Slideshow Part1 Kaufdorf car graveyard September 2007

Kaufdorf Autofriedhof – Switzerland’s vintage car graveyard. It was the biggest graveyard of its kind in Europe — a vast metal jungle of more than 1000 rusting vintage cars including forgotten British Wolseleys, “sit up and beg” Ford Prefects, rotting Porsches and even the wreck of a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. The collection of decaying old-timers, which go back to the late-1920s, sits in makeshift corrugated iron garages and among trees on the edge of Kaufdorf some 10 miles south of Switzerland’s capital Bern. After surviving for 75 years, the authorities have declared that the collection is an environmental hazard and intend to clear it by court order later this year. But the plan has provoked uproar among concerned Kaufdorf locals and more than just a few other Swiss residents. A campaign to preserve the site was started last month when an open day was held. The organisers expected about 50 people to attend, but 10000 turned up. Franz Messerli, whose father founded the car cemetery, said: “We never expected such interest. Our aim is to preserve it for posterity as a national work of art.” Mr Messerli’s father, Walter, opened what was originally intended as a vehicle breaker’s yard in 1933. A part-time racing driver and scrap-metal dealer, he was fascinated by cars and even taught himself to be a mechanic. At its peak, his collection numbered about 2000 vehicles.
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7 Responses to Slideshow Part1 Kaufdorf car graveyard September 2007

  • Edson Avila says:

    I almost cry when I see these images, this junkyard should have a cover, and clean and organize all cars. I was an entrepreneur would buy everything and a private museum or tip over as cultural heritage of humanity. PEOPLE THIS IS VERY BEAUTIFUL!

  • RoleTDI says:

    try watch it with Aalborg – The Molten Core

  • kaiser reed says:

    I lived in the Swiss paradise ZH in the 60s . This junkyard is symbolic of the national social disfunction and alianation of the rednecks that are the Swiss.

  • sirmugman says:

    it was, there all gone now, the site was auction off, everthing was for sale, most of the cars though where sadly too far gone, they where just pulled out if unsold they where crushed, parts and pannels, it was a mixture of everything, old 50′s cars to 80′s cars uk to forin tin,

  • Stephen Eastwood says:

    Enjoyed watching.Sad to see but at the same time very beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

  • medo85ify says:

    it’s possible buy one of these cars?
    

  • Peter Arnoud Bensen says:

    Very very nice, I love it. So much history. Thanx for the upload.

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