Old Car City is said to contain the world’s largest known classic car junkyard. It is the place where old cars have gone to die, rot and become overgrown with brush, and it is magnificent.
The beautiful natural vegetation of the south has intertwined itself into and around hundreds of cars that sit in this makeshift auto graveyard. The location started out as a Car Dealership in the early 1930s but over the years, it has become a folk art/environmental piece where ghosts of the classic cars of yesterday still sit.
There are over 34 acres that house over 4000 cars and the collections continues to grow each year. Visitors can walk along the six miles of trails to experience a unique artistic display and learn something about the advancement of automobiles through the years. A number of the cars that sit on the property are heavy metal, sturdy examples of what cars looked like before they were mass manufactured and made out more plastic than metal.
The idea for this unique display came from owner Dean Lewis, who grew up on the property.
The location actually first opened as a general store during the Great Depression and was owned by his family. Through the years, it became a tourist attraction as Dean realized that there were others who were as interested in the “decomposing automotive carcasses,” as he was. He quickly realized that the cars and the property offered a beautiful showcase of a non-traditional art form and opened it to guests.
It was not long before people began to arrive, cameras in hand, to take photos of this enchanted spot where man and machine grow together. As more people began to show interest in the location, Dean began to treat it more like a tourist spot. He erected funny signs and posted a history and set of rules for the visitor to adhere to while on site. The majority of the vehicles are more than 40 years old and there are even a few samples that are older than Dean, and he was born in the late 30s.
To check out Old Car City USA, head to 3098 US Highway 411 NE in White, Georgia. The hours for the location vary so call ahead 770-382-6141. Admission is $25 and is cash only.