Reykjavik Junkyard Mystery Car: Quick, What Is It?

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
reykjavik junkyard mystery car quick what is it

Last week, Subaru shipped me directly from the Chubba Cheddar Enduro 24 Hours of LeMons at Road America to Iceland, so that I could follow hallowed LeMons tradition and destroy a press car in dramatic fashion. I failed to kill any XV Crosstrek Hybrids, but I did get the opportunity to break away from the Subaru minders and get to do what I really love about traveling: visit exotic foreign wrecking yards! Iceland has a bizarre and unpredictable mix of vehicles on its roads, with the types of car and truck imports varying from month to month based on some inscrutable combination of momentary cheapness and currency-rate numbers, and you’ll see a wide selection of Asian, European, and Detroit machinery in the chilly junkyards of Reykjavik. Ladas next to Ssangyongs next to Dodges! Jason Kavanaugh of Edmunds (more importantly, of the legendary LeMons team, Eyesore Racing) spotted this much-sliced car and suggested that it would make a good Mystery Car for a future Junkyard Find, and he’s right!

So, what is it? It could be from anywhere in the car-making world and most of the body is hacked away, but there are some identifying features if you look closely. You can’t go by the adjacent cars, because this yard lines up its cars in the order in which they were received. I’ll put the answers in the comments tonight.

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  • Turboprius Turboprius on Nov 14, 2013

    All of those cars look so new. What are they doing at the junkyard already?

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    • Sinistermisterman Sinistermisterman on Nov 18, 2013

      @Battles In the UK, new MOT test standards are making it even less cost effective to keep an older car on the road. Simple items like damaged rubber gaiters and airbag warning lights are instant fails. Considering the repair cost at your average garage for such items will sometimes be almost as much as the car is worth, 10+ year old cars are getting junked quite regularly for faults which are only incidental, but are too expensive to fix. As for Renaults, I remember an article saying that a few years ago the car most likely to fail it's first MOT test (i.e. when the car is 3 years old) was the Megane, with 40% of cars failing.

  • NineEleven NineEleven on Nov 19, 2013

    Renault Megane, very common in Europe and specially in Spain and France, where it's made.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