Old Photos: Cars

With the current events affecting the American car industry these photos showing (in my opinion) the best-looking American cars ever made are even more bittersweet.

New Kansas City Courthouse

New Kansas City Courthouse © Time Inc.Eliot Elisofon

Traffic outside the Jackson County Courthouse.

Traffic outside the Jackson County Courthouse.© Time Inc.Eliot Elisofon

Ray Hill handing out assignments to drivers who will pick up voters.

Ray Hill handing out assignments to drivers who will pick up voters.© Time Inc.Lisa Larsen

Enos Slaughter- Kansas City Atheletics

Enos Slaughter- Kansas City Atheletics. © Time Inc.Francis Miller

Street Scene Independence, MO, US

Street Scene Independence, MO, US .© Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Former Pres. Harry S. Truman pointing to nearly completed library building.

Former Pres. Harry S. Truman pointing to nearly completed library building.© Time Inc.Frank Scherschel

View of Dwight D. Eisenhower parade down Main Street, with Ike and Mamie watching from balcony.

View of Dwight D. Eisenhower parade down Main Street, with Ike and Mamie watching from balcony.© Time Inc.Ralph Crane

And lastly:

ROTC cadet Lieutenant William Ackenhauser snuggling in front seat of car with his date Joanne Warren, with tray attached to the vehicles open window at the Nu-Drive-In restaurant.

ROTC cadet Lieutenant William Ackenhauser snuggling in front seat of car with his date Joanne Warren, with tray attached to the vehicle's open window at the Nu-Drive-In restaurant.© Time Inc.Myron Davis

Try this in your Smart Car.
Note: I try to use local photos, I am sure there are better ones to be found in other locations.

  • I can remember, as a kid, waiting for the issues of LIFE and, later, LOOK to arrive in our mailbox. At that time I enjoyed the wonderful photography… now I enjoy the nostalgia of what really was a simpler time.

  • I agree that those cars are fabulous, although I have to wonder: in the “Street Scene, Independence, MO” photo, how often did people tried to hop in the wrong car before finding the right one?

    • And that’s how vanity plates were born 🙂