Rust in Peace

Our journey on the border between Finland and Russia continued to smaller and smaller dirt roads. My friend acting as the guide said, he knew another location, which might be interesting. He said it was a bit difficult to spot, so he told me to slow down while he was keeping an eye on the roadside.

There, in a recently cut forest, we found two cars, which hat sat there for decades.

Pretty quicly we recognized this baby as a 1940’s or 1950’s Soviet-made GAZ-M20 Pobeda. It looks like it had once been light blue.

All useful parts had been removed from the inside.

Beauty isn’t usually a thing associated with Soviet design. But I still think this Pobeda was a beauty.

The Pobeda wasn’t the only car on the lot. Right behind it was a van. It also seemed to have been blue and had definitely seen better days.

This car was a bit more difficult to recognize, but after an extensive research we identified it as a 1950’s or 1960’s Ford Taunus Transit.

The car had sunk to the ground and my friend was convinced, I wouldn’t be able to sneak inside. Challenge accepted.

So we are inside. Most useable things have been removed here, too. They include among others the steering wheel and all buttons.

The sticker advices to leave out all useless hurry. Well, this car is no more in a hurry.

The roof looked good from the outside, but the insides were caving in.

The years had destroyed the chassis. Is this what they mean, when they say push the pedal to the floor, or hit the road?

The back of the car showed, that the body had lost its form

The back contained all kinds of junk including something, which looked like the engine.

Here might be a reason why the roof of the car had given in. The body was made of wood, and was just covered by metal. So it would just slowly fall lower and lower by every winter. And in the end the car would be flattened.

Published by desertedfinland

A Finnish Urban explorer & Photographer

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