As we saw a while back, the onslaught of the all-conquering Toyota Prius has been booting hundreds of once-cherished East Bay Volvo 240s into the local wrecking yards. In some ways it's a shame for such well-built machines to be cast aside like that, but it's a boon to those of us who want to build race cars out of them. One interesting feature of the Volvo 240 is its very distinctive aluminum bumpers, which are always pulled off for metal recycling by junkyard crews before the rest of the car is sent to The Crusher. You often see stacks of Volvo bumpers next to aluminum wheels and radiators. But are these cars really coming from Berkeley?

Hmmm... "Get Corporations Off Welfare" bumper sticker...


And the telltale Berkeley residential-area parking permit!