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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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1997 Toyota Landcruiser, FZJ80
1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
Middletown, CT
Mileage 289,490
Price $5,800
1987 BMW 535i project car
1987 BMW 535
Middletown, CT
Mileage 173,000
Price $2,500
1988 BMW 535 iS.. the first M
1988 BMW 535
Middletown, CT
Mileage 247,000
Price $13,000
1954 Ford F100
1954 Ford F100
Middletown, CT
Mileage 25,000
Price $30,000
1975 MG Midget
1975 MG Midget
Middletown, CT
Mileage 56,000
Price $12,000
1956 Chevrolet Grumman Kurbside Camper
1956 Chevrolet Other Model (not listed)
Middletown, CT
Mileage 42,000
Price $42,000
1930 Ford Model AA Platform Truck
1930 Ford Model A
Middletown, CT
Mileage 24,330
Price $25,000
1984 Porsche 928S
1984 Porsche 928
Middletown, CT
Mileage 79,000
Price $22,000
1947, 3 Owner Mercury Eight Convertible
1947 Mercury Other Model (not listed)
Middletown, CT
Mileage 47,000
Price $31,000
1940, 2 owner, original Ford Deluxe V8
1940 Ford Deluxe
Middletown, CT
Mileage 24,212
Price $20,000
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