Anthropology and History

Car Cemeteries Full of Decaying Automobiles

Car graveyards, full of vintage vehicles, litter the world. Some are all but forgotten… here is a collection of photos showing them in all their glory.

posted on 09/17/2010
Angel
Scribol Staff

TimePhoto: David Trainer

Time makes a wreck of everything. Who knows what prompted people to litter the landscapes with old automobiles? Forsaken and forlorn, these old cars decay while nature flourishes around them. Some of these classic autos are abandoned and alone while some form vintage vehicular graveyards.

Asleep In The Woods
Asleep In The WoodsPhoto: Fabien Belcourt

Hidden away in Squirrel Cove, Canada, the rusted old car is asleep in the woods. It will never move again on its own power. Moss grows on the hood as nature reclaims the inside of the car.

Long Abandoned Love MobileAceitunas BalaguerPhoto: Jorge Franganillo

Long abandoned, the old green wreck seen above seems to be trying to survive the environment by blending into the bright green Spring landscape. No telling what life this van once lived. It could have had a purely utilitarian existence or it could have once been a love shack.

Stacked Wrecks
The Log is Mightier than the SwordPhoto: Timm Suess

If these stacked autos could tell their story, what in the world would it be? Was the bottom car the one that the three cop cars were chasing before all four wrecked?

Touch of Nostalgia
Decay (out to pasture)Photo: Lance Rutherford

Outside a Virgina farm, the rusting hulk of this old Chevy decays. The make and model speak of another era which seems to match perfectly with the sad tone of the sepia photo. How long ago was this rusty and dented wreck taken out to pasture and left to die?

Creepy and Enormous Vintage Car Cemetery
Stepping StonePhoto: Timm Suess

Since 1933, thousands of vintage cars were piled up in the biggest car cemetery of its kind in Europe. The collection of old-timers dated back to the 1920s. They were hidden in the woods about 10 miles outside Bern, Switzerland.

diplomatPhoto: Timm Suess

The local authorities declared the vintage car heaps to be an environmental hazard. Organizers wanted to make the autos into a museum and expected about 50 people to take interest and come to help. Instead, 10,000 people showed up to see the classic auto graveyard. An auction was held and all the cars were cleared out of the woods.

Green PoisonPhoto: Timm Suess

At its peak, the old-timer car cemetery consisted of 2,000 vintage cars, trucks and buses. During the fall foliage, it was as if the autumn leaves were trying to help hide the derelict and deteriorating vehicular graveyard.

Wreathes for the hearsePhoto: Timm Suess

A wreath fell off this old hearse, but the forgotten and neglected cars were parked close as if cuddling for comfort. This woods seemed full of ghosts from a time long ago when these classic cars lost function. Like the hearse, these cars seemed to represent death and empty dreams.

UndercoverPhoto: Timm Suess

It is as if the woods took pity on this old heap and tried to hide the vintage car. If left undisturbed, nature would have reclaimed the car cemetery.

Bush CarPhoto: Karl Baron

Unlike the creepy and enormous car cemetery in Switzerland, this old and lonely car was cannibalized in the woods outside Sydney, Australia.

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Angel
Scribol Staff