Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a Chevy van

This dissected 1951 Chevy panel van was found in a North Carolina salvage yard. As part of Chevrolet's light-commercial fleet, Chevy produced a car-based sedan delivery with its new iteration beginning in 1950.  It was a derivative of the steel-bodied station wagon, but with only two doors and no side windows. When the van was first introduced it was an immediate hit with orders topping 23,000 in 1950.
(Photo by John Harper)

A survivor from the '50s

Chevrolet built the astounding number of 624,489 sedans for the 1956 model year. This is one of the survivors from more than 60 years ago found behind a garage in North Carolina. Prices ranged from $1,869 for a base One-Fifty to $2,230 for a top line Bel Air four-door hardtop.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Depression era Pierce-Arrow

This 1929 or 1930 Pierce-Arrow was discovered sitting in front of an old Phillips 66 gas station on Route 66 in Chandler, Okla. The Pierce Arrow was redesigned in 1929 to include headlights molded into the front fenders. It came in four wheelbases with a choice of three straight eight engines with horsepower ratings from 115 to 132. Prices ranged from $2,595 to $6,250, a princely sum during the first years of the Great Depression. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

1958 Edsel lives on in Arizona

Edsel was developed to take on Oldsmobile and Buick from General Motors, and DeSoto from the Chrysler Corp. slotting into the Ford lineup between Mercury and Lincoln. The Edsel was unveiled on Sept. 4, 1957, as a 1958 model. Although it was not enthusiastically received by the public, it sold close to expectations in its first year at 63,110. But sales slumped badly in 1959 and the car was discontinued in 1960 when only 2,505 units were sold. This 1958 example was found in Mayer, Ariz.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Post-war North Dakota Chevy truck

The "Advance Design" Chevrolet trucks entered the scene in June1947, and exterior styling remained virtually the same through 1953. The first major change was with the grille treatment in 1954. This copy of the time period was found in relatively good condition in retirement behind a garage in southeastern North Dakota.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

The remains of a pre-war Dodge

Dodge pickups underwent a complete redesign with streamlined styling in 1939. One of those styling features was a very attractive front end, which is one of the few things that has survived this 1941 Dodge. The 1941 truck came with a 218 cubic inch six-cylinder engine making 75 horsepower.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

1939 Chevy lives in Iowa

This neglected 1939 Chevrolet was found in Perry, Iowa, in what appears to be restorable condition. Chevrolet had a good pre-war sales year of 577,278 units.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Jeep welcomes travelers to Arizona

This post-World War II Willys Jeep station wagon was discovered along Route 66 at the Arizona-New Mexico border. The wagon was produced by Willys in the United States from 1946 to 1965. Production continued in Argentina until 1981. Four-wheel drive did not become an option on the wagon until 1949. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Life passes by this MG Midget

The MG Midget two-seat sports car was built from 1961 to 1979. This third-generation circa 1972-74 model was found living by the side of a road in eastern North Carolina. It is powered by a 55 horsepower 4-cylinder engine making 67 pound-feet of torque. The third of four generations went from 1966 through 1974. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

An Arizona Chevrolet tow truck

This very interesting looking Chevrolet tow truck was discovered in Mayer, Ariz., by Jim Prueter. We seldom come up empty handed when doing research to identify vehicles, but this one has us stumped. It looks a lot like an early '60s Corvair truck, but the front end does not match up with the Corvair. Only certainty — it's from the early '60s and it probably hauled a few broken down cars in its day. (Photo by Jim Prueter)