French Barn Finds

French Loaf: 1970 Citröen DS ID21F

If this style of car looks familiar to you, you’ve been paying attention in the vintage-automobile scene. That’s correct, it is indeed a Citroën DS platform station… more»

Amazing Triple Bugatti Barn Find!

Only the family of Belgian sculptor August Thomassen knew what was hidden away in his studio barn. Behind the sandbags stacked in front of the large wooden… more»

Failed to Start: 1967 Citroën DS21

One of the challenges with owning an oddball vehicle is the limited support network for repairing said vehicle when a repair is required above your own skill… more»

Diesel Survivor: 1980 Peugeot 504

One of my favorite local salvage yards had a very similar Peugeot to this 1980 504 Diesel that’s listed for sale with just under 100,000 miles and… more»

French AMC: 1985 Renault Alliance Convertible

UPDATE 1/13/19 – The bidders didn’t meet the seller’s reserve back in April of 2018 when this incredible 1985 Renault Alliance convertible was listed on eBay. They now… more»

Second Owner R5: 1980 Renault Le Car

As if AMC’s showrooms weren’t already filled with the most unusual cars on the planet, along came the Renault era. This 1980 Renault Le Car can be… more»

Engine Work Needed: 1976 Peugeot 504

AutoWeek quoted a Peugeot 504 sales brochure by saying that they had, “Italian style, a French soul and international muscle.” As a lover of all things unusual,… more»

3-Series Alternative: 1985 Peugeot 505 STI

When it comes to entry-level classics, BMW’s 3-and 5-Series sedans tend to get nods as good place to start for first-time hobbyists interested in European makes. However,… more»

Automatique Équipé: 1970 Renault 16 TA

The seller describes this 1970 Renault 16 TA as “Lovely, strange, and wonderful” – I would agree. I have evolved into being a fairly big fan of… more»

Missing Peter Egan: 1978 Citroen 2CV Acadiane

Like many of our writers here at Barn Finds, I have Peter Egan to blame for part of my automotive obsession.  Egan, who recently retired from both… more»

French Connection: 1972 Citroen SM Coupe

Citroen is a French manufacturer whose offerings have always been bold, daring, and controversial. The SM Coupe was no exception to this rule, and in spite of… more»

Make Mine a Gordini: 1963 Renault Dauphine

The Renault Dauphine is one of those early European economy cars that lingers on classifieds pages as an affordable entry into vintage automobile ownership. If you can… more»

Restore or Parts? 1964 Facel Vega III

The Facel Vega is called a lot of things, but rarely is it labeled a parts car. Restoration candidate, sure. But a parts car? Well, these Vegas… more»

Just Immaculate: 1962 Renault Dauphine

Conceived as the replacement for the 4CV, the Renault Dauphine was built between 1956 and 1967. During its 11 year model run more than two million cars… more»

Really Rare Renault: 1984 Renault Rodeo

One of my best friends of all time has a son who is, or at least was, heavily into Legos. He would build some amazing creations. It… more»

Super Mini: 1978 ACOMA Super Comtesse

I’ve always wondered why such a tall guy like myself loves small cars so much. I say that too often but here we go again, I can’t… more»

Sturgis or Bust: 1960s Valmobile Scooter

If showing up to Sturgis on yet another black Harley-Davidson with the exhaust baffles removed ensures that you’ll be lost in a sea of similar bikes, look… more»

Runs and Drives: 1963 Citroen 2CV

When you are looking at purchasing a classic car, you can sometimes tell from the advertisement that you are dealing with an enthusiast with a sense of… more»

Worth The Effort? 1962 Facel Vega HK500

From 1954 through 1964 Facel produced some of the sharpest looking “executive express” cars in the world. Known first as the “Vega” and then the “HK500” (and… more»

Bread Van, Anyone? 1963 Citroën Acadiane

One of the highlights of owning a van project like my 1981 Toyota HiAce is how functional it is even when I’m not using it. I can… more»

Roll Your Own Classic: Delahaye 165 Wood Forming Buck

We’re all experts at forming sheetmetal here at Barn Finds, right? So a project like, say, building a replica of one of the most sensuously curvaceous interwar… more»

Restore or Parts Car?: 1965 Citroën DS19

When your neighbor on one side of you brought home a new Mustang and the neighbor on the other side bought a new Riviera, there was no… more»

Soft Roader: 1977 Renault Rodeo 6

Renault has made some curious vehicles over the years, and this one is right up there with the best of them: an “off-road” vehicle known as the… more»

Winnebago Built: 1990 Renault LeSharo

I know many of you are waiting with fierce anticipation of updates to my 1981 Toyota HiAce project, and I’ve not forgotten you – but the camper… more»