4 Barn Finds At Once

While we normally like to feature mostly vintage car restorations here at CarBuildIndex, we always tend to favor those rare occurrences of discovering an unrestored, original barn find or even a sympathetic restoration story. Today we ran across the collection of the late Stan Hallinan of Bow, New Hampshire. Upon seeing the cars he stored away, Stan immediately become our poster boy for restraint. The reason why is because he held onto and kept preserved in his garage some of the most iconic sports cars in history somehow without driving them for 40 years. Although many knew of his stored cars, it was still a “barn find” of epic proportions in our books. We can’t help but wonder how on earth he he had the self control to keep a 1962 Shelby Cobra 260, a 1951 Ferrari 212, a 1958 Lister-Chevrolet “Knobbly” and a 1966 Lotus Cortina Mk I all locked away in a shed for so many years?? Flabbergasted, we just slap our foreheads and move onto the subject of the cars themselves since we will never be able to comprehend the answer to that question our feeble selves.
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To start, the 1962 Shelby Cobra (CSX 2034) was bought by Hallinan with about 1,000 miles on it after it had been the used as the feature car for the March 1963 Car and Driver road test. Then it’s previous owner at that time lost his driver’s license and apparently decided it was time to give it a rest for awhile. Stan bought it and drove it for a few summers before putting it away in storage, having covered only 4,700 total miles when it was finally recently pulled out of storage.
Find it’s full story here at:
http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/08/20/unrestored-shelby-cobra-sells-for-2-07-million/

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This 1951 Ferrari Fontana-bodied 212 Barchetta, chassis number 0086E was in Hallinan’s garage too. It had gone through several body changes throughout it’s illustrious previous life, and earned the title name of “Sicilian Cart” which stuck throughout it’s many lives. At some point early on in Stan’s stewardship of the vehicle, he planned a restoration which started with scraping off all of it’s paint except for the Ferrari shields, but that is as far as he ever got. Covered in dead rodent carcasses, dirt and hidden under storage, this rare factory race car was finally liberated by Peter Markowski, who had first seen the car in 1966 and owned Ferrari serial number 0030. Peter fell in love with it immediately, as it reminded him of a Ferrari from his childhood. Not wanting to let the car go at the time, Stan and Peter agreed to first rights of refusal to each other’s cars, had either of them ever decided to sell. Now that Peter owns the car, it has since unfortunately received a better-than-new restoration to beyond-factory perfection. While we respect the emotional story that goes along with it, seen in the link below, we only wish it could have been given just a sympathetic restoration to make it road and track worthy once again while retaining all of it’s original factory glory.
Find it here at:
http://www.hemmings.com/hsx/stories/2006/06/01/hmn_feature1.html
http://www.conceptcarz.com/view/photo/850108,11148,0,0/photo.aspx

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This 1958 Lister-Chevrolet was in Stan’s garage in total time capsule shape. It even retained it’s original front Dunlap racing tires. All of it’s equipment is still intact, including it’s “Le Mans 24” headlamp lenses and even it’s May 1963 DMV sticker in the windshield. Stan brought it out of hibernation to attend the 1992 Lister reunion at Lime Rock, where Brian Lister commented that it was “…absolutely the most amazing time-warp car I have ever seen…!”.
Find it here at:
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20994/lot/163/

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This 1966 Lotus Cortina Mk I was purchased by Hallinan in 1968, and he drove it for a few summers, covering roughly 6,000 miles before putting it in storage for over 40 years. These are the ultimate sleeper coupes of their day, manufactured for racing from day one. As it sits, it represents yet another example of one of Stan’s displays of restraint. We wonder what he daily drove as his prized possessions stayed preserved, waiting to be exhumed by future enthusiasts. We hope that it was something worthy, at least, so that these cars did not sit for their next owners in vein.
Find it here at:
While we sit here and try to understand how anybody could ever let such great driver’s cars sit unused for so many years, we at the same time praise and respect those who preserve such great examples for future generations. After all, a car can only be original once, and somebody’s got to be the caretakers. For that, we thank you Stan. RIP.

1 Comment on 4 Barn Finds At Once

  1. 1951 Ferrari Fontana-bodied 212 Barchetta, chassis number 0086E was in Hallinan’s garage too, that’s great.

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