Abandoned Car of the Week

1970s era Jaguar XJ uncovered



This late 1970's model Jaguar XJ series sedan was found in abandoned, but apparently restorable condition in South Carolina. The first generation of the XJ was produced for 24 years with major facelifts in 1973 and 1979. Three engines were offered — a 2.8-liter inline 6, a 4.2-liter inline 6, and a 5.3-liter V-12.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Jeep pickup of the '50s



The Jeep Willys became popular after World War II and was sold in a variety of formats. This early 1950s model Jeep pickup — which can possibly be called a forerunner to the current Jeep Gladiator — was found in Nevada with a two-tone paint scheme.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A second-generation Sedan de Ville



The first generation of the Cadillac de Ville is remembered by its huge tailfins in 1959 and 1960. The second generation (1961-1964) was re-styled and re-engineered and had a more conservative fin treatment. It came in two-door (Coupe de Ville), four-door (Sedan de Ville) and convertible treatments. Engine choices were 6.4-liter and 7.0-liter V-8s. This 1963 Sedan de Ville was found in eastern North Carolina awaiting possible restoration in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Remains of an Ambassador



The remains of this 1952-54 Nash Ambassador was discovered in an Arizona salvage yard. The Nash Ambassador received a complete restyling for 1952 celebrating the company's 50th anniversary. The 1952 unit-body design looked like nothing else on the road. It continued into 1954 almost unchanged, before it got a revised front grille and more pronounced tail fins for 1955 and 1956. With the new design in 1952 Nash sales rose to 154,291 cars.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A 'most carefully built' car



It was tagged "America's most carefully built car" in 1960 advertising. The Chrysler Imperial, which started life in 1926, became a separate brand for the Chrysler Corporation in 1955 and was sold under that nameplate through 1975 in competition with Lincoln and Cadillac. New technology on the Imperial included the first all-transistor car radio in 1955, built by Philco. It was a $150 stand alone option. This big-finned 1960 model was found in an Arizona salvage yard.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

An off-roader from International



The International Harvester Scout is an off-road vehicle produced by International Harvester from 1961 to 1980. It was created as a competitor to the Jeep, and it initially featured a fold-down windshield. The Scout was produced in Fort Wayne, Ind, as a two-door truck with a removable hard top. This discarded example was found in Michigan.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

International Light Line



International Harvester produced the Light Line pickup truck from 1969 through April 1975 when production ended. The truck came with two inline 6-cylinder choices and five V-8 choices. Transmissions included a 5-speed manual and a 3-speed automatic. This 1974 example seems to be in decent shape.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

A Dart survivor



The Dodge Dart was built from 1959 to 1976. By the time it entered its third generation in 1963 it had become a large compact vehicle and remained a popular family car through the end of its run in 1976. It compared to the Ford Falcon and Chevrolet Nova at the time. This 1966 model was found languishing in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter}

The remains of a Chevy



Chevrolet led all automotive brands in 1967 with nearly 2 million in sales, topping second-place Ford by more than 200,000. The remains of this 1967 Chevy convertible looks as if it has been cannibalized several times for spare parts. It was found in a South Carolina scrapyard.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

1966 Thunderbird in retirement



This 1966 Ford Thunderbird was found in retirement in Utah. The 1966 model carried a base price of $4,393 with an inline six-cylinder engine making 275 horsepower mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Carrying a significant 4,400 pounds, it took 11 seconds to go from 0-to-60. If that wasn't enough performance, Ford sold the T-Bird with several sizes of V-8 engines.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)