It wasn’t that long ago we shared “5 Recent Barn Finds We Would Die For.” Since then, we’ve unearthed many more treasures that got our blood pumping. Part of the thrill we get from looking for a barn find is the thought that the discovery could yield a hefty financial increase, and while that’s not always guaranteed, it’s part of what keeps us looking at old barns and abandoned buildings with hopeful eyes.
If you haven’t seen our previous article, make sure you start there. We explain what a barn find is and we tell you how to find the best barn finds.
In this post, we’ll show you five more of our favorites and summarize how to title a barn find once you’ve taken ownership.
5 More Epic Barn Finds
Dodge Charger Daytona
How would you like to be the man that discovered this 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona in an Alabama barn? It would be like buried treasure in your backyard. This muscle car still featured the original pieces and a numbers-matched driveline.
In the condition it was found, it could easily earn between $150,000 and $180,000 at auction, but the owner settled for $90,000. That’s still quite the find, especially since nothing was fixed or repaired before the sale.
If you wanted to restore something like this, it might cost up to $100,000 but experts projected that would yield a $325,000 selling price at auction, so it would be well worth it.
Original Ford Mustang Bullitt
No one can deny that Bullitt is one of the best movies ever to exist. You just won’t find chase scenes like that anymore. Not only that, but it made the Mustang famous. During filming, there were two cars used: the hero car and the stunt car.
The stunt car had been lost for many years. That was until the rusting Mustang revealed itself in a Mexican junkyard.
After years of sitting in the salt air and sun, the Ford didn’t look so good. It also didn’t have a transmission or engine anymore. The discoverer, Ralph Garcia, wanted to make it over like the Eleanor Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds, but something stopped him in his tracks.
He spotted the reinforced strut towers and various holes throughout the body that made him question the use of lights for filming. That’s when he sent the chassis number to renowned Ford specialist Kevin Marti who confirmed it was indeed the lost Bullitt stunt car.
The new owners have had offers to buy the car as-is, but they are set on restoring it for themselves. It now resides in California.
1967 Porsche 911S
Ask any Porsche enthusiast to name one of the most coveted collector’s cars, and many will tell you about this particular 911. It featured special gauges, magnesium-alloy wheels and unique interior appointments. So imagine the surprise of the guys at LBI Limited when they heard about a wooden barn near Philadelphia that housed one of these beauties.
The car was originally bought in 1972 and used until it met an unfortunate end with a rear-end collision from a Pontiac. That’s when the owner put it into storage. Thankfully, it was protected from the elements and was never driven again.
The Porsche came complete with many of the original components and the rare 4 1⁄2 x 15” Fuchs wheels. They only needed to gently restore this 911 to bring it back to life. We don’t know what they sold it for when it was finished, but they do have a 1968 Porsche 911S up for sale with a price tag of $120,000, and it’s safe to say the ‘67 went for even more.
1930 Duesenberg AAA Dreyer Sprint Car
This unique car is for sale through Hemmings. Everything in this sprint car is original except it doesn’t have the Rochester Dusenberg Walking Beam engine. That blew up while racing in the 1940s and was later replaced with a 1941 Ford Flathead six.
At this time, it’s the only known WB engine race car to exist and one of only a handful of Duesenbergs that have survived in modified condition. We think that makes it well worth the asking price of $89,000.
1970 Honda QA50
Any fan of dirt bikes is going to get excited about this barn find currently for sale on eBay. It was the perfect beginner’s bike with a two-speed automatic transmission and 49cc single-cylinder engine. From 1970 through 1974, there were several models produced, all with a top speed of just 30 mph.
Of course, this bike doesn’t run but all the parts are original. With a little work, it could be a real beauty and possibly even worth a small profit. Before you do that, you have to afford the $3.50 shipping fee that the seller placed on the auction. It doesn’t appear they meant to do that since they also claim it will fit in a first-class sized package. Very funny.
Steps to Title a Barn Find
Even though we’ve discussed this topic in greater depth previously, we figured now was a great time for a quick review.
If you come across a barn find and you want to make it yours, here are the steps you must take.
1. Contact the Owner
You can’t do anything else until you first attempt to receive the title from the rightful owner. We would hope you did this already, instead of just waltzing in and taking someone’s car from their barn.
2. Purchase a Bond
Before you can go any further, the DMV will first run the VIN to ensure you aren’t attempting to title a stolen vehicle. Then, it needs to be appraised for the value.
From there, you’ll be able to purchase a bond on the car. The amount required will depend on your state, so follow their directions.
3. Apply for a Bonded Title
You will need to fill out the paperwork in your state. The requirements are different for each state, so make sure you are following the appropriate steps. Check out the article linked above for more information.
4. Drive Your New Barn Find
Once everything checks out and is finalized, you can drive your new barn find proudly on the road!
If You Don’t Want to Deal With It
We are here to help. The staff at Title Gods understands how much fun it is to search for barn finds, and how tedious titling a car can be. That’s why we want to help you turn your dreams into reality.
We’ve worked with countless other barn find owners to help them title their newfound treasures. Just contact us with the VIN from the chassis and we will start the process by ensuring your vehicle isn’t stolen. From there, we will handle it all. Just sit back and enjoy the fruit of your find.
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.