German Barn Finds

Rare Japanese-Spec 1990 BMW 325i M-Technic II

The E30 chassis of BMW’s 3 Series is a longtime favorite of automotive enthusiasts, thanks to well-balanced attributes and distinctive styling. This 1990 BMW 325i began its life in Japan, but after being imported into the United States in… more»

1 of 150: 1991 Audi 200 Quattro Turbo Avant

This 1991 Audi 200 Quattro Turbo Avant is more than just a boosted grocery-getter, it’s an uber-rare AWD manually-shifted all-weather machine of which reportedly 150 or fewer of them made it to the U.S. It can be found here… more»

European Model? 1969 Opel GT 1.1L

It’s fun to see such a nice example of a 1969 Opel GT as this one. For any small car to have rear-wheel-drive is a treat for me since almost every vehicle is front-wheel-drive or AWD now. Small cars… more»

Ragtop Oval: 1955 Volkswagen Beetle

Since the listing says nothing about a repaint, I have to believe this is at least a partially original oval window Volkswagen Beetle. It looks too good to be true, but given bidding is over $15K with several days… more»

Bavarian Barnstormer: 1990 BMW M3

During the 1980s, International Group A Touring Car Racing was second only to Formula 1 in popularity throughout Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. Manufacturer involvement was high, with marques such as Jaguar, Rover, Toyota, Maserati, Nissan, General Motors (Holden),… more»

We Bought This Porsche 911 Off Craigslist!

Craigslist is great, but there are certain vehicles that you just don’t expect to find on there. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and air-cooled Porsche 911s for example. We are always watching for anything interesting, so imagine our surprise when this ’82… more»

Farm Find Single Cab: 1957 Volkswagen Pickup

While I undoubtedly adore my 1981 Toyota HiAce project, I secretly wish it was one of the super rare pickup bodies. I know, I know – what’s the fun in that since you can only bring one or two… more»

Jeff in the Junkyard: Ray Shook’s Garage

Whenever I make a trip to Georgia either for work or to visit my in-laws, I always try to find another salvage yard to visit beyond the one I’m helping to clear out as a Barn Finds Exclusive. This time, I… more»

Army Green: 1974 VW Thing

When it comes to Volkswagen’s Thing, I really prefer that it look somewhat weather-beaten and tired on the outside. A restored Thing just misses the point, in my opinion, as these vehicles were designed to be left outside and… more»

Immaculate Example: 1970 Porsche 914-6

While a Porsche will probably never feature highly on my own personal wish-list, I will always have complete respect for nice examples like this 1970 914-6 Targa. In fact, calling it nice is doing it a disservice, as it… more»

Former Petersen Museum Car: 1965 Mercedes 600 SWB

When it comes to cars that require seemingly endless sacrifice (and bank accounts), the Mercedes 600 stands alone. This is the short wheelbase model, and it’s led an interesting life: it previously resided in the Petersen Museum collection, before… more»

Parked in ’91: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera

If automotive archeologists someday unearth my first car, they won’t have much to debate as to why a young driver piloted a 1987 Accord sedan. It was very obviously mom’s car, passed down to the kids to thrash on…. more»

Owned Since ’68: 1957 Mercedes 190SL

Top-shelf 190s still do well at auctions, commanding far more than they did a decade ago, but the market has softened enough that subpar projects fail to garner much excitement. This 1957 model is a case of the former,… more»

Black Plate Survivor: 1966 Porsche 912

Initially produced between 1965 and 1969, the 912 acted as Porsche’s entry-level offering, and also rated as a sales success. During its initial production run, 32,000 912s rolled off the line in just over 4-years. So successful was the… more»

JDM Oval Window: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle

When we think of “JDM” vehicles – shorthand for Japanese Domestic Market – we tend to envision Skylines, Integras, and other vehicles that are often illegally imported. This 1956 Volkswagen Beetle – believe it or not, your children probably… more»

Garage Full: 19 Collector Vehicles in One Spot!

There’s an awesome collection of barn find cars for sale in Gainesville, Georgia. They can be found here on Craigslist and although there isn’t a ton of information in the ad, it looks like a pretty neat group of… more»