It’s that time again! Lucky Auctions has always been a big supporter of Barn Finds so we try to do previews of all their auctions. The fall classic will be held this August 27th – 28th in conjunction with the annual LeMay car show. So, there’s going to be a lot of eye candy around and you might even be able to snag a deal or two. They are still accepting consignments, so that might be an option if you have a car you need to sell. The action will take place in Tacoma, Washington and you can get more info here on their auction site or keep reading for our top picks.
This could be the headliner of the event. It’s a Nash-Healey and, if you didn’t already know, it’s a rare and valuable sports car. Donald Healey needed an engine for his new car and Nash needed a sports car in their model lineup. This is the result. The full Nash-Healey story is worth a read, but we won’t go into that here. This thing originally had a McCulloch supercharger fitted, but the owner installed a Chevy 348 V8 as soon as the new engine came out. In the early eighties the car was parked in a garage where it then sat for 23 years until it was pulled out in 2013 and brought back to life.
It may not be a barn find, but we have a thing for any Hurst/Olds car so this one gets a mention. This W30 has been repainted and reupholstered, but looks like a great example of a rare eighties muscle car. Oldsmobile decided to use a 350/automatic combination that was already emissions certified in another car because it didn’t have to pass the test again as long as they sold less than 2,500 examples. So, 2,499 were built. Every car had a dual gate Hurst shifter and many other tweaks that made it much more than just an appearance package.
You knew we were going to throw something odd in here. A few years ago, these big Buicks Roadmasters were only considered collector cars by a small group of old guys who drank coffee together at the local Mcdonalds. But, now more people are jumping on the band wagon… er, station wagon? Much like the Olds, this vehicle was a throwback to better times. The sunroof was inspired by the Vista Cruiser and the wood grain was a nod to its great-grandfathers. The mileage is unknown, but it appears to be in excellent condition so I’d have my eye on this one.
Finally, we have a Studebaker Avanti that looks very familiar. That could be because we featured it as an exclusive back in July! It sold within 24 hours and now it looks like one of our readers is attempting to make a quick buck at auction. They didn’t even take new photos! Oh well, it will be interesting to see what it sells for this time around. So, besides the ones mentioned here, are there any cars in the lot list that you think are worth consideration?