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Old Car City, USA is Where Classic Cars go to Rust in Peace

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/15/2014 Alex Nishimoto

There's something deeply emotional about seeing old cars returning to the earth, and Hot Rod has stumbled upon the mother lode. With 34 acres of decaying American classics, Georgia's Old Car City, USA is a patina-lover's nirvana.

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In business since 1931, Old Car City, USA isn't your average junkyard. Owner Dean Lewis told Hot Rod that he likes to think of it more as an "adventureland" or "photographer's paradise." Lewis will sell you something, but only at a price that compensates him for losing one of his precious art pieces. By the time he decided he was interested in taking over the property, Lewis' parents had already moved out of the junk business. Still, he kept buying cars to add to his collection in the woods. Though he kept acquiring new pieces, the land ended up being more of a playground for him and his family than an actual scrapyard. Now, he treats it like an art exhibit, charging admission to explore the grounds.

The sight of finned Cadillacs, Ford Torinos, and 1970 Dodge Challengers all covered with pine needles and quietly rusting away is both beautiful and depressing, and the mixed feelings only continue the deeper you go into Lewis' collection. Head on over to Hot Rod to see their extensive photo gallery and read the full story on Old Car City, USA.

Photo Credit: Elana Scherr

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