So there's a lot near me that sells cars of all years. They've had everything from 1930s Plymouths and Buicks to 1960s Ford Falcons and Rancheros to '90s Cavaliers that refuse to die. My wife and I like to go from time to time to look and see what they have. We never buy anything, we just poke around to see what they have and dream about what we might buy one day if we ever fall face first into money. This time I brought a camera and asked the woman running the lot if I could take some pictures to share. She said yes.
The very first car we see when we pull in is this beautiful Studebaker Avanti.
While they're not super rare, they're not the most common cars either. Studebaker didn't make very many because shortly after the Avanti was introduced, they decided to stop building cars. You don't even see them at auto shows all of the time, so to see one on a lot in the wild is pretty cool.
Right behind the Avanti is a Dodge Wayfarer Sportabout.
I actually don't really know anything about this car. I'm not a huge fan of Chrysler/Dodge/Mopar and I don't know much about cars from this era either (though I love the way they look). If I'm reading the Wikipedia article right, only 2,903 of the 1950 Sportabouts were made, which I think is the year for this car. If that's the case, once again, it's something pretty rare.
One of the things you have to appreciate about cars made before the '70s are all of the emblems and trims. Car companies really knew how to go all out and turn them into works of art.
The two cars I really wanted to share though, is this pair of '58 Lincoln Continentals. They actually had a third one, but unfortunately due to my wife's rushing, I forgot to take pictures of it. You can see a little bit of it right behind the black continental. It's the white one and I believe it's actually a slightly later year because of the different tails and bumper (it's probably a '60). I didn't ask the owner of the lot, but more often than not when you get two or more cars of the same or similar year, it's because someone owned multiples in hoping of making one complete car. Car projects being what they are of course, the owner probably found himself in over his head and decided to sell them at a loss. The very first time I came to this lot, they had 3 Opel GTs and I'm sure they found their way there under similar circumstances.
The black Continental is obviously in the best shape out of the three. I didn't take pictures on the inside as it needed a lot of love, but you could find the back bumper, a few trim pieces, and the owner's manual all chilling in the back seat.
The red Continental was my favorite of the three though. It had the absolute perfect blend of patina and wear on it and in the second picture, you can see where someone had recently removed the trim pieces, leaving a cool shadow effect behind.
So yeah. Cars. This place goes through a lot of them so if you guys like these, I'll post some more from time to time. Once again, I apologize that these aren't the best photos. I'm not a photographer and it can be really hard to capture these cars when they're all packed in so tightly together and when I'm trying to keep out any distinguishing features that might show where I live (road signs, license plates, buildings, etc.). I hope you liked these though. I do.