Video: Best Before: The Strangest Ways To Store Cars
Stories about randomly found "time capsules" are of great interest. Where did these twenty-thirty-year-old cars come from without a run, and even in factory condition? Why didn't they rusted and rotted, as the time promised them? Largely because their owners did their best: they saved them, hid them, or simply forgot them successfully. Here are some examples of how car storage turns into a miraculous rescue story.
Left in the parking lot
In countries with a dry and warm climate, everything is a little better: fruits, people and, of course, abandoned cars. Indeed, the stories of cars forgotten in parking lots are plentiful. For example, in Dubai, in one of the parking lots, ten brand new Ford Excursions were found at once in the factory film. The mileage of each of the 2005 SUVs is negligible.
Another example is from Italy, where a rare AlfRomeo GiuliettSZ of 1962 was taken hostage in a parking lot in Turin due to the breakdown of a freight elevator. The Zagato compartment was abandoned for 35 years and returned to service only in 2019. Unfortunately, after the death of the owner, but in good technical condition and with a mileage of 94 thousand kilometers. In short, ordinary parking lots are well suited for long-term storage.
Those who did not leave the dealership
Even stranger seems to be the stories about cars left right in car dealerships. A prime example is the abandoned Subaru showroom on the island of Malta, where several iconic models from the 80s and 90s were found, including the Imprez sedans and the rare XT coupe, as well as several other brands of oldtimer. Due to the bankruptcy of the dealer, the cars were not sold and are waiting for better times in good condition.
Similarly, the Nissan Skyline coupe of the R33 and R34 series "froze" in the Nissan salon in the Japanese Tsukuba, and export "nines" and "tens" of the 90s in the courtyard of the Lad dealer in French Macon. Scroll through the gallery.
Placed in a bubble
The advantages of this unusual method of conservation are perfectly demonstrated by the 23-year-old BMW 740i, which was put up for auction with the signature “Neuwagen” - “new car”. The 1997 "Seven" with a range of 255 (!) Kilometers was kept for years in a special air capsule, which protected from dust and ensured air circulation. As a result, the sedan looks like a newcomer from the nineties: every element, from metal to upholstery, looks like it is installed today. According to the seller, there are no such "sevens" of those years of release in the world in such a state. At the same time, the capsules themselves are not unique - they can be ordered through the Amazon service and used to store your car. Will you try?
Stored in garages
In this case, we are talking about the special conditions for keeping the rarity: temperature, humidity and light. Usually garages with such equipment are prepared long before the purchase or conservation of any unique car. An excellent example is the digital climate controlled 47-car vault of American actor, comedian and petrolhead Jerry Seinfeld, in which auction Porsches can stay for decades without harm.
A good example, for which you do not need to go to America, is the VAZ-2103 with a range of 138 km, which was sold on Avto.ru for 3.5 million rubles. According to the owner, almost 40 years of staying in the garage with maintaining the optimum temperature of 18 degrees allowed the sedan to remain in perfect condition.
A worse example is the grimy Porsche 911 CarrerRSR from Germany. But here, too, the climatic conditions of a private garage stopped time: a rare 1993 sports car almost never drove on the roads, did not drive on the track and only accumulated dust on the body panels, without losing its potential and auction value. In 2017, the sports coupe left the RM Sotheby’s auction site for $ 2,016,000.
Delivered in the living room
Little garage - keep your car close to your bed or your favorite couch.As, for example, the owners of Ferrari 512 BBi, LaFerrari, and a whole range of classic Lamborghinis do it. In this case, a sports car that has entered the house also acts as a noticeable design element. And if the examples of home storage from Holger Schubert and Randal Khalil do not seem daring enough, you can pay attention to the approach of the owner of the BMW M1, who literally hung the purchased car on the wall.
Stored on the balcony
If it is difficult to imagine a situation in which a car can be stored on the balcony of a Khrushchev, the story of a VAZ-2106 from Tbilisi will help. Rezo Enkukidze bought his "six" in 1991 and almost immediately lost the wheels. To save everything else, the owner lifted the car with a crane to the fourth floor and placed it on the balcony, where he washed and cleaned the body for 25 years. "Six" came down to earth only after Rezo's death - still without wheels, but in excellent condition and with mileage frozen at a negligible mark. For owners of solid balconies - a note.
Buried in the ground
Perhaps the most striking attempt to create an "underground" time capsule was the story of "Miss Belvedere" from the American town of Tulsa, on whose 50th anniversary the residents decided to immortalize the brand new Plymouth Belvedere in an underground vault. Unfortunately, the attempt turned out to be a failure - after half a century of imprisonment, the car was taken out, but instead of an ideal oldtimer, onlookers saw a skeleton destroyed by groundwater. Only albums, flags, plates and a canister of gasoline, stored in a sealed vessel, remained pristine. The most interesting thing is that in 1997 in the same Tulsa, but already in honor of the 100th anniversary, they decided to repeat the experiment and bury another Plymouth in the ground - the Prowler sports roadster. The mistakes were taken into account, the underground "bunker" was isolated, and the machine itself was sealed in an aluminum box. Unfortunately, the results of this experiment will only be known in 2048 - just in time for the 150th anniversary of Tulsa.
Unlike a lengthy experiment with Miss Belvedere, three years of underground storage did not destroy the rare Los Angeles-based Ferrari Dino GTS. Yes, and that story cannot be called preparation - the car was hastily covered with a film, all the holes were plugged, and then buried. The reason for the rush was to stage theft in order to obtain an insurance claim. It's funny that initially it was planned to drown Ferrari, but at some point the idea to bury it, wait it out and sell it turned out to be more “winning”. After spending three years underground, the coupe went to repair and auction. Today, almost nothing is said about the "underground" past of the machine.