A decade ago, I turned right on a random side street to avoid one of the very few traffic jams I’ve ever encountered in Salt Lake City. About a hundred yards in an abandoned car caught my eye — and another, and another, and yet another. I stopped when I realized I had stumbled upon a derelict dealership/repair shop.
There were a handful of American and Japanese cars in the lot, but the European stuff is what really piqued my interest. Even ten years ago Saab 99s were few and far between in Salt Lake, yet there were two them in reasonably decent shape sitting in this driveway. And the Fiat 128 — wow! I knew 128s had been sold in the United States before, but I’d only ever seen them on the other side of the pond. Unfortunately, Utah winters hadn’t been kind to this example and it was stupendously rusty.
More cars awaited right around the corner, but that’s a different story for a different time. I’ll tell you right off the bat that all of these cars were gone when I last set foot in Salt Lake two years ago. I don’t know if they were scrapped, sold for parts, or sold to collectors.
Disclosure: in 2006 I was shooting with a four-year old Olympus digital camera. The photos it took were never that good, but ten years later they look about as bad as that 128’s floors.