Barn Finds http://barnfinds.com Rescuing Forgotten Classics Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 It’s a Runner: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T http://barnfinds.com/its-a-runner-1971-dodge-challenger-rt/ http://barnfinds.com/its-a-runner-1971-dodge-challenger-rt/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:03:26 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26997 [Image]

I’ve always loved the sight of a muscle car or some foreign exotic in slightly used-up, possibly neglected condition. I suppose it’s because so often you see these types of vehicles with body panels hand-polished to perfection and chrome that could blind someone on a sunny day. So when a car like this 1971 Challenger appears, I tend to warm up to it more quickly. Its stories are still there, present in the battle scars and blemishes. This is not so much about patina as it is about history and while the next owner will have their work cut out for them, this recently discovered R/T model in Oregon will come with lots of memories. Find it here on eBay or in Portland.

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Could’ve Had A Turbine: 1970 Rover P6 http://barnfinds.com/it-could-have-had-a-turbine-1970-rover-p6/ http://barnfinds.com/it-could-have-had-a-turbine-1970-rover-p6/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:02:15 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26985 [Image]

The gestation of the Rover P6 is fascinating. At one point in the 50’s and early 60’s, Rover was convinced the powertrain of the future was the gas turbine. Rover was involved in the prototyping and production of the world’s first jet engines in 1939-40 and by the end of 1945 was working on the first use of a gas turbine engine in an automobile (I’ll bet a lot of you thought Chrysler was first!). By 1950, their first car, “JET 1” was prototyped and they were well on the way to producing a production vehicle. The P6 was supposed to be the production home for that gas turbine. This one, however, is powered by the ubiquitous 3500 V8 and is for sale here on eBay with a buy it now price of $7200.

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Seeking Info: 1957 Drag Corvette “Lil Twister” http://barnfinds.com/seeking-info-57-drag-corvette-lil-twister/ http://barnfinds.com/seeking-info-57-drag-corvette-lil-twister/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26966 [Image]

From Bob B – Hello, I ran across your site googling for pics of Corvette gauges and was very interested to see the yellow 1957 BM/SP Corvette drag car. This is because I bought a ’57 BM/SP drag Corvette back in May and I, also, am looking for information on the car.

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Shark Nosed Six: 1939 Graham Model 97 http://barnfinds.com/shark-nosed-six-1939-graham-model-97/ http://barnfinds.com/shark-nosed-six-1939-graham-model-97/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:39:49 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26955 [Image]

We have all heard the names of Henry Ford, Harley Earl, and the Dodge Brothers. All were notable figures in automotive history, but there were three brothers who had an incredible impact on the automobile, yet there names are almost completely forgotten today. The Graham brothers (Joseph, Robert, and Ray to be exact) founded the company originally to provide Model T truck conversions, but quickly saw potential as a car manufacturer. They pioneered a number of innovations and some of the most beautiful cars ever built. This 1939 Model 97 Town and Country showcases both their style and innovative ideas. Have a look at it here on eBay in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

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Grace without Pace: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 190E http://barnfinds.com/grace-without-pace-1984-mercedes-benz-190e/ http://barnfinds.com/grace-without-pace-1984-mercedes-benz-190e/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:04 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26948 [Image]

Full disclosure: the car you see above is one of my all-time favorite cars. I owned a 1991 Mercedes 190E with the 2.3 gas four-cylinder and an automatic. I used it to drive back and forth to school primarily, which consisted of a 3 hour drive up the Mass Pike. It delivered the driving quality of an S-Class with the fuel efficiency you’d expect from a compact sedan and miserly inline-four motor. To this day, I haven’t driven a better highway car for the money, and wish I kept mine. Barn Finds reader Jim S found this rare 5-speed example here on eBay in dry New Mexico, with a few bids already on the board but the reserve unmet.

