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Corvette in the Barn; a Book Review

I have driven Corvettes since I was 22 and have always had a “burning” for one of these bad ass machines. The dream has always been my dream to go visit a new friend and spot a 57 Vette in the corner of his garage were it has sat since 1960. One thing leads to another and I am soon loading it onto my trailer all for a far below market price just because he wants it to go to a good home!

Corvette in the Barn is a collection of TRUE stories and essays about car collectors and enthusiasts who have discovered unusual and desirable cars. The author, Tom Cotter, has a love of driving down back roads searching for lost cars. Publisher, Motorbooks, has always been there with the best of the car books. Cotter and Motorbooks previously teamed up on Cobra in the Barn and The Hemi in the Barn along with The Vincent in the Barn. See a pattern here?

Want to know what is in this treasure, check out he table of contents.


Chapter One: Dream Cars

Chapter Two: Hibernating Hot Rods

Chapter Three: Hollywood Machines

Chapter Four: International Intrigue

Chapter Five: Prospectors and Fanatics

Chapter Six: Veterans of the Tarmac Wars

Chapter Seven: Reunited

Chapter Eight: The Good, the Bad and the Lucky

Appendix: Eleven more Barn-Finding Tips

I don’t know about you but I like stories about someones find in a barn but more than anything I like finding my own so the Appendix was the first place I read. Here are brief summaries of the eleven tips!

1. Lawyers are a Barn-Finders Best Friend.

2. Check Out Estate Auction Websites.

3. Tree Surgeons Do it Up High.

4. Business Cards.

5. Go Postal.

6. Mechanic Liens.

7. DMV

8. We Buy Junk Cars.

9. Seek Out Old Collectors.

10. Look into the Crystal Ball.

11. Get Your Own Show.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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