For the past few years, photographer Troy Paiva has shot the Pearsonville junkyard in the Mojave Desert at night, using long exposures, flashlights and colored spotlights to "reanimate" piles of old American iron.
When we did the Junkyard Build Quality challenge with door panels, the Audi 80 won handily, with top-shelf fasteners, few hidden corners cut, and well-thought-out design. We're moving into sportier— and pricier— territory here, with a 1993 BMW E36 yielding its speedometer to Shawn's crude-yet-effective junkyard…
The '93 BMW E36 did pretty well in the Speedometer Edition of the Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, with excellent marks for component quality, but the Germans are vulnerable in the areas of complexity and general pain-in-assness. We'll see if Nissan can do better, with this '93 Infiniti J30 up next.
When I lived in Georgia, I learned that sticking your hand into a junkyard car's trunk is a good way to get a trip to the emergency room with multiple cottonmouth bites. Snakes aren't the only junkyard wildlife, though!
The very nervous DOHC Lotus "Torqueless Wonder" 900 series engine powered all manner of crazy Lotus machinery over the years, and now here's one that will be melted into Chinese dishwasher parts any day now.
The Malaise Era was followed by the Turbo Era, and nobody got more into the entire Turbo Way Of Life™ than the Mitsubishi team responsible for the Starion. Even as it prepares for crushing, this '88 radiates turbo-osity!
Earlier this year, we saw this '79 Datsun King Cab pickup in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard. Here's another one, in a different yard but with the same sad story: truly small pickups are just too small.
The Crusher doesn't care how rare a truly sport Volvo might be. The Crusher cares only for its own hunger!
This '68 Galaxie sedan was pretty well trashed when it showed up at this Northern California self-service wrecking yard, but sharp-eyed Midwesterners might notice the lack of serious rust.
You don't see many cars this old at the self-service, fast-turnover wrecking yard chains that I tend to frequent; generally the pre-1960 stuff gets snapped up at the pre-junkyard auction. Sometimes, however, an ancient car slips through the cracks.
Reviled as it may be nowadays, the '74 Mustang II sold very well; about 386,000 of the Pinto-derived Mustang rolled off the showroom floors that year, nearly triple the number of '73s that Ford managed to move.
The 1978 VW Rabbit sedan weighed only 1,955 pounds, or about a half-ton less than the 2010 Golf. Somehow, weighing so little, it managed to haul five normal-sized humans around... but this car's hauling days are over!
Volaré sedans were not-uncommon sights on the road as recently as a decade ago, but have any of us ever seen a Volaré coupe?
You think those Yurpeans could ever in a million years create a Royale Brougham? Hell no!
When I spotted this wagon in an East Bay wrecking yard last weekend, I thought for sure that I was looking at this DOTS Nomad. But no, it appears that another local '69 Nomad existed... and has now been junked.
Though I've moved to Colorado, I've still got some California junkyard photos to share. How about two Triumph TR7s at the same yard? I feel like going on strike against British Leyland now!