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Old Olds

One doesn’t normally see cars like this old Oldsmobile around here. The emblem on the back says “Hydra-Matic Drive,” an automatic transmission developed by General Motors’ Cadillac and Oldsmobile divisions. It was introduced in 1939 for the 1940 models and was the first fully automatic mass-produced transmission developed for passenger automobiles.

Thanks to Dan Greenberg, I now know it's a 1948 Olds 98 (corrected from 1946).

Scant evidence of fall, posted earlier:

Leica X2
1/40s f/5.6 at 24.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Graeme27-Apr-2018 09:35
Quite a find, Helen.BV!
Lamar Nix21-Mar-2018 20:36
This is a wonderful find! Your pov is just right to show the slick back design of this relic ! V
Julie Oldfield04-Nov-2017 19:01
Great capture of detail. V
Tom LeRoy02-Nov-2017 09:09
Excellent shot of the Oldsmobile ! Could be restored I think. V
Chris Morton02-Nov-2017 08:18
the rusty chrome looks really original...can just remember the phenomenon without a trace of a tear
Nirvan Hope02-Nov-2017 04:54
You showed this old vehicle so well - great to see it on the street, and that the owner didn't dress it all up (maybe they did under the hood...)
fotabug02-Nov-2017 04:47
What a wonderful old car! Wonder if it is still running around?
Charlene Ambrose02-Nov-2017 02:38
Wow! Great old car. Don't think there would be too many still around.
Carol How02-Nov-2017 00:19
/What an amazing antique still in original condition...superb capture of it too Helen! V
globalgadabout02-Nov-2017 00:11
just as well Dan's encyclopedic knowledge of cars kicked in..,..your capture, rife with presence, is also so impressive..
bill friedlander01-Nov-2017 23:22
Glad the owner left it in that condition, so much character. V
janescottcumming01-Nov-2017 22:55
Wow, that's an oldie but a goodie! Love the visors on the side windows. V
Martin Lamoon01-Nov-2017 21:15
Looks an interesting car, fine closeup.
victorswan01-Nov-2017 20:48
Wow so a lovely old car a bit rusty but still moving well seen Helen BV
Jim Coffman01-Nov-2017 20:29
You don't see these anymore!!
MarcViskens01-Nov-2017 20:07
great shot
Dan Greenberg01-Nov-2017 20:02
What a gorgeous find! And a great image of it too. It's a 1946 Olds 98. ~BV~