50 Barn Finds You Need To See

Barn finds. Like a needle in a haystack, except it’s usually more like an iconic sports car underneath bales of hay in the barn out back. What you’re about to see is some of the coolest, rarest, most unexpected barn finds that people uncovered while going through their old barn. Some are classic sports cars, some are wacky old automobiles and others are downright rare antiques that are worth a fortune. Enjoy!

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The 1971 Buick Estate Station Wagon is longer than a 2018 Chevy Suburban. How much longer? Three inches. She tops out at 227 inches long, but is still considered a classic in many respects. It probably has something to do with the fact that she came with a 350 hp 455 in.³ v8 as a standard feature.

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster(Darin Schnabel), car at auction

This Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster  was originally owned by a German baroness. The car was shipped from Germany to New York in 1949 when the family moved to the US to avoid post-war Europe. This valuable vehicle was found in 1989 lying in a garage in Connecticut and went for $12,845,000 at auction.

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The owner of this 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” Berlinetta brought it to a a Barrett- Jackson auction. He had recently purchased a part of land with a barn containing the car as well as several other collectibles! It ended up for $2.6 million.

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Aston Martin Barn Find

This 1977 Aston Martin is a beast. It has a V-8 under the hood. That’s the good news. The bad news is it hasn’t turned to free for 15 years or so. It’s a shame too, they were considered the supercar of their day, effectively reaching 170 mph.

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Check out this vintage Chevy race car hauler! And…it came complete with the race car. Whenever this racing team boxed these two old school rides up, surely they didn’t anticipate them sitting in a barn for 30 years…but that’s exactly what happened. Sad!

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This barn find 1958 Berkeley Racer has a few special things going for it. For starters, only 4,000 were made. Second, the engines sizes were quite varied. You could get anything from an 18 – 50 bhp motor.

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Jag E-Type Barn Find

Remember the 02+2 Jaguar E-type 1969 model? Well, if you have no clue what we are talking about, you will never forget it after seeing this awesome barn fine.  Many consider this to be the touring prototype to the Porsche 928.

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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider(RM Sothebsy)

This beautiful 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider was a part of the famous Baillon barn find in 2015 in France.  After sitting in an enclosed barn for over 50 years, the car was sold in Paris in its original condition for $19,554,000.

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Ford Sunliner barn find

Packed with a 239 Y block V8, this 1954 Ford Sunliner is actually in decent shape. According to the owner, the interior has aged incredibly well. The only issues for getting it up and running are crusty wires. Oh yeah, a vintage Crestliner is part of the deal too!

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It’s amazing how time flies, and a vintage car can just sit for years dormant. Thankfully someone found this beuaty.

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1972 Datsun Barn Find

This 1972 Datsun 240 Z. was parked 25 years ago after a head gasket failure. For years she looked like this. However, fortunately, she was sold, and the new owner performed all restoration. Today, she looks as good as ever.

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Maxim Melnichenko built this all-terrain vehicle at a Chelyabinsk tractor plant in the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Allegedly he had experience building tanks in World War II and used his knowledge to craft this vehicle for hunting and fishing. It is called the Argo and sat in his garage until his daughter sold it in the 2010s.

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Back when there was a market for a hearse to have large, open windows for all onlookers to view into the casket holding area, this vehicle was used daily. But it’s been a while since the processional has looking into the hearse…it seems too personal.

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Imagine Finding this vintage car locked away for years.

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How did this 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS get buried underground? It was the last will and testament of the widow of a Texas oilman. She and the car were shipped to San Antonio for burial next to her late husband’s grave.

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This is a custom-made barn find. We could not find any information on the chassis the previous owner used to make this car.

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What do you think of this Russian barn find with eight wheels?

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Here’s a barn find that has been restored to perfection. This rusty 1929 Wayne school bus is nicknamed “Skipin’ Skool.” Jeff Roland, out of Midland, Texas.

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday. What do you think this is?

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GTO Judge Barn Find

The Pontiac GTO Judge was a worthy muscle car contender. This 1970s model is no exception. With a 400 V8 under the hood and a manual air intake, all you had to do was engage the knob to increase airflow and horsepower.

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Lincoln Premiere Barn Find

It’s not every day you see a classic 1957 Lincoln premier. This two-door monster has been parked in a barn for the better part of 60 years. Though the ad stated that the three 68 in.³ wide block did not work, we still think it’s worth a look.  But who knows, maybe ask around and you will discover the next rarest classic car barn finds.

