One of approximately forty-five 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 d, Robert and Janet Eng’s “Mercedes-Adenauer” is certainly one of the best restored of the original fleet. With an appreciation for the care required to refurbish a family heirloom, JG Francis from Mercedes Motoring helped to bring the Adenauer out of its post in the Eng family’s garage, and back out onto the streets where it belongs. Today, the couple has little respite from the throngs of classic car fanatics eager to buy the immaculately restored vehicle Source
[Editor’s Note: Before we start, if you have been with us a while then you might recognize this car and these photos. We previously did a feature on it before but we still couldn’t turn down the opportunity of another tale about it told by Wallace Wyss from his own unique perspective, so here it is.]
Now one of my rules of barn finding (I write the Incredible Barn Finds series of books wherein I dispense lots of advice) is that you look where no one else is looking.
Like Minnesota for an exotic like the Facel II, made by Facel Vega, a French firm.
That’s because when things break on an odd foreign car, a brand that no one in the vicinity has ever seen, such cars tend to be parked.
In the barn.
Well, in this case somehow Mark Hyman, a famous classic car dealer, found it and took it to the homeland of the Facel cars, France, and sold it at the Artcurial auction for a pretty penny, despite the fact it was still lookin’ like it just came out of the barn. Continue reading →
Although this garage-find 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback was a no-sale at $1.1 million at the Gooding auction a few months back in Pebble Beach, it can be found for sale now at Gullwing Motor Cars in New York for $1,495,000. Yeah, that didn’t make sense to us either. But rather than talk about mundane numbers that have no real relevance to our everyday life, how about we talk about the history of this particular car, because it is quite sensational. It was originally ordered and purchased by James Bond creator Ian Fleming for his buddy Ivar Bryce, who was the inspiration of the character Felix Leiter, 007’s friend and CIA liaison in the fictional series.
[Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was written and sent in to us by CBI follower Phil via Reader Submission]
“If you walk around Jim & Earla Turcich’ s 1966 K code GT Mustang fastback a few times you may begin to notice that something is different. It’s the type of things that go largely unnoticed when you first see the car and perhaps therein lies the rub. The car doesn’t get out much, in fact prior to last year’s Lake Mirror (Fla) Concours it had been decades since it’s last show and even longer since it had been driven any significant miles.Continue reading →
Let me tell you, it took some huge amount of restraint to publish only half of the photos taken by Remi Dargegen of this 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial bodied by Scaglietti. A 1,984 cc DOHC Lampredi in-line four cylinder, the car has been making its rounds about the internet already as it is scheduled to hit the auction block in New York on December 10th. While each car RM/Sotheby’s are featuring in their upcoming sale is an example of absolute perfection in their own right, none offer the character epitomized by this particular old race car. As the story goes…
Today we just received an e-mail update of Kris Hicks’ project, pictured above in its latest state of progress. From him:
“Just wanted to give you and the readers an update on the restoration of my Fiat Abarth 750 Record Monza. I attached a photo showing how it currently sits. I had the frame bead-blasted and also sourced a set of floor pans and am currently fixing the rust issues as well as installing the new floors. Also, through my research I found that it is in fact an early 1958 model, not a 1960.”
Original Feature Posted August 31st, 2014:
I am pleased to report that apparently my “Share Your Own Car Story” fishing request which I have lately been so relentless about refreshing to the top of the page everyday has done its job and hooked us a big fish to read about this holiday weekend. Today, CarBuildIndex.com reader Kris H. shares the story of his 1960 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Record Monza restoration on the following page in our latest “Reader Submission” feature. Hopefully we can coax him into sending us progress reports to update here as he goes along, as it looks like an exciting project. Enjoy… Continue reading →
The subject of today’s feature is the following 1967 Shelby GT 350 project by Classic Motorsports Magazine. They came across the clean, rust free, Lime Gold 59k original mile survivor after it had been neglected and relegated to a barn for an undisclosed amount of time. The plan for it was simple: clean it up and give it a mechanical refresh to get it ready for the “Going to the Sun Rally” in Montana. Or so they initially thought…
In our vintage car hobby, it is common practice to run across a classic car that has received a restoration of varying degree, in fact in more cases than not, but in my humble opinion it is far too often to find one that has been overlyrestored. It seems that the higher the car’s value, the more likely it is that they have received a restoration to a far higher standard than they had ever had from when they left the factory when new, whether we are speaking of an Italian made Ferrari, an American Shelby Cobra or possibly even a French Talbot-Lago. Within the last decade or so, though, there has been a movement towards honoring all-original “survivor” cars, and even the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance now has a category for them at their world class show. In fact, judges now even deduct points for inaccuracies in over restorations. This new trend is changing the way we look at classic cars, literally, and I for one am all for it.
