As seen in Wayne’s World and in many pop culture references, The Spindle was an piece of sculpture located in Berwyn, Illinois that was made up of a 50 foot tall spike with 8 cars impaled upon it. The two remaining cars from the sculpture were removed before it’s destruction in May of 2008 and have been stored ever since. They are up for auction here on eBay, and the sale will benefit the Berwyn Arts Council (where they are located). Bidding for the pair is currently up to $1,800 but the reserve has not been met.
This is, or was, a 1976 BMW 2002 that actually was the personal car of David Bermant, who owned and developed the shopping center where The Spindle was installed. Bermant was said to be a collector of modern art and wanted something to attract people to the shopping center.
Just in case you are thinking about refurbishing the 2002, you’d better look at the interior. Also, although it doesn’t say so, I’m guessing the engine was removed before the car was speared.
This is the hole in top of the 1967 Volkswagen Beetle that was the top car installed. It was owned by the sculptor/artist responsible for the design, Dustin Shuler. I think the mesh may have been a futile attempt to keep the birds out (be sure and view the video link in the first paragraph to see exactly what I’m talking about).
As you can see, the Beetle is no prize either. There’s a lot of metal missing and so is the engine.
On the left, you can see The Spindle when it was first installed. The cars below the BMW are a 1981 Ford Escort, a 1973 or 1974 Mercury Capri, a 1978 Ford Mustang II, a 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix, a 1979 or 1980 Ford LTD, and a late 1970’s or early 1980’s Mercury Grand Marquis. On the right, the Beetle is being removed from the installation just before it’s demolition. I have no idea why the first two cars were removed; they were donated to the Arts Council with the idea of a mini re-installation of the sculpture, but plans have gone in a different direction now. If you’re still with me, I have two questions for you: 1) Assume you were given the cars–what the heck would you do with them, and 2) How do you feel about the sculpture in the first place? As a car lover, I can’t say I’m a fan.