French Barn Finds

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»

Looks Can Be Deceiving: 1961 Citroën DS19

The Citroën DS has polarizing looks—some of us find it beautiful, others of us find it strange or even repulsive—but I think we can all agree that… more»

Long Before Tesla: 1969 Mars II Electric

It’s no secret that electric cars are nothing new, but we tend to think that there was a vast gulf between the electric broughams of the early… more»

S Class Opposite: 1987 Citroën AX CX Pallas

When Citroen pulled out of the US market, that wasn’t the end of the company’s presence in the U.S. Cars like this 1987 AX CX Pallas were imported… more»

French Connection: 1957 Devin Renault Special

Devins are sought after kit cars for a variety of their reasons, including heritage and rarity, but also because they were well-built kits back in the day…. more»

Vive la Différence: 1972 Citroën SM

Citroëns, much like escargot and foie gras, are an acquired taste. This is particularly true with the early 70’s SM model. Their styling was like nothing else;… more»

Foregone Conclusion: 1981 Renault 4 F6

“It’s like those French have a different word for everything”, to quote a famous Steve Martin comedy bit. This Renault 4 F6 van, or fourgonnette, is listed… more»

Convertible Conversion: 1956 Facel Vega FV2

The Facel Vega FV2 was built between November 1955 and March 1956. With such a short production run from a small manufacturer build numbers are always going… more»

French Barn Find: 1950s Mochet CM-125 Luxe

Put on your French microcar thinking caps and chime in at the end in the comments section on this one. This is, I believe, an early-1950s Mochet… more»

French Vacation: 1958 Citroen 2CV

Recently I wrote an article on a Citroen 2CV, and now another one has appeared on our desks here at Barn Finds. The seller has listed this… more»

40 Years in a Barn: 1924 Renault NN1 – 6CV

If you’re looking for something that is almost guaranteed to be the only example at any car show, you have to check out this rare 1924 Renault… more»

European Bargain: 1970 Citroen 2CV

The first production Citroen 2CV was delivered in 1949, and the car quickly became the butt of joke by comedians, politicians and motoring journalists. The joke turned… more»

Reader Ad: 1959 Simca Aronde

While not as radical as a Citroen, the Simca Aronde is still a unique and intriguing little French car. We didn’t get many of them here in… more»

Oklahoma Francophile: 1978 Peugeot 504 Diesel

I know that there are a lot of diesel pickups in Tulsa, Oklahoma but I wonder how many diesel-powered French cars there are in Tulsa? This 1978… more»

Geneva Show Car: 1993 Bugatti EB 110

Bugattis have a colorful history in almost any iteration, and the elaborate EB 110 was produced at a time when the company’s ownership was flirting with financial… more»

En Francais: 1962 Renault Caravelle Project Package

Ask almost anyone to name a rear engine sporting car from the late fifties-early sixties time period and you’ll probably hear Karmann-Ghia. Say Renault Caravelle and you’ll… more»

Lawn Art Project: 1959 Panhard Dyna Z

Here’s one you don’t see everyday: a Panhard Dyna Z from the late 1950s, a fascinating French creation that offered unusual styling, room for six, and utilized… more»

Give Me A Break: 1975 Citroën Ami 8 Break

I never thought that I’d own a French car but I do. They’re an acquired taste for sure, at least for those of us who weren’t born… more»

1 of 54! 1984 Renault GTA Alpine V6 GT

Wearing classic ’80s monochrome white, this 1984 Renault GTA Alpine V6 GT may represent the ultimate specimen on the planet, a claim easier to quantify than most… more»

Taste of Monte Carlo? 1960 Panhard PL17

One of the reasons that I love this job is the sheer diversity of the offerings that come our way. Situated in Marion, Ohio, and listed here… more»