Monday, January 19, 2015

Sometimes, The Barn Find Is Legit...

Libertyman sent in this very cool story.

'Extremely rare' cars found in dilapidated barn
Proof that priceless barn finds are still possible emerged from France when elite auction house Artcurial disclosed it had discovered the automotive equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb.

Earlier this year, Artcurial's Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff came across the remarkable treasure trove of rare automobiles on a provincial farm in the West of France.
Basically, the people that owned the farm discovered the cars when they inherited said farm from their father, who had inherited it from his father. Apparently, Grandpere Farmer had collected old cars and stored them in various places around the farm. Rare finds like this near-intact Ferrari:

(from link)

As well as a number of other, older, far more rare vehicles were found in various states of disrepair. Ferrari, Bugatti, Maserati as well as French marques are represented, as well as a number of historical French fire engines. Oh, if those vehicles could talk...

Thanks for sharing, Libertyman!

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Old news from a few months ago.

Stretch said...

The only thing I ever found in a barn was horse poop.

Old NFO said...


Ted said...

Yes Lots of rare old cars........... But most of them are in extremly poor condition. Virtually all of them will require a full restoration. Only a few are 7 figure cars that would support the $500,000 plus cost of the work needed ....:.:

So yes, Great barn find. major treasure trove. ????? Probably no so much.

The family will clear 2 - 3 million. A few of the collection will eventually become $7 figure cars. But a large portion will become new barn finds in 10 years........: or just deteriorate into oblivion.

RollsCanardly said...

I found (in a barn near Redmond, Washington) a 1953 Austin-Healey 100-4 with the engine where the passenger seat should have been. My dad contacted the owner and purchased it, and after a few years of work, enjoys driving it around. Bonus: a sporterized SMLE was on top of one of the structures inside the barn. I snagged that for him too.

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