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Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

June 22, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

June 9, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Movie Car / Race Car / Restoration / Video

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years…
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Restoration of the Oldest Surviving Jaguar E-Type-“9600 HP”

June 8, 2017 in Barn Find / English / Featured / prototype / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

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The subject of today’s main feature is the restoration of what happens to be the oldest surviving Jaguar E-Type left in existence, taken on by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. What has become internationally reknown as simply “9600 HP” was originally built as a factory prototype, used for road testing and development before it was used for the debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Could this be the very car that Enzo Ferrari laid his eyes upon for the first time when he was famously quoted as calling the new E Type “the most beautiful car ever made”? Perhaps, but considering the drop dead gorgeous cars that he had built up until that point I suspect that it was more likely an open top roadster he was looking at, although that possibility still remains. After the show 9600 HP was also used as a press car for motoring journalists to expose to auto enthusiasts around the world, therefore labeling it as possibly the single most famous E Type ever made wouldn’t be a far stretch. On the next page, check out some photos of it’s restoration, but first how about some classic old video footage of it as it leaves the Jaguar factory after production way back in 1961…

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1968 Ford Escort Restoration Video

June 7, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

The following video on the next page chronicles the complete rebuild of a 1968 Ford Escort Mk 1 in the style of the vintage Rothmans cars, although it’s livery is hopefully intentionally misspelled as “Rotmanns”. Not only does the inspirational film show the car being taken from a basket case to a very capable vintage stage racer, it also shows some epic in-car action shots during several competitions from when it’s finished. Now, if this doesn’t entice you to work on your own car this 4th of July weekend, maybe it’s time to pick another project car that will motivate you more. Say, an Escort Mk 1, perhaps? (see what we did there?) Enjoy…

 

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1937 Bugatti Atalante 57S Barn Find

May 10, 2017 in Barn Find / French / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Survivor / Video

Here’s an interesting video that I highly recommend watching. It tells the story of a doctor’s Bugatti that had been stored away unused for many years until it was discovered in 2008 after his passing, having only accumulated about 26,000 total miles. It has since (unfortunately) been given a full restoration, although you can’t argue that it doesn’t look gorgeous now, regardless of which rear bumper was ultimately used. Judge for yourself:

More information about it’s history and 2009 Bonham’s Retromobile sale HERE.

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Garage Find: 1966 Ford GT40 Mk 1(P/1067)

April 10, 2017 in American / Barn Find / English / Race Car / Survivor

This 1966 Ford GT40 (P/1067) was recently excavated from a garage in Thousand Oaks, California after being stored under accumulated garbage for 37 years. The story of it’s find recently hit the internet after notorious vintage Ferrari scout Tom Shaugnessy finally prevailed as it’s latest owner since being in bidding war over it for a year. It is always hard to believe when such a rare car is unearthed, as you would think that they are all accounted for, but somehow there are still barn and garage finds resurfacing today that were thought long lost. Continue with us on the following page for a history of this particular car and how it ended up tucked away hidden for so many years.
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1972 Abarth Osella SE/21 Restoration

March 24, 2017 in Barn Find / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1972 Abarth Osella was the subject of a restoration by Robin Automotive in Sonoma, California back in 2000 and has since popped up for sale at Symbolic Motors in La Jolla. The first of only six confirmed to have been fully completed, it was originally used as Enzo Osella’s testing and development car and was also a “loaner” car, given to teams when their cars were out of service. We love the look of these mini Ferrari Can Am-esque racers, and this one’s 2 liter 4 cylinder engine was rebuilt and dyno tested at 244 horsepower at 7,900 rpm with 173 ft/lb or torque at 6,000 rpm when it was restored. Those aren’t exactly figures that you would want to be putting around town with but work as an absolute screamer on the track. Now this is what we’re talking about! Follow this one’s restoration and interesting history with us on the next page…
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1951 Bandini Siluro Motto Crosley Mercury 750cc Devin Monza‏ Barn Find

February 20, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Home Garage Build / Italian / Race Car / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1951 Bandini Siluro Motto Crosley Mercury 750cc Devin Monza has a compelling, storied history to explain it’s ridiculously long and complicated name. Let’s take a crack at it and see if we can sort this out…
What started out as a cycle-fendered Bandini race car was ultimately transformed into this Devin Monza-bodied car for the 1958 racing season when an SCCA rules change dictated that they no longer allowed cars with cycle fenders to compete. It went on to race successfully for many more seasons before it was put away in storage for over 50 years, until it was finally exhumed out of it’s original owner’s garage in 2007. The term “barn find” is incorrectly over-used far too often these days, but if there were any car to qualify it would certainly be this one.

