Where Passion Rules
Joe Sharretts - July 14, 2014 09:24 AM
Sitting up on the lift in the shop is Bert’s wife’s ’64 Corvette. Nice car!
Bert’s ’73 Challenger will begin restoration soon. This car is fairly solid, giving restoration a really good starting point. No parts can be sold off of this one.
When was the last time you saw a Dodge Seneca? It was made for only two years and this is a ’61 model. It is a shame that this one is so rough.
This ’53 Ford is one of the older cars currently in stock. It is fairly complete and may have some of the items you
This ’74 Dart is obviously going for parts, so put your need list together and give Auto Express a call.
We don’t normally see many Imperials in our travels. Hopefully, this unusual find can help someone find that elusive part that can complete a project. This Imperial is a ’64.
Another car we seldom find is the elusive Mustang II. Any year of these seems to have a low survival rate. Here, we found a complete 1974.
We headed over to the modern section, where we found several rows of Mustangs, ranging from ’85 to ’04.
There are several early Barracudas in stock right now at Auto Express. Shown here is a 1967.
Someday, the 1977 Thunderbird will be highly desired. When that day comes, there will be a donor car waiting at Auto Express.
Here is probably the most unusual car we found on this visit. Bert only has one of these, a ’65 Rambler 770 convertible with a 327. There were under 5,000 made with a very small survival rate.
There aren’t a lot of Cadillacs in the yard, but they do have this somewhat rough looking ’69. There is always something that someone can use on every car.
This ’75 Maverick still has a lot of clean body parts ready to pull off and use.
We found this ’49 Chrysler Highlander sitting with the ’60s and ’70s cars.
Would we call a Buick Skyhawk vintage? Until now, we have never spotted one in a salvage yard. We will see how many readers call on this one.
This is a really sad looking 1970 Mustang. It appears to have suffered some severe fire damage, but enough remains to give it a shot at parts.
This ’68 Impala is missing only the rear. The rest of the body parts, interior parts and trim are still available.
As the ’70s cars gain popularity for restoration, it is smart to set aside a ’76 Bonneville, especially when its condition is this nice.
Only a few trim pieces have been picked off this ’67 Dodge Polara … so far.
No parts will be sold off this '68 Chevelle, although Bert will entertain offers for the whole thing.
This '64 Ford was obviously being worked on at soempoint before being retired. Cars like this can potentially offer choice parts.
We can see three decades of cars int his photo. Look behind that line up and see if there is anything in the field that appeals to you.
Our favorite salvage yards are the ones where the owner of the yard, as well as the employees, have a passion for the vintage cars. Auto Express of Williamstown, New Jersey, is just that kind of place.
We begin by telling you about the owner of the business, Bert Witcraft. He started the yard in 1980 and keeps everything old that comes through. It’s kept in a second yard, separated from the 900 or so newer cars. He began our tour by showing us his very impressive personal collection of restored pieces, ranging from a ’31 Plymouth to his wife’s ’64 Corvette. From there, he showed us a half-dozen future projects like a ’47 Dodge truck and a ’73 Challenger.
The shared passion can be found with the staff. One member, Ace, has been there a few years and loves the older cars. Ace took us on the tour of the yard, pointing out everything that may be hiding in the brush. The knowledge of the cars, as well as the inventory, was very impressive.
One portion of the yard houses about 80 vintage cars for parts, a few of Bert’s future projects and several future collectibles from the ’80s. There are definitely more Mopar products than anything else. About a dozen of the cars fall between 1940 and 1964. The balance ranges from ’65 to ’80, not including the collectible ’80s pieces and foreign cars.
Anyone restoring anything old is always welcome to stop by. Small parts may be removed, but only after you ask. Some of the cars in the yard are hands off since Bert may someday restore them himself. It is always best to call ahead.
About the Yard
Auto Express is located at 282 East Piney Hollow Rd., Williamstown NJ 08094. You can call at (856) 513-2310. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Directions: From the Commodore Barry Bridge, take U.S. 322 East for about 15 miles. U.S. 322 becomes Blackhorse Rd. for another 7 miles. Then make a left on Piney Hollow Rd. Yard is a half-mile on the right side.