You’d think everyone who ventures into the countryside finds forgotten but beautiful cars inside rotting old barns.
As often as the topic of “barn finds” comes up in the auto world, it appears they are as common as finding a Starbucks on a downtown corner in Seattle.
Barn finds are rare, though, at least if we’re talking about finds that could be worth some cash. I was lucky enough to have a barn find of my own once, but it was a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. Granted, it was the Sport edition, but it wasn’t exactly on par with the old Bugattis and Ferraris people seem to stumble across.
A find in France just may go down in history as the greatest barn find ever.
According to ClassicCars.com, the
60-year-old collection of amazing classic cars — including a Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase California Spider, Bugatti 57 Ventoux, Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Frua, Hispano-Suiza H6B Millon-Guiet cabriolet and three Saoutchik-bodied Talbot Lago T26s — had been discovered in open sheds in western France.
I don’t even know what a Hispano Suiza H6B Millon-Guiet is, but it sounds remarkable. This find is being compared to the discovery of King Tut, which sounds like a bit of a stretch to me, but I admit it’s exciting.
The cars were sold at auction this month for a collective $28.5 million. The Ferrari 250 GT alone sold for $18 million.
More affordable barn finds are sometimes found, too. One story tells about finding 700 old Dodge Challengers and Chargers, but those are more of a junkyard find than a barn find. If there was an untouched ’69 Charger Daytona sitting among them, we’d have something to talk about!
What car would you love to find abandoned in a barn?