Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a '46 Chevy

Chevrolet was the number two automaker behind Ford in 1946, the first full year of sales following World War II. Chevrolet sold 398,028 cars, about 70,000 fewer than Ford. It would take Chevrolet a couple years to ramp up to the one million units it sold prior to the war in 1941. This example of a '46 Chevrolet was found in an abandoned condition in Texas.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Stopping for Mexican food

This used-up abandoned 1955 Chevrolet truck was spotted along Route 66 in Tucumcari, N.M. Perhaps its last stop was for some Mexican food at the Ranch House Cafe. It appears to be outfitted with a modified camper. For 1955 Chevrolet offered an impressive total of 75 "Task-Force" models on 15 different wheelbases designed for everything from light delivery to over-the-road hauling.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Post WW II Cadillac

Cadillac stopped its World War II tank building on Aug. 24, 1945, quickly changed over to cars, and rolled off the first 1946 Cadillac sedan on Oct. 7, 1945. The 1946-47 Cadillacs were basically a continuation of the 1942 models. Production ended shortly after the Peal Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, before being resumed four years later. This 1946-47 sedan was found in a New Mexico salvage yard.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)

Watching the passing Route 66 parade

This post-World War II Chevrolet wrecker watches the passing parade on old Route 66 in Carterville, Mo. First available in June 1947, the "Advanced Design" trucks were sold with various minor changes over the years until March 1955.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Route 66 post-war Nash

Many old cars decorate the 2,300 miles of Route 66 and this circa 1946-1948 Nash is a good example. This two-door coupe was found in Baxter Springs, Kan., advertising a bail bondsman. Nash enjoyed good sales after World War II building 94,000 cars in 1946, 101,000 in 1947 and 110,000 in 1948.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Texas truck survivor

This 1939 Chevrolet work truck was found standing proudly in retirement on the side of a road in the hill country of Texas stripped of its lights and bumper. 1939 was one of the last model years Chevy trucks and medium-duty vehicles shared an appearance with Chevrolet passenger coupes and sedans.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

BMW lives in the weeds

This late-80s BMW 3 Series convertible was found in an abandoned condition in eastern North Carolina. Convertibles were introduced to the second-generation 3 Series lineup in 1985. The first 3 Series was sold in the U.S. in 1977.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Open air Studebaker

The Studebaker Champion was produced from the 1939 model year until 1958. It was a full-size car in its first three generations and a mid-size car in its fourth and fifth generation models. The base engine was a 2.8-liter inline 6 making 85 horsepower. 1950 marked the first year Studebaker offered an automatic transmission. This third-generation 1951 Champion convertible was discovered in a New Mexico salvage yard.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)

A Wyoming dump truck

This mid 1950s International R Series dump truck was discovered in retirement in a field of weeds in Randolph, Wyo. Most of the R Series trucks featured an inline 6-cylinder engine with a Cummins diesel as optional. Three, four and five speed transmissions were available.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

One-year look Ranchero

The fifth generation Ford Ranchero was built from 1972-1976, but the 1972 is a distinct — at least from the front — one-year model because the front of the 1973 was changed to meet federal crash-test standards. There were four engine choices including three V-8s in 1972. This "retired" copy was found in South Carolina.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)