American Barn Finds


1950 Ford F1 Pickup: Build-a-Bed

No matter the condition, the early Ford pickups are among the most handsome trucks ever made. This 1950 Ford F1 is listed here on eBay as a rusty project that’s been sitting for 28 years, so long that the bed has completely rusted out. It’s got a V8 and a stick, and the whitewalls look good enough to roll on. They probably aren’t, but it’s fun to think you could drive this rig in its severely weathered condition. Ocala seems to be a hot spot for old projects like this, and it’s a local I visit often when traveling to a nearby town to visit family. While the Florida weather hasn’t been kind to this truck, a $1,200 Buy-it-Now isn’t too terrible of a price – but I’d be happier to walk away with it for $800 and get to work building a bed. How would you restore it?


Ready To Rumble: 1931 Hudson Coupe

With one owner for about the last 40 years and having been stored in a barn for that period, this Hudson looks ripe for someone to enjoy. It can be found in Bandon, Oregon, and is listed for sale here on eBay where bidding is just over $12,000 with the reserve not yet met. I can’t say I know a lot about Hudsons, especially pre-war ones, but this sure has classy lines! And a rumble seat to boot! There’s 93,000 miles showing (I think, based on the odometer picture) and the car is said to be in un-restored condition. It’s also claimed to start right up and run well. I’m hoping someone buys this beauty and puts it back on the road quickly! It’s only missing the rumble seat cushion, step, and one engine vent knob. Any Hudson experts out there?


25 Year Sleep: 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk

For 25 years, this 63,000 mile original Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk has been waiting for someone to put it back on the road. It’s located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and is listed for sale here on craigslist. The price is steep at $10,000, but the seller may be open to lower offers. I feel the styling, especially the interior, on this series of Hawk is just stunning, and so unlike what the Big Three were doing at the time. Unfortunately the seller doesn’t tell us much about this car, and given that the NADA guide has running, driving cars valued at not much more than this, I suspect it may be a challenge to get the asking price. I do wish, however, that I were the person who got to turn the key for the first time and hear that 289 start up!  Thanks goes to Barn Finds reader Olaf E. for this find!


1967 Ford MUTT: Willys Alternative

I always forget Ford had its own version of a military-grade, Jeep-like vehicle. The Multipurpose Utility Tactical Truck (or MUTT) featured here on eBay is in presentable shape complete with the deep water fording kit and roll-over protection installed. The MUTT is now located in Virginia after selling a short time ago at a military surplus auction in California in February. The seller mentions that he is regrettably selling it to free up some funds for other toys, so it will be exciting what he comes up with next! There’s currently only one bid for $200 and the reserve unmet. Do you have any experience with these early Ford 4x4s, and what should it sell for?

1932 Auburn Mark V 160

1932 Auburn Mark V 160: Ex-Harrah’s Car

This 1932 Auburn Mark V 160 is an amazing and significant car. It is one of only three to exist. This was the year, 1932, that Auburn introduced their V12. It is a 391 CID overhead valve engine and produced 160 horsepower. The top speed was an impressive 93 mph. Many speed records were broken with this V12! Lycoming was a subsidiary of  Cord, as was Auburn, and all it’s engines were designed and built by them. Lycoming still manufactures light aircraft engines, one of 2 surviving companies in the US. The Auburn cost only about $1100, a bargain for the times compared to other luxury cars. This Auburn was in the Harrah’s collection and was not restored when the collection sold. The auction includes many spare parts. It surprises me that it is listed here on eBay. This is perhaps beyond the reach of most of us, but it is a very rare car.  I hope to read about this Auburn when it is restored! Read more »


1972 Plymouth Satellite: Free Tree

We’ve seen lots of junkyard cars and trucks firmly tethered to the ground, thanks to a tree springing up through the hood. But rarely do we see a car for sale where the owner freely admits it’s going to require several hours of chopping with power tools to claim your prize. This ’72 Plymouth Satellite was discovered by Barn Finds reader J. Clark here on Canada’s kijiji classifieds, and the seller freely acknowledges that this needy project is more about a tree for sale than the car itself. Still, the motor and transmission are present and I can’t imagine anyone would be crazy enough to ask big money for such a time-consuming project, starting with the extraction of the vehicle. We just saw how a Treed Goat became a major prize for one Barn Finds reader; is this Satellite worth a similar effort?


