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Photos of scrap, unrestored, or abandoned cars

Scrapyard & wrecked cars photographed 1985-2000

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I've been photographing derelict & unrestored cars since the mid 1980s. This section of oldclassiccar has been reserved for these cars, all in need of a loving owner before it is too late. Of course for most cars it was already too late.

There is a real mix of classic car photos here, there are photographs of:
  • Scrap cars in breakers yards
  • Derelict cars seen dumped by the roadside
  • Unrestored cars desparately needing restoration
  • Original worn-out cars destined to be restored
  • Scrapyards that have now been closed
  • Overseas' junkyards
Some cars shown here are with owners who plan to restore them one day. Other cars are just worn out and no longer required. Many of the cars photographed in a scrapyard will not have survived into this century, so are recorded here for posterity, as are some yards that have now closed for good. Later pictures (taken since 2000) will be put into a second volume of junked car photos soon!

Click here to return to the main motor photographs page when you've finished looking at these scrap and unrestored motorcars. My candidate for World's Rustiest Classic is this little Model Y Ford. If you'd like to see pics of scrap classics in Australia, check out the Australian Gallery when finished here!

Car Gallery 1985-2000

AEC
Matador
AEC  Matador
  AEC
Matador
AEC  Matador
  Alloy
sportscar
Alloy  sportscar
  Austin
7
Austin  7
  Austin
A30
Austin  A30
 
Austin
A35
Austin  A35
  Austin
A35
Austin  A35
  Austin
A35 saloon
Austin  A35 saloon
  Austin
A35 van
Austin  A35 van
  Austin
A40
Austin  A40
 
Austin
A40
Austin  A40
  Austin
A40
Austin  A40
  Austin
A40 Devon Countryman
Austin  A40 Devon Countryman
  Austin
A40 Devon Ute
Austin  A40 Devon Ute
  Austin
A40 Devon van
Austin  A40 Devon van
 
Austin
A40 Devon van
Austin  A40 Devon van
  Austin
A40 Farina
Austin  A40 Farina
  Austin
A40 Mark 2
Austin  A40 Mark 2
  Austin
A40 Mark 2
Austin  A40 Mark 2
  Austin
A40s
Austin  A40s
 
Austin
A55 van
Austin  A55 van
  Austin
A70 Hampshire
Austin  A70 Hampshire
  Austin
chassis
Austin  chassis
  Austin
K9
Austin  K9
  Austin
K9
Austin  K9
 
Austin
Princess
Austin  Princess
  Austin
Westminster
Austin  Westminster
  Bedford
OB
Bedford  OB
  Bristol
406
Bristol  406
  Citroen
Ami estate
Citroen  Ami estate
 
Citroen
Dyane
Citroen  Dyane
  Commer
Horsebox
Commer  Horsebox
  Commer
Lorry
Commer  Lorry
  Daimler
Conquest
Daimler  Conquest
  Daimler
Conquest
Daimler  Conquest
 
Daimler
Majestic
Daimler  Majestic
  Daimler
V8 250
Daimler  V8 250
  Dodge
Pickup
Dodge  Pickup
  Fiat
Topolino
Fiat  Topolino
  Foden
Lorry
Foden  Lorry
 
Ford
100E Popular
Ford  100E Popular
  Ford
100E Popular
Ford  100E Popular
  Ford
300E van
Ford  300E van
  Ford
Anglia 105E
Ford  Anglia 105E
  Ford
Anglia 105E
Ford  Anglia 105E
 
Ford
Escort Mk1
Ford  Escort Mk1
  Ford
Popular
Ford  Popular
  Ford
Prefect
Ford  Prefect
  Ford
Zephyr Mk2
Ford  Zephyr Mk2
  Ford
Zodiac Mk2
Ford  Zodiac Mk2
 
Fordson
E83W
Fordson  E83W
  Hillman
Minx
Hillman  Minx
  Humber
Super Snipe
Humber  Super Snipe
  Jaguar
Mk10
Jaguar  Mk10
  Jaguar
Mk10
Jaguar  Mk10
 
Jaguar
Mk2
Jaguar  Mk2
  Jaguar
XJ6
Jaguar  XJ6
  Jaguar
XJ6 Series 1
Jaguar  XJ6 Series 1
  Karrier
Bantam
Karrier  Bantam
  Lagonda
Saloon
Lagonda  Saloon
 
Lanchester
Saloon
Lanchester  Saloon
  Land Rover
SWB
Land Rover  SWB
  Leyland
Coach
Leyland  Coach
  MG
MGA
MG  MGA
  MG
MGB GT
MG  MGB GT
 
