Update: All 5 cars have found new homes, and are no longer for sale. If we can help you find a special vehicle, or if you have car that needs a new owner, let us know. Thanks for visiting our website.
Recently we had the opportunity to look at five vintage vehicles that had not seen the light of day for decades. These "barn finds," which were sitting next to some antique farm equipment, had been stored inside a secure metal building with a gravel floor.
The current owner has decided to offer them for sale, so an inspection was performed to assess their current condition. Each of the cars were photographed (see below slide shows), the exterior, interior, engine bay, and trunk were examined, and key data about the cars were recorded. As you would expect from having not been touched for many years, these cars were covered in dust. One of the cars, the 1965 Cadillac DeVille convertible, was under a car cover which provided some additional protection. The tires on all cars were flat, but it may be possible air-up the tires long enough to transport the vehicles. Since the tires were flat, the cars were so close to the ground that there was little-to-no possibility of an underside inspection. However, based on the condition of the interior floor boards, trunk areas, and what could be seen around the edges of the underside, there didn't appear to be any gross rust-through conditions. Major body panels were checked with a magnet, and there were no signs of body work. In fact, body panels, hoods, doors, and trunk lids, along with panel gaps, all appeared free of any collision damage. The 1969 Lotus Elan has a fiberglass body, which did show signs of surface cracking in some locations, which is typical of this material as it ages.
The owner reports that each of these cars were driven to their present storage location. Over a course of 30 years individual cars were taken from the barn for various repairs and subsequently returned to storage. In 2005 the cars were last started but were not removed from the barn. Significantly, our inspection found no evidence that any of the cars had been "robbed" of parts. Therefore it is believed that the cars were running when parked and are completely intact.
For details about these cars, click here. Interested buyers should contact Bob@eClassicAutos.com. These cars, which are located near Raleigh, NC, will be sold as a combined lot. The new owner will have 30 days from the date of purchase to remove cars from the storage barn. Titles (and bill of sale for the Thunderbird) will be provided to owner when the cars are picked up.