Ran When Parked!

Ran When Parked!
Ran When Parked!
Photo: Brian Stoeckel

I was out biking the yesterday, and my pedal decided it didn’t like it’s bearings anymore and sheared off at the exact right spot for me to stumble across these two heaps slowly returning to the earth about 30 feet from the trail. I’ve never noticed them before, but I’m usually moving pretty fast through this section. Based on their apparent condition, they’ve definitely been here awhile! The roof is pretty caved in, and most of the recognizable trim parts have been scavenged over the years.

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Tell tale signs of kids partying around this wreck.
Tell tale signs of kids partying around this wreck.
Photo: Brian Stoeckel

The interior was almost completely gone. The seat frames were scattered around the area by other hikers and people looking for something to do. There was a small amount of vinyl still clinging to the front of the dashboard where the windshield was attached, and the wheel and column are still there. Sadly, somebody ran off with the gauges and instrument cluster which was probably quite a score.

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What’s left of the interior.
What’s left of the interior.
Photo: Brian Stoeckel
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Anybody have any guesses as to what model this is? I’m guessing this is a 50's era Chrysler product based on the flat head spitfire six still sitting in the engine bay.

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Not far from this first car was another one in far worse shape... I’m guessing this one was definitely NOT running upon its arrival to this neck of the woods, based on it’s complete lack of any type of running gear. The engine and transmission are both completely absent from the area. Somebody also decided that this one should be shiny-side-down, making it a lot harder to discern any recognizable bits.

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It’s almost impossible find any trace of what this car might have once been. I could gather that it’s a two-door coupe with a backseat. I could also make out some detail on the grille and this sweet seat fabric that still survives:

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Illustration for article titled Ran When Parked!
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Any guesses on what these cars were and how they got in this state?

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