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 »

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 »

Muscle or Super?: 1969 Ford Torino GT R-Code

1969 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet

As gearheads we sure have a lot of titles and classifications we use to distinguish groups of cars. We have hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, imports, exotics and supercars. The most incredible part of our labels is how fiercely some will protect their genre of interest. For example, if I were to label this 1969 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet as a Supercar, I have no doubt there would be those that would call me various names for incorrectly classifying it. If we think about what really makes a supercar so super, it isn’t about origin (although that seems to be a major part of the label today), but about superior performance. Well if you ask me, this Torino performs far better than any standard street cars of the era, so wouldn’t that make it a super car? While looking at the listing here on eBay, I sure felt like I was looking at a supercar. Read more »

American Built Import: 1972 AMC Gremlin

1972 AMC Gremlin Deluxe

The 1970′s were tough for American auto manufacturers. Foreign imports were flooding the market and American drivers just couldn’t get enough of these overseas fuel sippers. In an attempt to compete, American brands rushed their own econo-boxes to market. Some were hits and others were complete misses. AMC wasn’t known for building winners, but every once in a while they built a car that was just right for the times. For the 1970′s their Gremlin turned out to be the right car for the right time, at least for AMC. They went so far as to even call it the first American built import. It might have been a good economy car, but there was a lot more to these little devils. Most of the ones we come across were driven hard and put away wet, but the green 1972 Gremlin above is still running and the seller claims it has just 31k miles. Have a look for yourself here on eBay. Read more »

Picture Perfect: 1965 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

1965 Pontiac Tempest Convertible

Whether the car hiding in this barn is your dream car or not, there is no denying that this is the kind of find we all dream of! Who doesn’t dream of finding a drop top classic in a barn that is not only ready to be driven, but looks great? Anytime you come across a barn find where even the barn it’s housed in has been well cared for, you know you’re in for a treat. Well this 1965 Pontiac Tempest Convertible is in immaculate condition and the seller claims it to be a true survivor. One glance and you know it has been babied since new. It could use a good cleaning, but other than that it’s ready to be enjoyed! Be sure to take a closer look at it here on eBay. Read more »

California’s Take on the Pony: 1968 Mustang GT/CS

1968 Ford Mustang GT-CS

For nearly as long as there has been cars in the State of California there has been air and emission regulations. Alright so maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but California was the first state to institute emission regulations. Even though they have been strangling horsepower since 1967, Californians still love their performance automobiles. For example, 20 percent of all 1968 Mustangs and Thunderbirds were sold in the state of California. The response was so massive that Californian car dealers demanded their own special edition of the Mustang. Not surprisingly Ford responded with a California Special. There were only 4k or so of these built and we haven’t seen many unrestored ones on the market. The one you see above is being offered here on eBay and the seller claims it is all original. Read more »

188 Mile DeLorean

1982 DeLorean DMC-12

Some cars were instant classics, others surprised the world, some were dismal failures, and then there were those cars that ingrained themselves as pop culture icons. Few cars can say they achieved several of these titles all at the same time like the DeLorean DMC-12 can. It was a failure from a sales and marketing standpoint, but was a massive success as a pop icon. Just about every person, car nut or not, at least knows about the DMC-12. They may not know its name or its story, but they know about the stainless steel sports car with flip up doors and time traveling abilities. This 1982 DeLorean isn’t exactly a barn find, but having covered just 188 miles since new it’s certainly a survivor that’s worth a look. Find it here on eBay. Read more »

Hemi Power: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

1971 Dodge Challenger Hemi

Few motors can send a tingle up our spines like a Hemi can. There is just something about the sound of Dodge’s 426 that gets the heart pounding. Then again, what 400+ horsepower motor doesn’t? All that power means little though, if it doesn’t have a great looking body and strong chassis to handle it. As always, looks are definitely subjective, but there’s no denying the Challenger is one of Chrysler’s all-time greats. This 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T is one of only a handful of Challengers to get the Hemi, making it the dream of most Mopar fans. Take a look at it for yourself here on eBay, but be prepared for sticker shock Read more »

As Original as they Come: 1965 Porsche 356C

Original 1965 Porche 356C

We talk about originality and what it means to be original quite often, but we know that many times these claims aren’t completely accurate. A find might be somewhat original, but things are going to wear out on a car that is driven. It isn’t uncommon for a car to have been restored once, even two times before going into storage. Knowing a car is truly original takes a keen eye, lots of knowledge, and some modern technology. Brian P, from Motoring Investments recently sent us a find he discovered hiding in a garage. On closer inspection of this 1965 Porsche 356C, he discovered it was completely original. Read more »