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Argentina Road Trip – Junkers

March 14, 2012

by Iggy Perez

On my last post about my road trip, I’ve shown you some pics of a very cool toy museum in Buenos Aires. The trip towards Patagonia started after that. I had the chance to see and live many things, as it is in road trips like this – 16 days on the road can be impressing. There are many things I can’t just tell in pictures or words. But I can certainly show you some cool pics of stuff I’ve seen – like this awesome junkers I found on my way.

The title pic of this post, above, was taken close to a Gas Station while entering Patagonia. It was a road with quite some traffic, but still very quiet. The sign written on the white truck tire reads “Gomeria”, which means “Tires Place” – where you wanna go if you have to change tires. The car there is a Renault 6. A popular small car in Argentina back in the day.

 

Road Trip Argentina Patagonia Junk Cars - Valiant Race Car
This ride is a Valiant form the 60s, which has obviously been rebuilt as a racer some time ago. All in all in a pretty good shape, for a car laying around that is.

 

Road Trip Argentina Patagonia Junk Cars - 1965 Ford Truck

On the way to a hiking day, I saw this truck. As you can see, it was a very sunny day. My good guess is that this is a 65 Ford Truck (or some year around that). Besides the fact that the engine was missing altogether, the truck was in a pretty good shape. But that wasn’t the only surprise that day…

 

Road Trip Argentina Patagonia Junk Cars - 1950s Caterpillar D7A little further I found two Caterpillar D7 from the 1950s telling stories of better days. One of those was pretty much complete, the one, above, was missing lots of parts, though.

 

Road Trip Argentina Patagonia Junk Cars - 1950s Caterpillar D7

This picture above shows the D7 Cat in a better shape, just around the corner from the first one. You can see it is a 1950s Cat D7 due to the cable mechanism on the front, instead of hydraulic power. Besides the broken windows, this machine wasn’t missing many parts. Even the engine looked pretty much complete.

 

Road Trip Argentina Patagonia Junk Cars - IKA Renault Torino TSI saved this one to close this post. I like this pic a lot, specially due to the car’s color. The car above was also very popular in Argentina. It was produced from 1968 to 1982 – with several facelifts and mechanical updates, but pretty much the same body. It was a full-size sports coupe, based on a Rambler body and engine but redesigned by the famous Pininfarina – known for his Ferrari designs, for instance. The car’s name was “Torino”, the manufacturer was called IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina), later taken over by Renault, changing the name of the car from IKA Torino to Renault Torino. The specific one above is a Torino TS 1975 up to 1978 (they changed the front around 1979).

I still have more pics of this road trip I want to share with you. I will definitely show you some cool rides and maybe, if you feel like it, some landscapes and road pics.

Keep it rolling!

Steve Klaser March 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

Iggy, this junkers are great, specially the last one. It really looks like a Rambler. Keep it coming!

Iggy March 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

Thanks Steve! I’m glad you liked them!

Iggy

Dennis March 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Hi
I super enjoyed your pics. Love the 48 Mercury…looks restorable or at least could be made into a rod. The Edsel looks good too.
I am a 66 yr old American who now lives in Thailand. I am a retired professional auto mechanic (engineer) . I have restored a few old American cars. I also was a model car builder in the 1950’s. I remember when AMT first marketed the 3in1 kits. I now have a small collection of diecast Franklin & Danbury Mint cars. I have recently purchased about 10 models car kits, but they are Stateside yet.
Here in Thailand old American cars are hard to find. I did find a 1951 Desoto 2 dr hardtop a year ago. It is a barn find…field find actually. Very restorable.
Anyway, I just wanted to compliment you on your work. Argentina would be a fun experience.
Dennis

Iggy March 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hey Dennis,

thanks for the comment. Indeed, Argentina is a great place to travel around. Similar as in the US, there is a lot of nature to discover and experience. I personally like Patagonia, but many people say the north is marvelous too. And if you keep your eyes open, you will see many cool old cars around :)

Iggy

Mike AKA MODEL MIKE May 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Hello Iggy & fellow modeler’s
My name is Mike and I live in Arizona …U.S.A I have been modeling for about 30 plus yrs now
I have so many model kits it will take me a few life times to do them all. Iggy I always look forward to your E-mails and enjoy them ( Note not all pis down load for me) . Anyway you and your brother do a lot of road trips don’t you ? but you always come back with some great pics for us to enjoy I would like to thank you for that. It’s always cool to see how things are from other parts of the world . I am not much of a tech geek so I may or may not be able to put pics on here to share . How ever I do have links to some cool sites in my Favs . So if any of you modeler’s out there would like to share links with me please do so “just put in the subject box in caps (HI MODEL MIKE ) this way I will know its another modeler and no spam . My current project is a 68 dart drag car from Revell . Well I hope to hear from someone and Iggy its alway great to hear from you at (modeljunkyard ) . So be well Be safe and enjoy building don’t let the fun out of this great hobby of our’s ~~~~~~~~~AKA Model Mike ….AZ

Iggy May 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hey Model Mike!

thanks for your message! I’m really glad you enjoy our newsletter and our pictures. These kind of words inspire us to share more stuff with you guys.

I must say, I don’t do as many road trips as I would like – but the few I’ve made, were lots of fun. Travelling on the road (not on the highway) is always a pleasure. You see so many things! Maybe I get to do another road trip any time soon. In which case, I will share more pics and stories with you, of course!

Feel free to send anything you want to share per email!

Iggy

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