Tag Archives: Barn Find

  • Buy A Project Car From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

    It may not be for the faint of heart, but there are people who are buying classic cars—both restored and yet-to-be-restored—online, via auction sites and dealership web sites.

    "We bought our '55 Porsche Continental Cabrio from pictures on an eBay auction held in Hawaii," admits Michigan collector Barry Wolk. As the online offers slowly climbed, Wolk did a little offline research and contacted the head of the Porsche Club in Hawaii, who knew the car.

    "He said it was being fairly represented," says Wolk, who ended up buying the Porsche for the reserve price — the minimum amount acceptable to the seller. The long-distance deal was done.

    Though cars are among the most-researched items online, most are actually bought in person. I'm that way. I like to get behind the wheel and drive it (when possible) before making an offer. People with deeper pockets than I might buy an expensive classic collector car sight unseen, but that usually includes hiring a pre-purchase inspector to evaluate the vehicle. Also, many companies have liberal return policies that take some of the risk out of long-distance shopping.

    Bill Hill of Michigan has a strong interest in "unusual" unrestored cars and trucks, and his garages hold automotive treasures from 1915 to a couple of post-World War II Woodie station wagons. Hill bought a rare 1931 Hudson sight unseen, and he was willing to buy a couple of 1935 Hupmobile coupes online just to get some sought-after original fender skirts for the '35 Hupp he was cleaning up. Buying vehicles "long distance" doesn't faze him.

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  • Guess Where They Found The "Back to the Future" Truck?

    The 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck being driven by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, in "Back to the Future". (Photo courtesy http://www.imcdb.org)

    If you saw the second and third "Back to the Future" movies, you likely remember the celebrated DeLorean car that was used in the pictures. But there were other vehicles in the films too. Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, drove a 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck in those movies, and it's that truck that will be undergoing a restoration soon.

    According to the Time Machine Restoration Company, the Toyota was stolen many years ago, and was recently recovered by the Mexican federal police. The car was auctioned off, and the company, already restoring the movie's iconic DeLorean, got the truck too.

    It's not clear what the vehicle was doing in Mexico, or why the Mexico federal police were involved, but there's no question that it's the actual car. There was a note written on the passenger-side sun visor that read, "Keith, Many thanks. See you on something else I'm sure—Michael J. Fox."

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  • 1960 Dream Car... A Survivor For Over 50 Years- Plymouth XNR Concept


    Mystery...intrigue...revolution— and I'm not even talking about the car's design!

    It all started when the concept car you see above was conceived by Chrysler to compete with the highly popular Chevrolet Corvette. This 1960 Plymouth XNR featured a high-performance, 250-HP engine that could deliver a top speed of 150 mph, so it might have been worthy competition.

    But Chrysler soon realized that a one-seat roadster, one with a very unusual asymmetrical fin behind the driver, had little, if any, chance in the automotive market.

    Rather than send it to a junkyard, this piece of automobile history was shipped off to the renown Carrozzeria Ghia design studio and coach builder in Italy. It eventually ended up in one of the garages of Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, a passionate car collector who also happened to be the Shah of Iran. He later sold it to a Kuwaiti businessman, and then this 1960 Plymouth XNR disappeared for more than a decade...until the car was discovered hiding smack dab in the middle of a Middle Eastern civil war.

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  • The Ultimate Woods Find - A Classic Saved By A Helicopter

    How far would you go to save a rare classic you love? I've gone to pretty great lengths to obtain a car, or even parts for a car. I remember climbing piles of cars just to get a tiny little interior piece and thinking "man this would suck if these cars fell". Needless to say, in the heat of the moment we don't always use our better judgement!

    Some may remember the early VW Rabbit pictured above that I obtained this past fall. It was saved from a 40 foot high scrap pile and had to be lifted off with a crane! Now it is sitting safely in my garage rolling, stopping, rot free, and almost ready to run! My friends and family all think I'm crazy, but there is just something about saving a car that was so close to death. I'd almost prefer to own a project that has an interesting back story, over one that is slightly cleaner but just bought off of Ebay!

    After reading a blog entry by the guys over at Rod Authority about a remarkable junkyard that was forced to close in Switzerland. I was given a suggestion on Youtube to watch another video by a German fellow that saved an early "Barn Door" VW Bus high up in the mountains. The video starts off like a few "woods-find" videos, deep in the woods, and digging it out of the ground. That alone is pretty cool, but as the video continues, you see they are in the mountains (note the ski lifts in the background), and a helicopter flies in to help. I'll leave the rest of the video for you to watch. But I can assure you there is some great shots in this video!

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  • Parking Lot Gems- A Weathered Mach 1 Mustang

    Ford Mustang

    When I was out to lunch today, this is one of those cars, that even from 100 yards across the parking lot, caught my eye instantly. You see, you just don't see automotive shapes like this anymore. I eventually followed and found it sitting outside of the local supermarket. Believe it or not this looks to be a real '69 Mach 1 Mustang. Somewhere underneath the bondo, duct tape, etc there is a legendary Ford Muscle car. I was on a tight schedule and couldn't wait to chat cars with the owner.. but I can only hope they have plans to restore this car to it's former glory (it would be convenient having the entire Eastwood inventory minutes from where he grocery shops!).

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