Survivor Cars

Not all barn finds are rusty! Here are the very best unrestored classics:

Radwood Ready: 1987 Nissan Maxima

If you aren’t familiar with the “Radwood” phenomenon, it’s a fast-growing series of car shows that highlight 1980s and 1990s cars and the lifestyle that went with them. The seller suggests, rightfully so, that this 1987 Nissan Maxima GXE… more»

All Original: 1972 AMC Matador Hardtop

Unless a person doesn’t want any doors on their car, we shouldn’t be hearing “Too many doors” comments about this 1972 AMC Matador two-door hardtop. This stored car can be found here on eBay in Wilmington, California with a… more»

15,000 Mile Stripper: 1973 Chevy Nova

While mileage claims can be dubious, some sellers exude a certain level of confidence in their low-mileage specimens. This 1973 Chevrolet Nova is one such car, as the seller claims it has a mere 15,000 original miles and there… more»

Injected 350: 1978 Buick Skylark Coupe

While the owner of this 1978 Buick Skylark Coupe refers to it as a one-owner vehicle, I get the feeling that he may actually be the second owner. Regardless of that fact, this is an attractive looking car with… more»

One Owner: 1989 Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren

The ASC/McLaren Mustang project started out with a flourish, but it eventually collapsed due to both the high purchase price of the vehicles, and a dispute between two of the parties involved in the development and production of the… more»

Parked For 28 Years: 1972 Buick Skylark Convertible

The owners of this 1972 Buick Skylark Convertible purchased it from the original owners more than 30-years-ago as a project/driver for their son. After a couple of years of limited use it was parked, and they have now decided… more»

Return of the Adobe: 1984 Renault LeCar

The French, despite being our longest running allies, are too often the target of jokes told by silly Americans.  Who here among us hasn’t imitated a snooty Parisian waiter or enjoyed laughing at movies that ridicule their eccentric Gallic… more»

Custom Paint Conundrum: 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LT1

It is funny how you can place the design of an object with the decade and culture that spawned it.  One example would be Graceland.  While today we might be a little hard on Elvis for the amount of… more»

Rotary Survivor: 19k Mile 1983 Mazda RX-7

If you haven’t been paying attention, then you probably haven’t noticed the record prices being brought at auction by certain seventies and eighties sports cars.  With a 240Z recently bringing a six digit price, collectors are now scanning the… more»

It’s Baaack! 1974 AMC Matador Brougham

When we write about some of the cars that are advertised on various sites here at Barn Finds, it sometimes crosses my mind as to whether the owners actually take the opportunity to read our articles. Barn Finder Iain… more»

Rare Sport Coupe: 1986 Ford Escort EXP

Although Ford never mounted a serious challenge to the sport compact coupes of the late 1980s, they did try to formulate an answer with the short-lived EXP coupe. A true two-seater, the EXP offered buyers plenty of style in… more»

Solid Project: 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

Even though it has spent some time parked in a barn, this 1964 Galaxie is a car that runs and drives well. It appears to be an essentially solid car that is just begging for someone to restore it…. more»

Solid British Classic: 1974 Jensen-Healey

If you’re the sort of person that is on the lookout for a classic British convertible sports car, then a car like this 1974 Jensen-Healey is well worth a look. While the Mk I version was built in lower… more»

Unrestored Survivor: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS

As you gaze upon the straight panels and the gleaming Rallye Green Poly paint on this 1968 Camaro, reflect upon the fact that what you are looking at isn’t a restoration, but a 100% original survivor. This is a… more»

When Miles Don’t Matter: 1965 Mustang Coupe

The phrase “low miles” is like red meat to a car collector.  The term conjures up visions of perfect cars with little wear because they were only driven to church and the market on Sunday.  This time I think… more»

The Nicest One Left? 1978 Renault 17 Gordini

One of the Renault models that we had in the U.S. was the 17, along with the LeCar. For years those were the only two Renaults sold here. Looking back on it now, I can’t believe that even those… more»