The 3 Rarest Cars Found in Barns
Every car fanatic dreams of finding a rare vehicle tucked away in a dusty old barn, forgotten and discarded, but for some, that dream comes true. While tales of low-mileage vintage cars are becoming scarcer these days, it’s still possible to find treasure among another man’s junk, as evidenced by these amazing finds.
Italian Cars Found in a Texas Barn
For years, Texan car enthusiasts heard rumors about rare vehicles hidden away, but it wasn’t until early 2011 that the vehicles made an appearance. Three Italian sports cars were stored in a shed near Dallas, waiting for their day in the sun again. The original owner was friend to the only Ferrari dealer in the U.S. after World War II and tucked these three vehicles away.
With a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona that had 9,752 miles on it, a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS that sported just 2,910 miles, and a 1977 Maserati Bora Coupe with only 978 miles (the rarest), there was bound to be a big turnout for the auction.
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Massive Car Collection Discovered in Old Barn
Texas isn’t the only place where old vehicles have been hidden away from the world for years. In Ohio, Mark Hyman, a car collector and dealer, was stunned to discover that a fellow enthusiast of his was hiding not 1 or 2 but 15 old cars in his dilapidated barn. Hyman drooled over the classic vehicles, crammed into the barn, and then promptly purchased all 15.
Among his buys, Hyman snagged a 1931 Cadillac Dual Cowl Phaeton, a 1938 Lagonda Drophead, a 1967 Chevy Corvette Roadster, and a 1956 Cadillac limo. However, perhaps the biggest find were the 2 1931 8-liter Bentleys tucked away among the bunch. Despite having been in storage for some 30 years, the vehicles were in great condition and well worth the money spent, according to the car fanatic.
Father Leaves Vintage Bugatti Behind
While our previous 2 finds were known to the owners, Dr. Harold Carr’s children were stunned to find themselves in possession of a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante. When their father died, the grown children discovered the car in their late father’s garage, in amazing condition.
This car is also the rarest on our list, since just 17 were made, and 1/4 of them are in a French museum. Dr. Carr’s Bugatti had been tucked away for nearly 50 years. That is until it resurfaced in his garage in 2008.
These are just a few of the amazing cars that have been found in barns, sheds, and garages across the country. If you do find yourself in possession of one these rare gems, we recommend you buy auto insurance specifically for your classic car. Despite the fact that the cars have been collecting dust for decades, they are still worth an impressive amount of money.