Jun 11-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: June: Jun 11-01
Car in storage near Jacobsville    ...scroll down to share comments
photo by Daryl Laitila

Charlie Hopper, Michigan on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 08:27 am:

Good morning again from the U.P. ! If you are new to Pasty Central, let me point out that we have a new glimpse of life from the land of pasties - archived for each day, back to early 1998... and many historic pictures of the Copper Country as well.

Along the way we've seen some old abandoned cars. On the one hand, it would be nice to see the landscape clear and clean... on the other hand, such spots are almost a mini-museum of Yooper-Americana. Does anybody recognize the make and model year of this one?

Here are a couple of my favorites from the Pasty Cam archives - one from the legendary Joe Kirkish, and the other from Jon Hopper, Yooper in Europe for the next couple of weeks. (We hope he sends us some shots from Norway):
by Joe Kirkishby Jonathan Hopper

By Doug S. Wixom, MI on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 09:08 am:

It's protected from the wind... on 2 sides atleast :o) I do like the old car scenes. Makes me wonder about the stories they could have told and what makes someone just leave them there like that.

By Kate, CA on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 09:23 am:

Is it a 52 or 53 Buick? Can't be sure...I used to
have a 55 Buick 30 years ago. Man, they sure
don't make 'em like they used to! Thank you Pasty
Cammers for all of your wonderful photographs.
It's part of my morning ritual to visit

By Roy Beauchene - TN on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 12:05 pm:

It's an old Pontiac. It is 1952 or 1953.

By Ken from da UP on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 03:30 pm:

I agree w'Roy from TN. Looks like a '52 or '53 Pontiac. Tires look like they're flat all the way around, not only on the bottom. :o) Looks like the Chevy's been there quite a while, too. Both of them. My '87 626 Mazda has over 263,000 miles on it. Runs like a fine Swiss watch. No moss growing on it! :-) :o)

By jim ellis ga. on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 04:45 pm:

1953 Pontiac Chieftain

By Wayne Rivard on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 04:51 pm:

The auto that is in storage near Jacobsville, I think this car is a 1953 Dodge

By john k. ann arbor on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 05:15 pm:

'54 Desoto Custom?

By Sha-boom, sha-boom on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 05:23 pm:

Nevermind the car. What kind of engine is that golden oldie powered with? Nothing like having shade while you drive.

By Jim, Mid Michigan LP on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 05:50 pm:

Looks like a '53 Plymouth to me, used to have one.

By pete, il on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 07:12 pm:

is this the same car as one the copper range railroad "whats new" page?

By vinny , PA on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 09:03 pm:

it looks like an A-2 new york checker taxi cab

By Sam on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:22 pm:

My husband says it's a DeSoto - I say it's a Pontiac, or a Buick. Year?? ???? Please let us know!

By Ron Wilkins, Louisville, Ky. on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:33 pm:

I'm almost sure it's a "53" Pontiac.

By Ron Wilkins, Louisville, Ky. on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:37 pm:

I'm almost sure it's a "53" Pontiac.

By Edward, Oregon on Monday, June 11, 2001 - 10:51 pm:

I think it is a 52 Plymouth. My dad had one.

By R Somero CA on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 02:06 am:

I'll guess '53 Desoto.

By Sam on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 04:25 am:

Could it be a Packard ?

By Eddy Mi on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 05:59 am:


By G. Flintosh, Novi Mi. on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 09:34 am:

The top photo is a '54 Plymouth Sedan. It might be a Belvedere.

By Nancy Nelson, WI on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 09:24 pm:

Ya, hey. Didn't the Pontiacs from around that time have the chrome stripes down the middle of the hood and trunk? I know ours did, and a snazzy sun visor, too! Maybe a little later in the 50's when those stripes came into vogue?

By mrytkonen, WI on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 08:48 am:

Looks like a 54 Limit. Heading to 3 Lakes and Ralph this weekend. Hope the flys aren't too bad.

By Paul Wendland Mi. on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 01:25 pm:

It looks like a Buick to me. Between 1947 and 1952. Probably 1951 or 52. I could be all wet though. It also looks like it might be an early 50's Willies. The trunk ornament sure looks like it is Buick. In at least 1947 &8, it held the turn signals.

By Wayne Rivard- Texas on Saturday, June 16, 2001 - 11:49 am:

Looking at this auto again, I think Edward in Oregon might have it. Comeon Pasty-cam let us know. Hope all is well in the u.p.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Saturday, July 7, 2001 - 01:15 pm:

Daryl Laitila, who took the picture, says it is in fact a 54 Plymouth. I'd like to go and have a closer look myself.

By Fred on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 06:00 pm:

I know that this is a late message, but I took a look at that cars left rear fender back in '93.

