Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Alfa Romeo 156

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This 1998 Alfa Romeo 156 has not only been abandoned in a building area, but also been heavily vandalized.
The 156 was a very important model to save Alfa in the last 14 years.
First introduced in 1997, it is still being built in Egypt today.
Here you see how the car in the photos above looked some months earlier:

(All Photos by FiatTipoElite)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Volkswagen T2

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(Photo by GoldScotland71)
Within 12 years, 2,5 million transporters just of this generation were produced from 1967 on.
Many examples of this kind of iconic car are now rotting on scrapyards, while the same model is still built with only minor changes in Brasil.
However, the fate of the car in the picture is rather special, as it has been abandoned on a city street in Scotland.
As everyone knows how a VW Transporter looks, here is another abandoned example instead of a comparison picture.

(Picture by stone.rome)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

BMW 502

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(Picture by luft-kraftwerk)
This BMW 502 is standing on a scrapyard in Switzerland.
Although only 23000 examples were built between 1952 and 1964, the "Barockengel" was, just as the 507, important for BMW to find it's role in the car market after the war.
Nowadays, this model is so rare that even in the condition of the pictured example a restauration could be worth consideration, as good examples cost about 50000€.
After such a treatment, the now abandoned car could look like that one again:

(Photo by pierredepascale)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Toyota Celica

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(Photos by www.urban-travel.org)
This Toyota Celica has a very special story to tell.
It is standing in a Toyota dealership in a military buffer zone on Cyprus that had to be abandoned in 1974.
Since then, this and some other cars with as little as 37 miles driven in their whole lives are standing there collecting dust.
A comparison picture is not necessary this time, I think, as the car is "new". Only the motorhood looks damaged and the mirrors have probably been stolen, as you can see from the holes in the fenders.
Here you can find more photos this photographer took when he had the opportunity to visit that great place. The town is still not accessible and guarded by soldiers.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

MGB

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(Photo by masterofwar)
The sight of an abandoned MGB is quite unusual, as this car definitely is a classic.
In its era, there was no better selling sports car in the world. Between 1962 and 1980, almost 400000 examples were sold.
There are still thousands of fans of this car, which also leads to spare parts still being produced for the MGB.
But instead of caring for his car like many other MG-owners do, the owner of this one used it as a litter bin.
The three wipers and bumpers with rubber indicate that this car was sold in the US between 1970 and 1973.
A better example for how this British sportscar could look is this one:

(Photo from classicsportscars.eu)