Abandoned Car of the Week

A conglomeration of Edsels



This conglomeration of Edsels was found in an Arizona salvage yard. If anyone is restoring an Edsel, this may be a treasure drove of parts. Built by Ford, Edsel was designed to range above Ford and Mercury and below Lincoln in the Ford lineup. The sedan was sold for just three years — 1958-1960 — before it was discontinued because of anemic sales.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Pick Cadillac in the snow

This 1960 pink Cadillac looks good in snow. The big GM luxury car was found in wintertime Nevada. Cadillac sold 142,184 cars in 1960, outpacing luxury rival Lincoln, which sold only 24,820 copies. (Photo By Jim Prueter)

A South Dakota Ford F-600



Ford has built a medium duty truck since 1948, and it was redesigned for its second generation in 1953 becoming the F-500 and F-600. 1953 was the last year for the long-running Flathead V-8 replaced in 1954 with the 239-cubic-inch Y-block V-8. This 1956 F-600 was found languishing in a backyard in Hosmer, S. D.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A van lineup

A Ford and a Dodge van occupy space with a step van (right). The three trucks were found in retirement near Sims. N.C. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

A Studebaker wagon



Station wagons were in vogue during the 1950s, and Studebaker had its version. This 1953 Studebaker wagon sits up high in a salvage yard sharing space with an early '50s Dodge van. As was the case with many station wagons in the '50s, the Studebaker was utility-challenged with only two doors.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

McCormick Deering tractor Virginia yard art



The McCormick Deering steel-wheeled tractor was popular for use on the nation's farms in the '20s and '30s. Manufactured by the International Harvester Co., the McCormick Deering name was used until 1948, when this line of tractors became McCormick. This McCormick Deering tractor serves as yard art in a southern Virginia farmyard.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)


A Mercedes roadster in disrepair



Mercedes-Benz introduced the 230 SL roadster in 1963 with distinctive concave roofline that earned the nickname "pagoda top." Built from 1963 through 1971 on the W113 platform, it featured a low waistline, large curved greenhouse windows, detachable hardtop, and a new 2.3-liter six-cylinder inline engine. This surviver, perhaps undergoing restoration, was found in Black Creek, N.C.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Morris Minor 1000 in retirement



The Morris Minor economy car was built in England from 1948 through 1971. The last of three generations was built from 1956-1971, called the 1000 series. It came as a convertible, two-door coupe and four-door sedan. It was what would be classified today as a city car with a wheelbase of 86 inches and a length of 148 inches — and it weighed in at just over 1,700 pounds. The original inline 4-cylinder engine had a top speed of 63 mph and a 0-to-60 time of 52.5 seconds. By the third generation the engine had been beefed up to produce a top speed of 75 mph and a 0-to-60 time of 31 seconds. This Minor 1000 was found in a South Carolina salvage yard.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

A German van from the '60s



This circa 1960s Mercedes-Benz L319 was discovered in an Arizona salvage yard. L319 is a light commercial vehicle built by Mercedes-Benz between 1955 and 1967. Larger than a standard delivery van, but smaller than a conventional light truck of the period, it was the manufacturer's first model in this class. The vehicle was offered with a range of van and truck bodies.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Ford's first minivan



The Ford Aerostar is a range of vans manufactured by Ford from the 1986 through the 1997 model years. The Aerostar is considered the first minivan produced by Ford, marketed against the Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari and the first two generations of the Chrysler minivans. The Aerostar derived its name from its slope-nosed "one-box" exterior. Four engines (one four-cylinder) and three V-6s ranged in horsepower from 100 to 160. This example was found in retirement in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)