We’re nearing the end of a series that covers half a dozen cars and vans hiding in an abandoned campground located on the outskirts of Marseille, France. All of these cars were stolen, stripped and hidden out of sight decades ago. The ones that we’re showcasing were all built in either the 1950s or the 1960s, but the odd part is that there are also a handful of more modern cars like a Peugeot 306 and at least two first-generation Renault Clios. The place looks like a stolen car depot passed down from father to son.
We’re featuring the cars in the order that we photographed them in: Walking clockwise through the vast, wooded plot of land. The campground hasn’t been used in decades and it is littered with car parts as well as miscellaneous scrap metal, construction debris and so forth. The only indication that this was once a place where families went on vacation are dark green portable plastic toilets, visible in the background of some of the pictures below.
This J7 is actually fairly rare because it is a factory-built pickup, not a van that was chopped up or a former cattle truck that lost its sides. It was built between September of 1975, when a four-spoke steering wheel borrowed from the 504 became standard, and 1980, when the J7 was replaced by the J9. There’s no way to tell when it was last on the road but it’s evidently been a few decades.
Sitting on rims and pieces of wood, the J7 is missing all of its mechanical components but the bulk of its body panels are accounted for and the interior is largely complete. Admittedly, there wasn’t much in the cockpit to strip in the first place, J7s were pretty basic vans. The body is absolutely beat, chewed through by rust and dented all over by vandals, so it would be fairly difficult to get this truck back on the road.