Abandoned Car of the Week

Family transportation in 1963



The 1963 Chrysler station wagon is a huge vehicle stretching out nearly 220 inches, only four inches shorter than the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. It was propelled by a 340-horsepower V8 mated to a three-speed automatic and could break 8 seconds from 0-to-60.  This used up example was found in an Arizona salvage yard.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

An Isuzu in the wild



In 1981 the Isuzu P'Up was the first Japanese Isuzu sold in the U.S. under its own name. Isuzu sold small pickups in the U.S. starting in 1972, but through General Motors. The Chevrolet LUV was the first. The small P'Up was built through 1988. This example was spotted in North Carolina.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Great patina



This late 1940s Chevrolet "Advanced Design" pickup with great patina was found in Texas. It might be a good long-term restoration project.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

A 1969 Chevrolet C50



This 1969 Chevrolet C50 farm truck languishes in a field in eastern North Carolina, perhaps awaiting a new owner to put it back into duty. This truck was part part of the second generation of C-series trucks, introduced in 1960.  (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Chevrolet C-50 farm truck



This Chevrolet C50 farm truck languishes in a field in eastern North Carolina, perhaps awaiting a new owner to put it back into duty. This truck was part part of the second generation of C-series trucks, introduced in 1960.  (Photo by Jim Meachen)

A mid-50s Dodge wagon



Dodge was all-new in 1955 with a 120-inch wheelbase and 212.1-inch overall length — huge by today's standards — longer than the 1954 cars. The Dodge shared its basic mechanicals with the DeSoto Custom, but had distinct styling. This style lasted just two years (1955-1956) before being replaced by an all-new 1957 car. This 1956 station wagon was found in Arizona.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)


A pair of International trucks



A 1949 International truck (left) shares time with a 1948 model in a Texas automotive graveyard. International introduced a new generation of trucks in 1949, the first remake since before World War II. The 1949 truck can be determined by its new grille design. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)

An old Dodge in Utah



This used up 1957 Dodge pickup was spotted by the side of the road near Hanksville, Utah. It was the only year that Dodge made this particular front-end design. The '57 Dodge could be purchased with a 230 cubic inch inline six making 120 horsepower or three different V-8 engines ranging in size from 172 horsepower to 204 horsepower. The truck came with either a 2-speed or 3-speed automatic transmission.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

The first sport utility vehicle



Willys Jeeps were popular after World War II, and it made sense to build a Jeep utility wagon. Willys built the Jeep Station Wagon, Utility Wagon and Panel Delivery from 1946 through 1964 — selling over 300,000 in the U.S. They were the first all-steel station wagons designed and built as a passenger vehicle. Some consider them the first sport utility vehicle. This 1950 relic was discovered in Texas.
(Photos by Peter Hubbard)

One of the first F-Series trucks



Ford revealed its first post-WWII pickup truck in late 1947, introducing the first F-Series pickup for 1948, replacing trucks introduced before the war started in 1941. It had a flat one-piece windshield and integrated headlamps. The distinguishing feature of the first three years of the F-Series (1948-1950) was a grille with a series of horizontal bars. This circa 1948-50 truck found in Nevada was outfitted for some heavy duty work. (Photo by Jim Prueter)