If you thought the Chula Vista yard was interesting then you should get a load of this one in Los Angeles California. The area has no shortage of wealthy people so you can image what winds up in the wrecking yards. The story was originally featured in Town & Country magazine, but we learned of it from a recent post on AutoBlog. A lot of people know about this place, but if you have not seen the treasures lurking inside, it is worth a look.
As a kid, there weren't many things I enjoyed more than visiting the local junk yard with my father. While he was pulling parts he needed for his work trucks, my bother and I would explore the lanes. We would dream of finding something special out there and picking it up cheap. We would keep an eye on all the new arrivals just in case. About the closest thing to an exotic car to come through that place was a Datsun 240z. It was full of 50's American classics and lots of other unloved junk. It was nothing like this place.
Writer Michael Mraz snapped a few photos through the fence and made up a good story to create some hype. The list of residents is impressive though. Supposedly there is a Mercedes Gullwing, a hand full of Lamborghini Muiras, and a bunch of rare prewar cars in there. We can spot a few Porsches and a Maserati in the pictures. Can you make out anything else noteworthy?
The owner of the yard has passed away and his sons are now running the joint. Supposedly they are not letting anyone in. The gem of the collection is a one-off 1935 Mercedes-Benz Caracciola 500K that is worth big money. This whole situation takes me back to when I was young. The thought of discovering something rare in there and picking it up for pennies is a nice one. Unfortunately, we have no doubt that the new owners know exactly what they have in there and precisely what it is worth. It is nice to dream though...