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.

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