About Scotty Gilbertson

I've always been a car nut; probably driving my parents crazy by calling out cars from the backseat of our '56 Pontiac as a kid and I never grew out of that. I still do that when I'm in the car by myself now, which I am for 40,000+ miles a year as an architectural photographer. I gave up on architecture because I love photography even more and it involves travel and we were always in the car or our camper going somewhere. I still love a road trip and I'm usually on one for about 150-200 days a year. I've gravitated towards unusual vehicles in the last decade or so. Even though I absolutely love everything related to all vehicles (old, new, big, small, cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and boats powered by gas, diesel, hybrid, ev, pedal, etc.), anything small and unusual is really what catches my eye lately. Cars like Crosleys, King Midgets, anything AMC or Nash, first-generation Falcons - or vintage Japanese cars and even oddball, vintage EVs like the Comuta-Car or the Elcar Zagato. I'm of the school of thought that any true car guy or gal has room in their heart for any vehicle, even if they personally have no interest in it at all. Just respecting the opinions of others on the vehicles that they like and not assuming that someone else's vehicle choices are somehow inferior; that's my vision of the perfect world. Oh yeah, and I guess I should say, world peace, ending hunger, and things like that, too.. but cool, old cars first!

304 V8 H-Code: 1972 AMC Hornet

To clone, or not to clone: that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of turning a 1972 AMC Hornet with an H-Code 304 V8 into an SC/360 clone… wait, where… more»

Bargain Barn Find? 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado

We don’t often think of barn finds, as in vehicles that were actually stored and/or found in a barn after an extended period of time, as being luxury cars. The seller of this 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado says that it’s… more»

Good Buy? Low-Mile 1974 Ford Thunderbird

At almost a foot and a half longer than the previous generation of Thunderbirds (just under 19-feet in length) and weighing in at a whopping 5,000 pounds (the heavest car to ever wear a Ford badge) this 1974 Ford… more»

Ram Air 390: 1970 AMC Javelin SST

After a slight update for the 1970 model year, AMC’s Javelin still ran the gamut from a sporty looking car with a six-cylinder to an all-out muscle car with a big V8. This 1970 AMC Javelin SST is the… more»

Stored 26 Years: 1980 Chevrolet Chevette

The 1970s were an unusual time for automakers. The gas crisis, pollution, and safety regulations played a big part in helping to shape the whole industry and one of the vehicles that came out of that mix is the… more»

457 Mile 1977 Honda CB550K3

I’m not purposely staying away from Hondas, I like them, a lot. I just have never had the opportunity to own a Honda car or a Honda motorcycle over 49 CCs. This 1977 Honda CB550K3 is quite a bit… more»

First-Generation Gem: 1980 Honda Prelude

Coming fairly late to the game, at least in order to compete with the Toyota Celica, this 1980 Honda Prelude nonetheless came locked and loaded and ready for the fight. Maybe that’s too strong of a description for such… more»

44K-Mile One-Owner 1985 Buick Skylark

No, this 1985 Buick Skylark isn’t being shown here because it’s pumpkin spice season, it’s here because it’s a one-owner time capsule with under 44,000 miles on it. Ok, I admit to liking orange vehicles so maybe there’s a… more»

Every Option: 1991 Oldsmobile Troféo

Legend has it that the original Oldsmobile Toronado was inspired by a designer’s rendering which was known as the “Flame Red Car” and the resemblance to the first-generation Toronado is unmistakable. This red 1991 Oldsmobile Troféo looks nothing like… more»

4,962 Mile 1984 Chrysler Executive Limousine

Certainly, the nicest example that I have seen in decades and also the most expensive, this 1984 Chrysler Executive Limousine would be fun to own. What would a person use it for? It’s too old for Uber or Lyft,… more»

No Reserve Driver: 1976 AMC Pacer D/L

It’s easy to see in the photo above that the passenger door of this 1976 AMC Pacer D/L is about 4-inches longer than the driver’s side door is. The seller has this one relisted here on eBay in Longview,… more»

Future Collectible? 1994 Saturn SW2 5-Speed Wagon

Bear with me on this one. This 1994 Saturn SW2 isn’t that old but it’s 26 years old which predates a good percentage of Barn Finds readers. It’s not particularly fast, although it does have a sweet twin-cam engine…. more»

Worth $249,000? 1970 Nissan Laurel 2000GX

It’s hard to argue with having “2000” in the name of your car, your movie, your tv show, or anything else, really. Scotty G2000… hmm… I like that. It was futuristic in those days, back when everyone thought that… more»

One Owner 4×4: 1986 AMC Eagle Sedan

We don’t see Eagle sedans as often as Eagle wagons here at Barn Finds, but we’ve seen two of them in the last year or so. It’s not as much of a novelty or luxury to have AWD in… more»

5-Speed Unicorn: 1988 Dodge Caravan SE

Chrysler’s minivan may not have been the very first small van but it may have had the biggest impact of any minivan. Certainly, the platform lived on in many forms for years and millions of them are still out… more»

Nicest One Left? 1983 Honda Civic Wagon

I don’t know if a lot of people thought to preserve economy cars several decades ago. Not that they do that now, come to think of it. They’re cars to use as a tool or an appliance. They get… more»