Junkyard Gems: Murdered-out 1990s European luxury sedans

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Most of the big self-service wrecking yards that provide

my Junkyard Gems

organize their inventory with all the imports in a separate section. A few of them might separate European and

Japanese cars

, but there’s not much attempt at categorization beyond that. I found this pair of similarly customized late-1990s European

luxury sedans

side-by-side in a Denver-area yard, and I had to wonder if they came from the same owner or ended up together just by chance.

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

On the left, a 1996

X300 Jaguar

. On the right, a 1999

Mercedes-Benz W210 E-Class

. The Jag sold for $56,320 new (about $93,500 in 2019 dollars), while the Benz started at $48,990 (about $76,500 today).

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

Most, but not all, of the once-shiny wheels on both cars have received the flat-black Rustoleum treatment.

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

The XJ6’s interior got this nifty red highlighting job.

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

Skull stickers abound.

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

The

Jaguar

received a flat-red primer spray job on the hood.

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

The interior of the 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic sedan looks worn but not much modified.

Junked 1996 Jaguar XJ6 and 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320

Located just a few spaces away, this flat-black

Volvo

940 wagon. Coincidence, or did someone scrap an entire fleet of these cars?

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