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Classic Car News: Classic Cars Gather Dust


Attention all Classic Car Enthusiasts: Now the weather is starting to get warmer and the daylight hours are lasting longer into the evening it’s time to delve into those dusty garages and retrieve your vintage vehicles.  The Independent website has reported that “there is something about classic cars that is intrinsically more interesting than a new one”, and each car is unique with an understated gracefulness – “moving with the charm of a grand old dame rather than the loitering teenager”.

Such gracious traditional cars generally come out when the weather is nice enough to show them off in their full glory. There is no point investing all that money in a vintage car just to expose it to bad weather conditions that will rust the beauty away – keeping it tucked away in a garage over the winter means it will be ready for action in the summer.

Apparently a Portuguese car owner took ‘keeping it tucked away’ to a whole new level, when 180 cars were found in a warehouse in Lisbon, Portugal. According to, “the owner of the cars was a car dealer in the 1970’s and 1980’s and decided to save the more interesting cars that came through his doors”- but apparently forgot about them, so that’s where they stayed gathering dust for over 15 years!

It has been reported that the long-forgotten warehouse revealed a stunning collection of European classics, including rare models of Jaguar, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Mercedes and Austin Minis, which appear to be in a salvageable condition – the exterior might need a brush up but I bet the interior is flawless and untouched by the dirt.

This overlooked dusty warehouse, containing many classic gems, sounds like the perfect opportunity for American Dirty Car Artist Scott Wade to show off his artistic skill of transforming dirt covered cars into fascinating pieces of art, achieving what describes as “amazing detailed shaded drawings”- but for us classic enthusiasts we want to know what the future holds for these rescued wonders.

Imagine moving into an empty farm house that has been vacant for over 15 years only to stumble upon a barn welded shut that quite frankly looked like an eyesore – only to find it was bursting with classic cars. The saying goes ‘curiosity killed the cat’, but in this case curiosity revealed a rare collection of vintage vehicles, which according to, are valued at just over $ 35 million – maybe curiosity isn’t such a bad thing?

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