• May 30, 2008


Click above for more shots of new Challengers awaiting the crusher

Tons of used-up vehicles are sent to the great junkyard in the sky every day courtesy of huge hydraulic crushers. We collectively shed a tear whenever a desirable old classic meets its maker before some enterprising soul is able to save it from this unfortunate fate. All of the Mopar fans waiting patiently in line for a new Dodge Challenger may want to look away for a moment, though, as we have pictures of quite a few new Challengers headed for a horrible flattening. These vehicles are either preproduction models, test mules or cars with some sort of major defect that could not be rectified. So, to the boneyard they go.

Despite the fact that this happens every single day to less interesting cars, seeing photographic evidence of a desirable model such as the new Challenger being pancaked makes us wonder if there isn't something else that these vehicles could be used for. We'd gladly take a shell or two off their hands... perhaps make a desk out of the front clip, a couch out of the back seat... you get the idea.


[Source: CanadianStreetCar.com via Car Domain]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      those are pre production test mule and defect cars.
      S3 pre production cars are next. (the challnengers that have been spotted driving around before official production) They will be complete cars not just bodies.
      They have to be crushed because they were built before crash testing and can not be sold to the public.
      Hope we can get some shots of that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By looking at the car photos you would think they were taking fully assembled vehicles and smashing them. Looks to as if only the shells are getting crushed, with out motor, wheels or interiors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am sure that every vehicle they used for development of the ride, handling, braking, NVH, etc will also be crushed. Those will all be fully equipped models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      can we move to lean production now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The reason these cars are always destroyed beyond repair is that they are not built to the final production standards, meaning parts taken from them may not be up to par.

      The manufacturers don't want substandard parts being pulled from these cars and illicitly sold as "OEM" when they may be suspect, because it tarnishes their brand and opens them up to liability. Sometimes the prepros end up being modified and turned into SEMA cars and the like, but even those eventually have to be crushed too. It really is a shame, but I can see why it has to happen.

      Parts obsolesence is a similar concept- after a certain period of time sitting in a warehouse, auto parts are deemed obsolete and must be scrapped to maintain quality standards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I should also add, why not turn these into race cars? Strip the crap out and sell the shells as racing platforms?
      • 6 Years Ago
      so thats were camarys come from hmmm!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cheap shot, but sooo funny. Rumor has it that Toyota placed one of those crushers at the end of the Tundra assembly line as the final stage of assembly. Moving forward. (if powered by GM)
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Despite the fact that this happens every single day to less interesting cars..."

      This is one of those cars. Ugly and forgettable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Big deal. So what? Chrysler can make MORE guys. Don't get all teary-eyed over a few Challengers being smashed. If you want a new Challenger, just go to your local Dodge dealer and a salesman will be happy to take your check and place your order.
        • 6 Years Ago
        *Bam!* You tell 'em, M! That's all that needs to be said.
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