Car packed. Destination: Ft. Benning, Columbus GA. Loaded.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

car packed Ready to roll old car Ft Benning destination

Loaded down

This car has to bring memories to lots of people.  What did we call those things that covered back tires?   Hubby, the retired car dealer, says "fender skirts."  But he says he sees no seams so perhaps this car was just made that way.  And were those things  at the back called tail fins?  Yes, Hubby says all cars had them because they were the rage!  He said they all had whitewall tires, too.  And was this car loaded so heavily that it was lower in the back......or was that style?  Hubby says he thinks it was loaded so full that it made the back end hang low!

This photo was found at an estate sale, unwanted by the family.  The back has this written on it, "The car just before leaveing For Columbus Ga. Ft Benning."  It should be a treasure!

There is a load on the top, clothing hanging in the back and a lady driver.  So what model and what year is this car?  Hubby backed off and couldn't remember.

Sleuths will know!!

Comments (13)

Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Barbara S. Duncan what a great memory for so many of us. I remember riding in the back of a station wagon up to my grandma's house the car was packed full of Christmas Stuff. So much fun to spend time with all my cousins. Merry Christmas to all. 

Dec 22, 2019 02:19 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Barbara. I love this picture and remember seeing cars like these but I don't know. Merry Christmas.

Dec 22, 2019 02:49 PM
former Searcian

Looks like a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere.

Dec 22, 2019 03:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those were the days, Barbara.  I love seeing pictures of all the old classic cars.

Dec 22, 2019 03:53 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Laura, I remember station wagons too.  They were all big and would hold a lot of family and stuff.

Dec 22, 2019 05:44 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Sheila, thanks for remembering.

former Searcian,  I'll see what Hubby says about that.  He thought it looked like a Plymouth.

Myrl, so do I like the old pictures.  Can't understand why heirs can't keep them.


Dec 22, 2019 05:46 PM
James L Wyatt

1957 Plymouth Belvedere

Dec 22, 2019 05:54 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

Giving away my age here, but I do remember those.  It's a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere, I think....??

Dec 23, 2019 01:55 AM
Anita Fuller

I agree that it is a Plymouth - but not the year. Funny thing about the whitewall tires: if you couldn't afford them (and they were more expensive than the black ones) you could get these white rubber thingees that went over the tire and voila! (I know because I had them on my first car - a pink and grey chevrolet, two door) LOVED that car!

Dec 23, 2019 04:49 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

James Wyatt, that makes two who know the year and model!

James Dray, you are very close but possibly a year off according to the others.

Dec 23, 2019 05:12 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, you are so clever to have figured out how to make the wheels look more expensive on your car!  I gotta go back and see if that convertible of yours had fins and whitewalls!! 

 Go HERE to see Anita's convertible with probably REAL whitewalls!

Dec 23, 2019 05:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - It was just the other day when I was thinking about the popularity of whitewall tires - odd, I know but I wonder what made them so popular and then disappear.  I like your questions about fender skirts and the make/model/year of the car shown as well as the many answers/guesses.  Your posts are fun.  That's an important part of life and of ActiveRain.  Smiling is  good.  

Dec 23, 2019 06:11 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Michael Jacobs, thanks for your comments.  Who would have thought that whitewall tires once was a rage and that people cheated to make it look like they had whitewalls.  Hubby's comment on this was that he, as a car dealer, had put on a lot of fake whitewalls.  

He said you let the air out of the tire and somehow pushed the fake up under something to make it stay on.  They worked fine UNTIL the car perhaps was put too close to a curb when parking, etc., and then they became wrinkled or messed up.  LOL!  Imagine the embarrassment!!

Dec 23, 2019 06:56 AM

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