Barn Finds On The Road: Michigan

032116 Barn Finds - VW type 3 Fastback 1

Today I’m traveling to Marquette, Michigan via Wisconsin; da upper part of da Midwest, ya know. I came upon this lot full of old imports across from an import service garage along the way in Ironwood, MI. What a treasure trove here, although most of them have been sitting outside in the weather for who knows how long. And, as you know, this part of Michigan gets a lot of snow; an average of 188 inches worth every year! The 1968 or 1969 (?) VW Type 3 Fastback here is a nice piece but it’s an automatic. The body looks pretty good but I couldn’t tell if it was solid metal or solid filler, and the interior was sort of half-in-half-out but it also looked pretty good. I don’t even know if these cars are for sale but, I’m guessing that like almost everything in life, they’re for sale if the price is right.

032116 Barn Finds - Audis 1

With the snow in this area I’m not surprised to see some old front-wheel-drive cars and some with AWD even, but these Audis and VWs are pretty exotic for an area with mostly 4×4 pickup trucks and logging trucks rolling by.

032116 Barn Finds - MGs 1

A few British beasties here, too. I’m a huge MG Midget fan so those caught my eye, not that I would turn down an MGB or a Triumph Spitfire 1500. I know, the MGB with the hockey mouthguard grille isn’t everyone’s favorite model, but again, I would not mind owning one of any year.

032116 Barn Finds - MG Midgets

These need a little work, to say the least, but a weekend or two (dozen) and you’ll be cruising in style, just in time for summer, which lasts about 36 hours in this part of Michigan.

032116 Barn Finds - Mercedes-Benz 1

Now you’re talking class! This beautiful Benz looked pretty nice. And, like a white 300E that I owned a couple of decades ago, the hood ornament here is also hanging around someone’s neck. That is so annoying when people do that to these beautiful cars.

032116 Barn Finds - Bronco 2

As I headed further east I spied this sweet Bronco on a side road so I had to do an illegal u-turn, I mean, I had to do a safe and courteous u-turn and go back to check it out. It looks like a gem, a nicely-modified gem. I like the white fender guards and black hood! The front tires are as bald as the ski hills here will be in another couple of weeks, though.

032116 Barn Finds - Bronco 1

Beauty and the beast all rolled into one here; nice job on this Bronco. The grille guard will come in handy for the number of deer hits that they’ll encounter in this area.

032116 Barn Finds - Buick 4x4 1

The last one today is this big, 1957 Buick 4×4. Unlike the Ford tractor with tracks, I can see the front axle here and there is no question that this one is a 4×4. A pink and white 4×4 1957 Buick with a big, pink snow plow on the front; what’s not to like?! Do you keep on rolling when you’re on a road trip or do you stop to take photos of unusual vehicles that you see along the way?

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  1. JW454

    Some of these cars are sinking into the pavement. That takes quite a while. These cars are not going anywhere.
    I do like the Buick snow plow. It’s kinda different.

  2. Bill

    Stop by Liberty Bell Pizzeria in Hurley, WI, just across the border from Bessemer, MI. You won’t be disappointed.

  3. Rick

    The VW Type 3 Fastback in the first photo is a ’67 (or older)

  4. Woodie Man

    That Buick is sweet! I wonder what its sitting on.

  5. George

    I love the Buick! Just what I need for winter weather!

  6. Eric

    The Buick belongs to Da YOOPERS Tourist trap I seriously doubt it is for sale… it’s located in Ishpeming right outside of Marquette…

    • Howard A Member

      Hi Eric, you beat me to it. That place is great. I believe the Buick is on a Suburban chassis. Big Gus, the “2 story Outhouse”. I had a feeling Scotty was going to check that out. Their motto is “Don’t give a yooper a welder and a free weekend”. Ironwood on the British cars, you say? About 1.5 hours from me, any TR-6’s?

  7. Birdman

    Am I the only one who, at first glance, that that was a cloud of exhaust behind the VW Fastback?…and yes.. I know better now..

    • Joe Nose

      Fastback gakked all over the road…

  8. Todd Zuercher

    Nice looking Bronco. It’s a ’77 – the most desirable year for many people. Protofab front prerunner bumper.

  9. Steven C

    Oh god the Audi’s! Somebody save one! Spent all day working on my 1987.5 Coupe GT.

  10. Paul

    I don’t think the MGB has an engine in it.

    Last fall when we were up visiting my son at Michigan Tech, we saw a ’60s Challenger, I believe, in a lot in Bruce Crossing. Didn’t get close to it but the nose was unmistakable.

    I love the google maps picture of the car lot. You can clearly see the two Midgets, B, and Spitfire. I wonder when that was taken?

    • Rspcharger

      The “Street View” looks almost exactly the same as the pics above & it was taken last October.

  11. jim s

    i keep rolling when i travel but glad others stop to take photos. great finds

  12. Howard A Member

    You never know what you’ll see in da’ UP. Once, on a back road ( come to think of it, they’re all back roads in the UP), someone took a really nice ’59 or ’60 Pontiac convertible, chopped it all to pieces and made a makeshift “Batmobile” out of it. I could just hear some Poncho fan screaming, “NOOOOO”!!

  13. D J McQuaid

    Marquette, My home town. Were you here picking up a Barn Find ?? Just got back from a road trip to North Dakota and saw all the same stuff on my trip…

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