Targa-Vertible: 1986 TVR Tasmin 280i

1986 TVR Tasmin 280i

You may have noticed that we don’t feature many cars built after the 70′s here on BarnFinds. It’s not that we don’t like them, as a matter of fact all of our project cars right now were built after 1970. We guess the reason we don’t see more on these pages has to do with the fact that there aren’t many of these later cars being pulled out of barns. We are sure there are plenty of them out there. They just haven’t aged enough to be worth dragging from the barn yet. As they grow a bit older, we have a feeling more and more will start to surface. At this point it seems only the rare and oddball ones are being pulled out, which we don’t mind one bit. We have always had an appreciation for the odd and uncommon, especially when it comes to our cars. That might be the reason we were attracted to this 1986 TVR Tasmin 28oi that we found here on eBay. The seller claims it was recently pulled from a barn and has seen just 7k miles. It might be reminiscent of another British built sports car of the era, the Triumph TR7, but we think it is a bit more interesting. Read more »

Behemoth British Stash – 23 MGs Plus More!

British Stash

When the British Invasion hit our shores, it brought with it more than just shaggy hair and groovy music. It brought with it the British Roadster. Alright that’s not completely true, they had already been on our shores for a number of years before the Beatles showed up, but the Invasion pushed the likes of the MGB, Mini, and Spitfire into the spotlight. These small, but fun cars gained considerable followings during the Invasion and went on to become classics. Of all the British cars to make it big here, few are as iconic as the MGB. With a production run that spanned nearly 20 years, it’s no wonder they are still plentiful. Richard in Palm Springs sent us a link to this stash of British cars he came across here on craigslist. The vast majority are MGBs, but there are also a few Triumphs, Jensen Healeys and even a couple of Volvos thrown into the mix. Read more »

French Garage Find: 1964 Jaguar E-Type

1964 Jaguar E-type in France

BarnFinds has become a truly global community, with readers all over the world. When we started this site, we had no idea we would make friends with people on every continent. We love to hear from all our BFF’s (Barn Finds Friends?) no matter where they are located. The language barrier can be a bit troublesome at times, but so far we have been lucky and been able to piece things together. We recently received a great submission from Thierry D for an amazing Jaguar that is set to go to auction in Fontainebleau, France. This was one of the times that we got lucky, as the listing is both in French and English. Even if you are thousands of miles from this 1964 Jaguar E-Type, it has some very interesting history and is definitely worth a look. Find it listed here on Auction.fr where is will hit the block on June 22. Read more »

Stacked High: 1968 Triumph GT6

1968 Triumph GT6

Oh the unusual places and conditions we find cars in! We have seen cars stored in some interesting locations and in peculiar arrangements, so seeing this 1968 Triumph GT6 stacked like Tetris blocks to the rafters of this barn isn’t all that unusual for us. We can only assume it has been left like this simply because floor space was limited and the bonnet needed to go somewhere. The seller doesn’t provide much in the way of information, so we can only speculate about its history and what goes along with it. It has been listed here on eBay with an opening bid of $200, so be sure to take a look at it. Thanks to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Hemmings Find: 1957 Aston Martin DB MK III

1957-aston-martin-barn-find

While browsing the classifieds, we stumbled upon this 1957 Aston Martin. We love AM barn finds and have featured a few over the years, so we figured this one deserved a mention too. It was supposedly parked sometime in the seventies and was just recently pulled out. After a tune-up, it runs, but is still in dire need of a full restoration. The quarter-million dollar asking price puts it out of reach for all but the most well-heeled of us, but it sure is fun to dream. Take a look at the ad here on Hemmings or continue reading for more photos. Read more »

James, James 1967 Bond GT4S

1967 Bond GT4s

We’ve never been bashful about our love for quirky oddball cars, so whenever we come across a rare sports car that just happens to share its name with our favorite British secret agent we tend to get excited. Now we understand if you haven’t ever heard of Bond Cars, as there just weren’t many brought to our shores, but we think they are a car worth learning about. Sure they aren’t that fast and they don’t have a loud V8, but they are just such fascinating little cars. There aren’t many cars as rare as the 1967 Bond Equipe GT4S that you can still find all the parts for. It is the perfect car for someone wanting something unique, but doesn’t want to break the bank in the process. This one has been listed here on eBay with a $4k starting bid. Read more »

Dust Does Not Make It Real: 1976 Triumph TR6

dusty-1976-triumph-tr6

People like to see the tomb. But once the dusty sarcophagus has been removed, the whole scene loses some of the adventure. The same goes with barn finds. We love to see photos of them as found, but when it’s time to sell, it’s also time to clean them up a bit. As a buyer you want to know what you are getting. That’s why you don’t go car shopping in the rain or at night. Still this 1976 Triumph TR6 does make a good case for buying a car before the dust has been removed. Find it here on eBay for $8,900 or best offer. Read more »

1969 Triumph TR6 Back Home

Shaun's Triumph TR6

We all have that car that we absolutely regret selling. It never fails that once it is gone you wish you had it back, but sometimes life makes it necessary. We always tell ourselves we can always buy another one down the road, but a different one isn’t exactly the same as having the actual car that you learned to drive in, did your first burnout in, or that helped you land dates while in college. Every now and then we dream of that special car making it back to us, but we know that is unlikely to ever happen. We do hear stories like Shaun C’s every once in a while that gives us a little hope that one of those special cars will find its way into our own lives. Shaun owned this 1969 Triumph TR6 when he was in college, but in 1986 he had to let it go. Read Shaun’s story right after the break. Read more »

Impractical Beauty: 1974 Lotus Seven

1974 Lotus Seven

The Lotus Seven is one of those special cars. It isn’t practical, it isn’t a good daily driver, and it isn’t the most attractive machine ever built. Yet with all its problems, it can simply be described as brilliant. It is a work of mechanical art that has one purpose and that’s to go fast. It isn’t fast because of a massive motor or some fancy forced induction system. It’s fast because it’s lightweight. It lacks many of the creature comforts that most car have, but it’s not supposed to have A/C or a radio. Any feature that isn’t needed to be driven only adds speed killing weight! True Lotus built Super Sevens are very hard to come by, especially later cars. This one was originally in New Zealand, but is now in California. Take a look at this survivor here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for another great tip! Read more »