Abandoned Car of the Week

This truck has made its final delivery



This L Series mid-1990s Ford truck found in eastern North Carolina appears to have made its final delivery. The truck came with either a gas engine or a diesel engine in three configurations L-600/6000, L-700/7000 and L-800/8000.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Grand Marquis in the bushes



The Mercury Grand Marquis was a full-sized sedan sold from 1975 to 2011. From 1975 to 1982, it was the premium model of the Mercury Marquis line becoming a stand-alone model line in 1983. This circa 1983-1984 Grand Marquis was found engulfed by overgrown bushes in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A big Lincoln at rest



This fifth-generation (1970-1979) Lincoln Continental was found in a field of used up vehicles in Utah. Over that 10-year span the big luxury boat underwent several exterior styling upgrades. The Continental was a large car stretching out in the neighborhood of 225 inches in both two-door and four-door styles. During this time the 2 1/2-ton car was motivated by two large V-8 engines, a 6.6-liter and a 7.5-liter mated to a 3-speed automatic. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

A New Mexico 'Iron Pig'



This is an example of the Toyota FJ55 — a forerunner of the current Land Cruiser — that was commonly known as the “Iron Pig.” It was built from 1967 through 1980. The exact model year of this truck found in Santa Fe, N.M., is unknown.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Seville in the air



This Cadillac Seville has become an advertising sign for a junkyard dealer. The fifth and last generation Cadillac Seville was built from 1998 through 2004. It was a full-sized sedan with a length of 201 inches. There were two V-8 engines available, a 4.6-liter making 275 horsepower and a 4.6-liter generating 300 horsepower. The bigger engine was measured at 6.4 seconds from 0-to-60. The top sales year for the fifth generation was its first in 1998 with 39,009 copies sold.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Junkyard discovery



A big automobile junkyard can yield some interesting finds for the abandoned car photographer as exemplified by Jim Prueter's Arizona discovery. He encountered a very unusual hood prop being used on a mid-1950s Oldsmobile and some interesting pieces from a 1958 Buick including a mostly intact rear fin (pictured above).
(Photo byJim Prueter)

Abandoned in Seligman, Ariz.



A circa 1934 Ford pickup and a 1954 Chevrolet two door is one of the attractions at the Rusty Bolt shop on Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz. It's possible to see numerous old and abandoned cars in the small Arizona town.  The Seligman Commercial Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A North Carolina Wildcat



The Wildcat was a separate body style built by Buick from 1963 through 1970. This two-door 1965 Wildcat found in eastern North Carolina is the first year of the second generation (1965-70). The second-generation Wildcat came in two-door hardtop and convertible, and four-door hardtop and sedan. There were three engine options — 425 cubic inch, 430 cubic inch and 455 cubic inch V-8s. A 3-speed automatic and a 3-speed manual transmission were offered.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A 'personal luxury' coupe of the '70s



This used up two-door coupe, which looks like a late-70s model Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was found deteriorating in Utah. We couldn't determine the exact make and year, but the Monte Carlo was one of several "personal luxury cars" built through the decade. Others included the Buick Riviera, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Chrysler Cordoba. Remember the Chrysler's "rich Corinthian leather" made famous in the Cordoba ads by actor Ricardo Montalban in 1974?
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

1970s era Jaguar XJ uncovered



This late 1970's model Jaguar XJ series sedan was found in abandoned, but apparently restorable condition in South Carolina. The first generation of the XJ was produced for 24 years with major facelifts in 1973 and 1979. Three engines were offered — a 2.8-liter inline 6, a 4.2-liter inline 6, and a 5.3-liter V-12.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)