Abandonded Cars IV

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This 1936 Oldsmobile found in eastern North Carolina seems to be in restorable condition. For 1936 the Oldsmobile came with two engine options — the Series F with a straight-6-cylinder and the longer Series L with a straight 8. The Oldsmobile was restyled for 1935-36 and again in 1937.  (Photos by Jim Meachen) 


 

A circa 1934 Ford pickup and a 1954 Chevrolet two door is one of the attractions at the Rusty Bolt shop on Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz. It's possible to see numerous old and abandoned cars in the small Arizona town. The Seligman Commercial Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)


The remains of this 1952-54 Nash Ambassador was discovered in an Arizona salvage yard. The Nash Ambassador received a complete restyling for 1952 celebrating the company's 50th anniversary. The 1952 unit-body design looked like nothing else on the road. It continued into 1954 almost unchanged, before it got a revised front grille and more pronounced tail fins for 1955 and 1956. With the new design in 1952 Nash sales rose to 154,291 cars. (Photo by Jim Prueter)


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. (Photos by Jim Meachen)


This late 1970's model Jaguar XJ series sedan was found in abandoned, but apparently restorable condition in South Carolina. The first generation of the XJ was produced for 24 years with major facelifts in 1973 and 1979. Three engines were offered — a 2.8-liter inline 6, a 4.2-liter inline 6, and a 5.3-liter V-12. (Photo by Ralph Gable)


The fifth-generation compact Buick Skylark — built from 1985 through 1991 — came in two-door and four-door configurations. This circa 1989 model found resting in a North Carolina yard (note the wheels have sunk a few inches into the ground) came with a new-for-1989 3.3-liter V6 making 160 horsepower. (Photos by Jim Meachen)


In 1954, the Windsor DeLuxe was Chrysler's lowest priced car. The grille and instrument panel were new from the 1953 car, which got the one-piece curved windshield for the first time. The '54 was powered by a 119-horsepower inline 6 with either a three-speed manual or Power-Flite automatic transmission. This example was found along Route 66 in Arizona. (Photos by Ted Biederman).


Chevrolet had a full range of work trucks in 1955. This example of a Chevy dually was discovered in Nevada. (Photo by Jim Prueter)


The useful life of this early 1950s Dodge delivery van appears to be over. The van rests in retirement in Nevada after it probably covered hundreds of thousand of miles delivering goods and services. (Photos by Jim Prueter)


This circa 1950 Chevrolet 6400 heavy duty work truck was found in eastern North Carolina. The 6400 Series was powered by a 235 cubic inch straight six mated to a floor-shift 4-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission. A Hydra-Matic transmission would not appear until the 1954 model year. (Photos by Jim Meachen)


Hudson launched its "step-down" bodies in 1948, which lasted through the 1954 model year. The term step-down referred to Hudson's placement of the passenger compartment down inside the perimeter of the frame; riders stepped down into a floor that was surrounded by the perimeter of the car's frame. This "ready for restoration" 1948-1950 Hudson was found in eastern North Carolina. (Photos by Jim Meachen)


Unique styling set the 1949-1953 Studebaker trucks apart from the competition. The so-called 2R5 trucks arrived in 1948 — the first post-war redesign. Robert Bourke, a member of the Loewy Studios design team under contract with Studebaker, was the lead designer. This 1952 example was found in a Texas salvage yard. The '52 model was powered by a 102-horsepower inline six. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)


The two-door Rambler Marlin was built by the American Motors Corp. (AMC) from 1965 to 1967. Marlins were fastback versions of the mid-sized two-door hardtop Rambler Classic. AMC aimed it at buyers wanting a sporty fastback that was roomy and comfortable, contrasting it with the smaller Barracuda and Mustang fastbacks that had arrived a year earlier. The Marlin, following the muscle car launches of the 1960s, was intended to outflank competitors as a product they did not offer. The car could be ordered with a 327 cubic inch V-8 with a 0-to-60 time of about 10 seconds. This stripped-down example was found in eastern North Carolina. (Photos by Jim Meachen)


This early second-generation Ford Ranchero pickup (1960-1965) was found living in retirement in Utah. The second-generation Ranchero was based on the newly introduced compact Falcon sedan. Ford believed the market wanted a more practical vehicle, one much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than a full-sized pickup truck, and indeed the Ranchero sold well. The standard engine was a 2.4-liter straight six with a 3-speed manual or a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic. (Photos by Jim Prueter)


The 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle marked the first year of the second-generation of the mid-sized Chevelle, which was introduced in 1964. This particular Chevelle, as advertised on its fender, came with Chevrolet's 5.7-liter 350 cubic inch small block V-8 engine. The stripped-out Chevy was found in a field in eastern North Carolina. Chevelle became very popular in the mid-to-late '60s and Chevrolet billed it as "America's most popular mid-size car." (Photo by Nick Nunkovich)


This 1937 Ford sedan was found along Route 66 in Holbrook, Ariz. The most popular Ford engine in 1937 was a 3.6-liter flathead V-8 making 85 horsepower with 144 pound-feet of torque. Base price of the 1937 was $850. Ford was the top-selling brand in 1937 with 942,005 copies sold. Chevrolet was second at 815,375. (Photos by Jim Meachen)




The Jeep Grand Cherokee dates back to 1993 starting life with a 190-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine and an optional 5.2-liter V-8 making 220 horsepower. It was a sales success with more than 1.6 million copies sold from 1993 through 1998. This mid-90s first-generation Grand Cherokee was found in retirement in a field in southeastern North Carolina.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)


