“Some things that should not have been forgotten have been lost.” – JRR Tolkien.
There’s nothing cooler for a car nerd than finding a rare old car that’s been abandoned in an old barn. We love barn finds. We love her. It’s like finding buried treasure. We’ve taken our love of this rusty treasure to compile five of the most exciting classic car barn finds from around the web. If you love vintage cars, classic trucks, incredibly rare hypercar concepts, or just the excitement of discovery, this list might get you pumped.
The pair of Plum Crazy Purple Muscle Cars
Muscle cars are among the most coveted barn find treasures. Not only are muscle cars extremely cool, but the amount of cool and unique options makes their potential value exceptional.
Value aside, one lucky guy spotted a Plum Crazy Purple car: one a 1971 Dodge Demon and the other a 1971 Plymouth Duster. The Duster’s original engine did not survive as the car depreciated slightly, but the Demon is a rare factory car through and through.
Imagine seeing a PAIR of purple MOPAR cars that have sat quiet and untouched for years.
The Ascari FGT prototype is a barn find royalty
While the reported barn finds are often rare and valuable cars, they usually weren’t the valuable when tucked away. However, this barn find of the Ascari FGT prototype doesn’t fit that mold.
Ascari took advantage of Lee Noble’s incredible sports car building mind and hired him to design the Ascari FGT prototype. Introduce yourself; This Ascari FGT debuted and was unveiled at the 1995 British International Auto Show and within 15 years this hypercar was lost in the crowd as the company closed and was hidden in a barn.
The $300 Lotus Esprit
First seen on The Drive, this Lotus is one for the history books. One of the reasons we car nerds love barn find stories is that they keep alive the dream of one day owning one of our dream cars.
The Lotus Esprit isn’t quite the same as finding a Porsche 550 Spider in a shipping container, but it’s still an expensive and rare car. A lucky guy found one in a field in Texas and managed to buy it for $300. Considering this car could be worth over $50,000 with the right restoration, this is a significant deal.
The $100,000,000 Bugatti and the Disappearing Man
Late last year someone posted photos of some old car parts and some bodies on Reddit. The nerds freaked out, and with good reason. The Reddit user posted a photo of what appears to be the remains of an incredibly rare and long-sought one of four Bugatti built in the 1930s. The four cars are the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic. However, this is the only one that has remained undiscovered even after decades of international hunting. The photos appeared to show the legendary Bugatti “La Voiture Noire”.
The photos prompted a storm of responses and heated debates. After extensive digging, there’s a better chance that the car was actually a Type 57 prototype. An anonymous source told the drive that the barn find was in Connecticut. But how did it get there? “One of the key mechanics at Redline, who has been in the industry longer than most…was in France to visit a customer,” the source said.
The strangest thing is that the photos were deleted along with the account owner shortly after they were posted. Neither the photos nor the person claiming to own this extremely rare and valuable car have since surfaced.
A B-17 bomber
I know it’s not a muscle car or a vintage Ferrari, but this B-17 barn find is one of the craziest barn finds we’ll ever see.
The B-17 Bomber is one of the most iconic aircraft of all time. Not to mention that outside of a situation like this, you would have trouble finding a way to buy one of these.
The plane was found in several pieces in a barn in Illinois. The restoration process is long and tedious, but in the end, one lucky person will own one of the most iconic vehicles from what is arguably the most important war in history. This is one hell of a barn find.
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