By PETE MN on Thursday, December 20, 2001 - 09:20 am:


By David Sommers, Oregon on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 07:39 pm:

the white one(with the tree) looks like an early chiefton ( 50, 51, 52, 53?) research early chieftons, and see if you can find a grill that looks the same as the one in the photo. it looks like part of the grill has been removed. the top part of the grill was attached to the hood, and the bottom was attached to the bumper. good luck.


By Tom Giltner, Texas on Sunday, June 30, 2002 - 02:21 am:

The car in the top picture is a Chrysler product of the early to mid-50s. I agree that it is (or most likely is) a 1954 Plymouth.

The other two cars are Chrevrolets. The white car sporting the tree is a 1949 or 1950 four door Styline DeLuxe Chevrolet. Those two models are almost identical. If the truck handle is still on the car you can know. If it is horizontal, the car is a '49; if vertical, it is a '50.

The other car is a 1954 Chevy. The grille is missing, but the hood ornament and nameplate are visible. The side trim identifies it as a 210 series.

By RAM on Monday, July 29, 2002 - 10:36 pm:

I own a 1953 Plymouth. It looks very much like the car in top picture except for round lenses and chrome across middle of trunk lid. There is no doubt in my mind that it is either a 1953 or 1954 Chrysler product.

By Jake C. McCahn, Virginia on Monday, August 5, 2002 - 12:48 pm:

My first car was a 1954 Plymouth Savoy 4dr/ Dark Green with Lt. Green roof, bought in 1975. The top picture is, without a doubt, a 1953; as there are no signs that it ever had the tack-on chrome fins new to the 54's!!

By alex 24 riverside so.cal on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 09:18 pm:

heres an idea why don't you tell people where they are at so they can reserect and preserve them?

By dennis sullivan, ny on Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 07:41 pm:

the jacobsville car is a 53 chrysler windsor. i owned 54's and it is not a 54.i am currently looking for a 1954 windsor, but in better shape than the 53 in the picture.

By Robert Paige, Texas on Saturday, December 28, 2002 - 08:30 pm:

The car in one of the pictures is a 1953 Plymouth, most likely the Cranbrook four door sedan. I had a similar car (my first car) which was "Monterey Green" (light). I paid $895 for the car in May, 1955 in Dallas and traded it in for $1189 on a 1956 Plymouth in Poughkeepsie in March, 1956.

By Hilton Smith Pennsylvania on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 08:39 am:

Car at top is a 1953 plymouth, exhaust pipe on drivers side of that year, 1954 was on right.
car with tree thru engine compartment is either a 1950 or 1951 Chevrolet Car in third picture is a 1953 Chevrolet. I learned to drive in a 1954 Plymouth Savoy 4 dr. owned by my family from 1955 thru 1965.

By Pat Desrosiers, Denver, Colorado on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 10:33 pm:

The top car is a 1954 Plymouth. I own a 1953 Cranbrook and the bumper guards are set wider on the 53s. The tailpipe is on the right side. Also the trunk handle is different on the 53s. The Chevy with the wooden engine is a 1950, which I used to own as well. The 49s have a similar grille but with vertical teeth in the bottom. The last unit is either 1953 or 1954 Chevy.
Beautiful pictures, nice part of the country.

By Mark Eisenhauer, Nebraska on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 08:22 pm:

the top photo is a 1954 plymouth savoy the tail lights are only a savoy desighn the cranbrook was flat lenses. also the transmission is a automatic ,hence the rear deck lid label, only after 1954 was it offered before that was the hydrodrive and it had a huge script saying so on the deck lid. its powered by a flathead straight six engine.

the gas filler is just above the bumper(one of plymouths biggest mistakes.

i own one in much better shape Very collectable the production was very low in 54

By from Sydney OZ on Friday, March 28, 2003 - 06:43 am:

the top photo is of a 1954 plymouth savoy sedan. factory standard this one because of no metal fins above back taillights.. apparently it was optional about the fins because i own one with the fins..they have a Q Dodge straight 6 motor but they also did a 8 as well... slick car

By justin CA on Monday, April 21, 2003 - 01:08 pm:

Looks Just like my 54 savoy before the chop. it has the 54 chome trim surounding push button trunk, but not the 4 bumber guards and has 53 dip in bumber. no 54 chome fins but some didn't. 54 license plate lights on bumber guards, not sure but think i see em. as a Dodge export the Savoy was a Kingsway Deluxe, Canadian Dodge a Regent and as a Desoto a Diplomat Deluxe.

By David, Indiana on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 12:44 am:

It looks like a 53 plymouth sedan, I own a 54 plymouth savoy 4 door sedan. If anyone has where abouts on parts for rare pieces of the car such as emblems etc... please contact me. and I in turn willl help other people search. My name is david. Thank you

E-mail animal2501@yahoo.com

By Leonard Ca on Thursday, June 26, 2003 - 12:24 am:

I love that tree, where a shade tree machanic can work. and the other is a 53 or 54 chevy. the 4-door is a 52 or 53 plymouth. I'm looking for a complete and does not have to run 52 pontiac chieftain 4-door. Must have a straight8 engine,with a hydromatic trans.

