Top 6 Surprising Cars People Have Found in Junkyards

By: Ene Ayegba | Published: Nov 20, 2023

If you are lucky enough to find a junkyard around your neighborhood, you might want to prepare yourself for a delightful trip down memory lane. You might even find a few cars that, though rusty, tell beautiful stories of the past.

Let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing discoveries people have made in junkyards. This list will make you think of the dump in a whole new way.

A Toyota Cressida Station Wagon From 1982

The 1982 Toyota Cressida Station Wagon was Tayota’s attempt at blending into American life, which paid off. The Cressida came at a time when Toyota faced stiff competition from its peers for the patronage of the top execs and the stars of wall street.


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The Cressida was the brand’s answer to the luxury needs of its target customers. It was one of the most costly of the Toyota family, with a price tag just slightly behind the Land Cruiser.

Several of its Kind Have Recently Popped Up

These 1982 Toyota Cressidas have surfaced in junkyards across the country. One such popular discovery took place in Colorado Springs to the amazement of its finders, some of whom were alive when the car was in its heyday. 


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The car could store up to 2.8 liters of fuel and was built to last for quite a long while. Several of them have been renovated and restored to their former glory.

Ever Heard Of the 1965 Volkswagen Kombi?

Anyone who wasn’t around in the 1960s wouldn’t appreciate the history of the hippie bus as those who were. This iconic bus was discovered sitting in a junkyard until it caught the attention of more appreciative eyes.


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Known officially as the 1965 Volkswagen Kombi, the bus brought about a cultural revolution during its glory days. So it’s great to see that it has survived to prove its existence.

Hippies Will Never Forget

If there is any automobile that hippies will never forget, it’s the 1965 Volkswagen Kombi. Its 4-speed manual transmission, 1500-2000 liters petrol tank, and its rear-wheel drive were enough to help the flower children tour the world.


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To date, this automobile continues to circulate, appearing in auctions and traditional auto sales across the United States.

Check Out the Rusty Version of the 1986 Nissan Navara

The 1986 Nissan Navara is a 4×4 diesel-powered car from the Japanese automobile giant. Unfortunately, by the time this one was spotted in a junkyard, it had rusted beyond repair.

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Nissan made this car with five manual gears, 80 liters of fuel capacity, and the capability to seat five passengers. While many variants of this vehicle are still in production to date, it’s nice to see more reminders of the automobile landscape of the 1980s.


Someone Found a 1974 Impala Sport Sedan

This car was found in the company of more modern contemporaries at the junkyard entrance. Someone had given it a little facelift with new tires, which looked pretty odd on its rusty body.

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The 1974 Impala Sport Sedan operates on a 3-speed manual transmission. Its grille has a horizontal grid pattern that adds some style and fun to its aesthetic.


This Ford Falcon Was Found Covered in Rust

Not only is this car rusty, but it also seems to be beyond repair. Plus, it doesn’t look like it has housed an engine in years; in fact, its engine is probably somewhere far away.

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The Ford Falcon Sprint was produced in 1963 and came with several variants. This one is a two-door sedan that could have been manufactured in any of the three Ford manufacturing plants in Argentina, Granada, and the United States.


Check Out This 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT

You can call it the 3000 GT Dodge Stealth, but not because it was hiding in plain sight in this junkyard. It had a stealth exterior supplied by another automobile giant, Chrysler. This car was produced by a Mitsubishi-Chrysler joint effort.

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It has a 3-liter engine with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Thankfully, the vehicle isn’t looking too worn out and could probably be restored to its former glory.


This Jeep J10 Pickup Was Ready To Be Picked-up

Found in a junkyard, this Jeep pickup truck still has some life in it and is up for sale. Even though it looks like a lot of work, the new owner should be proud to have it in their garage.

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It has a bit of an intimidating appearance, so it shouldn’t be scared of difficult terrain.


This Saab Sonett is an Exciting Garage Addition

If you haven’t heard about the Saab Sonett, you’ve been sleeping on one of the most fascinating cars ever made. Saab is a Swedish manufacturer that infiltrated the U.S. market back in the day. Their products were known for their peculiar style and modern elegance.

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This particular one was discovered in Michigan with most of its bonnet components intact but seriously rusted. It would take some substantial investment to bring it back to life, but it would definitely be worth it.