The $28 Million Barn Find: It Wasn’t Mine

France Ferrari Maserati barn find

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.

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The “Barn Find” No One Can Buy

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You know you’ve dreamed about it. Like every true car guy or gal, you fantasize about driving through a city or cruising down a rural road, looking out the window and seeing a neglected classic car, forgotten, just waiting for you to take home.

“Barn finds,” as they are known, are legendary. In my town there’s an infamous numbers-matching 1963 Corvette split window that’s been decaying under some pine trees on a run-down lot since 1975. The owner has received plenty of offers, but for some reason refuses to sell.

Now, there’s another local vehicle getting the attention of car aficionados. Once again, the owners want nothing to do with it.

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Needed: Advice on a “Barn Find” Used Van

2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport

There’s a “barn find” sitting in my barn.

Sort of.

My barn is actually a pole building, but inside sits a 13-year-old vehicle with fewer than 40,000 miles on it. This is the type of treasure shoppers hope to find in the CarGurus used car listings. This car represents the epitome of used car finds. The find someone, somewhere, will excitedly tell their children about.

There’s only one thing keeping this barn find from being forever preserved in the coffee-table book of barn finds:

It’s a terrible car.

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