Posted by David Ellison on November 19, 2012 
Could you imagine how those cars would be vandalized if they still used open auto carriers today?
Posted by steve star on November 19, 2012 
Thanks for sharing James! Man, that brings back great memories of when my dad came home with a new Trans Am in 1979 and a Camaro was reserved for the guy who couldn't afford one!
Posted by Billie Bell on November 19, 2012 
The white one up front is the one I ordered. I'm just sure of it. Great picture James. Back when cars were still pretty.
Posted by Paul Flaherty on November 19, 2012 
Yes it is amazing they shipped cars this way back in the day apparently without fear of vandalism. Looks like the only precaution was to remove all the hub caps. Speaking of memories, as best I can recall I remember 2-triple deckers like this one loaded with Corvette bodies somehow falling over on its side on the Indiana Harbor Belt in Riverdale, IL. This occurred on the switch transfer track from the IHB to the elevated Illinois Central sometime I’m thinking in the late ‘50s. Damage to the car bodies was minimal, since the car bodies were strapped down. I’m assuming they were attempting to ship the car bodies to the then St. Louis Corvette assembly plant.
Posted by Jeff Youst on November 19, 2012 
It's great seeing this. Memories. Anyone have a picture of an Auto-Rack with an Emerald Green Metallic and Gold '78 Z? That was my first new car. Turned it into cash 22 years later when building a new house. How about a picture of a Rack loaded with '69 Chevelle SS's (specifically Monaco Orange and Parchment!) That's what resides in the garage now. As for this picture, there are actually two Z-28's on board. The silver/orange at the bottom rear is a Z, not a Firebird Formula. You can tell by the fender wheel opening - Firebird's were larger than Camaro's. One of the differences anyway. Still, thanks for the great post. I never gave a thought to my car possibly making it's way to me via rail. That's cool to think about.
Posted by Doug Foust on November 19, 2012 
Amazingly, hubcaps/wheel covers and antennas were the only thing kept from the vandal. It was a different time.... Two special edition T/As, two Z28, one Rally Sport, and a slew of Berlinettas. I'm drooling ova here!
Posted by Rich Johnson on November 19, 2012 
what a great shot and even greater car's i would kill to have 1 of those now the red z28 would be just fine
Posted by Paul Flaherty on November 19, 2012 
Hey… I thought this site was all about trains not cars. BTW: I still have my ’69 L-89 Corvette, 427 435-hp, 3X2’s, al. heads, radio delete.
Posted by Brian McE on November 19, 2012 
Great shot! Love those pics from the '70s. I load the modern day multi for a living, vandals now use rifles instead of stones! Oh well, there's only so much you can do...
Posted by Jean Marie Gingras on November 19, 2012 
It sure brings back memories. Nice shot!
Posted by ChevelleSSguy on November 20, 2012 
Ive always wondered how many people out there have shots of open auto racks like this from those days. What a cool shot. Those era Z/28's are still a good value in todays market for anyone that might want to own one.
Posted by Ringo Clark - on December 24, 2015 
I believe the Burgandy car with the silver stripe in the middle of the second row is the forementioned Formula
Posted by Nelson Acosta Spotterimages on August 16, 2019 
Look at all those wonderful looking F Bodies! Classic GM at its finest.
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