Imagine that you are walking through the woods when you come across a graveyard of rotting and abandoned vintage cars. Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW are just a couple of the iconic logos you come across. A thought like this might be painful for car enthusiasts. Deep in the heart of Dusseldorf, Germany, it is no accident that the site exists.
The owner is a classic car lover and expert, who purposely left the cars at the mercy of Mother Nature.
But who would do such a thing? And why?
His name is Michael Frohlich, a man credited as a former fashion designer, racer, philosopher, artist, and of course, classic car dealer.
He has traveled the world in search of rare cars and lost collections, writing several reference books along the way.
But his greatest achievement is in his backyard, the “Auto Skulpturen Park,” a museum/park where 50 classic cars were parked when the car enthusiast turned 50 years old in 2000.
All 50 cars are from the year Frohlich was born, 1950. “They’re like my brothers,” he said of the collection in 2009.
Some of the cars were still driveable when they were parked on Frohlich’s property, but they will never see the road again – many are crushed into trees or half-buried in mud.
The grand artistic display of rotting automobile history is quite the extravagant birthday present.
But there is an element of exploration in the scene as well. As Frohlich said, “Nature is stronger than technology, and that I will show here.”
In just 14 years, the automobiles have truly become one with the forest. They might be destroyed, but they are also beautiful.
Car enthusiasts, TV crews, and photographers attended the grand opening in 2000, but it has rarely been visited by the public since.
However, the site was featured in a book about special car cemeteries in Europe.
Remarkably, Frohlich has a piece of the infamous Berlin Wall inside the park. The cars have quite interesting pasts.
But to hear those stories, you have to request a tour from the owner himself.
This car’s story might be a little spooky…
But each and every vehicle…
Has a unique tale to tell.
Frohlich knows exactly where each one came from.
And how they ended up on his property.
So, what does the future hold for these amazing vintage vehicles?
It’s hard to say.
They belong to the forest now.
And we, mankind, the inventors of the great automobile, are now nature’s captive audience.
For more information, visit Michael Frohlich’s website. And don’t forget to share these incredible images with your car-loving friends and family.