On a farm in Xerém, Brazil, which is part of the federative unit of Rio de Janeiro, the country is now home to around sixty cars seated bumper to bumper and door to door. These are mainly Chevrolet Chevette L 1.6 / S and Chevette Junior 1.0 models from 1992 and 1993, in addition to a few examples of the Volkswagen Gol and a Chevy Corsa. The machines are located in a shed, which also houses a pigsty for a small family of piglets.
Our friends at Motor1.com Brazil found this collection bizarre, and naturally they had to film, photograph and write on the stage.
The angular shapes of the Chevrolet Chevettes reinforce the impression that you are looking at a life size Tetris Thu. Until a few weeks ago, the visual shock was even greater: there were 96 cars under this roof.
All cars are retired taxis – or veterans, in Rio de Janeiro. They were part of the large fleet belonging to the Pascoal da Ressurreição Afonso Rego, which was once known in Rio as the Taxi King.
Despite the thick layer of dust, it is possible to see that all the cars are all Java Yellow – a color that Volkswagen introduced in 1977 and which two years later became the standard shade for taxis in the city of Rio de Janeiro. . However, these vehicles lost their Baltic blue side stripes and the roof light. Cab-specific taximeters and license plates have also been removed.
Yellow Chevettes and Gols were part of the cityscape until the late 1990s, when the larger VW Santana began to dominate the square.
The cars that are in Xerém today date mostly from 1992 and 1993. They were only on the road for three years due to the old rules of the Rio Municipal Secretariat of Transport. They recorded high mileage around this time as drivers traveled 170-200 kilometers (106-124 miles) per day in city traffic.
After their retirement, the cars went to a warehouse at the headquarters of the Pascoal Taxi Empire. A legal dispute with the state government kept the vehicles from being sold at the time, so they sat for decades.
Paschoal passed away eight years ago, at the age of 92, and the company has passed into the hands of 14 heirs. The cabins remained in the warehouse until 2020, when it was offered to rent the space.
“The offer was impossible to refuse: we were already in the pandemic, with low traffic and competition from applications. With the arrival of the tenant, we had to store the cars in the family farm, in Xerém”, Carlos, one of the Pascoals. son, Brazil told Motor1.com
In the meantime, the Justice Department has authorized the sale of retired taxis.
“A guy by the name of Patrick came here and bought ten cars. He made a video and passed it on to the Chevette groups. Sales have been booming ever since. There have even been police here, thinking that it was a stolen car, ”Carlos mentioned.
Although they are full, older taxis are sold as scrap metal. Prices range from R $ 1,300 to R $ 2,000 ($ 240 to $ 370 at current exchange rates). The seller says it wasn’t worth putting them all on the road and going through the headache of vehicle registration. Carlos also wants to prevent buyers from making the transfer of ownership and driving with a vehicle that is still in the name of the company.
“I didn’t place any ads. It was all by word of mouth. Despite everything, all the cars are already booked. Next Tuesday the hangar should be empty – awaits the heir,” said Carlos.
The Brazilian version of the Chevette and the one available in the United States rode on General Motors’ T-platform for compact rear-wheel drive vehicles. Brazil, however, has more body styles than simple three- and five-door sedans. In Europe, the same foundations were for the Opel Kadette C and the Vauxhall Chevette.