Barn Finds

  • BMW 5-Series found abandoned in Bulgaria

    There are barn finds, and then there are treasure chests. While 11 brand-new BMW 5-Series isn't exactly a gold mine, it's an incredible discovery nonetheless. This group of 11 E34-generation (1988-1996) 5-Series models was discovered in a warehouse in Bulgaria, according to a Facebook post by a local company called The Rust Center. The Bulgarian site Auto Club reported last Friday that the cars were found stored in the city of Blagoevgrad in the southwest region of the country. Sadly, we don't spot any M5s among the bunch. Instead, it looks like most of the cars are 520is with a few 525is...

  • Little Red Shelby GT 500 Ford Mustang prototype found
    1967 Ford Shelby GT500 prototype discovered after 50 years

    Long thought crushed and lost to time, a fascinating piece of Shelby and Ford history has recently been found. The car is known as "Little Red" and it's a one-off GT500 notchback coupe used by Shelby American to develop performance parts. Back in 1967, Ford sent Carroll Shelby and his team a...

  • Grandma's 1981 Lamborghini Countach is still cool even covered in dust
    Neglected Lamborghini Countach gathering dust in grandma's garage

    A Reddit user visiting his grandma took the opportunity to check out a pair of cars he knew to be sitting neglected in the family garage. One is a Ferrari 308 and the other is a Lamborghini Countach, both of which need some serious love and affection. Regardless of the current state of both cars...

  • 1938 Jaguar SS-100
    ‘Missing’ 1938 SS-100 Jaguar recovered after 60 years in shed

    Terry Larson enters his underground garage in Mesa, Arizona, with the distracted air of someone accustomed to the remarkable. And once again, he is showing off an amazing discovery. In his sprawling restoration shop, which has seen so many Jaguar and SS sports and racing cars brought back to life...

  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider found in a yard in Southern Indiana, 2006
    My first barn find: reuniting two Alfa Romeo roadsters

    It was one of those deceptive early spring days, the kind where the calendar and the sun peeking through the clouds hint at warmer conditions than I was actively experiencing as I zipped along with the top dropped back in my dangerously rusty 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate. Whenever I had...

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB barn find
    Tag along on $4 million barn find that unearths 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/2, 427 Cobra

    It's almost impossible to think that owners would leave their valuable cars behind or simply forget about them. But, as they say, life happens. That's the case with this $4 million barn find that Hagerty's series "Barn Find Hunter" and its host Tom Cotter stumbled upon. Sitting in a North Carolina...

  • The Barn Find Hunter unearths a C1 Corvette

    Tom Cotter is hard at work on the hunt. That hunt is for rare old cars, and he's often poking his nose into overgrown yards, dust-filled sheds, and yes, into the odd barn here and there. You'd think in this day and age that the idea of a barn find car would be something from a past era devoid of cellphones and instant Internet access. That's not the case though, and Cotter is documenting his finds in a great web series appropriately titled "Barn Find Hunter." In the episode above, Cotter meets people that lead him to the flat-spotted tires of some seriously great examples of classic...

  • A 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible with less than 1,000 miles
    This 1972 Chevy Corvette has less than a thousand miles

    How do you measure a person's restraint? If that person is Jim Kevan, it's easy to measure because it's right there for you to see in its dust-covered, un-driven glory. You see Kevan is the owner of a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. This one is wearing lovely Bryar Blue paint, and it boasts a...

  • Tom Cotter uncovers priceless barn finds on his show
    This stunning Spanish sports car is a $1 million barn find

    Pegaso is a Spanish company that built trucks, buses, and armored vehicles. It had done so from its founding in 1946 through 1994, the year truckmaker Iveco took over the company. In the 1950s, though, Pegaso built another, very different kind of vehicle. It was called the Z-102, a lovely sports...

  • Pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs
    Unrestored Mercedes 300SL and 300SL Roadster head to auction

    Some cars stand the test of time, while others don't fair so well. However, when it comes to this pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs tucked away in a garage somewhere, they've been kept in meticulously good shape. They aren't just any old pair of sought after Mercedes-Benz either. So the story goes, the...

  • Swiss castle collection of cars
    Vintage cars found in Swiss castle sell for millions

    Finding one rare vehicle tucked away and buried under the dust of time is one thing, but 12 cars? That's something else. And the cars in this story weren't your typical barn finds. They were stored away in a Swiss castle. The 12 cars included a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, a 1921 Rolls-Royce...

  • 1987 Buick Regal Grand National Barn Finds
    Pair of 1987 Buick Grand Nationals each driven less than 1,000 miles found in Oklahoma

    While technically not a "barn find" as collectors like to say, the pair of 1987 Buick Regal Grand Nationals certainly meets all the criteria of one. According to GM-EFI, William Avila and friend Shawn Matthews went to investigate a pair of 1987 Grand Nationals for sale in their small Oklahoma town...

