The CC Graveyard: Part Three – An Exotic Foreigner Hiding In The Bushes

(first posted 9/3/2011)       Now that I’ve been to the Allure of the Automobile Exhibition, I’m even more motivated to keep this guided tour of the Allure Of Junkers on track, so we can get too their perfectly-preserved (and somewhat less common) counterparts. We’ll just pick up from where we left off, with pickups. Here’s a nice sampling of Fords spanning half  a century. The keeper of this yard had a soft spot for Ford trucks, but as we’ll find out a bit further down the line, he also found room for a few exotic foreigners. But the first one was not an easy find.

Ford F-1s, and F-100s, but no F-10. Why did Ford skip the tens?

I particularly like the oval-grilled one, a ’36, I believe.

Someone spotted this Rebel SST in Part Two; here’s the tail end of it along with some mixed GM iron.

Yes, this section is mostly GM territory, and I admit I didn’t try to crawl through the blackberries to shoot them all. But here’s a nice row of my favorite American trucks. Is it my imagination, but they seem to be aging a bit better than many of the other cars here. This blue one is just getting a nice coat of patina, before someone starts it up and puts it back to work.

The rear ends of them, and all their beds full of valuable cargo. One of the advantages of collecting pickups.

The Dodge section as not quite as amply stocked, but this Dodge; shoot, what did Dodge call their Suburban? Oh, right; CarryAll. Ironically, they used the Suburban name for station wagons, but these were CarryAlls. I think.

No proper CC collection would be complete without Beetles. Nice wheels on the first one; very vintage indeed. Someone out there wants those.

As I swing my camera back to the left, I see something hiding in the bushes. What’s that? Not American, for sure.

That rear window is rather unique and distinctive. There’s no pillar between the door and its movable glass, and the fixed quarter pane it buts up against. A semi-hardtop.

A Sunbeam Talbot 90! An upscale “sporty” saloon of the British Rootes firm, from 1948 – 1954.

Here’s how it looked in its prime. Cars like the Sunbeam were not uncommon imports in their day, as England exported everything possible to help repay its war debts.

And a parting shot of its handsome radiator grille badge. Supreme indeed.

Apparently this ’71 T-Bird didn’t rate a spot with its older brethren in the T-Bird section. Just as well.

Looks like I’ve stumbled into a mating in progress. And what would their offspring be? A VW Thing? But I think the Beetle is approaching this from the wrong end.

This Pacer is in the “unclassified” section in the back. I bet it gets toasty in there on sunny days.

A couple of LUVs in love, who can’t stop kissing while sporting a nice array of seventies’ pastels.

This Jeep Wagon is really working on a colorful suntan.

The back end here is the true bone yard, where the hulks await their imminent day with the crusher. When I first looked into this junkyard a year ago, there was a whole semi-trailer full of them getting ready to be hauled off. This Regal looks like it’s in line for the next load.

But let’s end this part on a more upbeat note, with a couple of shots of the sports car section. A 924, and a couple of fiat X 1/9s are in view here.

And a Mazda RX-7 to round out the collection. Next time: vintage Japanese bikes, and another exotic, as well more mundane fare. See you soon!

Continue to Part 4 of the Tour