German Barn Finds

5 Cylinder, 4-Speed: 1979 Mercedes 300D

Most of you by now know that I am a bit obsessed with genuine European-market cars. It’s not hard to see why – typically, better power, less restrictive emissions equipment and more attractive bumpers are all… more»

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Home Reno Forces Sale: 1973 Opel GT

Here’s something I don’t always get: when a seller claims their project vehicle is for sale as a means of financing a new business or a home renovation project. Those are the two most common excuses… more»

Riverbank Find: 1956 VW High Roof Panel Bus

Imagine kayaking down a river in Alaska and spotting an abandoned “split window” VW bus on the river bank. The bank was eroding away and the bus was headed into the river, but the kayaker was a determined… more»

EXCLUSIVE: 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb

Knowing exactly what to do with a find can be a bit a challenge sometimes, at least when it’s something like Tom’s Mercedes. You see, it runs and drives, but it has rust and other issues… more»

Grandma’s Benz: 1997 Mercedes C280

If you’re in the market for a used Benz, the you need to know that the best ones seem to always be owned by little old ladies. At least ones with money and good eyesight. This… more»

Barn Benz: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE was sitting for years, according to the seller. They also say “barn find sit 10 years”, so for some period of time it was apparently in some sort of storage facility somewhere. In… more»

Terrific in Taiga: 1974 BMW 2002 Tii

Among any collector car circle, there are certain colors that usually cause people to take a closer look, even if the car’s condition is rough. Take, for instance, Irish Green Porsche 911s, or Hugger Orange Camaros… more»

$525K Museum Piece: 1944 KDF Type 82E

Here’s the thing about Volkswagens: when you cross into the earliest examples, models used in wartime, or vans with lots of windows, the price of entry changes dramatically. No longer is it just an air-cooled ‘Dub;… more»

22 Years Stored: 1952 Mercedes 170VA

I’ve often thought an ideal storage arrangement would be some sort of basement-style setup where you could sock away a few project cars next to the surf boards and old bicycles. One owner of a vintage… more»

Already Folded, Spindled & Mutilated

As seen in Wayne’s World and in many pop culture references, The Spindle was an piece of sculpture located in Berwyn, Illinois that was made up of a 50 foot tall spike with 8 cars impaled… more»

Sunset Or Sunrise? 1969 VW Karmann Ghia

This cute (you knew I’d use that word with a Ghia) Sunset Orange (if I got my color chart correct!) Volkswagen Karmann Ghia looks like it’s ready to drive away, although there are a few blemishes… more»

Mental Health Transport: 1971 VW Bus

While VW Transporters tend to be a dime a dozen, finding a later model in decent condition is always worth a closer look. Although most air-cooled fanatics are salivating over earlier models in the 23-window configuration,… more»

Two-Cylinder Wagon: 1958 Lloyd Alexander TS

Quick: what’s the most unassuming vehicle name that you can think of?! For me, it’s Lloyd. While this 1958 Lloyd Alexander TS Wagon restoration project isn’t unassuming, you can see how much work it’ll be, the name sure… more»