Harbor Freeway in 1965
Aug. 12, 1965: Southbound 110 Freeway at Florence Avenue, taken from inside of a car.
This is one of two frames of 35-millimeter film found with negatives taken by Richard Oliver during the Watts riots. The unpublished negatives were archived with a published image of reporter Charles Hillinger. He interviewed residents of Avalon Boulevard.
A sign to the right of the car says Florence Ave. Today there is still a Chevron station on Florence, just west of the freeway.
A co-worker and I took a stab at identifying the cars. We believe the car on left is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala, behind a Ford Mustang. The Car on the right may be a 1955 Chevy. No guess on the car in the middle.
In 1965, Oliver used the byline R.L. Oliver. The photo of Hillinger is in this recent post: Los Angeles Times covers the Watts riots.
Google Earth view of southbound 110 Freeway just before Florence Avenue, taken in April 2015.
August 20, 2015, 12:51 am
Good photograph… Like it a lot ****
The pack of Viceroys on the dash makes it perfect.
I have a photograph that I'd love to exhibit with it.
It's in my book "Southern California in the 60s"
which is about to be released… Let's talk.
August 20, 2015, 12:57 am
PS. There are people who identify 1960s cars with absolute certainty,
I'm not one of them, but the car in the middle is a Ford product.
August 20, 2015, 6:56 am
That's a 1963 Chevy Impala to the left, a 64 Mustang ahead. The car in the middle is a 1962 Ford Thunderbird. On the right you are correct, a 1955 Chevy. The biggest song on the radio that day was "California Girls" by the Beach Boys, btw. In a few weeks, Sandy Koufax would pitch his perfect game. Signed, Baby Boomer.
August 20, 2015, 7:20 am
The car directly in the middle looks like a 1961 Ford Thunderbird.
August 20, 2015, 8:13 am
The car in the middle is a 1963 Ford Thunderbird (http://alamedarides.com/ford-thunderbird-1961). The Chevy on the left is a 1963 Impala. The Chevy in the right lane is correctly identified as a 1955 model. The car further up the road in the left lane is most likely a Chrysler product circa 1962-64.
August 20, 2015, 8:48 am
Very cool pics. As a car guy, perhaps I may assist with identifying some of the cars in the top photo. The one the left is a '63 Impala, (3 tail lights indicate a V8 equipped model), the Mustang is a '65, and the middle is, I believe, a '62 Thunderbird, the one on the right is a '55 Chevy. Thanks for the great photography! Keep it coming!!! -Biker Joe
August 20, 2015, 8:57 am
Looks like that second photo is somewhere in the "ditch" on the 110 between MLK and Slauson.
August 20, 2015, 9:18 am
Looks like a early '60's T-Bird (1961-63). The Harbor Freeway wasn't the 110 back then; just the State Highway 11.
August 20, 2015, 10:56 am
Love those Viceroy's on the dash!
August 20, 2015, 11:28 am
The car in the middle is a T-Bird
August 20, 2015, 12:29 pm
The middle car is a 1963 Thunderbird!
August 20, 2015, 12:30 pm
The car he's following is a '61-'63 Ford Thunderbird.
August 20, 2015, 12:39 pm
Car in the middle looks like a early 60s Ford Thunderbird or Galaxie…
August 20, 2015, 3:18 pm
The car in question is a 1961, '62 or '63 Thunderbird. The car on the right is indeed a '55 Chevy.
August 20, 2015, 4:31 pm
The car in the middle is an early 'sixties Ford Thunderbird.
August 20, 2015, 5:08 pm
Looks like a T-Bird in the middle. And a 1963 Impala on the left.
August 20, 2015, 5:40 pm
And people think driving and texting is bad.
August 20, 2015, 6:51 pm
1961-63 Ford Thunderbird.
August 21, 2015, 12:29 am
August 21, 2015, 3:29 am
No guess on the Thunderbird? Seriously?
August 21, 2015, 8:24 am
The car in the middle looks like a 1961 Ford Thunderbird.
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