  • Alpine A210 Le Mans prototype in French shed

    It's hard to imagine a more romantic barn find than a dust-covered Le Mans prototype quietly sitting, waiting, in a dilapidated wood shed covered with moss in the south of France. When vintage car racer/restorer Graham Long and I first saw it on a cold, winter evening, it was as if we'd stumbled upon a previously undiscovered Egyptian crypt. Sitting on Michelin race tires that still held air, the Alpine A210 looked like it had rolled into this shed immediately following the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans and was then forgotten for 47 years. And that's close to what happened. Laying on its dusty top...

  • BMW M1 garage find
    BMW M1 found after 34 years in Italian garage

    What's the best thing to do with a BMW M1 supercar? If your answer is to drive it just under 4,600 miles then let it sit in a garage for 34 years to be used only as a makeshift shelf for miscellaneous junk, then you are just as crazy as the former owner of this now-rescued M1. Between 1978 and...

  • A 1970 Plymouth GTX barn find
    1970 Plymouth GTX pops out of the barn and up for auction

    Mopar muscle cars bring mo money when it comes to the auction block, and they have for some time. Buying a clean example of a desirable Plymouth or Dodge muscle car will separate from a large sum of money. The barn finds are still out there, though, and the latest example is a 1970 Plymouth GTX...

  • Matt Hummel and his 1956 Porsche 356
    Here's the story behind a famous Porsche 356 with "really cool character"

    Matt Hummel is not your average kind of car enthusiast, so it should come as very little surprise that his legend-in-its-own-time Porsche 356 is an especially interesting example of the rear-engined Porsche breed. Oh, did we mention that his 1956 classic is regularly exercised where only Jeeps and...

  • 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 barn find
    Is this 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 a modern barn find?

    When we think about automotive barn finds, we normally envision a dusty car tucked away in storage after something went wrong on it many years ago. Usually, someone had intentions of fixing it up—or at least saving it until the market supported restoration of it. This 2010 Ford Motor Company...

  • 1968 Aston Martin DBS barn find
    Rare Aston Martin DBS barn find comes up for auction

    A rare Aston Martin DBS has emerged from a 30-year slumber in a barn on the quiet island of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. Headed for auction later this month at the historic Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom, the DBS is a remarkably well-preserved example of a largely...

  • 1972 Porsche 911 2.5 S/T

    Porsche used this past week’s Techno Classica event in Essen, Germany to present a beautifully restored 911 with an impressive motorsport pedigree. The car is a 1972 Porsche 911 2.5 S/T that was discovered only a few years ago sitting in a dilapidated state somewhere in the United States. Only 24 of these race cars were built, based on the road-going 911 2.4 S Coupe, and this one raced in some of the world’s most prestigious motorsport events including the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans in which it finished first in class and 13th overall. ALSO SEE: 25 original Land Rovers to be...

  • Jaguar E-Type barn find
    Barn find Jaguar E-Type with Beatles connection up for auction

    A Jaguar E-Type found hiding under a hedge in rural England is headed to auction, but what's most significant about the dusty and shapely coupe might be its first owner. Sold new to Ivor Arbiter, the owner of Drum City and Sound and London, the E-Type arrived about the time The Beatles were really...

  • 1961 Jaguar E-Type chassis 15
    Barely Recognizable 1961 Jaguar E-Type Restored To Former Glory

    For some classic car restorers, no wreck is too far gone. Where most see a pile of rusted metal, they see potential. Because with enough money and skill, any old car can be made like new again. Or sometimes even better. The 1961 Jaguar E-Type you see here was barely more than a stripped chassis...

  • Alleged BMW M1 prototype - Image via eBay Motors
    Alleged BMW M1 Prototype Found In A Barn

    An old, unloved BMW M1 stored in a barn in Germany was recently listed for sale on eBay, and according to the seller the car was the first very M1 ever built. We’re not talking about the first M1 built and sold to a customer but the very first of several prototypes built prior to the start of...

  • 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona barn find - Image via Mecum Auctions
    1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Barn Find Heads To Auction

    The original Dodge Charger Daytona was never a huge hit but today examples can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Getting a six-figure sum for this one, though, could be a tough task. The car is set to go under the hammer at a Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Florida next month and the...

  • James Dean in his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed Little Bastard
    Is The Porsche 550 Spyder James Dean Died In About To Be Found?

    Tomorrow, September 30, is the 60th anniversary of the death of actor James Dean in a Porsche 550 Spyder. And on the eve of that fateful day, there are rumblings the car Dean died in may about to be found—half a century after it first went missing. ALSO SEE: Porsche Faces Lawsuit From Paul...

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