End of the Road: Auto Graveyards
1989 Mercury Cougar XR7
This model year presented an all-new Cougar and represented, in my opinion, as much a leap forward in design as the 1983 model year did. For not being big on Ford products, I surely liked this generation of Cougar and Thunderbird.
As shown here on the badging, this model had a 3.8-liter supercharged V-6 engine that produced 210 HP.
I wrote “had” the supercharged engine because most of the engine’s bay has been plucked clean.
1985 Pontiac Trans Am
I had the pleasure of owning a 1985 Trans Am while in high school. Mine was blue with the light gray ground effects.
The 1985 model year was unique in that it was the only year for this generation that did not have a high center-mounted brake light. That was added in 1986 and referred to, by some of my friends, as a wart because of its apparently last-minute, haphazard application on the outside of the top of the liftgate glass. For 1987, it was incorporated into a rear spoiler, then, in 1991, it was moved back to the top of the hatch but behind the glass. I really liked the 1985-1990 ground effects on this car, especially the way the fog lights were integrated up front.
The cars tinted, checkered-patterned tail lights must have found a new home. Much like the Cadillac above, this car’s tail lights would fit older models (from 1982) and are sometimes bought for conversions.
It’s not surprising the T-tops have been salvaged by someone already, they are quite expensive. Unfortunately, the parting of those roof pieces meant this car’s interior was going to be exposed to the elements.
And exposed it is. About the only thing that looks salvageable is the gauge cluster and even that appears to not function properly, based on where some of the needles are pointing.
1972 Datsun 240Z
Here’s another car that puzzles me as to why it is in a scrap yard. Surely there are Datsun Z fans that would cringe at the site of this.
There are definitely useable body panels on here, at least. This scrap is likely going to make someone very happy some day.
Most of the interior is probably too far gone to be useable but it looks as though some spiders have taken up residence in the cabin.