Well, I know what happened to one of my favorite cars... a black/red interior and chrome Rallye wheels, 1979 Pontiac Grand LeMans coupe... I owned back in 1988.
I ran out of gas, on my way home. As I was walking back with the gas... my uncle who was a cop(off duty, mind you), was behind my Pontiac, calling in the plate. The insurance had lapsed, so it was towed.
I was out of work at the time, so it took me a while to save the money, for the impound fee. On the 28th day, I went to get my car. The people at the lot, told me it was sold to some idiot, who ended up putting the engine in a Camaro..... WHY, would you put a V6 in a Camaro??
By law in Massachusetts... you can't sell, dispose of, or scrap an impounded car unless it's been there 30 days or more.
I threatened to sue the tow truck driver, who authorized the sale. He was so scared, he told me "I get cars all the time... whenever I get a running car, I'll sell them to you for only $100 bucks."
Thru that guy... I bought my 82 1.8 TE70 Corolla SR5 coupe, an 80 Mercury Capri RS 5.0, a 73 AMC Hornet, a 72 Pontiac LeMans Sport, and a 75 Toyota Corona... all for $100 each .