German Barn Finds

Two Worn Triumphs And A Rusty Benz!

Have you ever read an ad and just felt like whomever wrote it is a pretty interesting guy?  When I read this ad, I immediately felt that Kenny, the owner of these three lost souls, was… more»

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Second One Built: 1951 VW Samba

The quest to find historically-significant vehicles isn’t bound by marque or country of origin; rather, low production-number vehicles of any kind will forever be popular among collectors. However, an early example of a particularly iconic model… more»

Little Prince: 1961 NSU Prinz

Quick, what does the tiny little car you see here have in common with a Porsche 944 and an Audi R8? All three came from the same plant, in Neckarsulm, Germany! In fact the name of… more»

Tulip Mania: 1979 Porsche 911

Do you remember “tulip mania” from your history classes in school?  If you were sleeping that day, then I’ll help you.  Basically, in 1637, a new type of tulip bulb hit the market, and demand rapidly… more»

What Lies Beneath: 1972 Porsche 911

Like so many other classics, the Porsche 911 has, at one point in its depreciation curve, approached throwaway car status – especially among early air-cooled models. This 1972 911 has the unfortunate fate of not only… more»

What Is That Thing? 1959 Tempo Rapid

This thing looks for all the world like the love child of a Volkswagen Type 2 pickup and a catfish! It’s actually a Tempo Rapid, possibly the only one extant in the U.S., and while it… more»

Mystery Pagoda — Less Than 15,000 Miles?

Imagine uncovering a 1971 Mercedes 280 SL in a garage to find it only has 14,600 miles! Great surprise, right? What I don’t understand is why the seller is excited enough to ask a super high… more»

Big Bimmer, Big Bucks: 1972 BMW Bavaria

How do you know when a higher price than you’re expecting is a sign that a car is increasing in value, and not just a sign that a seller doesn’t really want to get rid of… more»

A Little Car that Could: 1936 Opel P4

There were many similarities between the US and European car markets, but some things were very different. For example, there was a strong demand for a cheap, dependable car in both Europe and the US. In Germany,… more»

Gentleman’s Kit Car: 1979 Fiberfab Bonito

Over the years, numerous kit cars have seen the light of day that were designed in homage to the original Ford GT40. Unfortunately, even if the body lived up to expectations, the construction and assembly quality… more»

Back To School: 1974 Porsche 914

The year was 1989.  I was in high school, and I was totally nuts about sports cars.  While I really wanted a new Corvette, that obviously wasn’t going to happen any time soon.  Even if I… more»

Put a Bow on It: 1973 Opel GT

One day in 1972, my grandfather left home in a Rambler convertible that my grandmother hated, and returned home in a butterscotch-colored Opel GT. He wrapped a red ribbon around the car, tied it in a… more»

It’s A Gläser, Not A Speedster!

Confused yet? Me too! Shown here is a 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet built by Gläser. While the majority of bodies for 356’s were built by either Karmann Karrosserie or Reutter Karrosserie (now Recaro), a small handful of… more»