If you can look past the dime store fog lights and the wonky grille guard you’ll see a sweet 1940 Ford with its proud owner at its side. I’ll tell you, if someone has this very car today you can bet its new owner won’t be cleaning his shoes on the bumper.
Sorry for the scratches but there’s enough good things happening here to share with you in spite of them. The car is a ’46-’48 Dodge. My best guess is ’48 and don’t ask why because ’46 – ’48 Dodge material (from this angle) was nearly, if not exactly, identical. The salesman looks pretty happy and with shoes like those, well, you’d be happy too!
I called this post “Joe June” because that is all the naming info written on the front (you can’t see the word June in this photo but it’s there, upper right) . Just enough of the car showing to tell me exactly what make it is. The shape of the chrome molding beneath the rear window is unmistakably GM, Pontiac. The year and the model are up for interpretation. 1949 or 1950 — could even have been a ’51 had they not written 1950 on the photo itself. I’ll leave you with two questions: 1- Which one is Joe, and 2- Who’s the other guy?
Looks like California but I have no way of knowing. Looks like a 1940 Plymouth sedan to me. It also looks like this woman loves her new car but not posing for photos so much. Tough! Smile or don’t smile, you’ll be on the internet someday.
Written on the back: “Summer 1959”. Since Fred or Gary or Carl or whatever his name happens to be, is standing right in front of where I’d more easily be able to identify his car — and the tail lights are cropped out — and I can’t see the grille, I had a bit of a time nailing this one. But I did. Mr. and Mrs “Swimmer” own themselves one really fine 1957 Ford Country Squire Wagon. Time to get the hose out and wash that thing down, you’re certainly dressed the part. Production of these back then was a mere 27,690 and cost a whopping $2,684. This vehicle positioned very highly on today’s collector car lists.
I’ve been corrected. The Country Squire pictured here is a 1958. Thanks for keeping me honest, Jerry!