Abandoned Car of the Week

Glory days long past for this Bird

Ford restyled the Thunderbird in 1961 to kick off the third generation (1961-63). Sales of the new Bird were strong in 1961 with 73,051 sold. Most T-Birds were powered by a larger 6.4-liter V-8. This 1962 edition was spotted in an abandoned condition in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Popular mid-century tractor

This retired copy of an Allis Chalmers Model B tractor was found in a barn in eastern North Carolina. The Model B — built between 1937 and 1957 — was one of the company's most popular and versatile tractors. Over the years the Model B came in several variations, powered by a 4-cylinder gas engine.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)

A second-generation Ford F-100

The grille of this 1954 Ford F-100 indicates that the truck carried a revised six-cylinder engine making 115 horsepower. This second-generation F-Series pickup featured a new hood badge with a lightning bolt/gear-wheel motif. Ford started building the F-series pickups in 1948. The second generation was built from 1953 through 1956. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

A Texas post-war Kaiser

The Kaiser-Frazer Corp. began business in August 1945, and the Kaiser sedan was a fresh post-war design that enjoyed initial success to a nation starved for new vehicles. This copy — it's either a 1947 or 1948 model — was found in Texas. The front and rear of the car received a facelift for 1949.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Meet the Studebaker President

This 1958 Studebaker President sedan was found stored away behind a building in North Carolina. The President nameplate was revived in 1955 and built through 1958. It came in both two-door and four-door styles. The Studebaker brand ended with 1964 models and its South Bend plant was closed near the end of 1963. 
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Volvo's first luxury model

This circa 1973-75 Volvo 164E was found off U.S. 301 in eastern North Carolina resting on blocks. The 164 was Volvo's first venture into the luxury segment built between 1968-1975. More than 46,000 were sold before it was superseded by the 264 in 1975. It was powered by a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The engine was fuel injected in 1972 hence the "E" designation. According to Volvo, the 164E was fairly powerful for the time capable of a 0-to-60 run in about 8.6 seconds.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Arizona Buick

This 1940 Buick was found in a junk yard in Maricopa, Ariz. Buick was the fourth best-selling nameplate in the country in the years leading up to World War II. Buick trailed only Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth in sales with 278,784 in 1940 and 374,196 in 1941. 1941 was Buick's largest sales year in history. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

World War II era Studebaker

This example of Studebaker’s 1941- 48 M-series truck was discovered along old Route 66 in Santa Rosa, N.M.  One of the company's most successful line of trucks, it could be purchased in 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and 1 1/2 ton and 2 ton versions.  First produced in November 1940, it saw extensive action during WW II. It sported a more aerodynamic shape than most trucks of the time.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A pile of Ford rust

This is one of the most rusted out abandoned vehicles we've ever encountered. The incredibly rust-laden late 1960s Ford truck was spotted near Kahaluu, Hawaii, by Jim Prueter. Prueter said he was told by a "reliable individual" the rust was created by the huge amounts of acid rain caused by the active volcano on the big island. No reason to doubt that analysis — the proof is in the Ford.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Texas Hill Country T-Bird

This 1960 Ford Thunderbird was spotted in Texas Hill Country, although we don't know if the well-used, but still restorable  T-Bird was actually sold. Ford began building four-passenger Birds in 1958 after they started life three years earlier as a two-seat sports car. The 1960 model can be differentiated from the rear by its three taillights on each side. The 1958 and 1959 models had two. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)