Are you sure it's pre-war? Look at the sign on the car in the middle of the page, I would say the photo was taken shortly after Pearl Harbor.
Is that sign on a rather nice 1929 Buick sedan?
I'm a gearhead and a sci fi fan so I would love to go back in time and pick out a few cars to take back with me
and some parts!
hell i want all of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! charley
Why wish for a loaf of bread when you can wish for the grocery store?
From a nice business to a gold mine. Wonder how much the prices went up?
During the war my dad had a part time job honing out engine cylinders to take oversize rings. Seems standard ring sizes were unavailable but oversize ones were.
Maybe after Pearl harbour? The sign on the car appears to say, "My duty now is to lick the Japs."
He must have got in trouble during his last duty. Now he has to "lick the japs". I wonder how they taste? Look at that poor little old car near the front. Been picked over pretty good.
I think all those cars ended up on Japan.
How can you guys get all excited over this wrecking yard ? I only see one Model T !
The car with the sign does look like a '29 Buick, but I dunno . . . I can't make out the radiator "scallop", and the hood line seems wrong, but it sure does resemble one.
Love to be able to go back to that junkyard with our current wages. You would leave with great parts and money left over. Very cool pic. Tim
Looks like it's somewhere in Detroit. The large building in the background says, "Detroit Warehouse" and above that it looks like it says "Montgomery Ward."
Many cars were scrapped during WW II so the metal could be recycled. These old cars might have been waiting for the crusher.
Many old cars were crushed so the metal could be salvaged and reused for tanks, ships, aircraft,etc used in WW II. These cars might be waiting for such. Hence the sign on that car.
If you go back to that junk yard be sure you have 40's dated money. But by the time you found some and paid for it the deals may not be so good.
Rich,I think that you are right, 1930 Buick. In '30 they dropped the pregnant "scalloped" look... the three bar bumper also. This one has the two bar bumpers (1929 export models did have the 2 bar bumper). I think the 1931 looks identical to this one and is considered a classic by the classic car folks.
I would happily pony up the junkyard price... in 1940's dollars. I suppose I couldn't find '40's currency and pulling metal from the recycler just wasn't done in the early '40's.