Mystery behind vintage cars piled up in the Cass Corridor

About a dozen vintage cars, mostly Jaguars, were lined up in the Cass Corridor today on their way to a junkyard.

The cars were first spotted this weekend after a local developer found them in an abandoned lot at Cass and Peterboro and wanted to get rid of the fleet.

A tow-truck driver said the cars were found on property owned by Joel Landy, an eccentric developer who owns a lot of vacant and occupied property in the Cass Corridor. Landy wanted to get rid of the cars, the driver said.

Landy owns a 116-year-old Albert Kahn building on Cass Avenue that is leased to J&L Foreign Auto Centre, which fixes Jaguars, BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and other European luxury cars.

Employees at the auto center said some of the cars may have belonged to them, but they said numerous vintage cars were found in a vacant lot.

Landy couldn’t be reached for comment.

How many of these cars can you identify? One appears to be a Jaguar Roadster from the 1940s.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • lewiston59

    They are all Joel Landys

  • javierjuanmanuel

    first one is a jaguar xj circa late mid to late 70s, then you can see xj name plate on two others.

    This is art work critiquing the quality of old english cars, or lamenting the fall of native born english auto industry (most went bankrupt in the late 70s and early 80s).

  • nolimitdetroiter

    The shot of the console is a 70’s Mercedes with manual windows. I don’t understand how the cars got so banged up.

  • nolimitdetroiter

    The shot of the console is a 70’s Mercedes with manual windows. I don’t understand how the cars got so banged up.

  • Mike M

    Kind of a fun article, Steve – thanks for adding that into the mix. I enjoyed the pics.

  • George McGnarly

    I wonder if there’s a way to trace the plates and see if they are old stolen space wasters and someone decided to off them.

  • Hamm Sammichez

    Junkuars.

  • Dave Schall

    The blue and white steering wheel logo belongs/belonged to a Triumph.

    • Chris Steinmayer

      Looks like a spitfire.

  • One Summer Dream

    IDK, but they look like scrap now…

  • One Summer Dream

    IDK, but they look like scrap now…