1959 Borgward Isabellas

Borgward Isabella Barn Finds

When it comes to German brands, most of us think of names like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi, but at one time Borgward was a major player in Germany. The brand built well over a million cars before it closed its doors. Only a small number of these cars were imported to our shores, making this find rather special. The seller has not one, but two Borgward parked in their barn. One is an Isabella coupe and the other an Isabella Kombi wagon. Both can be be found here on craigslist in the Detroit Metro area. And to only make this find even more interesting, the brand could be making its return! Read more »

1970 Mercedes 280SL

Dusty Drop Top: 1970 Mercedes 280SL

One of the major appeals, or at least the dream, of a barn find is getting an amazing deal. I know the first time I ever heard about the concept of a barn find, I was still a child and all I remember is a story about someone finding a rare Mustang in a barn and buying it from a little old lady for only a few hundred dollars. The story went as most of them do, they fixed a few things  and sold it for tens of thousands. While stories like this are still somewhat common, the internet has changed things. With a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can look up the value of a classic. Personally, I think it’s a good thing that people can educate themselves. The problem is that lots of people value their barn find off of what a fully restored example recently went for at some high dollar auction. Reader Andrew M recently tipped me off to this 1970 Mercedes 280SL found here on craigslist and I’m trying to decide if the seller’s $30k asking price is on target or if it is a bit high. Read more »

1979 BMW 320i

Patience And Hard Work Prevails!

Back in December we featured a 1979 BMW 320i that Russell D had found, which you can read about here. Well after a couple months of hard work, he has his E21 back on the road. After getting so much feedback and support from everyone here, he promised to keep us updated on his progress and he has kept his word! He sent a complete list of everything he has done to the car, plus some recent photos! It looks like patience mixed with some hard work has prevailed! Read more »

1958 Isetta 600 Limo

Extra Legroom: 1958 BMW Isetta 600 Limo

Two of my favorite words in any eBay listing are “original” and “paint.” Given the age of the vehicles we typically profile, it’s understandable that many of these cars have had significant touch-ups or full repaints over time to compensate for battle scars obtained over 30 to 50 years of being on the road. To find an example of a classic that has remained in use while never having been repainted is unusual, and this ’58 Isetta 600 Limo listed here on eBay features not only its original Coral finish but several other features that reveal a lifetime of preservation and care. Bidding is strong at $14,600 with the reserve unmet. Read more »

1974 VW Super Beetle Convertible

Bargain Drop-Top: 1974 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

As a huge fan of the Love Bug movies growing up, I’m surprised I’ve never owned a Beetle. That doesn’t mean I’m not a fan, though—the simplicity and robustness of the little car has charmed many through the years. Karmann produced the “coachbuilt” convertible versions with a high-quality top mechanism and attention to detail throughout. In today’s world of high-tech electronics and plastics, it might be nice to have an air-cooled, refreshingly simple collector car just to putter around in. This Beetle convertible is located in Chuckee, Tennessee and is available here on eBay for a buy-it-now price of $3,400. Read more »

1968 Mercedes 280SL

Teutonic Convertible: 1968 Mercedes 280SL

Mid-60’s Mercedes have a well-earned reputation of being rock-solid and reliable, if not overly dynamic. The “pagoda-roof” convertibles (so named because of the unusual hardtop profile shown in this picture) are no exception, and they also come with attractive styling to boot. It’s hard to believe one could get run down like this 280SL, but after being stored for many years, this car located in Akron, Ohio is up for auction here on eBay at no reserve. Read more »

1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Beyond Patina: 1959 Porsche 356 Coupe

I often come across finds that, while they are somewhat interesting on their own, what is parked in the background is considerably more intriguing. Well this 1959 Porsche 356A is one of those cars that is fascinating to look at, but what I’m really interested in are the cars parked around it! The seller clearly has a taste for fine European automobiles, but sadly this rusted 356 is the only car in their collection currently listed for sale. You can find their listing here on eBay, where bidding has already reached $27k. Read more »

Breadvan wannabe

Can You Identify This Kit Car?

We have all seen a lot of VW based kit cars over the years, but this one caught my eye when one of our readers sent it in. I’m not sure what the creator was going for when they laid the fiberglass body, but I personally think it looks like a crude squared off version of the famous 1962 Ferrari 250 GT “Breadvan”. Read more about the breadvan here and see for yourself. Ok, so maybe you have to squint a little to see that, but this is probably the closest any of us is ever going to get to that beautiful shape. Find it here on craigslist out of Las Vegas, Nevada for $1,500. Thanks for the tip Chuck F! Read more »

1987 Porsche 944S

P-Car Privileges: 1987 Porsche 944S

A few weeks ago, I spotted this car in a news feed for a BMW-centric Facebook page. The poster wanted to see if anyone in the group was interested in trading their 80s-era 3-Series for a shot at owning a 1987 Porsche 944S with unknown history. Needless to say, for people who have already invested blood, sweat and dollars into their cars, taking on a Porsche project without any meaningful ownership history was a tough sell, which is likely why it’s now listed here on eBay, with the reserve unmet and bidding under $2,000. If it stays cheap enough, can you turn a blind eye to the potential risks? Read more »

Face Off - Road Runner vs 911

Face Off: ‘71 Road Runner VS ‘75 Porsche 911S

Here at Barn Finds, we know everyone has their preferences, from sports teams to sports cars. And we know that translates to some of you being die-hard loyalists to American muscle cars and trucks while others prefer to stock their garages with the finest sports and touring machines Europe and Asia had to offer. That’s why we’re testing out a new series called “Face Off,” where we pit two classics against each other and look for your commentary as to which one gets your blood pumping a little bit faster. Today’s Face Off involves a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner listed here on eBay for $10,500 or best offer and a 1975 Porsche 911S currently bid to $22,500 here on eBay. Let the showdown begin! Read more »