Death of a Roadster

Old sportscar buried under detritus.

I was wandering the back-alleys of Georgetown.

In general, you will never see a better-kept, cleaner, more attractive set of alleyways than in Georgetown. They are practically curated. You could eat off the cobblestones. That’s some serious wealth there, lightly camouflaged by an old-school lack of flashiness.

Headlight through hole in a gate.

So it was with a certain gleeful shadenfreude that I discovered a trio of ramshackle, collapsed garages. Two came complete with a chewy candy-center: an abandoned car. The third’s walls were fallen to ruin on two sides, but it boasted the presence of a well-muscled, immobile feline, who was immune to my cat-whisperer blandishments.

Orange tabby in ruined garage.

4 Responses to Death of a Roadster
  1. Rakewell
    September 23, 2010 | 11:03 pm

    I posted a link here in the “help me ID this old car” thread of a classic cars forum. So far nothing on the top image, but for the second one, I think we have a match: Mercury Comet, circa 1973. See for comparison of the headlight shape:

    http://livonia-michigan.olx.com/1973-mercury-comet-35-000-original-miles-super-clean-iid-5390738

  2. NT
    September 24, 2010 | 2:44 am

    I’m wondering if the top one might not be a Jaguar, now.

  3. Rakewell
    September 24, 2010 | 2:04 pm

    I’ve looked at photos of all of the U.S.-sold models of Porsche, Jaguar, Datsun (240Z, etc.), MG, and several other brands for which I know that one or more had headlights that looked like that, but failed to find any with that unusual grill opening.

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