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Ford F-250 Camper Barn Find

Sometimes you come across a vintage vehicle that serves a more utilitarian purpose. Such is the case with this 1972 Ford F2 50 camper. It’s in pristine condition, has a nice size V-8, and is ready to go to work.  Oh yeah, we forgot to mention, original paint and body!

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Chevy Bel Air Barn Finds

Barn finds don’t get much better than a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible. Even better, we have a little history on this car. It was painted once in the 1980s, before being stored in the barn. But who cares about that right? This car only has 33,281 miles!

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Corvette Coupe Barn Find

The UK owner of this 1966 Corvette Coupe always wanted this car. He received a tip that this beauty was tucked away in the barn, nearly 15 miles down the road from their house. Can you say score?

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Deville Barn Find

What do you do with a 1967 Cadillac Deville Convertible that’s been sitting in a barn for the better part of two decades? Whatever you want is the short answer.

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Many of our barn finds have been stored for years, but few look as good as this 1966 Austin Healey 3000. Originally, this car was British racing green, but has since been updated to yellow and black.

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Salt Flat Racer

So this little 1954 Corvette has been hiding away in a barn since the 1970s. And while it has plenty of holes and parts missing, there is a bit of historical evidence we find exciting. This could have been a Salt Flat racer.

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1979 Ferrari 308 GTS Barn Find

Who doesn’t love a good supercar? That’s what we thought. Check out this 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS. Remember, the GTS came equipped with a targa top?  The owner listed it for sale for $50,000.

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isetta rear Barn Find

This 1959 Isetta BMW belonged to an Alabama soldier originally and then changed hands and was brought to North Carolina, where it was stored as a project car. It has since been sold again and, as it turns out, contained the original motor.

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PL 17 Pandhard Barn Find

Straight from France, this 1960 Panhard PL17 had a production run of only seven years (1959-1965). The body style was meant to be aerodynamic because the entire thing was powered by an 850cc twin-cylinder, air-cooled boxer engine, meaning you get a whopping 42 horsepower.

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This 1968 Mustang fastback GT was listed on eBay in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, as “stored under a tarp.” Even though the car had no motor, the bidding went up to almost $15,000. Not bad for a Mustang that shows obvious signs of wear and tear!

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Golden Rocket Barn Find

The 1957 Golden Rocket 88 was quite a sight to behold. Loaded with chrome, a fat V8 and 4,400 lbs of metal turn this two door beauty into quite a beast.

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Check out these Hemi Cuda Challengers found paired up together in a barn. The Cuda on the left is a 1970s model. The one on the right is a few years later. However, both would be beasts to contend with on the road.

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Jaguar Mk2 Barn Find

Does anyone else have a 1962 Jaguar Mark 2 laying around their barn or just this guy? That’s what we thought. The good news is this car would not take too much TLC to get up and running. Imagine driving around this classic?

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AMC Matador Barn Find

Do you remember the marketing schtick for the old 1972 Matador you see here? AMC said this car provided “most of the things you’d want in a family house.” As long as the original 232cui six-cylinder inline is part of the deal, we would want that in our family house.

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Chevy Cheetah Barn Find

Yep, this is a Chevrolet Cheetah. Only 19 were built during the 1960s, but they were total BA cars. Even better, before his death in 2009, designer Bill Thomas gave a green light for 100 more to be produced. To date, somewhere around three dozen have found their way out of production.

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Porsche 356 Barn Finds

Hidden in our next barn is a 1962 Porsche 356. This one was sold to a German priest who later moved to the states. The Porsche features the original gray color and is in surprisingly good condition for its age.

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Plymouth Barn Find

What an epic barn find! This was an all new Plymouth designed for the 1933 production year. The PC featured a new 6 cylinder engine, replacing the old 4 cylinder flyweight.

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1969 Mustang Barn Find

As it turns out this 1969 Mustang belong to none other then Larry Shinoda. For years, people searched for this vehicle until it was discovered in 2011. Where was it? Tucked away in a barn near the town of Peoria Illinois.

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Toyota FJ40 Barn Find

What’s better than a Jeep? A 1948 Toyota FJ40 4×4. However, they are not entirely as popular as they once were. They are still highly desirable. And this one features the original inline six-cylinder engine.

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Merucy Studebaker Barn Finds

Here’s another vehicle in this Canadian barn full of 13 classic cars and trucks. This one is a 1963 Mercury M 100. We also know it by another name, the Ford F1oo. Cast a glance beside it and you’ll see a vintage Studebaker! What a treat!

