The classic cars that couldn’t be saved

It's one of the most famous cliches in history. A hero arrives on scene too late to save the day. After, the hero is crushed and torn, but continues in the face of adversity with this reminder for inspiration. This technique was recently used most prominently to great effect in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," but it's used often, in part because this situation is so familiar to all of us that it hits on a raw emotional level.

A similar incident that happened to two lifelong car lovers was recently profiled by Old Cars Weekly. And while the subject may not have been life or death, the failure of the protagonists may be equally painful for those who cherish classic cars.

This story involves Chip Stevens and Gary Buehler, two friends who could never quite make plans to explore a mystery. According to Buehler, who wrote the story for the magazine, Stevens had long teased him about stories of a treasure trove of old cars hiding near their homes Pultneyville, New York.

Finally, after years of putting off the date, the two friends resolved to go out in search of the cars, venturing down back country roads to a clearing where the fabled vehicles were said to reside. However, Stevens and Buehler arrived only to find an empty space filled with car-sized indentations, bits of metal and old tires.

After years of staring at the scrap metal, it seems the owner decided to crush the hundreds of old trucks and cars and sell the pieces at $200 a ton. Stevens and Buehler learned this firsthand, when they looked at the photos of the owner, who had just recently had the cars hauled away.

While the cars were rusted, the trove of vintage pickups and cars could have powered an entire restoration business, satisfying many drivers and maybe even altering the lives of Stevens and Buehler themselves.

Those cars are now lost, but what's left is a lesson learned for all car fans to seize the day and seek out discoveries, no matter how far-fetched they seem.