Abandoned Car of the Week

Living in New Mexico



This 1955/1956 Dodge was spotted in Santa Rosa, N.M., perhaps awaiting some restoration. The Dodge lineup was all-new for 1955 — a big comeback for the brand after slumping in 1954 — with a longer 120-inch wheelbase and a 212.1 inch overall length. There were six body styles including a wagon and convertible. It could be purchased with either a 4.8-liter inline six or a 4.4-liter V-8. Dodge completely revamped the styling for 1957.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

The indestructible diesel



This circa 1980 Mercedes-Benz W123 was discovered abandoned in eastern North Carolina. The W123, considered one of the best Mercedes sedans ever built, was manufactured from 1976 through 1985. This particular model is outfitted with the 240D diesel engine. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder made a grand total of 71 horsepower and 101 pound-feet of torque. It was noted for two things — its indestructible nature and its turtle-like acceleration. In fact, there are dozens of YouTube videos depicting how fast owners can navigate from 0-to-60. The average time being between 20 and 25 seconds. One guy proclaimed he had run out of road before hitting 60.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Roadside Triumph



The Triumph Herald is a small two-door car introduced by the Standard-Triumph Company of Coventry, England, in 1959 and made through 1971. Body design was by the Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti, and the car was offered in sedan, convertible, coupe, wagon and van models. This mid 1960s convertible was found resting by the side of a Texas highway.
(Photo By Peter Hubbard)

North to Alaska



This idyllic scene that includes a rather used up 1960s era pickup truck was captured in Chicken, Alaska. Technically, the pickup is probably not abandoned, but still used for chores. However, we think it would look right at home in a field of abandoned vehicles.
(Photo by Jerry Brown)

A Dodge SUV forerunner



The Dodge Town Wagon and Panel was built between 1954 and 1966 presumably to give the popular Chevrolet Suburban competition. It could be purchased with windows in a passenger configuration or strictly as a panel van. The Dodge Wagon, a forerunner of the modern sport utility vehicle, could be purchased with four-wheel drive. This circa 1960-65 Town Wagon was discovered in New Mexico.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Mid-size Cutlass in retirement



The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera is a mid-size car manufactured and marketed for model years 1982-1996. It shared the front-wheel drive A platform with the similar Buick Century, Pontiac 6000 and Chevrolet Celebrity. The Cutlass Ciera shared the Cutlass nameplate with the smaller Cutlass Calais and the larger Cutlass Supreme. This late 1980s copy was found abandoned in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Texaco gas hauler of the '40s



This 1941 Chevrolet AK Series truck hauled Texaco gas in Texas during the 1940s. Chevrolet introduced the new and rather unique truck design in 1941.  It was replaced by the Advance Design truck in 1947, introduced as the company's first new truck after WWII. The AK had a "modern front end design" with horizontal bevelled grille bars in the upper section, vertical bars below, and headlamps sunk partly into the front fenders. Peter Hubbard found the truck in Liano, Texas, for his Junkyard Dog collection.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Passenger-hauling days over for this Flxible bus



This Flxible Visicoach passenger bus was found languishing in an Arizona salvage yard. Flexible manufactured coaches and transit buses from 1913 through its closing in 1996. Flxible built 925 copies of the Visicoach — an update of its clipper-style buses from the '30s and '40s — from 1950 through 1956.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)


B-Series Dodge pickup in retirement



Dodge built the B-series pickup truck from 1948-53, and you can distinguish the 1951 through1953 models by their "Job Rated" badge on the grille. The 1953 model was the first to get a fully automatic transmission, dubbed the Truck-O-Matic. Dodge started selling "Job Rated" trucks in 1939, aimed at getting the customer the truck that fit the job for which it was purchased. The Job Rated designation carried through to the mid-50s when it was dropped. This circa 1951-53. Dodge pickup was discovered in a field in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Once a hauler of gas



GMC streamlined its truck design in 1939 and reconfigured its 6-cylinder engines. This 1939 medium duty GMC truck hauled Sinclair gas through the 1940s near Paris Springs Junction, Mo. It's now an attraction for sightseers along old Route 66 in southwestern Missouri. (Photo by Jim Meachen)