Abandoned Car of the Week

A Texas Thunderbird



After starting life as two-seat sports car in 1955, the Ford Thunderbird was turned it into a four-place "personal luxury car" for the 1958 model year. It was a sales success in the first years of its transformation. This rather beaten up 1959 model was discovered in retirement in a Texas field.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Corvair minus top



This second-generation (1965-1969) Chevrolet Corvair convertible was found sans a top in retirement off Route 66 in New Mexico. The rear engine Corvair was built from 1960-1969. In the first year of the second generation, Corvair sales hit 247,092, but steadily dropped off through the last year of production in 1969 when only 6,000 cars were built.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)

Old Ford serves as a roadside sign



This late-1940s Ford F-Series pickup is serving its retirement years as a roadside sign along old Route 66 in Oklahoma. The first F-Series was introduced in late 1947 as a 1948 model replacing the pre-WW II designed trucks. The first generation was built through 1952 and good be purchased wth an inline 6-cylinder engine, a Flathead V-8, or a Y-block V-8.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

The remains of a Corvair van



Chevrolet introduced the rear-engine compact Corvair in 1960 to great fanfare. It took Chevy only one model year to add more utility to the Corvair lineup with panel and passenger vans. The  panel van was called the Corvan and the passenger model was named the Greenbrier. Both versions sold in good numbers. This example of an early '60s Corvan was found rusting away in Salisaw, Okla.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Chevrolets in the snow



Two 1958 Chevrolet sedans sit in the snow in a Cortez, Col., salvage yard. Photographer Peter Hubbard waded through the snow to get pictures of abandoned and decaying cars at the Colorado site. The 1958 Chevrolet styling exchanged the 1957 bumper and grille combination for a somewhat more conventional assembly. The new cars also got quad headlights. 1958 was the 50th anniversary of the brand.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Abandoned Z-Car



The Datsun (later Nissan) Z-Car
captured the hearts and pocketbooks of customers in the 1970s who desired a great-looking sports car on a budget. It was just the ticket. This mid-70s Z-Car — either a 260Z or a 280Z — probably delighted several owners over the years, but now lives in abandoned retirement in some woods in eastern Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Brown)

Dodge truck on Route 66



Dodge started building trucks in 1914, and 20 years later the Dodge branch of Chrysler Motor Company was one of the nation's top truck builders. This mid-1930s truck was found displayed on old Route 66 in Paris Springs Junction, Mo.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Watching traffic in retirement



This post-WWII Chevrolet pickup from the late 1940s watches traffic by the side of a South Carolina road in an abandoned state of disrepair. Chevrolet began manufacturing its so-called "Advance Design" pickup truck in 1947.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Army surplus



This large diesel Army truck, which we think is from the decade of the '60s, was found resting in the back of a salvage yard. Its useful life is probably over, but if needed we wouldn't be surprised to see it resurrected and put back into active duty.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)


Snow on the sheetmetal



A 1958 or '59 Ford Thunderbird sits front and center in this snow-covered salvage yard in Cortez, Col., perhaps enjoying a white Christmas. A 1958 Chevrolet and a couple of Chrysler products are directly behind.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)