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Stately Diplomat: 1966 AMC Ambassador http://barnfinds.com/stately-diplomat-1966-amc-ambassador/ http://barnfinds.com/stately-diplomat-1966-amc-ambassador/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:32 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26923 1966-AMC-Ambassador My grandfather was pretty tough on cars, although he maintained them well. He had a slighter newer Ambassador than this one growing up, but I don’t remember it looking this nice even then. This clean looking 1966 AMC was brought to our attention by Ricky M, and is at auction here on eBay. Wearing original ivory paint and tan interior, this Ambassador appears to be a low mileage survivor, with 44k on the odometer. Unusually, the car has factory air and power steering but manual brakes. The seller states that not only is the paint original, there is little rust or body repairs, and that it was kept in a barn in western Oklahoma. 327-v8 A new exhaust system was fitted by the previous owner, and supposedly the car was freshened up mechanically. The seller notes that better tires will be needed for driving any distance and that the gas in the tank has been there for a while, so don’t plan on driving it home without doing some work first. On the bright side, the ad does state that the car is in running condition, all gauges work, and that there is no smoke present or even oil leaks! Ambassador-interior The ash trays are opened in this picture and look spotless, although new carpet will certainly be required. Interior upholstery is original and the dash has no cracks or rips. 1966-AMC-Ambassador-rear The one major exterior blemish has been taken care of as well, with a taillight housing coming with the car to replace the damaged driver’s side one, although there’s nothing offered to fix the surface rust above it. In one of the pictures, I think I see a piece missing from the passenger side taillight as well. I think that both the front and rear styling of this cruiser set it apart from the typical 60’s sedan, with the vertical headlamp arrangement being vaguely reminiscent of contemporary Pontiacs, but still significantly different. Even all four original wheel covers are in place. Would you run skinny whitewalls like I would, or go the conservative route with blackwalls? Tri-Poised-Power Underhood, we have the AMC 327 "Tri Poised Power" V-8, which the seller has clarified has a 2-bbl carb. I had to google Tri Poised Power to find out that it merely meant that the powertrain was mounted on three rubber mounts! An automatic transmission is fitted, but it’s unclear whether it is a 2-spd or 3-spd transmission. I thought AMC was using Chrysler 3-speed transmissions by this point, but I’m sure a reader can correct me if not. Ambassador-taillights Nothing I see about this car scares me. And although it's the most desirable model, when have you ever seen another one? I can imagine the fun showing up at Cars-N-Coffee with no danger of having a duplicate car being there with you—of course, that can be both good and bad. So, do you think you’d feel like a diplomat cruising in this Ambassador?

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Possible Salt Flat Racer: 1954 Corvette http://barnfinds.com/possible-salt-flat-racer-1954-corvette/ http://barnfinds.com/possible-salt-flat-racer-1954-corvette/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:01 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26905 [Image]

The seller of this 1954 Corvette is assisting with the sale of a huge stash of cars and parts that have been sitting in a barn since the 70s. This appears to be the first car to come out of hiding and boy, is it a good one! Sure, it has holes cut in the body and most of the parts are missing, but there is some evidence here that this may have been a race car that could have even run at Bonneville. The car is located in Irvington, Alabama and bidding starts at $1,000 here on eBay. Take a look and let us know if you think it’s authentic.

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Luxury Wagon: 1963 Cadillac Vista Cruiser http://barnfinds.com/luxury-wagon-1963-cadillac-vista-cruiser/ http://barnfinds.com/luxury-wagon-1963-cadillac-vista-cruiser/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:33:46 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26886 [Image]

When was the last time you saw one of these? I bet the answer was never because this seems to be the only one in existence. The seller claims that it is the holy grail of Cadillacs! I’m not so sure about that, but the combination of a Vista Cruiser’s roof line with the plush accommodations of a Cadillac make this one worth a look. You won’t be able to experience it for cheap though. The seller is asking $38k here on eBay in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. That seemed high to me, but Cadillac wagons are always intriguing so I did a little digging…

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Galactic Wagon: 1964 Ford Country Squire http://barnfinds.com/galatic-wagon-1964-ford-country-squire/ http://barnfinds.com/galatic-wagon-1964-ford-country-squire/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:11:11 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=26865 [Image]

This 1964 Ford Country Squire isn’t the cleanest or nicest example of Ford’s big wagon, but there is something about this particular car that grabs my attention. Maybe it’s the unusual rust patterns and patina. Or perhaps it is the fact that it’s the top of the line Galaxy wagon with the 390 V8 and just about every feature you could option these with. I’m not sure what is so appealing about an old wagon that has seen 128k miles, but there is just something truly honest about it. If like me, you find this station wagon strangely appealing, you can find it here on eBay in Gig Harbor, Washington. Happy Wagon Wednesday!

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