We absolutely love self-service junkyards but we have been annoyed with the “I’m sorry sir, we don’t allow cameras” that we routinely get at the door. Against all odds, a few days ago we were let loose in a self-service yard in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a basic tool kit and our Nikon camera – a dream come true!
Being a generic self-service yard, there were a lot of Japanese and American cars, trucks and SUVs from the middle of the 1990s but we were pleased – and a little surprised – to find a 1971 Saab 96 V4 wedged between two 1970s Ford trucks mere yards from the entrance. This Saab has had a long, hard life and just about every single body panel shows a jaw-dropping amount of rust. The front bumper wears a Hill Air Force Base (south of Ogden, Utah) parking sticker that dates from 1988, which leads us to believe that the car was taken off the road at about that time.
In spite of its rough shape, it is still usable as a parts car and the only missing bits are the grille, one of the headlights, the rear window, the air cleaner and the tail lamp lenses. The V4 emblem was gone when we found the car, but we pocketed the Saab emblem on the trunk lid to add it to our own collection.
The other interesting car we found at the yard was a 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold which we will feature tomorrow, stay tuned!