Monday, January 31, 2011

Toyota Supra

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(Both photos by Leicestershire Vehicle Photography)

The third generation of the Supra, which was the first one not called "Celica Supra", was a nice sports car and the most expensive Toyota sold between 1986 and 1992.
The one in the pictures is from 1989 and has the most powerful engine that was available, which means it has 235hp for its 1550kg. So it only needs 6.3 seconds from 0 to 100km/h and has a top speed of 245km/h.
But obviously, this one has already been standing there for some years and would need some new tires, new paint and probably some work on the technical parts.
Then it would look like this one and would also be worth some thousand Euros again.

(Photo by Ate up with motor)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pontiac Fiero

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(Picture by Dan around town)

(Photo by css9450)

Two cars of the same model and in the same color abandoned next to each other - unusual? Well...take a look at that:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Volvo 262 C

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(Photo by racin jason)
Somewhere in New South Wales (Australia)there is a farm with lots of awesome cars not being moved or cared for.
This Volvo is one of them, just like the Rolls-Royce and the Porsche I presented earlier here.
But although Porsche or Rolls-Royce may sound more exclusive, the Volvo 262 C, which was designed by Bertone, is far rarer. With just 6622 examples produced, good cars of this model are hard to find and expensive (more than 10000€) today.
Especially the right-hand-drive models, like the one in the picture, are extremely rare.
The 262 C was produced from 1977 to 1981, the one in the picture is a late example (1980 or '81).
Strange fact: It has alloy wheels on it, which seem in good condition but don't fit the style of the car at all.
If the car was in good condition, too, it would look like that one:

(Picture by Mick Travis)

Abandoned cars is back

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Technical difficulties made this blog disappear for some days. Will be back with a new post later.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hyundai Lantra

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(Photo by FiatTipoElite)
I don't know why this Hyundai Lantra has been abandoned, but as it is the 1994/95 model, it is comparably new for a car abandoned somewhere else than Dubai (Portugal in this case).
The Lantra was not an especially remarkable or good car, but it was cheap and therefore it was sold in satisfying numbers.
Nowadays, used Hyundai Lantras are so cheap that bigger repairs just don't make any sense, which probably is the reason for the car in the picture having been abandoned.
Even if it was in perfect shape like the car below, it would not be worth more than 2000€.

(Picture from autoplenum.de)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Porsche Cayman

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Here we have a car that is a dream for many car fans, but has been abandoned on the roadside by someone in Dubai.
Edit 06.04.2013: The photo is no longer embeddable, but you can still view it here. The Cayman is the cheapest coupe by Porsche, but more expensive than its open version, the Boxster.
The car pictured is a pre-facelift-model, meaning it is older than two years and has 245 or 295 bhp. It at least runs 258 km/h (160 mph) and is, as every Porsche should be, a proper sportscar.
Used examples cost at least about 30000€ at the moment.
So, even with a missing bumper, there are enough people who would love to take this car.
If it was clean and undamaged, it would be more similar to this one:

(Picture by gipiosio)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Simca 1100

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(Photos by deudeuche)

Won't write too much this time, the pictures speak for themselves.
The Simca was produced more than 2 million times between 1968 and 1981.
Later, the make was converted to Talbot by the owner, Peugeot.

For comparison, the car in better days:

(Photo by renault19872000)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dodge 600 Convertible

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(Photo by The New Taxiguy)
Called Dodge 400 before, this model got a facelift in 1984 and was known as Dodge 600 from then on.
The car in the picture is from 1986, the last year the convertible version was built.
41400 examples of the convertible were sold, meaning they are not a common sight today.
Without visible rust, but with flat tires, the one in the picture is sitting between other abandoned cars.
Otherwise, it could look like this (couldn't find one with covered headlights, seem to be rare):

(Photo by a cardomain user)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Plymouth Arrow

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(Photos by dmitriy79. Click here for more photos of this car and higher resolutions.)

The driveway of a house is a strange place for an abandoned car.
However, this 1976 Plymouth Arrow 160 has been left there and does not look like it will move soon.
In fact, the Plymouth Arrow was a Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste, but as Mitsubishi did not officially sell cars in North America at this time, this model was sold as a Plymouth in the USA and as a Dodge in Canada from 1976 to 1980.
144000 cars were sold. Interestingly, Plymouth used the name "Arrow" for a truck from 1981 on.
The example in the picture is equipped with the basic 1.6-litre engine.
Notice the white-wall-tire and the original extra-headlamps.
Here you see a Dodge Arrow in better condition:

(Picture by dave_7)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Suzuki Vitara

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A quite new abandoned car here.


(Pictures by Leicester-vehicle-photography)
The Suzuki Vitara was sold from 1988 to 1998, the car in the pictures is from 1993.
In some countries it was known as "Sidekick".
Although this example here looks quite good and complete, it is standing in someone's garden not likely to be used ever again. Maybe the engine is broken, otherwise it really looks as if a cleaning would be enough to bring it back on the road. The Vitara is said to be reliable though, so that option also does not seem too probable.
However, this is how the car looked 18 years ago:

(Photo from hasznaltauto.hu)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fiat 500

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(Both pics by marvin 345)
The Fiat 500 was built more than 3 million times. Like every model produced in masses, some examples have not been cared for.
The car in the pictures is one of them. Without an engine or headlights it is sure to rot there forever or to be crushed.
Nevertheless, it is a small part of the big history of the Fiat 500.
As the successor to the famous Topolino, it was produced from 1957 till 1975 and was a big success. The example in the picture was produced before 1970.

The carreer of the 500 is not over yet. The current Fiat 500 has a retro design reminding of the old 500.
And in Japan, Duesen Bayern is building 500-"replicas" based on the Nissan Micra (called "Ritz"):

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Citroën CX Break

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(Photo by Deudeuche)
This Citroën CX Break is obviously completely lost. Standing in the middle of bushes, it is rusting away and many parts are missing.
The CX, which was produced from 1974 to 1991, was sold more than 1 million times.
The Break (estate-version) was introduced in 1976 and made up a big part in the sale numbers. It was also available with 8 seats.
But as many of these cars have been scrapped, you can almost call the CX rare and extremely good examples can cost 20000€ now.
When it was new, the Break looked like that:

(Photo by citroen-cx.info)