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Survivor: 1935 Mercedes Benz 290A Cabriolet

January 18, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Restoration Shop / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is this stately, almost all original pre-war 1935 Mercedes Benz 290a Cabriolet. One of only 19 short wheel based drop top 290’s built between ’35 and ’36, it was originally ordered by a vintner to drive around his winery in his home town of Burgundy, France. We can just picture the scenario now…the top down, a well dressed gentleman rowing it’s 4 speed manual box through the gears while putting it’s 60 horsepower 6 cylinder motor through it’s paces on a beautiful summer night on a twisty mountain road, gorgeous French girl by his side and a bottle of their finest wine flowing. Perhaps he ordered it’s interior in red to hide any spills? That would be just all too appropriate, the image alone certainly adding to this classic’s provenance for us. But we digress, so back on topic with actual facts that we do know for certain…

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Survivor: Unrestored 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 with 8,531 Miles

January 11, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is an all original 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 that is set to hit the auction block April 25th in Pennsylvania. It has only 8,531 miles on it from when it’s first owner, Larry A. Brown bought it new and it is said to have never even been washed since sitting at the dealership. This 428 Cobra Jet 4 speed car had remained in his Pennsylvania garage since sometime before it’s registration expired in January of 1973, until he unfortunately recently passed away. The kicker to this story is that before he decided to store it away over 40 years ago, he never drove it in the rain or even washed it out of fear of water sneaking it’s way into the car’s unmentionables and rusting it. The car psychic in us attributes his tin worm anxiety to probably be the culprit of some early English or Italian car ownership sometime in his past, which would be an appropriate explanation and an understandable cause of his concern. Whatever the reason why, we wouldn’t have had the will power to let it sit untouched for so many years ourselves, so come take a closer look at a true time capsule example of self restraint with this Black Jade garage find and check out how they looked when they left the factory back in 1969…
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Survivor: 2,996 Mile 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

January 4, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Survivor

We felt that this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe would be the perfect fit for today’s Survivor feature to accompany yesterday’s 8,500 mile all original ’69 Shelby Mustang GT500. Both American V8 cars have similar back stories of being tucked away after having been driven very few miles, preserving them in the same condition that they left the factory over 40 years prior. Once again, we have no idea how either of these two guys could possibly have been able to store them for so long without driving the snot out of them, but at the same time we are thankful for people like them who possess the self restraint that we apparently don’t come close to having ourselves. Follow with us on the next page as we search for a better understanding of this garage find owner’s background to explain the who and how while we take a closer look at the 2,996 all original Survivor
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Survivor: 1963 Iso Rivolta IR 300 GT

December 16, 2016 in American / Barn Find / Italian / Survivor

This 1963 Iso Rivolta IR 300 GT is set to hit the block at the May 10th RM auction in Monaco without a reserve price set. There is no description up on RM’s site yet, but all of the leaves and dirt accumulated around it make it appear that it has been left outside for a long period of time and possibly an all original example, which would then qualify it for another Survivor feature here today. The question mark stays up until we can verify more about this car’s history, because this one has us up in arms at the moment. Up through 1969, only 797 of the rare cars were produced, which intrigues our curiosity even further. Let’s see if we can piece this one together…
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The Ultimate Alfa Romeo Belgium Castle Find

December 14, 2016 in Barn Find / Italian / Race Car / Survivor / Video

Could this be the ultimate Alfa Romeo barn find ever? Perhaps, but better scratch that and make it the ultimate Alfa Romeo “castle” find because these were hunted down in November of 2012 by urban explorer Tim Knifton at the Kasteel van Heers in Belgium . We found the story recently pop up on BarnFinds.com, then a little more research revealed a few more sites that featured it too, along with a video of the find, as well. Follow with us on the next page for a closer look…
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A Look Back at 2004 Hurricane Charley Damage to Car Collection

December 13, 2016 in Barn Find / Italian / Race Car / Uncategorized

The following photos of the damage inflicted by 2004’s Hurricane Charley to a vintage car collection in Florida are definitely not for the feint of heart, although we find them mesmerizing for some twisted reason which we are unable to explain. The collection, consisting mostly of vintage Ferrari’s is said to have been owned by Walter Medlin, a real estate developer and convicted tax evader who was apparently keeping the cars hidden away from the government in the secret shed before mother nature came along and decided to expose their whereabouts. Apparently, the IRS had previously confiscated his Ferrari P3 and his P4 in 1990 due to owing $540,000 in back taxes, although we seem to remember reading somewhere that he bought them back before they actually went to auction. Certainly an interesting collection of cars, not to mention character of a personality.

