Marty Wilke

About Marty Wilke

Marty Wilke lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He is restoring his 1930 Ford Model A, a "bullet nose" 1951 Studebaker convertible, a 1963 Chevy Impala and several other vintage vehicles. Marty has "cars in his blood," and that bloodline goes back for at least three generations. He has traveled many areas of the automotive universe, from truck assembly line worker to salvage yard scavenger, body repair and mechanical, restoration, sales, photography and more. The cars he usually likes best are not the sheltered rare and exotics, but rather the "barn finds", the everyday vintage vehicles that have been used in the real world. He also restores antique slot machines, and enjoys home improvement projects with his wife Marie.

Alpaca Edition! 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Look, we don’t make this stuff up. We just write about and post what we see. This time around we have a 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow…. more»

Big Nasty Fish Project: 1970 Plymouth AAR Barracuda

Project cars are our bread and butter here at Barn Finds. We remain steadfastly committed to the nuts and bolts of owning cars, you know, the fun… more»

Oh No You Di-int! : 1971 Ford Mustang…

If 700 monkeys had 700 typewriters, eventually they’d produce the complete works of William Shakespeare. Or so went the old saying. I think modern computers (and actual… more»

Never Go Back: 1972 Mercury Marquis Brougham

When you love big cars and you mean it, this is the kind you buy. Big, black and beautiful. If you don’t love big cars, this one… more»

Not In California: 1963 Ford Thunderbird

If great big FoMoCo personal luxury cars are your thing, this one might be worth checking out. It looks relatively straight, very solid and rust-free. It’s in… more»

The Long Way Home: 1947 Chevy Truck

“So you think you’re a Romeo…playing a part in a picture show…” goes the lyrics of the old Supertramp song circa 1979, “Take the long way home…” … more»

Ramblin’ Around: 1965 Rambler Classic 770 Convertible

When they were new, and now as much as then, American Motors products may be seen as underdogs. The underdog sometimes wins, even when going up against… more»

Hide Away: 1970 Plymouth Sport Fury

Hidden away in the wilds of west-central Illinois, is this great 1970 Plymouth parts car. In very desirable “Sport Fury” trim, and with a big block slumbering… more»

Bargain Box: 1950 Ford Tudor Sedan

In my frequent perusals through the daily offerings that can be found on the local craigslist page, I see several of the same names in the advertisements,… more»

Blank Canvas: 1970 Pontiac LeMans Coupe

This could be the blank canvas for your next project, that is, if you’re a Poncho man. This 1970 Pontiac is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and… more»

Number Fifty-One With a Bullet: Studebaker Champion Convertible

Does this classify as a fat-fender car? Or a “shoe box”? It’s kind of both, really. This 1951 Studebaker Champion convertible is listed on eBay, and as… more»

Plainly Muscle: 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass

It’s plain for all to see, how original this 1964 Oldsmobile is. Wearing what looks like original color and paint, and dog-dish or “poverty” wheel covers, this… more»

Attention Future Collectors: 1993 Nissan 300ZX 2+2

A car made for model year 1993 is not going to fit everyone’s idea of a “barn find.”  But I’m proud to present it to you, because… more»

Build It Your Way: 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne

Sometimes it feels like there are endless numbers of craigslist ads with terrible photos and awful descriptions. Different from the rest of the pack, at least this… more»

$500 Car Hoarders Unanimous: 1964 Plymouth Valiant

In beautiful downtown Maplewood, Missouri, is this blue Valiant sedan, awaiting your perusal. The ask is just $500.00, and it can be found here on craigslist.

Pony In Distress: 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe

“My little pony, my little pony, I comb and brush her hair. My little pony, my little pony, I tie a ribbon to show how much I… more»

deVille’s In The Details: 1968 Cadillac Convertible

Straight outta Memphis is this 1968 Cadillac deVille convertible. It’s also a candidate for our ever-popular “What’s It Worth?” department here at Barn Finds.  This fine brown… more»

Feel The Pain: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Project

It’s not just the cars, it’s the stories. This is yet another, basket-case mid-year Corvette project car. I chose this one to write up because I empathize,… more»

This Is One Stellar Galaxie: 1962 Ford Sedan

Due to a recent flaw in the space-time continuum, Barn Finds is able to bring you this heavenly 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 sedan. That’s all we can… more»

This Is The 1: 1965 Plymouth Fury

This is the 1. As in, not a Fury II, or Fury III, and it’s not a Sport Fury either. It’s a Fury I, once popular with… more»

What’s It Worth? 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

The first glance might suggest this is just another rust-bucket Chevelle project car. But there’s a little more to it than that. The photos suggest this is… more»

Super Dirt Cheap Project: $500 1963 Chevrolet Corvair

From the ever-popular “Super Dirt Cheap” department here at Barn Finds, comes this 1963 Chevy Corvair project. With an asking price of just $500, it’s sure to… more»

Shag Wagon: 1976 Dodge Tradesman Van

This is the groovest ride I’ve seen in quite awhile. Owning it would show the world how serious you are about the 1970s. With this van? Very… more»

What’s It Worth? 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Project

From the “What’s It Worth?” department here at Barn Finds, is this 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T project car. The asking price is $1,600, it appears here on… more»