Barn Finds http://barnfinds.com Rescuing Forgotten Classics Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:26:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Clay Stained: 1970 Jaguar E-Type FHC http://barnfinds.com/clay-stained-1970-jaguar-e-type-fhc/ http://barnfinds.com/clay-stained-1970-jaguar-e-type-fhc/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:29:46 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29342 [Image]

Sometimes a fantastic find comes through that time just doesn’t permit us to write up as soon as they’ve hit the inbox. The new Reader’s Find feature, which I discussed just earlier today allows us to share them quickly, but it doesn’t give us a chance to really talk about the find. This 1970 Jaguar E-Type was just so fascinating that even though I already ran it as a Reader’s Find, I decided it deserved a full feature. You can find it here on eBay in Santa Barbara, California with 4 days left.

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Say Hello To More Reader Finds! http://barnfinds.com/say-hello-to-more-reader-finds/ http://barnfinds.com/say-hello-to-more-reader-finds/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:00:48 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29330 [Image]

So if you’ve been a long time Barn Finds follower, you have watched this site grow and change over the years. We have tried a lot of different designs and features in our never ending quest to make this site more enjoyable. The only changes that seem to stick are the ones that have made the site simpler and easier to use, but over the past few months we have been working on adding some new features that have the main goal of bringing you guys more finds everyday. Our latest addition, which has been around for a little while now, is the Reader’s Finds. I’m sure by now you’ve noticed them on the site and in our daily emails, but I thought I’d take some time to talk about this new feature and see what you think.

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British Motoring Monday: 1961 Jaguar Mk IX Project http://barnfinds.com/british-motoring-monday-1961-jaguar-mk-ix-project/ http://barnfinds.com/british-motoring-monday-1961-jaguar-mk-ix-project/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:00:13 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29320 [Image]

My wife is in love with Jaguar Mk. VII’s, VIII’s and IX’s and eventually wants one. Consequently, I am in a constant search for the right car, although I think there will have to be a thinning of our herd before we purchase one. I asked her the other day what her ideal color combination would be, and she said dark blue and gray. So the first thing I did when I found this Jaguar that’s located in Berlin, New Jersey was pass my laptop to her. Sigh. It’s offered here on craigslist for $5,500.

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Tri-Five Under $4k! 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air http://barnfinds.com/tri-five-under-4k-1957-chevrolet-bel-air/ http://barnfinds.com/tri-five-under-4k-1957-chevrolet-bel-air/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:11:20 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29311 [Image]

I was pretty surprised to see this classic Chevy for such a low price, but then I started reading further, and there are good reasons. There are some good reasons that it may be a bargain as well! This Bel Air is located in Sparks, Nevada, and is offered here on eBay for a buy-it-now of one cent under $4,000 or best offer.

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1966 International Harvester Wrecker http://barnfinds.com/1966-international-harvester-wrecker/ http://barnfinds.com/1966-international-harvester-wrecker/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:41:11 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29302 [Image]

I have a tow vehicle and a trailer with a winch for towing home my barn finds… or the race car when it breaks, or the Triumphs when the Prince of Darkness strikes! I’m looking at this wrecker and thinking how nice it would be to be able to just hook up and go home! Typically when I need to tow a car home, it’s either in the middle of the night, or I’m tired—the last thing I want to do is get a trailer out of storage, hook up a tow vehicle and head out, then spend half an hour pulling the dead car onto the trailer and tying it down. If you feel the same way, check out this wrecker located in Holland, New York and up for auction here on eBay with no reserve and a buy-it-now of $2,995.

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South Florida Sunshine: 1969 Datsun 1600 Roadster http://barnfinds.com/south-florida-sunshine-1969-datsun-1600-roadster/ http://barnfinds.com/south-florida-sunshine-1969-datsun-1600-roadster/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:00:02 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29290 [Image]

Yes, Virginia, Datsun did make sports cars before the 240Z. And they were good ones! While this isn’t the more desirable larger-engined 2000, the 1600 is a nice convertible in its own right. Thanks to Jim S for spotting this one that’s located in Miami, Florida and is offered here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $2695.95.

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1972 Volvo 145: It’s Gotta Go! http://barnfinds.com/1972-volvo-145-its-gotta-go/ http://barnfinds.com/1972-volvo-145-its-gotta-go/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:40:17 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29273 [Image]

After writing up a couple of Fiestas the other day, I decided to go and test drive one of those new Fiesta STs that all the automotive journalists have been gushing about. Well, that went so well that a killer deal is pending on one. There’s one problem though. The garage is full! With the brakes pulled apart on our 122 project, the 145 has gotta go! Normally brand new cars are not something I do, but I have told myself that I can have it if the wagon sells in one day. The may sound strange, but the dealer claims that the bargain price will expire on March 1st anyway. This also seemed like great opportunity to announce our new site! As exciting as barn finds can be, they are not for everyone, so Credit Card Classics is going to fill that gap where cars like my Volvo fit – cheap, but cheerful daily drivers costing under $5k. So please take a look at the wagon over there and let us know what you think!

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Sable Coat in the Garage: 1964 Bentley S3 http://barnfinds.com/sable-coat-in-the-garage-1964-bentley-s3/ http://barnfinds.com/sable-coat-in-the-garage-1964-bentley-s3/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:47:59 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29272 [Image]

Imagine putting this Bentley in your garage as a daily driver (if it would fit, not too sure it would in mine)! A true garage find with a claimed three owners from new, this relatively rare (less than 1,300 produced) luxury machine can be yours if your bid is the highest one. This 1964 S3 is located in Union City, California and is available here on eBay.

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Face Off: ’64 Corvair Vs ’74 Karmann Ghia http://barnfinds.com/face-off-1964-chevy-corvair-vs-1974-vw-karmann-ghia/ http://barnfinds.com/face-off-1964-chevy-corvair-vs-1974-vw-karmann-ghia/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:22:17 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29260 [Image]

With much of the country in a deep freeze and no end in sight, my thoughts wandered to warm-weather cruising. The daylight is sticking around a few minutes longer each day, so maybe – just maybe – we can start to daydream of dropping the top and going for a drive. That’s why this week’s Face Off features two classic convertibles saddled with automatics for extra leisurely cruising: a 1964 Chevy Corvair with only 25,000 miles on here eBay for $13,990 or best offer and a 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible listed here on craigslist in New Hampshire’s craigslist for $8,995. Let the debate begin!

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Dusty Drop Top: 1970 Mercedes 280SL http://barnfinds.com/dusty-drop-top-1970-mercedes-280sl/ http://barnfinds.com/dusty-drop-top-1970-mercedes-280sl/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:50:23 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=29254 [Image]

One of the major appeals, or at least the dream, of a barn find is getting an amazing deal. I know the first time I ever heard about the concept of a barn find, I was still a child and all I remember is a story about someone finding a rare Mustang in a barn and buying it from a little old lady for only a few hundred dollars. The story went as most of them do, they fixed a few things  and sold it for tens of thousands. While stories like this are still somewhat common, the internet has changed things. With a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can look up the value of a classic. Personally, I think it’s a good thing that people can educate themselves. The problem is that lots of people value their barn find off of what a fully restored example recently went for at some high dollar auction. Reader Andrew M recently tipped me off to this 1970 Mercedes 280SL found here on craigslist and I’m trying to decide if the seller’s $30k asking price is on target or if it is a bit high.

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