 

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Survivor: 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing

December 9, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Survivor / Video

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing, which was found sitting inside a storage container in the California desert since the late 1970’s until Jay Leno more recently came to it’s rescue. As the third owner of the vintage race car that competed at west coast venues such as the now defunct Riverside Raceway, he did exactly what we would have done with it and treated it to a sympathetic restoration. Come check it out with us on the next page, won’t ya?…
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Survivor: 1966 Alloy Body Ferrari 275 GTB

December 8, 2016 in Barn Find / Italian / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

If you are into vintage cars like we are, then chances are you already know the story about this 1966 Ferrari alloy-body long nose 275 GTB survivor. Even if you have seen it before, we’re sure that you will agree that this one’s definitely worth a revisit. As the story goes, the car was excavated by Ferrari barn find expert Tom Shaughnessy after sitting in the corner of a Ferrari mechanic shop in Southern California since the early 70’s. We have no idea how the car could have gone unnoticed there for so long, but if you have heard of Tom before then you know he pulls together some serious hat tricks when uncovering these once-lost cars. In fact, you may remember him from his more recent garage find from a few weeks ago of a Ford GT40, another jaw dropping story not to be missed. So, come take a closer look at this all original vintage Ferrari with us on the following page, then be sure to check out his GT40 find after in “Related Posts” if you haven’t already, you won’t be disappointed if you like “barn” finds.
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1969 BMW 2800 FIA Gruppe 2 CSL Barn Find Restoration

November 29, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Reader Submission / Video

UPDATE: Motoporter has a great new website that can be seen here at: http://www.motoporter.com/ 
Our original feature from December 15th, 2013:
This 1969 BMW 2800 FIA Gruppe 2 CSL (chassis number 22000093) was the subject of a restoration by Arthur W. Porter, known worldwide as the leading authority on BMW’s CSL competition cars. He originally came across the orange painted race car in a Stockholm, Sweden storage facility in 1990, and then wisely kept in touch with it’s owner until he was finally able to put a deal together to purchase it in 2007. After, he had it shipped to his shop in Denver, Colorado where he took it upon himself to complete an impressively quick full rotisserie restoration just in time for that year’s Monterey Historics.
This is just the type of story that we thrive here at CarBuildIndex, as it checks all of the right boxes for us. Barn find? Well, technically a storage facility, but yeah, we can roll with that. Check. Vintage competition car with race history resurrected to race once again on some of the world’s finest circuits? Check. Track down one of the car’s past driver’s? Check. Shall we continue? As you wish, so follow along with us on the next page as we delve deeper into this particular car’s literally colorful history…
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Original ’56 Gullwing vs Restored at Auction

November 17, 2016 in Barn Find / General Discussion / German / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

We take a brief look at two almost identical Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupes that sold during January’s Gooding & Company auction in Phoenix. Both cars were both black on red, and both the same model year, so why “almost” identical? One was an original survivor that needed, let’s just say a bit of freshening to make all of it’s patina workable and the other was a fully restored show example. So, which one sold for more? Hemmings.com featured both of them with that very same question before they went up on the block, although we have not found a follow up so we thought that we would take it on ourselves. So stay with us onto the next page and we will answer that after the break…
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Survivor Sunday: 1951 Mercedes Benz 220 B Cabriolet

November 8, 2016 in Barn Find / German / Survivor

his highly original 1951 Mercedes Benz 220 B Convertible storage find with only 5,820 miles just recently popped up for sale on eBay, making it the perfect candidate for Survivor Sunday. While we try not to make it a habit of featuring cars that are currently for sale, this black plate Cali car was too irresistible to pass up. It happens to be the original show car from the 1951 Berlin Auto Salon before being sold to it’s first owner in Santa Monica, which was all confirmed with a classic type writer written letter from the Mercedes Benz factory itself. And in our best late night infomercial voice, we declare, “But wait, there’s more!” (this is probably where we should mention that we have no affiliation whatsoever with this car or it’s sale)…
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