Cavalier for the masses

This second generation circa 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier was spotted behind an auto repair shop in eastern North Carolina. The 1990 Cavalier got an upgraded base 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine making 95 horsepower. The optional V6 engine was also upgraded to 140 horsepower. The Cavalier was sold in the U.S. from 1982 through 2005. Chevrolet replaced the Cavalier with the Cobalt in 2006.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Early '50s Ford pickup

The 1951-1952 Ford pickups were part of Ford's "Bonus Built" postwar trucks, which ran from 1948 through 1952. The trucks had two wheelbases: 114 inches for the 1/2-ton F-1 series, 122 inches for the 3/4-ton F-2. By the time the 1951 Ford pickup appeared, the gearshift had moved from the floor to the steering column. The 1951 Ford pickup also introduced a new front end. Gone was the smiling horizontal-bar grille and inboard headlamps, replaced by a single-bar grille with three massive "teeth." Along with a wraparound front bumper, this gave Ford trucks a more aggressive frontal appearance. This relic was found on the side of a road near Boone, N.C.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Third-generation Ford LTD

This third-generation Ford LTD (1979-1982) was found languishing behind a repair shop in eastern North Carolina. The third-generation was downsized from the previous iteration losing about 15 inches of body length and seven inches of wheelbase. Available was a 5.0-liter and 5.8-liter V-8. Ford built 356,535 LTDs in coupe, sedan and wagon variants in 1979. Sales tumbled to 141,562 in 1980.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Stacked Lincolns

Lincoln enjoyed a measure of success during the second half of the 1970 decade selling as many as 189,546 vehicles in 1979. However, Lincoln sales still trailed arch-rival Cadillac by about 200,000 in each of those years. These two Lincoln sedans have gone into retirement on top of each other. The top car is a 1978 model and the bottom car is a 1975. (Photo by Jim Prueter}