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July 18, 2020

Old Car City: The Biggest, Rustiest Car Graveyard in the World With More Than 4,000 Classic Cars

Nestled in a north Georgia forest, more 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis’ parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold auto parts. Lewis grew the collection, which had just 40 cars in the 1970s, over time.

Old Car City is the world’s largest known classic car junkyard attracting thousands of tourists who want to take a trip down memory lane. “Well this junkyard used to be our living. But now it’s turned into art, nature and history. And that’s what people come for,” said Lewis.

In the 30 or 40 years that many of the cars have never moved, trees now grow through them and, in some cases, even lift them off the ground.

Among the many artifacts here, you’ll even find the last car Elvis Presley bought back in 1977. One of Lewis’ more popular vehicles is a 1946 Ford truck used in Murder in Coweta County, a 1983 film starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.

Those who spend time here understand that to live well is to practice the art of living. “It’s something that you’re most likely not to see anywhere else.”

A tree grows through the back of a pickup truck as it sits at Old Car City, the world’s largest known classic car junkyard.

Trees grow over cars at Old Car City.

A car sits at Old Car City.

A 1948 Oldsmobile 98 convertible sits at Old Car City.

The steering wheel of a 1948 Oldsmobile 98 convertible is seen while sitting at Old Car City.

Pine needles cover the trunk of a Buick sitting at Old Car City.

Pine needles cover a car at Old Car City.

Trees grow over a car at Old Car City.

An ornament decorates the hood of a 1952 Pontiac Firechief as it sits at Old Car City.

Trees grow over a car at Old Car City.

A tree grows onto the fender of a 1953 GMC truck as it sits at Old Car City.

A 1946 Ford truck used in the movie Murder in Coweta County starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith as it sits at Old Car City.

Cars sit stacked at Old Car City.

A tree grows under a Volkswagen Camper van, lifting it off the ground, as it sits at Old Car City.

Broken glass remains on a car at Old Car City.

Trees grow through the windshield of a 1937 Chrysler Imperial as it sits at Old Car City.

A message greets visitors along a trail at Old Car City, the world’s largest known classic car junkyard.

Messages greet visitors on the “Tree of Knowledge” at Old Car City, the world’s largest known classic car junkyard in White, Georgia.

(Photos © David Goldman / AP)

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