MG
Tourer
MG  Tourer
  Morris
8 Series E
Morris  8 Series E
  Morris
J-Type
Morris  J-Type
  Morris
J-Type
Morris  J-Type
  Morris
J-Type
Morris  J-Type
 
Morris
Minor
Morris  Minor
  Morris
Minor 2 door
Morris  Minor 2 door
  Morris
Minor MM
Morris  Minor MM
  Morris
Minor pickup
Morris  Minor pickup
  Morris
Minor pickup
Morris  Minor pickup
 
Morris
Minor Travellers
Morris  Minor Travellers
  Morris
Minor Travellers
Morris  Minor Travellers
  Morris
Oxford
Morris  Oxford
  Opel
Kapitan
Opel  Kapitan
  Reliant
Regal
Reliant  Regal
 
Renault
8
Renault  8
  Riley
Adelphi
Riley  Adelphi
  Rover
P4
Rover  P4
  Rover
Saloon
Rover  Saloon
  Rover
Saloon
Rover  Saloon
 
Skoda
Octavia van
Skoda  Octavia van
  Skoda
1000
Skoda  1000
  Standard
Vanguard 6
Standard  Vanguard 6
  Standard
Vanguard estate
Standard  Vanguard estate
  Standard
Vanguard Phase 1
Standard  Vanguard Phase 1
 
Steam
Traction engine
Steam  Traction engine
  Sunbeam
Rapier
Sunbeam  Rapier
  Sunbeam Talbot
90
Sunbeam Talbot  90
  Thames
400E camper
Thames  400E camper
  Triumph
Herald
Triumph  Herald
 
Triumph
Mayflower
Triumph  Mayflower
  Vanden Plas
4 litre R
Vanden Plas  4 litre R
  Vauxhall
12 ASY
Vauxhall  12 ASY
  Vauxhall
Victor FB estate
Vauxhall  Victor FB estate
  Vauxhall
Victor FB estate
Vauxhall  Victor FB estate
 
Vauxhall
Victor estate
Vauxhall  Victor estate
  Vauxhall
Victor F Type
Vauxhall  Victor F Type
  Volvo
144
Volvo  144
  Volvo
120 series
Volvo  120 series
  Volvo
120 series
Volvo  120 series
 
Volvo
P1800
Volvo  P1800
  VW
Saloon
VW  Saloon
 


Unless stated, all the images here were taken by myself between 1985 and 2000 using a traditional 35mm camera. To get them onto the web, I have scanned them but undoubtably the detail has suffered slightly.

My favourite scrapyard was situated near the village of Lymm in Cheshire. Called Statham Enterprises it was a regular haunt of mine when I was looking for parts to fit my old cars. It was a great old place, packed with 1950s-1970s cars, where you could just wander around unhindered, gazing in awe at the decaying relics that were slowly disintegrating. Dust to dust, and all that. Sadly this particular yard was sold off in the 1990s, the site (a former Polish prisoner of war camp) being sold to housing developers. When still in use as a breakers yard one of the old POW buildings was still there, and it was piled high with unusual old items of motoring memorabilia from years gone by. I've no idea where it all went. The guy who ran it (Stuart I think) lived nearby. The final time I called in, nearly all the old cars had been crushed and taken away. There were just two cars remaining, one being a Mk2 Jaguar that was to have its manual/overdrive gearbox removed before the rest went for the chop. A photo of that car is in this archive, as are others from when the yard was still operating.

If you have any great old pictures taken at scrap yards in years gone by, it'd be nice to feature them here for all to enjoy. I plan to do a second Volume of scrap-car images soon, taken since 2000. Interesting yards are getting harder and harder to find, but with a little determination it is still possible to find abandoned or derelict classics bravely holding on to a shaky existence. If you know of any cars like those shown here, try to get the photograph'd, if only to record their existence before being cleared away for ever.

I've had a look around online, and have found some other people's scrapyard photos, if you want to see some more!!

Edward Lloyds classic scrap photos
Quite a few old photos going back to the 1980s and 1990s.

Barry steam engine scrapyard
Not cars this time, just tantalising images taken in the 1960s of a famous locomotive scrapyard in South Wales

Dutch scrapyard photos
Some great photos of DKWs, Austins, Simcas, Mercedes and more.

French scrap car pictures
A great site containing loads of scrap cars, military vehicles, trucks, vans.

Citroen cars and vans in Belgian junkyards
Some good stuff here too, inc Citroen 2CV, DS, H Van.

Cimetiere des Anciennes
More French-sourced car photos.

Epaves en liberte
A few more old wrecks in France.

Tin Hunter Archive
Photos from several countries.

Swedish scrapyard
Some great pics from a yard operating in Sweden.

Junkyard stock photos
Photographs of old and more recent vehicles in US yards.

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