Abandoned Car of the Week

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)

A Rabbit in the weeds

This late 1970s model Volkswagen Rabbit was found in a large stand of weeds in eastern North Carolina. The compact Golf was marketed around the world beginning in 1974, but in the U.S. was renamed Rabbit until the mid-80s when VW decided to drop the Rabbit name in favor of Golf. Historically, the Golf is Volkswagen's best-selling model and is among the world's top three best-selling models. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Post-war Chrysler

Chrysler came out swinging after World War II with a relatively conservative design that appealed to the car-buying public. Chrysler used the same basic design — with some tweaks here and there — from 1946 through 1950 before a complete overhaul in 1951. In those five years Chrysler sold 636,197 copies. This circa 1946-48 Chrysler was found on a snowy day in Nevada.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A racing Torino

The Ford Torino name was revived in 2008 wth Clint Eastwood's movie "Gran Torino," which focused on a retired guy and his restored 1972 Gran Torino in a Detroit neighborhood. Ford built the mid-sized fastback Torino from 1968 through 1976. This 1970 Torino sponsored by Long-Lewis Ford in Alabama apparently spent some of its life in stock car racing.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

A Dodge COE

This circa 1940 Dodge COE (cab over engine) truck cab was found in a Texas salvage yard. A straight 6-cylinder Chrysler Flathead was used in most of these trucks mated to a three- or four-speed manual transmission.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Discovering a Nash 600

This post-war Nash 600 (circa 1946) was found resting safely behind a fence next to a brick building in the Detroit area. The Nash 600 is credited with being the first mass-produced American automobile using unitized body/frame construction techniques in which the car body and the frame are welded as one unit, rather than the more traditional body-on-frame. Built from 1941-1949, the "600" name comes from the car's ability to go 600 miles on one tank of gas. An advertisement for the '46 proclaims, "The new Nash 600 takes you an amazing 25 to 30 miles on a gallon of gasoline at moderate highway speeds — 500 to 600 miles on a tankful."
(Photo by Chris Sawyer)

Shovel nose Studebaker

This 1952 Studebaker was found languishing in an Arizona salvage yard. It is the so-called "shovel nose" Studebaker with a redesigned front end from 1951. The rest of the car, however, was a carryover from earlier years with its acres of glass in the Starlight coupe edition. Despite the redesign, sales figures were considerably lower than 1951. There were 246,195 Studebaker's sold in '51, and the number dropped to 167,662 in 1952. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

Relic of the '70s

This 1975 Datsun B210 hatchback, which provided entry-level transportation, was found in Arizona. It was outfitted with a 70-horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed manual. It featured rear-wheel drive. A sub-compact by today's standards, it measured 162 inches long with a 92-inch wheelbase. Zero to 60: 13 seconds.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)