Barn Finds http://barnfinds.com Dirty Old Cars For Sale! Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Small Mouth Bargain: 1957 Triumph TR3 http://barnfinds.com/small-mouth-bargain-1957-triumph-tr3/ http://barnfinds.com/small-mouth-bargain-1957-triumph-tr3/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41672

Over the last couple of years I have passed on a handful of TR3s. I've regretted it in most cases because prices just seem to keep climbing. As higher-end British sports cars such as the Big Healeys get further out of reach for the normal guy, mid-range cars like the powerful TR3 start to look very appealing. This particular one may not look very appealing right now, but I have a feeling that it could with a little work. The engine runs on an external tank and the seller has had the body media blasted so you can see what's going on. Some body filler is evident, but it looks pretty straight overall. Small mouth TR3s are hard to come by and if bidding doesn't go much higher, this one could end up being a bargain. Find it here on eBay where bidding is currently at $5k with no reserve and only a couple of hours left!

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$4,000 Road Runner Project! http://barnfinds.com/4000-road-runner-project/ http://barnfinds.com/4000-road-runner-project/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:52:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41657

The other day I was reading a book about muscle cars. The author claimed that the GTO was the car that kicked the whole thing off. I'm not going to argue that here, but instead I wanted to talk about what muscle cars sold for when they were new. I used a depreciation calculator and discovered that a new 1964 GTO would set you back about $25k in today's dollars. Not bad for such a high performance car! What about the Road Runner though? People say it upset things when it hit the scene in 1968. Well, I did the math and figured out why. A new Road Runner could be had for today's equivalent of $20k! Wow, just image if you could get a big block powered midsize for that kind of money. Road Runners are no longer the bargain they used to be though. Original and restored cars in decent condition demand big money, so when a project like this comes along, I take notice. The 383 is seized up and floors need replaced, but $4,000 seems like a bargain to me! Take a look at the eBay listing here and tell us what you think.

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454-Powered 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS http://barnfinds.com/454-powered-1970-chevrolet-chevelle-ss/ http://barnfinds.com/454-powered-1970-chevrolet-chevelle-ss/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41633

It's a shame that I didn't get to this one sooner! The auction ends in less than an hour, but this Chevelle still deserves a mention. It has supposedly been sitting in a garage in Ohio since 1982. It has 86k miles on the odometer and is claimed to be original. The best part though is that there is a 454 under the hood and a four on the floor! It is the 360 horsepower LS5 version, so it's not quite the top offering in 1970, but it would still be a load of fun. The seller has done a lot of work to make it a runner and with a little more elbow grease I think it could be a great driver. Unfortunately, the current high bid of $30k is probably all it's really worth. Take a look at the auction listing here on eBay. It should be interesting to see what it ends up going for!

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Barn Finds Invade Lucky Auction’s Fall Sale! http://barnfinds.com/barn-finds-invade-lucky-auctions-fall-sale/ http://barnfinds.com/barn-finds-invade-lucky-auctions-fall-sale/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41544

I receive catalogs from a couple of auction houses and it's plain to see that "barn finds" are all the rage right now. Original cars complete with all their flaws are a refreshing break from the over-restored machines that are normally found at these big sales. Anyway, it's time for Lucky Auction's Fall Auction and they have their own lineup of barn finds. It's an impressive list too! They have a 1963 Jaguar E-Type which is claimed to have been parked since 1984. It and a handful of other finds will cross the block without reserve so it should end up being an interesting show. The auction will be held Saturday and Sunday on August 29th-3oth and you can get more information here on the Lucky Auction's site. Be sure to check out the lot list and let us know which ones you have in your sights!

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True Barn Find: 1969 Datsun Roadster http://barnfinds.com/true-barn-find-1969-datsun-roadster/ http://barnfinds.com/true-barn-find-1969-datsun-roadster/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41455

Yes, that's a vintage Datsun roadster peeking out from the barn (nicely floored barn, I might add). Thanks to Robert R for this find, located in Lancaster, Ohio and offered for sale here on craigslist. The seller had plans to install a Ford V-8 and C4 automatic, although the original engine is in place. There is some troubling rust, but keep the asking price of $1,500 in mind when you look. I think it's the pushrod version of the engine, which I think means it's a SP311 or SPL311 with the 1600 cc four-cylinder, but I'll bet we have an expert reading this that can shed some light on this in case I'm wrong. The condition and availability of the trim and lights might make a difference on this one; let us know if you inquire further!

