Discovery in France Is A Genuine Treasure to Antique Car Lovers

Vintage car lovers will tell you that great cars are an art in themselves. Their love for these older vehicles is not because the older cars offer great mileage, or superior performance, but because of the lovingly crafted details that went into the designs when automobiles were still a fairly novel invention.

Old cars are also a piece of history. Like great architecture, their designs tell us something about the style of the times in which they were created. Driving an old car, even if just for a few Sunday jaunts every year, is like driving a portable museum. These cars should be given the respect and care they deserve, and should be preserved for posterity whenever possible.

Vintage car lovers everywhere will surely be drooling when they learn that an awesome treasure has been unearthed in France. A pile of World War II-era vehicles had been stashed in a rural quarry and forgotten about. There, they rusted away with little love or care, till now.

A Belgian urban explorer was checking out an old mining tunnel with his camera in a rural part of central France when he stumbled upon the surprising sight. Vincent Michel discovered a stash of decaying old cars from the 1930's.

Many suspect that the cars were hidden there during World War II to prevent the Nazis from requisitioning the vehicles. Somewhere along the way, they were simply forgotten.

"It felt like we were walking back in time, 70 years ago, and I just wondered how on earth it was possible!" said Michel, a 56-year-old PE teacher.

"We suppose the cars were brought into the quarry at the start of the war to stop them being seized. After the war, nobody took them out from there, forgotten forever. The owner of the quarry added a few more cars some years later."

Photos of the rusting cars look like an automotive time capsule had been unearthed. Citroens, Renaults and Peugeots are just a few of the automobiles that were found in the discovery.

They were parked neatly, side by side in rows. Some looked like scavengers had been there over time, and a few parts had been snatched. For the most part, the vehicles were intact.

The most recent car in the lot was a royal blue 1960 Opel Kapitan.

"Almost all the cars were empty, with the shells the only things remaining," said Michel. "It was an unbelievable experience, and I really hope to find a similar place in the future."

Once the discovery was made, an auction was quickly planned to sell the vehicles. Most of the cars were sold to collectors eager to snatch them up, but a few remain in place in the quarry because they were too damaged to be moved.

Hopefully some of the collectors lucky enough to snatch up some of the vehicles will be able to restore them, or use parts of them in restoration work. The classics have nothing comparable to them in modern times, so they should be preserved whenever possible.

Even if they never go anywhere again, they belong in a showroom, museum, or on display at shows. Talk about a treasure trove.

Source: Telegraph
Photos: Carters News Agency, Vintage News Daily

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