Hidden in forests and fields around the world, the mysterious car graveyards home to rusting old vehicles worth thousands of dollars if they were restored


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German photographer Dieter Klein, age 57 from Cologne, first came across a Citroen truck dumped in a bush six years ago and he became hooked. Since then he has traveled the world in the pursuit of vintage cars that have been abandoned, left to crumble in leafy forests and fields. He stumble upon graveyards hosting all sorts of vehicles, including some expensive models like the Jaguar XK120 worth almost US$200 thousand if restored.

Abandoned, rusting and desolate, the hulking remnants of these old bangers have been claimed by nature.

German photographer Dieter Klein travelled the world to find vintage cars left to crumble in leafy forests and fields.

He came across a range of mysterious graveyards hosting all sorts of vehicles, including a rare Jaguar XK120, which, if restored, could be worth £82,000, and a fleet of vehicles used by the Allies in the Second World War. 

Many of the cars, often with doors, tires or windows missing, are parked on forest floors where nature has taken them over. 

Dieter, 57, from Cologne, first came across a Citroen truck that had been dumped in a bush six years ago. 

After witnessing how the foliage had grown in and around the man-made machine, he was hooked and began to track down other unusual resting places.

Part of a sculpture park in Sweden which contains 50 cars. Covered in moss and lichen, they appear to blend in with the woods around them

The sun sets over dozens of abandoned cars in 2014 in Colorado. Dieter has travelled the world for six years searching for scenes like this

Two old cars poking out of a barn in Arizona in 2014. Dieiter became hooked after finding a Citroen truck that had been dumped in a bush

Seemingly camouflaged cars are stacked on top of each other causing them to blend in with the landscape, in 2013 in France

Another view of the Swedish sculpture park. Thick foliage has grown up through the rusting shells which were once roadworthy vehicles. A Jaguar XK120 abandoned at the park could fetch £82,000 if restored

Another exhibit at the Swedish sculpture park (left) and a rusty red car abandoned in a forest in Germany, pictured by Dieter in 2014

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