A barn find isn’t just any classic car; it has to be one that’s been unearthed after a long time of storage. Often, it’s not in the best condition and it is typically found in a barn, hence the name. However, it doesn’t have to be a barn; it could also be a carport or shed as well.
These vehicles tend to be valuable and rare, which makes them a hot item for collectors and enthusiasts. Because these collectibles can score top dollar once sold, it makes sense why people search for them and put forth the effort to title a barn find.
Early in 2018, Hagerty's Barn Find Hunter video series stumbled upon five barn finds in North Carolina. This discovery brought him an E30-generation BMW 3-Series, a Triumph, a Morgan, an original Shelby Cobra 427 and a Ferrari 275 GTB alloy long nose.
That’s $8 million worth of cars in one place! That gives us all a little hope that maybe one day, we’ll find something quite as extraordinary.
In the meantime, here are five barn finds that would send us reeling if we stumbled upon them.
1968 Ford N600 LCF
This 1968 beauty is for sale on Hemmings for just $4,000. Even though it wouldn’t make a great daily driver, it’s still bad ass and well worth getting behind the wheel of.
The owner states that it doesn’t have much rust and features a nice body. Even the front floor pan, which has some rust, is still solid, so there would be no reason to replace it.
What’s more impressive is that there are no dents, no bondo on the body and all the doors work fine. It even comes with a clear title, so dealing with the hassles of a bonded title or title replacement are non-existent.
This truck offers a lot of options. In fact, it wouldn’t be difficult to shorten the frame and add a 63-66 box on the back. That’s what the owner suggests and it makes complete sense.
The 391 V8 offers plenty of power and it’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It drives fine but could use a tune-up. The only issue we see is that the brakes don’t work, so that would need to be fixed before driving.
Not to mention, when’s the last time you saw one? You’ll be the rarest car at the show.
1956 Mercury Montclair Hardtop Coupe
Another option with a good title is this Mercury currently listed on eBay. It’s a 1956 Montclair 2-Door Hardtop Coupe currently located in Oregon.
This factory car comes complete with power brakes, power steering, power windows and seats as well. Alan Jackson would be proud!
There’s very little that has to be done to get this beauty on the road. It was running three years ago, but now there are some transmission leaks to deal with. It’s also missing the A/C compressor. With that said, you won’t find many of these that have a solid floor and lower end plus minimal bubbles on the body.
It’s a true score if we ever saw one.
1977 Ford Bronco
If we had an extra $100k to blow, we would surely be looking to buy the 1977 Ford Bronco on eBay from the private collection of Seth Burgett, the CEO of Gateway Bronco. You just don’t find collector vehicles in pristine shape like this one is. We sure hope the Bronco market doesn’t approach this example’s staggering price of $102,500.
Not only is it the original paint and interior, but it only has 42,000 miles on it. It was also technically the last Bronco ever sold because it didn’t get a title until 2013 after spending 36 years with a dealer plate on the back.
With this auction, there’s also an available 1965 Apache camper trailer for those that are interested. Yes, please!
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
Imagine being the guy in Wisconsin who is offered a 1954 Corvette for sale by a local man. That’s exactly what happened when someone left this Corvette behind after passing away.
It took the two men three months to agree on a price before finally selling the car. Plus, Larry, the buyer bought it sight-unseen.
Imagine how he felt the first time they took the covers off of this car. He was quoted as saying it was better than he thought it could be, and for an extremely early ‘Vette it looks pretty solid.
Gary Kern, the owner that passed away, bought the car after he returned home from Vietnam in 1968. He painted it an orange metal flake. Then, he continued to work on it through 1990. That’s when it got parked in his red barn.
This Corvette was part of the family for 50 years before finally being sold. Surprisingly, it only took Larry ten days to get the car roadworthy. It probably took about ten minutes for the first person to ask him if he’d ever sell it!
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
Another beauty up for sale on eBay is this 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. It starts, runs and drives plus it features a clear California title. There’s a powerful 235 inline six-cylinder located under that hood and it’s paired with a three-speed manual transmission.
The car itself has been lowered two inches and it comes complete with the original steel wheels. This hot rod would be the hit of any car show and we would be proud to be behind the wheel.
Tips for Searching Out Barn Finds
Don’t let anyone tell you that there aren’t any more barn finds out there. The country is full of back roads that lead to beauties just like these. It only takes a little searching to find that classic car, one that’s worth a bunch of cash or one that’s prime for your style of restoration.
Here are some tips if you plan to go searching.
1. Start in an area you’re familiar with.
No one knows the back roads of your hometown quite as you do. Take a Sunday afternoon and start driving aimlessly down these roads to see what you can find.
2. Don’t be afraid of dead ends.
Go ahead and travel down those dead end streets. While most people avoid these like the plague, you might unearth some barn finds where the road meets the end of its life.
3. Winter could be your friend.
If you live in an area where the trees lose their leaves in the winter, you will want to search then. Once all the leaves have fallen, you receive a much better view of what’s in people’s yards.
4. Talk to a lawyer friend.
If you can become buddies with a lawyer, they always seem to have the inside scoop into who has an estate up for sale. Convince them to keep an eye out for classic cars looking to be liquidated.
5. Location is everything.
Barn finds aren’t just found in red wooden buildings. You need to look anywhere that could hold a car. This includes old warehouses, parking garages and even private airplane hangars. Some geographic areas also produce more barn finds than others. Look closely near old dragstrips, military bases, racetracks, mining towns and automotive assembly plants.
6. Don’t forget about the title.
Not every barn find is going to come with a good title. If you need help titling that classic hot rod you discovered, Title Gods is here to help. We’ve done this countless times and we’ll get you a title the fastest and best way possible, even if the original title is lost, missing, or damaged.
Title Gods specializes in recovering lost car titles and solving all kinds of title-related issues. We are not attorneys. This article is not legal advice.