In recent years, you can’t go far in the world of collector cars without coming across a seemingly unending litany of “barn find” examples. Covered in dust, dirt, grime, chicken droppings or perhaps used as an impromptu shelf, a place to stack wooden pallets—whatever the case, the more inglorious a special car was treated, it seems, the better the story.
Articles and videos abound of people uncovering and rescuing these cars, whether found in an actual barn or some other structure. Perhaps we’ve become bored of stories of incredibly restorations (say it ain’t so!) or one-owner cars kept pristine for years.There’s no denying the allure of the barn find.
A couple of years back during the Scottsdale auctions, a barn-find Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing outpaced several restored examples sold that year, including some by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Years ago, these sort of cars might have been found and restored before anyone knew anything about them.
What’s the one thing that unites all gearheads? The one pilgrimage that we all dream about? That one singular experience that separates us from mere mortals…or, at least, the smarter guy on the block? The fabled junkyard run, of course!
In this episode Matt, Mike, and the team from Cabin Fever Auction Company travel to Northwest Philadelphia to help rescue a 1927 Packard sitting in a closed down Machine shop / Factory since the 1970’s and off the road since the 1950’s. John Paul’s Father has owned this building since the 1970’s and bought the Packard in approximately the 1940’s. The property is being sold and the family wanted help relocating the car to a proper garage so they can attempt to get it road worthy again. We tagged along to document removing the old Packard from it’s tomb.
A recent addition to my ever growing list of YouTube subscriptions is IronTrap Garage.
In this episode Matt, Jason, and “Grandpa Joe” go on an adventure to dig out a rare 1936 Chrysler C8 Airstream Convertible Sedan. This car has the more rare Straight 8 engine, a two piece folding convertible top, removable b-pillars, factory overdrive, independent front suspension and many more features that made it ahead of its time. This car was found in an old garage sitting behind a modern gas station and just off a main road in Harrisburg, PA. The transmission went bad in the car and it was tucked in a corner and never touched again. We dug the car out of the garage and brought it out to see the light for the first time since 1951-1952. This car is extremely solid and is a great candidate for a full restoration!
Tom Cotter, a real favourite here has come up with a major find in the latest episode of The Barnfind Hunter
There are barn finds, and then there are barn finds. This, my friends, is the latter. Longtime fans of Barn Find Hunter know that Tom Cotter has turned up some unbelievable treasures in the past, but I can honestly say this very special discovery is one of the most spectacular automotive experiences I’ve ever had. Come with Tom and me into the deep woods, somewhere in the Carolinas, where a hidden motherlode of barn-find classics slumbers in scattered buildings amidst the poplars, sweetgums, and hickories.
The popularity of barn finds and survivor hot rods has created a whole new segment of the hot rod hobby. Cars with history are much more interesting than something built in the modern era, but we had to convince Charles Berry that his ’34 Plymouth, his high school hot rod, was a really special piece
Those of you that have visited the blog before will have seen the post regarding the 1929 Model A Tudor Barn Find that John imported a while back. After some considerable mechanical fettling she’s now a driver!
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