Abandoned Car of the Week

Mercury Montego in retirement



The second generation Mercury Montego (1972-1976) was introduced alongside the redesigned Ford Torino. The Montego was also a close kin to the Mercury Cougar. The Montego adopted a split-wheelbase chassis — 114 inches for two doors and 118 inches for four doors. The base engine was a 250 cubic-inch inline six. Several different V-8 engines were optional. This 1972 Montego GT was discovered in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Loadstar at rest



The International Loadstar is a series of trucks that were produced by International Harvester from 1962 to 1978. The first product line of the company developed specifically as a medium-duty truck, the Loadstar was slotted between C-Line pickup trucks and the heavy-duty R-series. This 1972-78 model Loadstar 1600 was found living under a lean-to in an abandoned rural factory in eastern North Carolina, its useful life probably over.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

International yard ornament



This 1966-67 International wrecker has been retired and has now become a large yard ornament in eastern North Carolina. If it could talk it would probably have some interesting stories to tell from its time picking up stranded motorists and giving them a tow.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Mustang popularity continued in 1969



1969 was a good year for the popular Ford Mustang — which underwent some major restyling — with nearly 300,000 units sold. It came in coupe, convertible and fastback formats with the base engine a 200 cubic inch six cylinder. The base V-8 was a 302 cubic inch two barrel V-8. Six factory performance V-8 engines were available. This example was found languishing in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

This Ford one of a million plus



This 1953 Ford was discovered in Utah, one of 1,247,542 copies built that year making it one of the most successful cars in Ford history. Even at that number, Ford trailed Chevrolet by 99,000 units in 1953. The full-sized Ford was refreshed for 1952 and carried over for 1953. The '52 model was the first Ford with a curved one-piece windshield.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

GMC ready for work



This late 1940s GMC work truck was found in retirement in Nevada. GMC was a near clone of the Chevrolet truck after World War II and enjoyed solid sales with 92,677 trucks sold in 1948, the first full year after its first major design after the war.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Monterey survivor



This 1963 Mercury Monterey was discovered in good condition in retirement in Utah. The Monterey was manufactured from 1952 to 1974 deriving its name from Monterey Bay.  During its production, the Monterey was offered in multiple body styles, ranging from coupes, convertibles, sedans, hardtops, and station wagons.  For 1963 the Monterey came with five engine choices ranging from a 3.7-liter inline 6 to a 6.7-liter V-8. A manual transmission as well as a 3-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic were offered.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Chevrolet shhares space with three Fords



A mid 80s Chevrolet wagon, a 1954 Ford pickup and two early 1960s Ford trucks make up this abandoned parking lot in North Carolina. We wonder how the Chevy got mixed up with the Ford haulers?
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

An idled excavator



Case has made construction equipment since the late 1800s and continues to this day. This Case 880R excavator, built since 1977, may have seen the last of its working life as it sits idled and rusting in an eastern North Carolina field.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

An Edsel in Utah



Edsel was a failed experiment by Ford Motor Company in the late 1950s. The full-sized sedan was designed to fit into its lineup between Mercury and Lincoln to give Ford a fourth brand to go up against such nameplates as Buick, Oldsmobile, Dodge and DeSoto. But it never caught on with the public, lasting just three years, 1958-1960. This 1959 model was found in retirement in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)