End of the Road: Auto Graveyards
1997 Cadillac Catera
This particular salvage yard seemed to have a good deal of Cadillacs. While I don’t know the specific year of this Catera, I can say that it is from the 1997 to 1999 range. During those model years, the grill drooped into the front bumper a bit. It was for model year 2000 that the car received a freshening which included a slightly smaller and more squared off grill.
Also indicating this car is a 1997-99 is the full-length tail lights at the rear. As part of the 2000 freshening the rear lamps were separated with only the high-mounted center brake light spanning the width of the car. The large seat cushion jutting from the smashed rear glass was rather unbecoming for this little Caddy.
The Catera’s interior was in pretty bad shape but mostly due to pillaging; the materials themselves seemed to be holding up fairly well for being exposed to the elements.
1989 Jaguar XJ6
I’ve never really been a Jaguar fan and probably wouldn’t have known the model year if it hadn’t been painted on the windshield. I do remember, as a youngster, being called out for pronouncing it Jag-wire instead of Jag-you-are. In any event, I liked the 1980s Jaguars but not because they looked advanced. I liked their refined old world look.
I’ve always been a fan of tinted tail lights and this rear integrates them wonderfully. I think the C-pillars could have been beefed up a bit though.
1968 Oldsmobile Toronado
Check out this diamond in the rough and notice its younger brother sitting beside it. (There are many more pictures of this car in the gallery that are not shown here).
I can’t imagine why this hasn’t been snagged yet. Not just because of its age and uniqueness, but this one in particular.
Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that Toronado was the name of Zoro’s horse?
The body panels seemed incredibly straight for a vehicle of this age in a scrap yard.
This backseat looked comfy enough, and almost clean enough, to lounge in.
At the center of the rear seat’s backrest, there is mounted what appears to be a central speaker. The rear seat’s power window switch and ash tray can be seen near the arm rest.
The speedometer, centered above the steering column, works rather uniquely. The speed, printed on the outside of a cylinder, rolls down past a stationary dial. Take notice of “Oldsmobile” spelled out vertically on the steering wheel’s vertical spoke.
There is more clarity in the gallery-sized image but of all the pictures I took, this one unfortunately is a bit blurry.
This is to the left of the steering column. What’s not clear here (but more so in the gallery) are the switch labels.
The silver-colored knob on the left is the light switch. The left black-colored toggle-type switch is marked “Electric Antenna” (up/down) and the right one “Courtesy Lights” (on/off). To the right of that is the wiper/washer switch, marked only with on and off positions. The black toggle-type switch above that on the right is for the cruise control, and the heating/ventilation/air conditioning controls are to the left of that. Above those controls are the fuel gauge and an area marked “Temperature” with two indistinguishably-marked lights in it.
This area is to the right of the steering column. At the bottom are the cigarette lighter and ash tray (features of a bygone era), above that is the radio. The left knob has three markings around it: Bass, Voice, and Music (presumably some kind of equalizer function). The right knob is the fade control to send more noise to the front or back speakers. Above that are two areas marked “Oil Pressure” and “Generator,” with a clock to the right of that.