For those who go to the F1 race in Belgium next year, or at all to Spa-Francorchamps, it pays to make a small detour. On Avenue du Pont de Warche in Malmedy, you’ll find an abandoned Volvo dealer full of fantastic old Swedish models. The cars have been there untouched for at least thirteen years, but probably longer.
The exact story behind the abandoned Volvo dealer in Belgium is not fully known. It seems that the dealer has gone out of business and the cars have just been left standing. Somehow crazy, because the cars and the property are just worth money. So you would expect that they would be auctioned not long after bankruptcy. We are very curious about the odometer readings of the cars.
The shop next to the abandoned Volvo dealer is still open
The Drive found a post on Facebook with the photos of Paul Drury you see above. He took the photos after a visit to the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps during the Belgian GP. Drury tells TopGear that the gas station shop is still open, but that they no longer sell petrol. The cars in the showroom still seem to be in good condition.
Google Street View clearly shows that the Volvo dealer has been closed for quite some time. In 2009 there were still cars outside, but most have been removed over the years. There are two more cars in front of the showroom and to the right of the gas station is a small group of Volvos. It’s a shame that they’re not doing anything, on the other hand it’s a nice time capsule.
The abandoned Volvo dealer through the years | Photos: © Google Street View
It is striking that the Volvos still have air in the tires and that they do not appear to be extremely dusty. At least not as dusty as you might expect after almost fifteen years. Would someone (from the shop?) every so often fill the tires with a compressor and dust everything?
Anyway, it’s nice that no vandals have come by yet who have broken the windows or destroyed the place. For the time being, it seems that the old Volvos are unfortunately not for sale. If anyone has more info on the abandoned Volvo dealer, we’d love to hear it!