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10 Coolest Classic Car Barn Finds Ever

10 Coolest Classic Car Barn Finds Ever

By definition, any classic car that’s gone missing for some years or is very rare and was found in a remote location or a barn is widely considered a barn find. These are mainly found on a property owned by the same person for years, if not decades, and have been treated badly, in some cases, by nature up to the point of no return.

We mean, really, what can you say? Some people use their old barn as storage space while others make it a wedding venue. If you go on Airbnb you might even stumble upon someone renting out a barn renovated in such a way that it now is a viable place to spend a night. Of course, we don’t care about this. We are just happy that a logical person decided to take a look under all that accumulated mess and found a legendary classic car.

Today we will be taking a look at what we believe to be some of the coolest barn finds up to date. This list includes cars from esteemed manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and many more! So, without further ado, get ready to be amazed by cars some people leave in storage for years, including supercars, without taking care of them resulting in a rusty mess. Let’s begin!

10 1964 Porsche 901


Porsche 901 in a Brandenburg barn
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Made in Western Germany, the 1964 Porsche 901, this car is considered to be the successor to the 356 as requested by Ferry Porsche who wanted a car producing a more powerful engine sound and an even smoother riding experience.


Porsche 901 in a Brandenburg barn
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What began as the 901 was later marketed as the Porsche 911. This happened because at the time Peugeot filed a complaint supporting it with the fact they held the rights to the three-digit type of name with a zero in the middle. Only 84 had been built with the 901 label, so this barn find caught the eye of the Porsche factory that acquired it for a bit more than $116,000.


9 1948 Land Rover Series 1


Land-Rover #1
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This old poor 1948 Land Rover went from a member of the manufacturer’s developmental program to a Newcastle University professor to David Fairless who used it on his farm up until 1998 when it went on display. It then was stored in a barn not to see the light until the mid-2010s.


Land Rover #1
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After that, it was decided that chassis 860001 would find a new owner who would take care of it. Later information about what has happened to it isn’t available.

8 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible


1963 DB4 Convertible discovered
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With only 70 convertible-edition built, this 1963 Aston Martin DB4 is one of the most collectible cars to ever exist. The car in question was first sold to a professor working at Oxford University only to be sold again in 1978 to someone who 2 years later decided to remove the engine in order to rebuild it.


1963 DB4 Convertible discovered 2
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It remained at that state, having been driven for 60,000 miles until it was sold at a 2011 Bonhams auction for $502,000 at the time. However, if somehow it is retouched to perfection it could potentially sell for over a million!

Related: Stunning Long-Term Owner Aston Martin DB4 Up For Auction

7 1967 Lamborghini Miura S


Lamborghini Miura in New York Barn
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It was yet another casual day when John Temerian was scrolling eBay only to stumble upon a “one-off 1967 Lamborghini SS.” This was the opportunity of a lifetime for him, so he was stunned. After requesting clearer and more detailed photos he decided to visit the remote NYC barn the 1967 Lamborghini Miura S was located.


Lamborghini Miura in New York Barn
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As it turned out, the car has been sitting still for 30 years. The car was displayed in an art gallery in the condition it was found before getting sold to an athlete through a Hollywood Wheels auction back in 2018. Even though the price was disclosed, the Lamborghini Miura’s estimated worth was about $2.5 million.

6 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster


1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
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This 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster was bought in 1969 by a Scottish chemist living in Indianapolis. It was repainted bronze, and after a few years was stashed in a barn alongside animals. It was later sold to Billy Weaver, a Cobra collector.


1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
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He restored it to its previous glory and sold it at the 2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction for the price of $379,500. It went in auction once again in 2018, estimating it would net $1-1.2 million but wasn’t sold.

Related: Back To Racing Glory With This 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra Roadster

5 1939 Audi Auto Union


Auto Union 1939 Audi
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This was more of a collection of barn finds rather than a single one. It was Paul Karassik that hunted down and located separate parts located in at the time USSR. After transporting the parts to the US he contacted Audi.


Auto Union 1939 Audi
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With the help of a British restoration specialist, the team managed to rebuild two cars one of which was estimated to cost more than $9 million.

4 1955 Jaguar XK140


Michelotti-bodied XK140 found in Belgian barn
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This 1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Couple is only one of three Michelotti-bodied XK140 to be made. It even has unique coachwork making it a one-of-a-kind find. It was sold in France back in 1955 and suffered a crash two years after which left it in an unrepairable state.


Michelotti-bodied XK140 found in Belgian barn 2
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Michelotti was assigned to rebuild it. He infused it with a brand-new interior and instruments as well as a Jaguar C-type engine. Exceeding estimations, it sold at a Bonhams auction for $331,000.

Related: How The XK140 Brought Jaguar Forward

3 1967 Porsche 911S


1967 Porsche 911S
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The 1967 Porsche 911S was better than the standard 911 in many ways. It had 20{7b5a5d0e414f5ae9befbbfe0565391237b22ed5a572478ce6579290fab1e7f91} more horsepower, new rims, adjustable shock absorbers, and many more additions. This particular 911S was bought and used for a couple of years until it was left to gather dust in a barn after a crash.


1967 Porsche 911S
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Most of its parts were intact which was what led it to be found in 2015. Later, it was decided it would be restored, but there isn’t any information on that since.


2 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona


Dodge Charger Daytona in an Alabama barn
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With only 503 built to date, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is one of the rarest and most revered muscle cars America ever produced. This one was discovered by a professional car restorer, Charlie Lyons, while on a trip to Glenwood, Alabama seeking a 1970 Chevelle. Owning such a car is like owning a piece of history itself.


Dodge Charger Daytona in an Alabama barn
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The vehicle has been sitting still for decades accumulating dust and rust up to the point where moss started growing all over it. After getting restored, the car sold for $90,000 at a Mecum Auction.

Related: Here’s What Makes The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Irresistible


1 Lamborghini Miura P400 S


Lamborghini Miura P400 S in a German barn
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This Lamborghini Miura P400 S was found in a German barn after its owner passed away in 2015. It was stored in a barn by the owner’s brother but never got fully restored.


Lamborghini Miura P400 S in a German barn
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It went at an RM Sotheby auction in the condition it was found in with its original color and engine. With a pre-sale estimate of more than one million the Miura P400 S finally sold for the extravagant price of $1.6 million.


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