Estate sales are always a good place to look for projects. There is usually less competition come bidding time because fewer people know about it, but you also have to know what you are looking for. Barn Finds reader Bob P just sent in a link to a big sale coming up on September 6th in North Canton, Ohio. The ’57 Chevy looks interesting, but there are many other classic cars and old motorcycles on offer that might be more desirable. It looks like everything has been parked for years, but I’m sure there will be a few bargains to be had. Take look here on Kiko Auctions. Thanks for the tip Bob! Read more »
The seller of this 1931 Marmon V16 claims it is the cheapest of its kind in the entire world, but then again it is probably the roughest one too! These massive prewar machines are exceptionally rare and as the price would suggest, highly desired. I’m not sure if the seller’s claim is really the best sales tactic for a car like this, but it’s certainly an interesting strategy to take. I guess it caught my attention, but any prewar car with a V16 will do that. It is located in Apple Valley, California and appears to have been parked out in the elements here for a number of years. Find it here on eBay with an opening bid of $47k. Read more »
It is always nice to receive updates on cars that we have featured over the years. Josh and I always wonder where they end up, but we very rarely hear from the new owners. Luckily, Brandon at RPM Restorations was kind enough to email us a few photos of a car that we featured back in 2012. It has undergone quite a transformation since then and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that this one has been saved. It has undergone a complete restoration and is now part of a large collection. Hopefully the previous owner will see this and feel good knowing that their teenage dream went to a good home. Thanks for sharing this with us Brandon!
After getting a massive response from the North Carolina find, our inbox has been overloaded with emails asking about some of the cars in the pictures. There is one car in particular that many people were interested in that left me a little surprised. It isn’t that I have anything against it, I was just surprised to receive countless emails asking about the Willys Jeepster. I have always been intrigued by the Jeepster, but never done much research into them or their story. Seeing how many people wanted to know more about it, I decided to do some studying. I was able to dig up some interesting history, as well as two Jeepsters that are for sale right now! Both are barn finds, but one is in better condition. Take a look at each and let me know which one you would buy, but be sure to read about both before making a decision! Find the links to both auctions below. Read more »
The Corvette is one of America’s most loved cars and current prices reflect that fact. The phrase “cheap Corvette” seems to be an oxymoron these days and although not really cheap, one of our readers thinks this 1969 Corvette Convertible might qualify for the title. It obviously needs some work, but with Hagerty valuing a #4 at $14k, this project might be worth a look. Find it here on craigslist in Santa Clara, California for $7,000. Thanks for the tip Robert J! Read more »
UPDATE 8/22/14 –So Alan was finally able to get a hold of the owner of this collection and has gotten permission to release their phone number. We don’t want the seller to get overwhelmed with spam and phone calls, so if you are interested in buying something, just email us here and we will get you the number as soon as possible!
FROM 8/19/14 – It’s only been a few months since we featured a massive collection of classics that Alan F came across in North Carolina (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Well, he has managed to hunt down another hoard of cars hiding in North Carolina. This find isn’t nearly as massive as the last one, but there are still plenty of cars here. According to Alan, the owner wants to get rid of everything. Alan offered to help sell it all on eBay, but the owner doesn’t trust computers and decided to just keep offering everything locally. The owner hopes to find homes for everything, but isn’t over the idea of scrapping it all. I would hate to see all these cars and parts crushed for scrap, but if the seller isn’t willing to sell online that might be what ends up happening. Thanks Alan for sharing your find with us! Read more »
Last week one of our readers emailed us about an International truck that they just purchased at an estate sale. Apparently it had been parked since 1968! It is solid though and has some interesting hand-painted lettering on the sides and tailgate. They have done some research in an attempt to find more information about the previous owner or the associated company, but haven’t had any luck. So, they hoped that we might be able to dig something up. Thanks for sharing this with us Sherry! Read more »
Some occupations are perfectly suitable for car hunters – delivery men, meter readers, electricians and the like all know where a few gems are stashed. For example, this 1970 Ford Torino was found while doing some electrical work. It hadn’t been registered since 1991, but the owner was not interested in selling. They did say that they would call if they ever changed their mind though. Well, they called about a month ago. A deal was obviously made and it is already listed for sale again online. It’s a shame that the new owner didn’t do more with it before moving on, but I’m still excited for the next owner when they are finally able to fire this beast up! Find it here on eBay in Canastota, New York. Read more »
The problem with wagons is that few were ever fitted with the good engine/transmission combinations. Most weren’t even offered with the performance options because the average wagon buyer was more concerned with things like fuel economy. Every dollar counts when you are raising a family! A few sleepers still slipped through the showrooms though and I find it even more exciting to find them today than their two-door siblings. The seller of this 1961 Chevrolet Parkwood suspects that it was originally fitted with a 409 and 4-speed! Find it here on eBay in Hamilton, Montana. Read more »