Tom Cotter

About Tom Cotter

Tom is a certified car nut who has been published in the New York Times and Road & Track. He has also authored many great books including his popular In the Barn series. More posts »

The Cobra in the Bedroom

We have heard of cars being stashed in barns, dealerships, and even living rooms, but this is the first one we have seen that was found in… more»

The World’s Fastest Indian

How does it feel to be the keeper of the most famous motorcycle in the world?

A Ferrari Behind the Barn

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. A busy holiday season and a terrible case of the flu took me out of commission for a while there…. more»

A Nose for Cobras

We would all love to find a real Cobra stashed away. Well, today’s In the Barn story is about a guy who has unearthed not just one,… more»

A Gullwing for Big Dog Garage

This week’s In the Barn story is about how one of the world’s most famous collectors found a Mercedes Gullwing of his own. It comes from The… more»

The Missing Jaguar Lightweight

Today’s story is about how this long lost Jaguar race car was found and returned to its former glory. It was originally published in The Cobra in… more»

An MG to Remember

Today’s In the Barn story is about the unexpected discovery of a long lost MG. Not just any old MG either. It was written by Kris Palmer… more»

The Lawrence of Arabia Death Brough

Today’s In the Barn story is about a special motorcycle that was once owned by a very famous individual. You have probably heard of Lawrence of Arabia… more»

The Vincent in the Barn

Gullwings, Speedsters, and the like are all holy grails when it comes to automotive barn finds, but one of the ultimate finds in the two-wheeled world is… more»

The Hog Farmers Fuel-Injected Mouse Den

We are a day late publishing our weekly In the Barn story, but we think that you will agree that the wait was well worth it after… more»

The Abarth Biposto Barn Find

Today’s story is about one man’s encounter with a very special Abarth. It just proves that there are still important cars out there to be found and… more»

Former AMC Dealership Full of Cars

What would happen if a car dealership closed, just closed, and sat untouched for three decades? In the showroom, brochure racks would still be filled with colorful materials… more»

A Healey in the Shadows

Whenever we feature a car that is sitting in a garage with other vehicles, there are always a few people who will focus more on the one… more»

Rescuing an Allard

Sydney Allard blazed a trail that many manufacturers—Shelby, Aston Martin, Facel Vega, Bristol, Rover, and others—would follow: he put an American V-8 in a British-built car. He… more»

Jay Leno’s LeBaron

Jay Leno has some amazing automobiles in his collection. They are not all million dollar rarities though. There are quite a few more humble cars that he… more»

The Cheetah Transporter Chase

Over the last few years collectors have started to take an interest in car transporters. If you check the auction results from Monterey you will find a… more»

Leno’s Long Lost Duesies

As throngs of people descend on the 18th hole at the Pebble Beach golf course this morning, we are at home. Circumstances prevented us from attending the… more»

The Junkyard Ferrari

The following is the story about how a very special Ferrari was discovered in a junkyard. Recounted by Rob Cotter, this tale was originally published in Tom… more»

Black Shadows of Saigon

Today we have an interesting tale about a box full of Vincents. It was written by Lee Klancher and first appeared in Tom Cotter’s book, The Vincent in… more»

The Automotive Archaeologist

If you think you are a good “barn finder” then you need to read about this guy! This story first appeared in Tom Cotter’s iconic The Cobra… more»

A Nose For Rare Vettes

Some people have a knack for sniffing out certain makes of cars. For Joe Trybulec, it’s Corvettes. He has found some rare ones and today we have the… more»

From Behind the Iron Curtain

If you have ever been to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance than you know that the most exciting part, besides the celebrity sightings, is getting to learn the… more»

The Sebring Alfa in the Chicken Coop

This Sunday’s In the Barn story is about the acquisition of an Alfa Romeo race car. Everyone knew about it, but it wasn’t easy to convince the… more»

$2.8M Ferrari Chassis Found

Editor’s note: It may not look like much, but this chassis once sat under a very rare competition Ferrari. You may have heard the tale of how… more»