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1985 Dodge Omni GLH

Shelby’s GTI: 1985 Dodge Omni GLH

After Lee Iacocca asked Carroll Shelby to breathe some life into Chrysler’s bare-bones hatchback, the famed performance consultant created the Dodge Omni GLH (short form for “Goes Like Hell.”) When stacked against competitors like the GTI and the Civic Si, the GLH was a formidable opponent right out of the box. What’s even more impressive is that the Omni was a contender before a turbo was bolted onto the 2.2 liter engine, which was offered later as an option. A seller in Maine apparently felt these cars are worth saving, as he’s given a naturally-aspirated GLH a new lease on life and listed it here on craigslist with an asking price of $3,000. Read more »

1973 Triumph TR6

I Checked-Out this Real Barn Find TR6

I’ve been checking out an ad for a local TR6 for a while now. It’s been on Craigslist in Raleigh, NC (my hometown) for a month or two, and as the owner of 2 TR6’s, two other TR6 engined cars and a slew of extra TR6 parts, this looked like it could have been a match made in heaven. It’s advertised as a 1971, but looked like it had 1973 features, and was actually made in June of 1973. Unfortunately, I’ve been in the middle of selling a house, moving to another one and dealing with a lot of job changes all at the same time…so the hobby cars had to wait. I assumed that the car would disappear and I’d see it one day at a local Triumph Club of the Carolinas meeting all fixed up. But the ad stayed up. On January 2nd, it appeared here on craigslist again with a different set of pictures, and I started to write it up for BarnFinds, at least partially to keep me from pursuing it. A few paragraphs into the article, I told my wife why I was writing this particular car up, and she looked over my shoulder at the pictures and said “why don’t you at least go look at it?” Two things were made abundantly clear at that moment, (1) I married the right woman (sorry, guys, she doesn’t have a sister!), and (2) I knew what I’d be doing with my Sunday afternoon. Read more »

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Vintage Limo: 1938 Armstrong Siddeley

Armstrong Siddeley was a storied British marque that unfortunately met its demise when first Bristol, and later Rolls Royce wanted the aircraft side of their business. Their reputation was (and is) that A-S’s were technologically conservative but finely crafted cars that offered an upper class image without all of the upper class price. This particular car was driven into a garage 30 years ago and never moved again -what a shame!  It’s for sale right now here on eBay with no reserve and bidding well under $10,000. Read more »

1973 Corvette Project

Bumps and Bruises: 1973 Corvette

We recently featured a Chevrolet Corvair that underwent an amazing transformation. When it was discovered it was in a sad state, but after the seller put some hard work and attention into it, they got it looking incredible again. Well the 1973 Corvette you see above shares a similar story. When John S found it several months ago, it was in the dilapidated condition you see above, but after some hard work he now has his Vette back on the road and looking good! Read his full story in his own words below. Read more »

Sunbeam Alpines

A “Barn Find” Yardfull

This is a good news/bad news story. Sound familiar? There are a lot of them on Barn Finds: interesting car, cheap price, needs a little work, or has a lot of useful parts. But is it worth taking on as a project? For this listing it could be all of the above…except maybe for the cheap price part. This listing is for two Sunbeam Alpine sports cars, both for $3,500. Check them out here on eBay. Read more »

1970 BMW 2002

Rusty Roundie: 1970 BMW 2002

The BMW 2002 is on the tips of tongues everywhere as an excellent entry point into classic motoring. As one the most popular sports sedans ever sold in the U.S., the 2002 raised the bar for domestic and import cars alike, revealing how excellent handling was a great equalizer in an era better known for its horsepower wars. Coupled with its reliability and affordable price tag, it’s not surprising why the 2002 became wildly popular and put BMW officially on the map as a producer of fun, driver-focused cars. This 1970 2002 “roundie” project is listed here on Craigslist in Iowa with an asking price of $2,550. Read more »

1979 Ford Cruising Wagon

Cruising Wagon: 1979 Ford Pinto

If yesterday’s Pinto wagon just wasn’t psychedelic enough for your tastes or you’re on the other side of the pond and want a Pinto that’s already on your side of the globe, this 1979 Pinto Cruising Wagon might just be the car for you! It isn’t in as fantastic condition as the previous wagon, but it is possibly the only one ever imported into the UK. It is going to need a lot of work, but if you’re up for the challenge, you can find it here on eBay in Stirling, United Kingdom. Special thanks to Ricky M for this tip! Read more »

1979 Ford Pinto Wagon

Plaid Perfection: 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon

I’m usually not a fan of late ’70s and early ’80s American cars. Strict bumper, safety, and emission regulations had taken a signification toll on styling and performance. But everyone once in a while I see a car from this era that I truly like. You guys should all know by now that I like oddballs and few things are as odd as a Ford Pinto Station Wagon. Slap some faux wood grain on the side and you suddenly have a car I can really appreciate. This 1979 Pinto Wagon has a lot going for it, including an amazing plaid interior! It can be found here on craigslist in Knoxville, Tennessee for $4,495. Special thanks to Chuck F for this tip! Read more »

1969 Buick Skylark Convertible

Summer Cruiser: 1969 Buick Skylark Convertible

For some, the appeal of topless motoring knows no bounds. Despite the “death” of the domestic convertible in the mid-1970’s and its eventual rebirth, being able to put the top down on a car holds a draw like no other. Wind in the face, blown hair and the promise of sunshine means that most convertibles are more valued than their steel-roofed family members. As a convertible lover myself, I’ve noticed that it’s more and more difficult to find an affordable domestic drop-top, so I was pleased to find this solid Buick for sale here on craigslist in Apex, North Carolina for $4,500. Read more »

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Barn Finds 2014 Photo Contest

We have been so busy finding cars lately that we went and forgot about our yearly calendar! Better late than never I suppose. So, to get things started we are going to have our 3rd annual Barn Finds photo contest. Please send in your best shots of old cars sitting in barns, garages, fields, allies, or anywhere else you found them. Images must be high resolution to be considered (preferably 2200 x 1700 or more). The top 13 shots will be featured in the calendar and each winner will receive a free copy as a prize! Please email your entries along with a short explanation to mail@barnfinds.com.

1961 Chevy Corvair

Resurrection in Red: 1961 Chevy Corvair Monza

Being able to see the transformation of a car that you bought in neglected or poor condition is one of the most gratifying aspects of owning a barn find. Whether it’s the satisfaction that comes from getting a car running or simply bringing some shine back to the paint, those gradual improvements deliver feelings of satisfaction like no new car ever could. That’s why this Craigslist listing for a 1961 Chevy Corvair Monza coupe caught my eye, the seller bought this car out of the previous owner’s shed and has performed quite a transformation. Check it out here in North Carolina for $4,000 or best reasonable offer. Read more »

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Canadian Wedge: 1973 Brooklands Roadster

Does anyone else remember seeing ads for these in the back of British Car many years ago? The idea was sound; take a relatively common and inexpensive sports car, an MGB in this case, and clothe it with a modern body evocative of a Miata, Alfa Spider, or Lotus. Canadian Barry Preston did this in the early 1990’s with his Brooklands and Barn Finds reader Joe P has discovered one for sale on Kijiji in Ontario, Canada for only $1,500! Read more »