Dodge sold the D line of pickup trucks from October 1960 through September 1993. This second-generation 1968 Dodge was spotted in Utah. The 1968 model can be distinguished by its grille with two rows of four holes each. Sold as the D300 and the D500, they came with a choice of two engines — a 127-horsepower Slant Six and a 177-horsepower V-8. (Photos by Jim Prueter) 


The front of a 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser and the rear of another '57 Mercury are pictured in an old-car salvage yard in Texas. The Turnpike Cruiser was built in 1957 and 1958 in commemoration of the creation of the Interstate Highway System. Unfortunately for Mercury, despite some glowing reviews, the Turnpike Cruiser was a sales flop with only 18,861 sold in 1957. (Photos by Peter Hubbard) 


This "New Design" medium-duty GMC truck (1947-1953) was found in retirement in Utah. Both the Chevrolet truck (Advance Design) and the GMC were redesigned in 1947 by General Motors. That iteration was built through 1955. The 1947 redesign featured integrated headlamps as well as wider, lower and bolder grilles. (Photo by Jim Prueter)




This 1936 Chevrolet truck cab was found parked on a city street with a rusted-out fender and running board, but otherwise in decent shape. Most Chevy trucks were propelled by a 193.9 cubic inch straight-six-cylinder engine throughout the 1930s. (Photo by John Harper)



From right, a 1949 Chevrolet, an early-60s Chevrolet Corvair and a 1955 Ford are lined up in a field of abandoned cars. If you find yourself on historic Route 66 near Erick, Okla., you might want to check the field of used-up cars, trucks and tractors. Watch out for the weeds loaded with stickers! (Photo by Jim Meachen)






This 1957 Plymouth Savoy is a police-car survivor in Oregon, Wis. The entry-level Savoy was popular in the late 1950's as a fleet vehicle used by taxicab companies, police departments and other fleet-minded customers where luxury was not a concern. The model was also available to customers who were in the market for a low-cost, economical vehicle with the availability of a V-8 engine and automatic transmission, and the room of a full-size vehicle. (Photo by Ed Meachen)




The Dodge truck was restyled in 1939 and the styling was continued through 1947. Civilian truck production ended in 1942, but Dodge trucks were used for the World War II effort to the tune of 255,000 trucks. This 1941 Dodge bus was found in Nevada. (Photos by Jim Prueter)



Cadillac was enjoying a sales resurgence in 1941 before production was halted because of World War II. For the first time in many years all cars built by the company shared the same basic engine and drivetrain in 1941, and 1941 also saw the introduction of the optional Hydra-Matic, the first mass-produced fully automatic transmission, offered the previous year on the Oldsmobile. This 1941 Cadillac was found in Texas. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)


An excellent example of a 1941 notchback Pontiac Torpedo sedan was discovered in a North Carolina farmyard by photographer Ralph Gable. Pontiac introduced the Torpedo in 1940 on the General Motors C-body. The Torpedo shared the body with the Cadillac Series 62, Buick Roadmaster and Super and the Oldsmobile Series 90. The Torpedo had larger windows and wider seats than other Pontiacs, and the hood ornament was a plastic Indian head mounted in a metal base. Available engines were a 3.9-liter Flathead inline 6 and a 4.1-liter Silver Streak inline 8, both mated to a 3-speed synchromesh manual transmission. Above, the Torpedo living area as depicted in a 1941 advertisement. (Photos by Ralph Gable)




This early '70s model Fiat 124 Spider was discovered infested by eastern North Carolina weeds at the back of a lot. Introduced in 1967 as a 2+2 convertible, nearly 200,000 were built through the 1985 model year with about 120,000 sold in the U.S.  Four-cylinder horsepower ratings ranged from 90 to 102 through the '70s. Zero to 60 times were around 11.5 seconds, acceptable for roadsters of the era. The Fiat competed with such nameplates as MG and Triumph. Above, a 1970s magazine ad for the Fiat 124 that included a cutout of the car. (Photos by Jim Meachen)




The remains of this early 1990s Chevy Blazer S-10 two-door apparently served as a parts car and has been reduced to a skeleton ready for the scrapyard. The Blazer S-10 came with two versions of the 4.3-liter V-6, the base engine making 170 horsepower and an high-output engine making 200 horsepower, neither of which has survived in this wreckage. (Photos by Jim Meachen)


This circa 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud stretch limo was spotted in junkyard retirement in South Carolina. Vintage Rolls-Royce limos of various years are used by many wedding planning companies around the country to give newlyweds a unique experience. This example looks as if its given its last ride. (Photos by Ralph Gable)


 

The 1950 Ford marked the second year of a new generation introduced following World War II. Two engines were offered in 1950 — a 3.7-liter L-head inline 6 and a 3.9-liter Flathead V-8 making 100 horsepower. Ford sold 1.2 million units in 1950, second behind Chevrolet that sold about 1.5 million cars. This used up example of a 1950 Ford two-door was found in Arizona. (Photo by Becky Antioco)


This post-war circa 1946-1948 Chrysler was found rusting away in a South Carolina salvage yard. The upscale luxury brand was a favorite of a lot of people with a decent amount of disposable income as pointed up by the brand's decent sales following World War II with 332,680 copies sold in three years. (Photos by Ralph Gable)


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)


International Harvester produced the Light Line pickup truck from 1969 through April 1975 when production ended. The truck came with two inline 6-cylinder choices and five V-8 choices. Transmissions included a 5-speed manual and a 3-speed automatic. This 1974 example seems to be in decent shape. (Photo by Peter Hubbard)


The Jeep Willys became popular after World War II and was sold in a variety of formats. This early 1950s model Jeep pickup — which can possibly be called a forerunner to the current Jeep Gladiator — was found in Nevada with a two-tone paint scheme. (Photo by Jim Prueter)