All of us have dreams of finding that pristine all original 1967 Corvette 427 with side pipes in a neighbor’s garage. Even as desirable as this might be don’t overlook all the other possibilities. It is still possible to find a remarkable Barn Find but today it is more likely to be a Chrysler K Car than a vintage Corvette. However, very desirable Barn Find Cars and Trucks are still being found every day out there so don’t give up.
A little about Barn Finds:
The term Barn Find is way over used these days. Originally, it was a car that had been parked many years ago. It was all original, low miles and ready to drive with a change of fluids and a thorough safety inspection of all rubber hoses, brakes, fuel system etc. Today, a Barn Find can mean anything from the original definition up to and including a rusted out hulk in a pasture. Unfortunately, a Barn Find today has more in common with a car in a junk yard than one in a garage.
The real attraction of a Barn Find today seems to be in the hunt and the dreams of what might be. I have found real Barn Finds in a Barn and others in garages, trailers and out rusting away in a backyard. Some were almost derivable while others could have fallen apart being winched into the trailer!
You are unlikely to be able to drive any of Barn Find home and some may even not be worth restoring. Here are a few of the Barn Finds on display at the Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago in 2014. This display is one of the most popular at a show that features some of the best restored and all original muscle cars in the World. If you are ever near Chicago the weekend before Thanksgiving make sure you take it in.
Here is our favorite Barn Find:
Barn Find Examples:
None of the cars on this page are For Sale. Please do not contact us asking where a specific car can be found or how much it is. Thank you.
If you have a Barn Find you would like considered for our web site please send digital photos and description to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Let’s see who has the best Barn Find.
Here are some more, check these out.
If you think all the old Barn Find cars have been found and there is nothing out there in all those old barns and fields you are sadly mistaken.
I found the following cars in a backyard in Tennessee. Very few of these would be good candidates for restoration Project Cars. However, after spending a day inspecting some of these were very rare cars. At the end of the day the owner took me into a barn where there was one car that was in original one owner condition. It was a Barn Find and I bought that car! I still have it.
More Barn Finds from another pasture in Tennessee:
These Barn Finds were found behind the Barn!
Keep in mind that none of these Barn Finds were found in junk yards! There were all being saved “to restore some day”!
We were recently driving down a main road between Pella and Oskaloosa, Iowa when we spotted a row of potential Rat Rods and collector parts cars! What a treasure; a used car lot from the 50s right out front and on display. Everything was for sale!
We are partial to the 1969 Ford and Mercury aero cars. Here are some Barn Find examples that are ready for and in need of restoration.
Wendell Scott Race Car Finds!
How about this for a NASCAR Hauler? Looks nothing like the fancy high end 18 wheeler rigs the teams use today!
Barn Find at a Car Show!
We “found” this Barn Find at the Forge Muscle Car Show in 2010! It has 39,000 original miles and was parked and forgotten in 1975! This is why you don’t buy a car without looking at it! I can see it now, classified reads: “A 1969 Z28 RS in original condition, low miles, one owner….”
This wasn’t in a Barn but it was in a Body Shop!
This was one of our Project Cars and is a very rare 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler; 428 SCJ Drag Pack, Ram Air, 4-Speed with 430 gears. This was a one owner car that had been abandoned in a body shop. We have since sold it and it is now undergoing a NOS style restoration. It will be unveiled at the 2019 MCACN show in Chicago.
Here is Our Barn Find!
We just found our first real “Barn Find” in November 2009. It is an original owner AMX and it was located in a Barn! We will be bringing you more on this after it is extracted from the barn and onto our trailer for the trip home. You can now see it on our Project Car page.
Here are some good old Pasture Finds not far from our home!
1961 Ford Galaxy Wagon
Cool little Dart
1946 Ford; we purchased this car and it was soon sold to become a Project Car Rat Rod!
Dodge Pickup, I tried to purchase this one for a Rat Rod but the seller sent it to the crusher!
1937 Chevy Sedan Delivery; We just purchased this hulk. It too has been sold and became a cool Rat Rod.
Boss 429 and a Cobra Jet!
I still can’t believe these photos that were given to me!
It seems these two cars, a Boss 429 and a 68 1/2 Cobra Jet were just parked in a backyard with car covers on them for over 30 years.
There it is, Boss Nine!
What a shame.
Interior looks good.
Oil cooler is still there and so is the smog stuff!
Look very closely, 321 ACTUAL miles.
I have been told that these cars were sold after these photos were taken and the cars are in the hands of a knowledgeable buyer.
One of the first 50 Cobra Jet 428 CJ cars built in 1968.
You know this car did some strip time!
A good friend of ours, Lou Whitfield, out in Bakersfield, CA just scored a neat find. He knew about this car for 12 years or more and kept chasing it and now he is bring it home! It is a 351 powered 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler (W nose car). These have become extremely hard to find. Their sister car the Cale Yarborough Spoiler seems to be a little (but not much) easier to find.
Here are some photos of what Lou just found in early 2009. We will get you some more photos as his project begins to unfold. They will be posted on our Project Cars page.
I am looking for one of these myself. I want a 428 CJ Dan Gurney Spoiler. If you find one call or email me!
This car even has air!
WOW, look at all the extra goodies in the trunk. Sometimes you find stuff in the trunk that is worth more than the car!
The following photos are of a pair of Cadillacs my friend Steve Whitaker found in a barn in Iowa in 2008.
AMX and Javelin
We found these AMC cars were scattered OUTSIDE the barn, that’s never good!
A Barn Find is usually a good thing; a yard find may not be so good!
These AMXs were part of a dozen or so I passed on but were soon purchased by someone braver than I.
CHEVELLES! These were for sale on Craig’s List.
There are approximately 35 Chevelles all lined up in a row. We found these in November 2009.
Almost all are missing their engines and transmissions.
Hey, look! No engine but you can pull it with the bicycle!
This was one of the “best” in the row.
Yes, it is an SS.
There were several SS cars in the group but no drive lines.
If these had been put in a barn 20 years ago when they were parked they might be worth something today.
This is a convertible. Not much of anything was good on the car other than the top.
This set of photos is of an old Chevy truck I found sitting in the pasture behind my in-laws property on Thanks Giving!
Here is a big old Chevy truck we found on Thanksgiving 2009.
The scavengers have done a number on it.