This Classic Car Graveyard Is Full Of Automotive Skeletons

This Classic Car Graveyard Is Full Of Automotive Skeletons

The salvage yard has some incredible classic Fords, Pontiacs, and Mopars, all in a very sorry state of disrepair.


Who doesn’t love a good romp through a classic car graveyard? That’s what YouTube channel IowaClassicCars had in mind as it takes viewers through a Kansas junkyard. It’s an unknown location with forlorn treasures like Chevrolet Biscaynes and Bel Airs, but there are treats for Blue Oval and Mopar fans.

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A Helpful Walkthrough

Often, YouTube auto graveyard videos are mostly haphazard explorations without much rhyme or reason, clips that leave viewers wanting more. But presenter Ryan deserves points for calling out specific makes, and when possible, models and years. Here are highlights with time stamps.

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Chevrolet Apache (1:15)


The Apache was a short-lived name for Chevy’s light-duty pickups from 1958 to 1961 and is identifiable by its quad headlight setup. Base power came from a 235 ci “Thriftmaster” straight-six, but the “Trademaster” V8 with 283 ci and 160 hp was optional. A factory four-wheel-drive system became available beginning in 1960.

Plymouth Satellite (1:52)


Plymouth began using the Satellite name since the model’s first generation in the mid-1960s, with the space race still in full swing. The third (and final) generation (1971-1974) embraced the more streamlined looks of the era’s coke bottle styling. Power ranged from the trusty slant-six to the legendary 426 Hemi V8.

Ford Mustang II (3:50)


Ford’s continuation of its original pony car into the second generation was a disappointment to many. But in the company’s defense, the industry was topsy-turvy with an energy crisis and harsh emissions regulations. The presenter calls this car a Cobra; if so, it’s a 1978 model. A clue offered by the B-pillar wrap-over band. Otherwise, it’s a 2+2 model from 1977.

Chevrolet Bel Air (4.27)


The 1954 model was the last year of the first-generation Bel Air. Its simpler design reflects roots in a country and company trying to get back to normal after World War II. Arguably, the Bel Air’s spartan looks helped push Chevy designers into more elaborate efforts with the next version. A necessary step to keep up with the bustling 1950s.

Chevrolet El Camino (12:12)


What’s old is new again. Last century’s coupe utility vehicles (El Camino and Ford Ranchero) laid the groundwork for today’s Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick. This Chevy example is from the fifth and final generation (1978-1987), but the El Camino goes back to 1959 (two years after the Ranchero).

Buick Invicta (15:17)


The Invicta name only lasted a few years at Buick showrooms (1959-1964). But two generations of this car helped bridge the gap between the bulbous styling of the ’50s and streamlined designs of the ’60s. If nothing else, you can spot this car as a Buick thanks to the trademark portholes on the front fender.

Sources: YouTube, GM Heritage Center, Hemmings, Hagerty,


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