My lovely bride grew up in rural northern Michigan, and we visit her mom and stepdad fairly regularly. We always pass a “hoarder house” with one of the strangest car collections I can remember. The last time we visited, this odd menagerie was lined up by the road, leading me to believe that some township ordinance came into play. Let’s take a look at some country weirdness.
There are more 80s Renault Alliances and Encores on this piece of property than there are in the entirety of America, and I’m not sure that’s an exaggeration. While I didn’t do a head count, the total has to be in the dozens. Keeping time with the French expatriates is an early Omnirizon and a Shadow/Sundance. Whoever collected these beasts must have been a Chrysler/AMC fan.
How did that Ford truck weasel its way in there? Here are some more Renaults, along with some K-car variants, like the Charger/Turismo and what looks like a K-New Yorker. You know, someone has to collect vintage front-drive econoboxes, and this collection belongs to that someone. Most of these cars, however, are not cruisers–they’re wrecks.
Drink it in, ladies and gentlemen, drink it in. There’s a Neon and a Dodge Dakota here, along with another Ford interloper, an 80s Escort/Lynx. Far off in the distance is a medium-duty Chevy, proving that this iron-collector is at least somewhat equal opportunity.
Why bother storing your “French Collection” in the pole barn when it can rot outside? On the other hand, what’s in the pole barn? MORE Alliances and Encores?
Windows down! Somehow, somewhere, there’s a guy with a Renault collection who is just salivating right now. Unfortunately, those hard to find interior parts are going to smell like the inside of a work boot after a good thorough soaking.
Another Ford truck! Is that an early J-car behind the Omnirizon? As much as these cars do not speak to me at all, they do dredge up memories of my youth, and the days spent wandering dealer showrooms. And I can never stand watching cars go to waste in a field. Unfortunately, aside from the crusher, what fate really awaits these cars? Who’d save them? I’m certainly not approaching the house of a person who hoards Renaults and front-drive Chryslers. The second amendment is in full effect in Northern Michigan.
I didn’t see any GTAs on the lot, but it’s a shame that one of the most glorious Renault collections in America has come to this. Here are some links to show what might have been.