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6 Must See Mustang, Corvette, Jag, Porsche and More Barn Finds

Published June 2, 2015

Barn Find describes a car hidden away for years whose discovery, in many cases, is cause for excitement as it may be a rare version of a long missing car.

Of course, the car doesn’t need to be found in a barn – nor does it need to be a car. Trucks can be barn finds as well as motorcycles. The vehicle can be tucked away in an attic, a basement, a garage, or even out in the yard. But collectively, they’re still all referred to as barn finds.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Purchased with the intention of restoring the car with his two sons, the owner stashed the 1970 Mustang Boss 302 in the barn after his sons passed away. After years of neglect, the owner decided it was time to transfer the project along to someone else. A father and son responded to a Craigslist ad, purchased the car, and are in the process of restoring it.

 

1963 Split Window Corvette Stingray

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Life would have been much better had this 1963 Corvette Stingray been stored in a barn. Instead the was left sitting in the constant drizzle of coastal Washington State since 1975 (snow tires). Originally spotted on Google Earth, his highly desirable car, due both to its one year only split rear window as well as the original fuel injected 360 HP, 11.25:1 compression motor, making it a matching numbers car. It’s been rescued and is now undergoing a sympathetic restoration back to its original condition.

 

1961 Jaguar E-type ‘Flat Floor’ roadster

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A 1961 Jaguar E-type ‘Flat Floor’ roadster which had been hidden away in a garage for more than 30 years was determined to be the 60th to leave the production line and is one of the earliest 3.8-litre right hand drive E-types left.

The car, which was unrestored and has 65,000 miles on the clock, is thought to be one of the most original examples of its kind left. These early E-types were labelled ‘flat floor’ due to the lack of a dropped floor area that increased the leg room and was added in later cars. It was sold at auction in the condition in which it was removed from the garage for $168,000.

The car has now been turned over to a Jaguar restoration specialist CMC where it will be undergoing a full nut-and-bolt restoration to factory condition.

 

1963 Porsche 356B Coupe “New York Auto Show?”

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This 1963 Porsche 356B coupe popped up for sale a few years ago by a man who said his father purchased the car in 1983 for its factory Rudge knock-off wheels. These wheels are highly prized by 356 owners and can command thousands of dollars a set depending upon condition. Clearly the wheels are no longer with the car. What does separate this car from other 356s awaiting restoration is the owner’s claim that it was the display car on the Porsche stand at the NY Auto Show when new. No new information about this car surfaced since.

 

Cunningham C3

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Briggs Cunningham was a wealthy sportsman who announced he would build his own cars to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright. Cunningham built just 20 coupes and five convertibles in 1952 and 1953 to comply with eligibility requirements at Le Mans. Based partly on Cunningham’s C-2R race vehicles, the C-3 was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and bodied by Vignale but built in Cunningham’s facility in Palm Beach, Florida.

This particular car had been missing for 30 years until it was tracked down by a Cunningham expert and collector. The car was found to still be in the hands of the family of its second owner, who had died and left the coupe sitting outside his barn in Connecticut.
Despite several offers to purchase the car, the family is retaining ownership and rather than undergoing a total restoration, the car is receiving a less-expensive refurbishment.

 

1955 Mercedes 300SL Alloy Body “Gullwing”

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Mercedes-Benz produced  29 alloy-bodied 300SLs for competition, however only 28 had been accounted for, with the number 21 missing. A 300SL specialist restorer from British Columbia went on a quest to locate the missing car.

It was given as a college graduation gift  in 1955 to a Southern Californian.. He drove it for almost 20 years until the transmission seized.  As is so often the case, after partially disassembling the car with every intention to repair it, the owner let it slide, all the while burying it in redundant computer equipment left over from his job. So much so it took three people two days to free the car.

The normal  300 SL had alloy doors, hood and deck lid on a steel body, while the lightweight models had an all-alloy body fitted with  Perspex windows. Mercedes-Benz also fitted the alloy-bodied competition cars with racing suspension, a more aggressive camshaft, knockoff Rudge wheels and larger brakes.

The car now sits in the shop of the 300SL restorer in British Columbia.

 

 

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