10 Surprising Junkyard Finds


1926 Vauxhall 30-98 Race Car

Lying in wait for 47 years, a British race car was found in the yard of a home in the United States in 2010. While spared a trip to the crusher, it was "junked" under a tarp but thankfully recognized as a significant find before hitting the salvage heaps. A British soldier had brought the pre-World-War II Vauxhall 30-98 race car to the States, where he was stationed, and it changed hands in the 1960s [source: Garrett]. When the car's owner died, the rather rough-looking yard car could have been towed away for scrap, but closer inspection revealed that it was a 1926 racer and had been a British track winner before it seemingly disappeared during the war. When it came to the U.S. in 1948, it wasn't registered as a historic auto, so its racing legacy was lost until uncovered, literally, and identified [source: Garrett].