About 100 Made: 1971 Jeepster Hurst Edition

I thought I knew all of the Hurst special edition cars, but I was wrong! Have you ever heard of the Jeepster Commando Hurst Edition? This model apparently came about due to the need to add some pizzazz into the Jeepster lineup and was Hurst’s first attempt and adding performance to a 4WD vehicle. You can find a lot of information on this special model here, here and here. This particular Jeepster has been stored for the last five years in Birmingham, Alabama, and is up for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $3,000 and no reserve. Yes, that warped hood scoop is stock, and this one is warped a lot less than some I saw in pictures. All the Hurst equipment is present, including the unusual Hurst dual-gate automatic shifter and the original striping. I happen to like Jeepsters a lot, so this one to me would be nice to restore. Share your Hurst special edition experiences here with the rest of us!

Plymouth Fury

1957 Plymouth Fury: Bramble Beaten

Sometimes, I just love a good basketcase. This 1957 Plymouth Fury here on eBay is all kinds of ugly and looks well past the stage of being restorable, so you have to take pleasure in the way nature is clinging to this car’s remaining sheemetal. When cars are clearly unearthed after years of being buried in the brush, I always wonder what the owner must have thought walking past it to get the mail. “Huh,” he might muse casually, reminding himself that a full-size car is being overtaken by wildlife. Of course, some of these vehicles are inhabitants of large estates where the owners (or former owners) have little interest in the car and it’s put up for sale – hopefully for someone else to restore and enjoy. Whatever happens next, outdoor storage in a dark forest in Washington State is not a good approach to preserving a car for future generations. What are this Fury’s chances at rebirth?


Mini Pickup: 1956 Willys Jeep

I haven’t seen many Jeeps with this type of cab that turns the early utility vehicle into a small pickup. Combined with the somewhat weathered look of this vehicle and a claimed 34,000 miles, I think we have an excellent candidate for a period-looking work vehicle. I can see someone putting some sort of farm logo on the side of this (suitably weathered) and using it as-is cosmetically on their ranch. After all, that’s what the civilian Jeeps were designed for! Thanks to reader Jason J for alerting us to this find, located in Fort Collins, Colorado and for sale here on craigslist for $3,000. Tough as nails but not really suitable for highway use, this generation of Jeep enabled farmers and ranchers to take their work vehicles to town. I’m guessing in this case, the cab was to keep the owner warmer during winter work. Unfortunately, the seller tells us absolutely nothing about the mechanical condition of the vehicle, although there are pictures, including a large front winch and a fixed tow bar to take the Jeep with you. Interested?


1963 Plymouth Convertible: Worth Saving?

This could be promising. This 1963 Plymouth Valiant Signet Convertible was apparently imported from Canada and died in Boise, Idaho. The $2,200 asking price here on eBay could be reasonable. The seller is also offering a parts car with a good drive train for $800. Otherwise, the seller doesn’t provide much information. One might be able to have a nice little red convertible for reasonable money and not a lot of work – especially if one is not too concerned with appearance. Perhaps one of the guys near Boise could take a look if anyone is interested. Do you think there is any hope for this car? Read more »


Cheap Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda!

As someone who subscribes to the notion of, “buy it cheaply and pour enough money into it to equate the purchase price of one without any needs,” I can see plenty of mouths watering over this very rough ’70 AAR ‘Cuda found here on eBay. This is one of those cars that is rarely cheap to buy when in good shape, so I’m sure there are Mopar fans fantasizing about the possibility of owning a genuine AAR without having to deplete their savings accounts. Of course, for a car that looks rusty and badly beaten from longtime exposure to weather (oh, and the motor is long gone), you’re going to end up spending as much if not more to bring it back from the dead. Sassy Grass Green is a fantastic color, and one sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2011 for north of $70K, but is this fright pig really worth the plunge?

1969 Torino Talladega

1969 Ford Torino Talladega Garage Find

From Jim O – Hi Guys. It’s Jim O. again with a local barn find. A friend recently told me about a guy that he knew for quite some time. Until recently he had no idea that he hoarded cars. He mentioned he had a Torino Talladega. My friend contacted me to see if I might be interested. Of course I was. I met him this past Saturday at a local swap meet to introduce myself. He agreed to let me look at the car but he wasn’t sure if he wanted to sell it. He had others come and look and offer to buy it, but it never happened for whatever reason. I went over to look Monday night. Fell in love and told him that I would buy it if he decided to sell it. He said he’d think about it. The very next night at a local car show he came up to me and said he’d sell it to me!! I went over last night, paid and picked it up this morning. It had been sitting in his barn/garage for about 10 years. He parked after having some issues with it running reliably and there it sat. I can’t wait to get it back on the road. Read more »

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