Vintage Snapshots: The Streets of London in the 50s, 60s and 70s

(first posted 1/22/2017)     Today we travel back in time and to London, and check out the streets and cars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  We’ll do it chronologically, and this terrific shot from the 50s of a Rolls Royce gives us an idea of both how little traffic there was then, and how splendid cars like this were still very much in regular use there and then.

Traffic? What traffic?


Two American cars; are they connected? Maybe the Ford wagon is the luggage wagon for the wealthy party in the Cadillac.

Two women and their dumpy Austin A30. they look like they might have come into the city from a little village in it.

Parking problems in London? Not here.

There’s several foreign cars here.

What an awesome bus!





Another classic Rolls Royce parked at the Palace of Westminster. One of the Lords’?

Now we move into the 60s.

And this is my favorite shot of them all, a girl in a mini dress using the brightly polished radiator as a mirror. Old meets new.

Carnaby Street, where fashion was revolutionized around this time.


Same area.


No. 10 Downing Street with a minister-level Rover.


I can’t ID it right now, but I’m sure someone will.




The bike looks to be a WW2-vintage Harley Davidson WLA. Robert Kim did a superb write up of its story here.

This bike is decidedly English.


A rather battered old Jag XK-140. And a svelte Lotus Elite across the street.


Foreign cars were making lots of headway already in London. I see a Honda Civic, Datsun F-10, Renault 6, VW, and a Mercedes W116 coming the other way.

No foreign cars permitted at this pub.




More foreigners.


And folks still dressed nicely for the train in the 70s?


Two hatchback rear ends.



Looks like this might be parking for a garage. A Mercedes SL 190 getting painted.


Most of these came from, from the following galleries:

London 1950s   London 1960s   London 1970s