By R.J.C. New York on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 06:03 am:

The top picture is a `54 Plymouth, I own a `53 Plymouyh Cranbrook, they are almost the same except for a few changes such as the round back-up lites. It looks like the chrome fins are missing as well as the gas cap, I`m sure the chrome fins came out in`53,I have a `53 Plymouth with chrome fins,the rear bumper looks good anyone knows if it is for sale?

By New zealand on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 11:24 am:

Looks like a 1954 savoy/kingsway

By Walter Knoop,Netherlands on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 06:06 am:

The upper car seems to me a Plymouth Savoy 1954. I am the owner of a similar car in restoration. I am looking for a second car for parts. Who can help me contact juniper48@msn.com who has a two tone blue 1954 Plymouth Savoy for sale. After some three e-mails they still give no answer. May be Europe is too far a distance. Can someone of you help me. Thanks a lot!

By Joe, TN on Sunday, December 28, 2003 - 09:54 am:

I sold a 53 plymouth about 10 years ago. The car belonged to my wife's Grandfather and I have the original title. I would like to fine the owner of the car but I have been unable to trace it by the old VIN (which is not 17 numbers)Would anyone have an Idea on how to locate it? I sold to a friend in Knoxville TN who inturn sold it to a fellow in Sevirville TN.
If you email me please use "Plymouth" in the Ref. box.

By JTA, Texas on Thursday, January 1, 2004 - 10:52 pm:

I also sold a 1953 Plymouth many years ago in Abilene, Texas, and would very much like to make contact with the current owner. I have reason to believe it survives. It was set up for a small block Chevrolet engine and had louvers in the hood. Anyone with any info please contact me at jashfo@hotmail.com.

By Jay Minier Pennsylvania on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 07:20 pm:

Hello everyone body i bought myself a 1956 DeSoto but i cannot find a rear bumper. If you guys would happen to come around one will you please contact me (570)584-4316 i am in desperate help of finding one i will pay good for that bumper.Thanks alot.

By Jake Salyersville Kentucky on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 02:34 pm:

The top pictured car is a Plymouth. The car with the tree thru the engine compartment is a 1950 Chevy Styline Deluxe or a plain Deluxe model. The last car is a 1954 chevy 210; Belair or a 150.Also to Ken from da UP; I'm the proud owner of a 1954 Chevy 210 Delray ;that I have owned since 1986 with orginal engine and transmission. Runs like a scolded hound!

By sam, fort worth TX. on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 08:38 pm:

If anyone is interested, my neighbor has an old
savoy ?? for sale. It is in South Fort Worth, TX.
for $500.
Pics at photos.yahoo.com/jeep_n_ski then click on
car. The chrome and interior is in his house.
my email is jeep_n_ski at yahoo.com

By Kirk / CA on Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - 04:17 pm:

Proves that there are still tons of people who still can
recognize old cars immediately. While surfing, I ran
across this web site and read the question. Having
found, restored, enjoyed and lost my '54 Savoy Club
Coupe, I know the top photo is indeed a Savoy sedan,
evident by all the little clues the Mopar fanatics
remembered (t/light lenses, fender tops, etc). I've
owned more old Plymouths than I can possibly
remember. Thanks for providing a smile and kudos to
those who guessed "54 PLY SAVOY SDN.

By kirk@symboliccollection.com on Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - 04:20 pm:

Looking for '51 De Soto fenders.

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 12:43 pm:

It's a 53 or 54 Plymouth,top of the line model. It belonged to John and Anna Nicholas in it's hay day. Was a medium blue body with the obviously white top when it was new.

By Scot Mich. on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 11:51 pm:

The 53 Pontiac did have the chrome wide strips down both the hood and trunk. I know because I do own a 53 pontiac.

By jackie on Sunday, October 10, 2004 - 01:36 pm:

i have 1954 plymoth savoy(chrysler) 108hp ironhead dark teal color great shape 39,000 miles orignal tires. if interested please email me
worth $5000.00obo

By bobbysweet-in on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 03:21 pm:

The car is 1953 plymouth I had a 53 cranbrook 2d. in the fifteys the trunk had handle plus lock below. I am restoring a 53 2door now

By tony, washington on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 07:06 pm:

i have a 52 chevy deluxe with trees growing threw the floor boards

By Stix out West on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 11:32 am:

Wow, these pictures really stirred some conversation!! I spend summers in Jacobsville and have poked around that car many times. It's still there although more and more of the garage is gone every year!! I know another "expert"(as it seems like there are a lot of car experts today!!) that will know what the car is.....stay tuned!! In fact, right now this expert is driving a '38 Chevy....a gorgeous car! They sure don't make 'em like they use to. Have a great day everyone.

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