Abandoned Car of the Week

Abandoned post-war Texas Cadillac

It was not until 1948 that Cadillac came out with an all-new post-war design including the first use of tailfins. The 1947 convertible captured here as an abandoned car carried on with the pre-war design. Cadillac sold only 61,926 cars in 1948, but still led luxury brands Packard and Lincoln in sales. This abandoned Caddy was found in a Texas salvage yard.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

A post-war Chrysler in Nevada

Chrysler came in several models for 1946-48 including the Windsor and New Yorker powered by a 250 cubic inch inline 6 making 114 horsepower mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. Chrysler sold 83,310, 119,260 and 130,110 respectively from 1946 through 1948. The post-war Chrysler was a full-sized car measuring 208.25 inches in length with a wheelbase of 121.5 inches. This circa 1946 to 1948 Chrysler was found in Nevada. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

Old Farmall in retirement

The Farmall tractor was part of the brand architecture of International Harvester (IH), first introduced in 1923. During the 1940s it was the most popular tractor brand in the U.S. Production ended on Feb. 1, 1974, with the 5 millionth tractor coming off the assembly line in Rock Island, Ill. This early model tractor was retired and parked off a highway near LaGrange, N.C. 
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A famous abandoned Studebaker

One of the most famous abandoned cars in the U.S. sits along Old Route 66 in the Painted Desert area of Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. The rusted hulk of a 1932 Studebaker depicts the remains of transportation along the old east-west highway in the 30s and 40s. The Studebaker, reportedly donated by Frank and Rhonda Dobell of Holbrook, Ariz., is probably the most photographed abandoned car in the country.
(Photo by Ted Biederman)

The remains of a pre-war Buick

There's not much left of the front end of this 1940 era car, but we think it's a Buick. Buick was the fourth best-selling car in the country in 1940 with 278,748 units sold. This cannibalized car was found in an Arizona salvage yard.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)

Route 66 spectators

A 1950s Renault Dauphine and a Volkswagen Beetle reside side-by-side as they watch passing traffic on old Route 66 in Carterville, Mo. The rear-engine Dauphine was built from 1956 through 1967 with more than 2 million sold. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

International employed by Firestone

International Harvester introduced the R Series line of panel trucks  in 1953, the passenger version called the Travelall to do battle with the popular Chevrolet Suburban. In today's parlance it would be known as a full-sized SUV. International work vans were built on the same platform with the same dimensions and powered by an inline six-cylinder engine making 100 horsepower. This work van, found in Nevada, was employed by a Firestone dealership.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

New Chevy design for 1953

Chevrolet was completely redesigned for 1953 coming in three trim levels — base One-Fifty, mid-level Ten-Ten and top Bel Air. The standard engine was a 216 cubic-inch, 3.5-liter inline six cylinder  making 92 horsepower. The redesigned Chevy was a big hit based on its annual sales of 1.34 million. This well preserved copy was found in Nevada. (Photo byJim Prueter)

A 3 Series in the weeds

The BMW 3 Series is a compact car built by the German manufacturer since 1975. This second-generation (1982-1994) 325 was found in an abandoned condition in eastern North Carolina. The second generation expanded the line from just a two-door, to a four-door, convertible and station wagon.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Double decker

A 1950 Packard rests on top of a 1949 Frazer in a Casa Grande, Ariz., salvage yard. Unfortunately, neither make was even close to the top of the heap at the turn of the decade. Frazer and Packard had both fallen on hard times. Packard's 1950 sales declined by more than 60 percent to 42,627 from 1949. Frazer managed only 21,000 sales in 1949 and would survive only a few more years.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)