Nebraska "Carhenge," car replica of Stonehenge, up for sale

Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:01am EDT
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ALLIANCE, Neb (Reuters) - For sale: 38 vintage automobiles. Price: $300,000.

Mystical and entertainment value: Priceless.

Carhenge, America's answer to England's Stonehenge, is for sale.

The Friends of Carhenge put the full-scale automotive replica of the prehistoric circle of stones on the sale block because the organization lacked capital and volunteers to maintain the quirky tourist attraction, said Marcia Buck, the group's president.

"This wasn't easy...," she said. "We've spent many a sleepless night wondering if it's the best thing to do."

Buck said it's time for an entrepreneur to take the steering wheel and drive Carhenge into the future. Carhenge will mark its 25th anniversary next year.

The Carhenge autos mimic the Stonehenge stones in size, dimension and northeast orientation to the sunrise. The attraction consists of 38 gray-painted autos in a 96-foot circle. Some are buried five feet deep, trunk end down. Some jut from the ground at odd angles. Nine vehicles welded atop some of the half-buried autos form the arches.

Vehicles include a 1943 Plymouth Savoy, 1945 Jeep Willys, 1956 Buick Roadmaster Deluxe, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, 1965 Ford Thunderbird, 1971 Chevrolet Nova, and a 1976 American Motors Gremlin.

A 1962 Cadillac depicts the Stonehenge heel stone, which is outside the main entrance and leans inward toward the circle.   Continued...

<p>"Carhenge," a full-scale automotive replica of England's Stonehenge made of 38 vintage automobiles, is pictured in Alliance, Nebraska, October 27, 2011. The Friends of Carhenge on Thursday put the site up for sale at an asking price of $300,000. REUTERS/Stringer</p>