1966 Ford Galaxie Race Car

1966 Ford Galaxie: Vintage Racer

Update 4/21/15 – This one has now been listed here on eBay with bidding starting at $7k with no reserve. Thanks goes to Blake S. for the tip!

From 3/12/15 – It’s not often that you see a barn find stock car! While this Ford did not compete in what is now Sprint Cup racing, it was driven by a former driver from that series and as far as I can tell, he was a pretty darn successful driver. This Ford Galaxie is in San Jose, California and is for sale here on craigslist without a price listed. Read more »

1970 Hemi Cuda

Amazing 81 Mile 1970 Hemi Cuda!

If the claims are all true, this could be one of the most desirable Hemi Cudas to ever hit the market! The auction house says it’s the Holy Grail for Hemi lovers and well, I would have to agree with them. It is supposedly all original and unrestored. The most amazing claim though is that it has only covered 81 miles in the past 45 years! The story of how that happened is believable and only adds to the allure here. There is no doubt that Mopar enthusiasts will be lined up around the block at Indy to bid on this one when it gets auctioned off in May. Will you be there? Read more »

1969 TVR Vixen

Ford Power: 1969 TVR Vixen

Here’s one you don’t see very often, a 1969 TVR Vixen. This British built sports car features a lightweight fiberglass body and tube chassis. Power is provided by the same four-cylinder found in the Ford Cortina GT. That engine only puts out 88 horsepower, but that’s plenty when you are only packing around 1,600 pounds! The Vixen may not provide the same thrills as its firebreathing V8-powered brethren, but it’s an agile little thing that should be able to to keep up with just about any car in the twisties. This one isn’t going anywhere for a while though. The engine was pulled in anticipation of a rebuild and clutch replacement, but the job was never finished. From what can be seen in the photos though, it looks complete and in decent condition. Find it here on eBay where bidding is currently right under $6k with only 15 hours left. Read more »

1964 Sunbeam Tiger

Barn Finds Auction Frenzy

One of our UK based readers, RickyM,  just sent over links to past and present auctions that have starred a couple of lots that might be of interest to us. It is always interesting to see what dusty old cars sell for at auction and there were a bunch of them at the Anglia Car Auctions’ Easter sale. In fact, according to Classic & Sports Car magazine the barn finds were some of their biggest draws. This particularly dirty 1966 Sunbeam Tiger sold for £24,150 which equates to about $35,000 US dollars! There were a few Jaguar project cars that sold for big money too and even a ratty 240Z that doubled the auctioneer’s estimate. This is exciting and all, but is the”barn dust” premium charged these days is really worth it? Read more »

1960 Chrysler 300F

1960 Chrysler 300F: Strong Sedan

While we generally strive to promote cars on Barn Finds that all of us could potentially buy, there are some vehicles that, despite their high price, are worth sharing for their originality and significance. I’ve always felt the Chrysler letter cars were beautiful sedans made at the pinnacle of American excellence in creating luxury vehicles that could compete with the best Europe had to offer. This 300F, found here on craigslist in Washington state with an asking price of $75,000, is said to be an original car that’s been off the road since 1993. With 375 horsepower on tap, I’m sure it moves with authority, and records indicate the  413 cubic inch engine and Torqueflite transmission underwent a full rebuild in 1993. I’d be content sitting in the front or rear bucket seats, an unusual feature even by today’s standards. Do you think this 300F is fairly priced or is it a bit optimistic? Read more »

1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner

1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner for $3,800!

At first glance, this might not look like anything too special, but if you look closely you will notice that this 1954 Ford has a glass roof! Well, actually it is was plexiglass and it only covered the area above the passengers, but this rare feature should make this project a worthwhile endeavour. We have seen a few Mercurys with a similar Sun Valley roof option, but this is actually the first Crestliner we have featured. This particular one is going to need some major work, but the end result will be stunning. The seller mentions that the less desirable inline-six isn’t currently running, but that a new replacement glass top is included in the sale. Find it here on craigslist in St. Louis for $3,800. Thanks for the tip Robert R!

Swiss cheese hood

1965 Ford Mustang: Preserve or Part?

There are some cars that beg the question of whether they should be restored or if they would be better used as a parts donor. This 1965 Mustang found here on craigslist on Florida does not have a listed price but does appear to straddle the line of preserving or parting. The hood and roof look like they bore the brunt of being exposed to the elements, with heavy corrosion on the front end and discoloration from runoff up above. Surprisingly, the interior looks quite nice, with clean white upholstery, a decent dash and stock steering wheel. I can’t quite figure out how the insides survived so well considering the exterior appearance – maybe a restoration was started and never finished? Either way, I see other spots of corrosion all over the body, so this one warrants an in-person inspection. So, would you preserve it or part it out? Read more »

laverda

1969 Laverda American Eagle: Thanks Jack!

In the spirit of featuring the occasional motorcycle barn find, this 1969 Laverda American Eagle found here on eBay caught my attention. These Italian-made bikes have an interesting story, especially considering they rose to prominence for their racing abilities and raw speed. An American named Jack McCormack imported the Laverda 750 under the brand name of American Eagle, albeit for only a short time in 1968 and 1969. The 750 lead to the creation of the 750S and 750 GT, which reflected the evolution of the company into a serious sporting bike with 60 b.h.p. and features like disc brakes and alloy wheels. Before stumbling upon this 750, I knew very little about the manufacturer – but considering its heritage, I now very much want this motorcycle! Have any of you owned a Laverda or an American Eagle? Let us know in the comments below.

MGB Camparo

British Motoring Monday: Which MGB For You?

After spending all weekend with about 400 other British car enthusiasts, I came home full of fresh ideas for future household vehicles. One of those is an MGB, as I have several MGB engines and transmissions floating around as a result of accumulating spares for the race car. Looking here and here on eBay, the same seller in McMinnville, Tennessee has two 1972 MGB’s both in the same shade of blue for sale. The project version is listed for $1,300 buy-it-now but they are accepting offers, while the nicer car is listed with a buy-it-now of $5,000 or bidding starting at $4,900. Read more »

BF RALLY LOGO

Join Us On The 2015 Barn Finds Rally!

We hinted at it and now here it is! Come drive with us on some of the most exciting and scenic roads in Idaho! High speed sweepers, long straights, tight hairpins, and European style switchbacks await the lucky few who will join us on our journey from Boise, Idaho to the beautiful lakeside village of McCall, Idaho. The inaugural Barn Finds Rally will be held on Saturday, May 16th. An impromptu car show/pre-registration will be held Friday evening and the rally will start Saturday morning after a brief welcome meeting. Lunch will be provided during the day and an awards dinner will be held in the evening. On Sunday participants will be free to explore McCall or return to their respective homes. A detailed schedule and route book will be provided to all entrants. Keep reading for more details and an application form. Read more »