End of the Road: Auto Graveyards
1994-96 Infiniti Q45
While this first generation Q was introduced for the 1990 model year, I’m pretty sure this is of the updated 1994-96 variety. That refresh provided the car with an actual grill. (I might be in the minority on this but I preferred the original, before they tried to broaden its appeal.)
The body on both sides of this car were in good shape. Apart from parts picking and exposure to the elements, it’s hard to figure out why this was considered totaled.
As with the SLS, it’s hard to imagine an interior that seemed so sophisticated at the time it came out has been reduced to this.
Notice the Infiniti chrome grill in the passenger seat. That is what makes me lean toward this being a 1994-96, if indeed the grill belongs to this car.
1993 Lincoln Mark VIII
Lincoln’s Mark VIII series ran from 1993 through 1998, having received a refresh that occurred in 1997. I didn’t feel the Mark VIII had any of the advanced styling elements that made the Mark VII seem so exotic for its time. This car sort of blended in and, in my opinion, was outdone in looks by its less affluent cousins, Thunderbird and Cougar.
It appears someone made use of the car’s left-side tail light. If I remember correctly, the center span section of the tail lights used fluorescent lighting.
The paint looks to be holding up well.
The interior’s design was very organic-looking. If not for the parts-bin switchgear, it didn’t scream Ford product clone. The panels and switchgear are all there but, as with some of the other cars with exposed interiors, its in pretty bad shape. Not to mention the pink fuzzy steering wheel cover. Wow.
1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham D’Elegance
I saw this Cadillac on a rocky hill. What a legacy. This was a top-of-the-line car in its day.
(Don’t mind the reflection of the guy in some of this car’s gallery pics, it’s just me.)
This luxo barge’s dash has been picked pretty clean. And, again with the cushy steering wheel cover. I guess it may be safe to consider those covers as a sign of when a car is nearing the end of its road.
This car was stripped of its entire front and rear sections, bumpers and all. One reason may be that the 1990 model had received upgraded styling that not only could be swapped on models almost a decade older but, maybe as a result of that, became very popular with Cadillac customizers.