Barn Finds http://barnfinds.com Rescuing Forgotten Classics Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Lost Exotics in Bolivia http://barnfinds.com/lost-exotics-in-bolivia/ http://barnfinds.com/lost-exotics-in-bolivia/#respond Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:36 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21816 [Image]

We recently received an email from Christian V and after seeing the image above we knew we had to do more research on the story of these abandoned exotics. In the automotive world, this is about as sad a story as you can get. It all starts with Humberto Roca, former president of the Bolivian airline Aurosur. He is a car collector and has a passion for all things that go fast. He has spent years putting together an impressive collection of the some of the rarest cars in the world. He had the kind of collection all of us dream of. That was until he was accused of embezzlement by the Bolivian Government. He fled Bolivia and came to the States, leaving his collection hidden in various locations. It was only a matter of time before they were discovered…

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Budget Super Car?: 1974 Maserati Merak http://barnfinds.com/budget-super-car-1974-maserati-merak/ http://barnfinds.com/budget-super-car-1974-maserati-merak/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:07:40 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21842 [Image]

The Maserati Merak is by no means the best Italian sports car nor is it the most desirable Maserati either. There is something about it that still catches our attention though. It has a certain flair about it that makes it special. Sure it is powered by a V6 engine, but in its day it was by all rights a super car. While Ferraris and Lamboghinis of this vintage now fetch big money at auction, the Merak is still a budget super car. This one was recently pulled from a Californian barn and is in need of a complete restoration. The seller has listed it here on eBay and is asking $7,200.

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20+ Mopar Collection Liquidation http://barnfinds.com/20-mopar-collection-liquidation/ http://barnfinds.com/20-mopar-collection-liquidation/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:07:36 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21829 [Image]

The owner of this collection of 20+ cars has decided to clear house. The majority of these cars are claimed to be rust free and a few of them appear to be in excellent condition. They are all Mopars, but may not be the models you would expect to find in a collection of this size. Keep reading to find out what  is under all those covers…

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Impractical Beauty: 1974 Lotus Seven http://barnfinds.com/impractical-beauty-1974-lotus-seven/ http://barnfinds.com/impractical-beauty-1974-lotus-seven/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:22:46 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21805 [Image]

The Lotus Seven is one of those special cars. It isn’t practical, it isn’t a good daily driver, and it isn’t the most attractive machine ever built. Yet with all its problems, it can simply be described as brilliant. It is a work of mechanical art that has one purpose and that’s to go fast. It isn’t fast because of a massive motor or some fancy forced induction system. It’s fast because it’s lightweight. It lacks many of the creature comforts that most car have, but it’s not supposed to have A/C or a radio. Any feature that isn’t needed to be driven only adds speed killing weight! True Lotus built Super Sevens are very hard to come by, especially later cars. This one was originally in New Zealand, but is now in California. Take a look at this survivor here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for another great tip!

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Weekend Reader Finds: April 21, 2014 http://barnfinds.com/weekend-reader-finds-april-21-2014/ http://barnfinds.com/weekend-reader-finds-april-21-2014/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:52:55 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21790 [Image]

Over the weekend, we got flooded with great submissions. There are so many great finds in here that we felt bad not writing more about each one, so we are going to try something a little different for this Weekend Recap. Hopefully you guys like it! Please feel free to let us know what you think, either in an email or in a comment. So let’s get right to it! There seemed to be a major theme this weekend and while you might think it would be convertibles or muscle cars, it turned out that many of the best finds this weekend were station wagons. Now these aren’t your typical wagons, but are some of the quirkiest and coolest wagons out there. Now if wagons aren’t you thing, don’t worry there are plenty of other great finds in this group too! Be sure to check them all out right after the break. Our thanks to everyone that shared their finds!

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Putting the S in Sport: 1967 Porsche 911S http://barnfinds.com/putting-the-s-in-sport-1967-porsche-911s/ http://barnfinds.com/putting-the-s-in-sport-1967-porsche-911s/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:00:40 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21721 [Image]

In the Porsche world, the 1967 911S is the Holy Grail for aficionados. It might not be as rare as a Carrera RS, but without the 911S we might not have all the other high performance variations of the 911 that followed. It was the first factory upgraded 911 and set the bar for Porsche. Anyone who has driven one can tell you the extra 20 horses made it a wicked machine to drive and that it isn’t for the faint of heart. Reader Ralph S recently sent us photos of this ’67 911S that was discovered in this barn. It had been hiding there since 1987 and has only seen 39k miles in its entire life. Last month it was pulled from the barn and has since been cleaned up. Now we are just waiting to find out what is going to happen to it next.

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What’s in Glen’s Barn? http://barnfinds.com/whats-in-glens-barn/ http://barnfinds.com/whats-in-glens-barn/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:00:54 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21707 [Image]

Some of the best barn finds we see are are the ones sitting in our reader’s barns and garages. Some are finds that you guys made years ago and have already restored, while others are cars that you have owned for years and are waiting to be restored. Well Reader Glen M has owned this car since it was brand new in 1965, of course it wasn’t a barn find at that point. Glen actually has a nice collection of cars, but he thought we might be interested in seeing his 1966 Corvette 427 Coupe the most. It is amazing to think that he has kept this car for all these years. Read

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Who Needs a Truck When You Have a SAAB? http://barnfinds.com/who-needs-a-truck-when-you-have-a-saab/ http://barnfinds.com/who-needs-a-truck-when-you-have-a-saab/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:20:44 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21711 [Image]

The honeymoon is officially over. If you follow the site, then you know I had a lapse in judgment the other day and bought a 1987 SAAB 900 for $1,600. People warned me, but I didn’t listen. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate many of the car’s virtues. Being enclosed in a layer of armored-truck-thick steel does make you feel safe and you really can carry a wagon sized load in the back. With 6 feet of flat depth, this wagonback design has proven its utility on multiple occasions. Now if only I could keep her running…

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Compact Comparo: Swinger vs Grabber http://barnfinds.com/compact-comparo-swinger-vs-grabber/ http://barnfinds.com/compact-comparo-swinger-vs-grabber/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:30:12 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=21708 [Image]

When we stumbled across these two early ’70s compact muscle cars, one a Dodge and the other a Ford, we knew it was time to do another comparo. We will try to keep this comparison serious and classy, but that may be a challenge considering that the candidates have names like Swinger and Grabber! We know the ’70s was a crazy time and all, but how did either company expect us to take either cars seriously with names like that? Now this comparison will focus on what these cars would have been like when they were new, as these two particular cars are in vastly different conditions. Be sure to look at both listings for more detailed photos. The 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger can be found here on eBay and the 1972 Ford Maverick Grabber can be found here on eBay.

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