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1967 Volkswagen Bus: Shrunken Dragster http://barnfinds.com/1967-volkswagen-bus-shrunken-dragster/ http://barnfinds.com/1967-volkswagen-bus-shrunken-dragster/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41492

Just a few days ago, we featured a shorty conversion of a Bel Air wagon that many of you found to be, well, stupid! I tend to agree with you. Some of the comments also made reference to the fact that a few of these conversions found favor with drag racers, and it appears this latest find here on eBay validates that claim. This 1967 VW Bus has a history on the drag circuit on the East Coast but the seller doesn't know much more about it. As you might expect with an ex-drag car, it has plenty of high-performance upgrades, but the condition and specifications of those components remain a mystery, so you're taking a bit of a gamble if you decide to cast a bid.

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Tiny Woody: 1965 Morris Mini Traveler http://barnfinds.com/tiny-woody-1965-morris-mini-traveler/ http://barnfinds.com/tiny-woody-1965-morris-mini-traveler/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41512

Early original Mini's have a charm all their own, with minimalist everything, including very simple instrumentation, sliding side windows, and exposed external door hinges. It makes for an odd contrast when you look at the wood inserts in the rear body. My understanding is that unlike the Morris Minor Traveler, these pieces of wood are non-functional in the Mini, but maybe a reader with more experience with one of these could verify that? This particular car has a varied history, having traveled "across the USA and Mexico" before winding up in Dover, New Hampshire, where it's now for sale here on eBay. Thanks to Olaf E for this find! Bidding started very low and has just passed $500, and there's no reserve. While the car needs a lot of work, it does have some rare components, including NOS floors that have been tacked into place and decent seats. I'm sure it would make more economic sense in the long run to buy a finished Traveler or Countryman, but where's the fun and adventure in that?

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Barn Buddies: Plymouth Package http://barnfinds.com/barn-buddies-plymouth-package/ http://barnfinds.com/barn-buddies-plymouth-package/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41508

This listing, here on eBay, for a package deal consisting of a 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury and a '59 Belvedere is an interesting opportunity for anyone who's a fan of these Mopar coupes. The Belvedere is essentially offered as a parts car to assemble a complete Sport Fury, which was the seller's plans before too many other projects got in the way. Neither car has a title, so there will be some legwork involved with getting them on the road legally; however, given the rust repair needed in the Fury, you'll have time to get that squared away. The seller inspires confidence that he knows these cars and had plans to restore the Fury to road going shape, especially given the inclusion of replacement parts like new fender eyebrows and a host of junkyard bits that should serve as suitable components to replace cracked windshields and busted bumpers. For just under $6K, you can take these 2 projects home - if you're the sole bidder. Would any of you throw a bid up on these old girls, or leave them in the barn?

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Stored Since 1963: 1952 Jaguar Mk VII http://barnfinds.com/stored-since-1963-1952-jaguar-mk-vii/ http://barnfinds.com/stored-since-1963-1952-jaguar-mk-vii/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41441

I wish there were better pictures to show you of this long-stored Jaguar. The car is located in Caro, Michigan and is for sale here on craigslist, where the asking price is an ambitious $4,150. I say ambitious mainly because some parts were removed from the car in 1965 when the first restoration attempt was made and scrapped while the owner was serving in Vietnam. The missing components include the front and rear bumper, fender skirts, front splash pan, passenger side gas tank, and air cleaner. Some of those components will be difficult to find, and probably pretty expensive when you do find them. But if you could negotiate a better price, this project still might be worth doing simply because of the relatively solid body. What do you think? And if you can come up with a good story for the hole in the left front fender, I'd love to hear it! Thanks to Robert R for this find!

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1938 Buick Special: Dare To Compare http://barnfinds.com/1938-buick-special-dare-to-compare/ http://barnfinds.com/1938-buick-special-dare-to-compare/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 03:00:00 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=41413

This 1938 Buick Special hasn't been driven since 1967 and is completely original except for those, uh, wire wheel hubcaps. They do have the original caps, though, as well as the trim rings. There are only a few things missing, like the radio knobs, parking light lenses and the map light covers. The trunk floor has rust, but the rest of the floors are said to be solid. It comes with extra front fenders if one wants to replace the damaged right front fender. The engine turns, but it doesn't run. Also included is an extra engine. It is listed here on craigslist in Spokane.If someone could get this old Buick running and driving for a reasonable amount of money and work, the $5500 asking price would not seem too unreasonable, until you compare it to other Buicks listed recently.

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