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1979 Firebird barn finds

If you want a fund muscle car like throwback, try this barn find out. Pontiac did well with its 1979 Firebird Trans Am. This one even features a shaker hood and 4 speed manual transmission.

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Looking for a classic car that’s all bark and no bite? Try the 1977 Fiat 124 Spider on for size. This beauty cranks 115 bhp from its DOHC four cylinder engine. And while it may not be powerful, it is gorgeous.

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Hudson Business Barn Find

Business coupes are always a kick in the head, right? They have two doors, incredible sleek design, a huge trunk and that rare designation that separates them from the main production line. Such is the case with the 1940 Hudson Business Coupe.

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Model A Barn Find

Barn finds don’t get any better than a 1930 Ford Model A. For a vehicle that’s 88 years old, this one looks amazing. Even better, this Model A contains the original four cylinder flathead. They don’t make them like this anymore.

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Porsche 912 Barn Find

Next up, a 1969 Porsche 912. This one doesn’t look too shabby either. It may have spent several years in a barn, but looks absolutely amazing. Don’t get too excited though. The engine is not original, but still true in type.

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1961 Lanica Barn Find

The year 1961 gave us many good things, one of them was this 1961 Lancia Appia Berlina. Interesting things about the Lancia are its pillarless design, among other engineering feats. Not bad for an Alfa series vehicle. It’s a worthy collection piece for sure.

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Mercedes Unimog Barn Find

Finding a late-model you Unimog is typically rare. However, seeing an early model 411 is almost unheard of. This Unimog is actually a rebuild of the 401/402 model years. What it lacks for in power it makes up for in utility and in our opinion, for a barn find, this one is in incredible shape!

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Sterling Moss Barn Find

How do you make a 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 better? Simple. Find one owned by former Formula One Race Car driver Sir Stirling Moss. Of course, if you are a movie buff, you will recall this vehicle played a somewhat dominant role in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds! Moss unfortunately is not selling it anytime soon.

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1970 Lotus Europa Barn find

Here’s a rare blast from the past. That’s right, you are looking at a 1970s Lotus Europa Racer (or barn racer as we see it).  May the force be with you in finding one.

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In 1955, Packard rolled out a fantastic redesign of the Patrician.  Stately and solid, these cars were no flyweight under the hood either. The V-8 engine cranked out 260 hp along with 355 foot-pounds of torque. Not bad for a car with cathedral style tail lights incorporated into its design.

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Barn Finds

What happens when you are a shipping magnate who goes under? Well, you’re left with a ton of classic cars from the 1930s to 1950s. Take a look at the ones featured here. While the frames are a bit rusty, you can almost hear them speak.

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Mustang Barn Find

So this 1968 Mustang has a few issues. For one, she is dusty. Also, the car has a little bit of rust. Other than that, we have a pony car who is ready to play!

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Porsche Barn Finds

Do you even recognize what you are looking at? Look closely at the headlights and you find a slight giveaway. This is a 356 Porsche… who has seen better days.

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Model T Barn Find

They don’t make Model T’s like this one. In fact, they’ve never made one like this. With a machine gun mounted on the back, this 1921 classic Ford Model T is nothing to mess with.

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1968 Corvette Barn Find

Corvettes are always a thing of beauty, even when people do strange things to them. Take this one for instance. If the body looks a bit wide it’s because someone switched out the original for a larger body kit.

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Chrysler Buick Barn Find

So we aren’t exactly sure why a 1983 Buick Riviera and Chrysler Daytona made it into the mix, but they did. As for the Riviera, Buick didn’t make too many of them, especially the diesel and turbo-powered models. And the Daytona just seems like the Camaro version of a sedan.

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Auburn Meteor Barn Find

Produced from 1900 to 1937, the Auburn you see here is a 1934 version. The blue car in the picture looks like a Meteor Rideau, but if you look close, you will notice it’s a Ford Fairlane dressed up as something else.

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Lincoln Mercury Barn Find

These two barn finds are in pretty good shape. The 1951 Lincoln convertible is a little droopy, but the paint is decent and looks as if it was in the midst of a restore. The next picture is a 1946 Lincoln with a Rolls-Royce as its front end. The Lincoln looks to be in class all its own.

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Aston Martin Barn Find

This is one of those legendary barn finds. You’re looking at a 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. The funny part? This car was in almost pristine condition when the owner found it in a barn in Gloucester, England. Rumor has it it served as an unmarked police car in the 60s.

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