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When scrap comes to life

A top-of-the-line Citröen

The oldest we find is a chassis half buried in the undergrowth corresponding to a Citroën B-10 from the early 20s, now practically useless rather than as a decorative ornament.

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1- The engine of the Citroën B-10, semi-buried
2- This Citroën H does not seem recoverable either

Continuing with the French brand, what stood out the most at first glance were the two model “H” vans from the 50s, both in very poor condition.

The closed van bore a license plate "PMM" indicating ministerial origin, while the other unit was built like a crane and in its day it must have been beautiful. You could still read the faded yellow letters indicating "Citroën service" on the sides.

There were also three Citroën Traction; an ex-Madrid taxi of which only the chassis remained, one with the bare and twisted bodywork and another quite complete that probably deserves a restoration. And we say this despite its poor condition because this specimen, registered in Malaga in October 1934, it is not a “normal” Traction.

Despite its poor condition, this 1934 Citroën Traction deserves to be restored for its age
Despite its poor condition, this 1934 Citroën Traction deserves to be restored for its age

At first glance we see that it is a unit of the first series due to details such as the hood or the wheels ... but if we take into account that this mythical model was presented to the public on April 18, 1934, perhaps this is the oldest copy which is kept registered in Spain.

The old Fords

Continuing with the rest of the cars present there, it should be noted the Ford number, with 5 units. The first one you saw when you entered was a Model A, in this case a 6 “1928-window” sedan that had practically nothing left except for the chassis and its beautiful rear Barcelona license plate.

In chronological order, the following was a 1934 Ford Y of those manufactured in large quantities in Barcelona by Ford Motor Ibérica, very incomplete. The rest were all corresponding to the model C presented in 1935 and known at the time as "Ford Cuba" for its modern rounded shapes.

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1- The Ford C transformed into a "pick up" by some bodybuilder with good taste
2- Small Goggomobil, complete but in a very poor condition

Curiously, in the open space you could see two of the three bodies that the original catalog offered in its day, as there was a two-door sedan and a four-door sedan. We also found a nice convertible Pick-Up that was not manufactured in the Barcelona factory and that must have been created by some artisan bodybuilder with quite good taste.

Among all these Citroën and Ford were a highly modified 508 Fiat 1931 “Balilla”, a huge and very incomplete 1934 Plymouth, a practically useless Peugeot 203 from the 50s and, finally, a fairly complete Goggomobil T400 but with the plate in very bad condition.

The exhumation

After hastily taking a few photos of the still intact place, it began its dismantling. Antonio initially had the collaboration of Luis Tomás and a friend of his, two nice Albacete fans who, with the help of an old Chrysler Voyager, were taking the first cars from there.

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1- It was not easy to remove this huge 1934 Plymouth, heavy and with the steering locked
2- The end result was at least striking, a phantasmagoric concentration

Several of those that still rolled with some ease were moved without too much trouble by the American van, even in spite of their limited skills as an all-terrain crane, until pulling the remains of the Ford A of 28 the clutch said enough.

There was no major problem, because just then José and Pedro, Antonio's brother-in-law and father, arrived as reinforcements, who also came equipped with an Opel Frontera that made it much easier to get some cars out of there that lacked tires or operational steering.

The scene was most entertaining and, shortly after, no less than a dozen people gathered there, including helpers and onlookers; Wheels that refused to turn, parts that were left on the road, dust and dirt raised by the dragging of veteran cars ... quite a spectacle. "But what march are you taking me?" snapped some countrymen when they noticed such an unusual event.

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1- Curious and helpers multiplied at times. Here taking out the Fiat Balilla
2- Antonio and Luis Tomás, main architects of the «feat», put all their effort

By the end of the morning, no less than 11 rusty cars had left the field and were parked in the deserted parking lot of an old abandoned road hotel, waiting to be loaded into the trailers that would take them on the way to Jaén.

At that time I kept cursing myself for not knowing how to better use my camera, because in person I can assure you that that kind of "phantom concentration at coffee time" it was worthy of the best immortalization.

 

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Francisco Carrion

Written by Francisco Carrion

My name is Francisco Carrión and I was born in Ciudad Real in 1988, a place that was not at first akin to vintage cars. Fortunately my grandfather, dedicated to the automotive sector, had friends who owned veteran cars and participated in the annual rally that was held (and continues to be held) in my hometown ... View all

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