We’ve all had the same dream. No, not that one, the one about coming across an old barn or storage building and looking in the dirty, dusty, broken window on the wooden door, after crawling through a pile of pickers, weeds, rusty metal, and broken bottles, and there it is, a car with an old tarp on it. Wait, it looks like more than one car! You turn the rusty, creaky door knob and step inside and…. rrrrrinnggggggg.. the alarm goes off! NOOOO!!
This is one of those dreams in that none of us were there when The Auto Archaeologist uncovered this mother lode of cars as seen on this YouTube video. Here are a few screen shots of the video – get ready to shiver, shriek, and possibly weep like a baby when you see what’s inside.
If there’s a more iconic shape for a rubber-burning monster I don’t know what it is. Everyone knows the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, from 8 to 80, and everyone has probably dreamed about finding one hidden away. Designed and developed for racing in NASCAR, the Superbird was a modified Plymouth Road Runner and was kin folk to the Dodge Charger Daytona. All of the cars in this barn are iconic masterpieces, but they all probably need a nut-and-bolt, very expensive restoration to bring them back to life again. But, are they even for sale?
Are there any Mercury Cyclone GT fans out there? I believe this is a 1968 or 1969 model and this one looks like it could possibly clean up fairly nicely, but I could be wrong. I’m reasonably sure that the interior doesn’t look like this anymore, but it could again. Could this be a Cobra Jet?
Here is a NASCAR-inspired legend, this is a one-year-only 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, named after the famed race track in Alabama. As is the Superbird, this is a $100,000+ car in restored condition. This one will need a lot of work and a lot of money spent on it, maybe close to what it’s worth to make it right. It’s fun, but also painful to see cars left in this condition for so many decades, just deteriorating from sitting there.
There were only around 750 of these cars made in a few-week span in early-1969. This Talladega’s 428 cubic-inch V8 with approximately, at least for the record, 335 hp, will need to come out and be rebuilt, that’s just a guess. But, once this car is done, look out!
The cars keep getting better and better in this dusty barn. This is a 1969 Dodge Charger 500, yes, that one, the one with the 426 Hemi and the NASCAR history. Well, some of them had a Hemi, most of them came with the 440 which would have been a close second. This car was made to keep Chrysler on top after Ford and Chevy had gained some ground on the Hemi cars. The Charger 500 had a flush rear window and a flush-mounted Dodge Coronet grille, giving it the aerodynamics that it needed. Only 392 of them were built and they’re $150,000+ in restored condition.
Last but not least; well, least in value but not least in technology for the time, is this Chevrolet Cosworth Vega. They were made in 1975 and 1976 and we’ve seen a few nice ones roll through the pages of Barn Finds lately, so they’re out there. They typically sell for between $5,000 and $15,000 depending on condition. I don’t know if any of these cars are for sale, I doubt it, they’ll probably either long gone or they will stay there until a tv reality show “star” shows up and makes a crazy offer with the producer’s money and then who knows what will happen to them. Have you ever run across a barn full of gems like this?