Here are 25 of the most interesting European junkyard gems in America.
Murilee Martin, Autoblog's resident junkyard expert, finds all manner of interesting cars and trucks littering wrecking yards all across the country. As you'd imagine, these junkyard gems hail from nearly every country that builds automobiles. For this gallery, we've gathered together 25 of the most interesting junked vehicles from Europe. As you'd expect, Germany and the United Kingdom are well represented here, but vehicles from other European countries can be found rusting away, too.
We've ordered the list from oldest model year to newest. Click on the image above to get started.
Jason: The phrase “high crimes and misdemeanor” was a term of art meaning an act not against either property or persons, but against the sovereignty of the government. This is why in the U.S. Constitution it is coupled with treason and bribery, all three being acts taken against the government. High crimes and misdemeanors cannot be defined by statute because the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to pass such a statute. If Congress were able to force its interpretation of a constitutional clause by passing statutes, it would have ripped the Constitution to shreds long ago. The reason the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors cannot be found in case law is because cases of high crimes and misdemeanors are not tried in courts. There has never been a case put before a court of law in which the phrase could be used as a cause of action and thereby subjected to a court’s interpretation. In all cases of impeachment, the only court of trial in the U.S. has been the Senate, and in the United Kingdom, the House of Lords. Impeachments have been rare in both countries, and so far, the Lords has not found it necessary to define the term, and as said above, the Senate lacks the authority. The key to understanding it is the word "high". It does not mean "more serious". It refers to those punishable offenses that only apply to high persons, that is, to public officials, those who, because of their official status, are under special obligations that ordinary persons are not under, and which could not be meaningfully applied or justly punished if committed by ordinary persons. By the time the Constitutional Convention assembled in Philadelphia in 1787, the term “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” had been employed in the English practice of impeachment for more than four centuries. Historians, researchers, and constitutional scholars have plumbed the depths of English practice, discussing and debating the specifics of charges in impeachments dating back as early as 1386. For purposes of understanding the meaning of the U.S. Constitution, however, those details are perhaps less important than the broad observation that impeachment specifically for “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” – and frequently employing that very phrase – was a familiar political practice under the English constitution with a broad range of meaning marked by 400 years of experience and practice. Over the years, the English Parliament had developed and deployed the power of impeachment in its historic struggles to check the powers of the King and his ministers. The House of Commons had impeached and brought before the House of Lords for trial officers of the crown, including ministers and judges, that they believed had violated the constitution or laws; subverted the rights of Parliament or the system of government; abused or misused power; failed to perform the duties of office faithfully and competently; engaged in self-dealing behavior or misuse of funds; or were guilty of oppression, corruption, or other misbehavior or “mal-administration.”