What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Getting Wrecked:


Classic Wrecks/John Findra

John Findra makes what he calls “handmade junker car art,” and I promise you’re going to fall in love with at least one of them. While these roughed-up scale models of classic cars may look like they came from a junkyard, there’s definitely nothing junky about them. These beautiful old girls are so believable, they make me want to build a diorama around them.

Findra’s love for model cars started when he was growing up in the 1950s. In those days, car model contests were pretty common, and the young man tried his hand at one or two. Then life happened, and he only rarely could find the time to pursue his passion. Decades later when he retired, he decided to return to his hobby. Findra told that after a few false starts, he completed a perfect 1:18 scale model of a ’59 Buick he’d loved as a kid. But instead of throwing out the earlier, less successful attempts, he decided to turn them into junkers. And thus was born Classic Wrecks. Findra loved the result so much, he even went back and turned all his earlier models into wrecks!

You can see all of Findra’s beautiful creations in his Etsy shop. And we have his antique collector wife to thank for turning him onto Etsy, so go check out her shop when you have a chance.

All images property of Classic Wrecks/John Findra, used with permission.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

18 thoughts on “Getting Wrecked:

  1. My brother had a wagon-all (it didn’t seem right to type out “woody”) that looked much like the rust-bucket shown above, only filled with musical equipment and amps rather than a surfboard. These cars are off-beat beautiful for sure and I love the Mayberry police car on his etsy site.

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  2. Everyone to their own liking.

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  3. I love (love!) these old cars. What a talent he is.

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  4. I know the effort to just put the car together because I have built some. But the skill to take them one more step is amazing. Love it. Hal

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  5. These are great. As a fan of rust and decay, I would rather have these than a polished, perfect looking model car.

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  6. When I was a kid, if a teenager owned a car, he paid for it himself out of his own earnings, and it looked like these.

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    • Exactly! You could get a car for $500. It didn’t start most of the time, but it was a car and it was yours…


      • There was four of us. We went to the local Junk yard and found a car that didn’t need body work. We had it towed to Robert’s house. His dad was a master mechanic. I think it was about $40.00 each. We spent most of the summer rebuilding the engine and some other problems. We got it running and it was our car for three or four years. Call who ever had it and they would bring it over and you took them home. We all lived less than a mile apart. Robert’s dad taught us a lot that summer also. He gave us the basic “ho to” and check after we told him we finished. Good weather you can take you bicycle over, I think we sold it for more than it cost us. We got a lot of the needed parts out of the same junk yard. Those were the great days or our youth. Today I don’t think any kids would ever think to do that on their summer break. I miss the old days. Hal

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      • What a wonderful story! That sounds like a slice of heaven. It must have felt so wonderful to get it working. When I was 10, we moved next door to a family that had a teenage boy who was constantly working on the wreck in his driveway. Every so often, he’d have me come over so I could turn the key while he tried to get it started. It only rarely started, but I remember his euphoria when it did. He sometimes got it running enough to leave the driveway, and the engine was so loud, you could feel it coming down the block. Fun.


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