While you will never see me complain about saving a classic car that was destitute for the dumpster had it not been saved from the scrap heap by a nice restoration job, there are an unfortunate number of cars that receive unnecessary rejuvenations that would otherwise have been able to share their original story through patina, something that is hard earned over decades of use but can be wiped away forever so easily…
The story of this 1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe‘s sympathetic restoration is graciously shared with us by it’s current owner, John K. of North Canton, Ohio. He created a website dedicated to the car’s history, but was kind enough to send me additional pictures of it during it’s resurrection back to exactly how it was originally raced in-period, which can be found on the following page after an abbreviated summary of it’s colorful life story…
Although this 1976 Porsche 934 is neither the subject of a build or a restoration thread, the original unmodified and unrestored condition that it’s in (which is the same as way back when it left Porsche’s racing department almost 40 years ago) was reason enough to feature it here today. In fact, I can’t recall ever coming across another all original 934, as they were built to be raced and most every other one has been modified into a 935 slant nose or other such concoction to stay competitive. This bad boy here is the real deal. After living in private collections for most of its existence, we’d say it’s most likely due for a sympathetic restoration to get it in reliable up-and-running condition again, but that’s a job for the new owner since it was recently sold by Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla, California. Lets just hope they don’t take a buffer out and polish the hell out of it and slap Armor All all over the tires, we think it happens to look good wearing a little bit of age on it. In any case, it is one of only 2 black on black 934 ever produced and has an interesting history, as told on the following page…
We always prefer a preservation over a restoration any day (especially an over restoration), so it’s good to see this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS that was purchased last year at the Gooding auction in Scottsdale for over $2 million having exactly that done. Scott Grundfor & Company, the Mercedes Benz Gullwing experts, were preparing it for the Pebble Beach show, probably for the Preservation class, but we have not been able to find any photos of it finished or at the show. Did any of our viewers see it there and have any photos of it they would like to share? What’s interesting about this car is that it’s the 5th of only 99 built (auction jargon hype talk) and was originally owned by a prominent cosmetic surgeon named Dr. Samuel L. Scher, a man who pioneered the whole concours car restoration movement. Ironic that this example is not being fully restored, as even the auction blog called it too far gone to be preserved since an engine fire back in 1969 relegated it to sitting in a garage ever since… Continue reading →
Here’s an interesting barn find which we have so far never reported on before, and although the discovery occurred several years ago already, it still makes for a worthwhile tale. The car? An all original and unmodified 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, chassis #CSX2289 to be exact. With only 47,233 miles accumulated on the odometer since new, I can already anticipate the progression of questions naturally starting to rapidly accumulate in all of your collective vintage car enthusiasts’ inquiring minds. The answers to all of them, I assure you, will be addressed within the confines of this article. But even after hearing them, as mere mortals, are we really expected to compute the mindset at the time that put this car away wet in 1974? After all, the vehicle’s now worth well over half a million of the good ‘ol U.S. of A.’s greenbacks- makes one wonder how we never had the foresight to recognize back then that rare and exotic machinery such as this might be actually worth the big bucks some day, as that was not the rationale behind parking this one for so long. I suppose we never anticipated that some 25, 30, even 40 years later car enthusiasts would still be attempting to emulate these original old sports cars from a bygone era in the form of replicas, continuations and clones. Yet, there is still nothing that can take the place of an original, even with whatever “improvements” the newer ones may offer. History is earned, not bought. So, with that said it’s time to cover the who, what, when, where and why on the following page, in between a variety of photos of the gloriously dirty English/American hybrid, of course. Shall we?…
The finding of the car, that’s one big subject, covered at length in my three books called the Incredible Barn Finds series (see ordering info on the following page after the story).
But maybe a lot harder than finding the car of your dreams is buying the damn thing.
Say the wrong word and you’re out of the running.
Look at the shows on TV where they are pickers. Going from one old barn full of antiques to another. There’s a certain art to buying, with some technicalities to back it up. As a former barn finder (paid by clients to find and buy certain rare cars) here’s what I learned… Continue reading →
These two shows, one on British cars, the others on French & Italian cars, are I should venture to say, the lifeblood of the foreign car collecting community in Los Angeles. Why? Because they don’t demand restored cars. In fact, why I like going to these shows is that there are some cars living on the edge, as they say, one step away from the scrapyard except that an owner somewhere loves them. This year at the April 16th Queen’s English meet I would say there were well over 100 cars, but each year that I go to this event in a nice shaded public park near the meeting of the 124 and 101 freeways, the”mix” of cars is different.
We all love good barn find stories about long forgotten race cars that fade out of public view, then somehow one day just pop up again out of thin air decades later. Well, that is exactly what we have going on here. This 1969 BMW 2002 TiAlpina had been packed away for 40 years collecting dust, a genuineworks racer that the tuner had brought to England to race at Silverstone and then left there after it broke down just 3 laps into the race. Not wanting to transport the car back to Germany, they decided rather to sell it to a local who then documented its authenticity with letters from Alpina and news clippings in period, and even kept the original scrutineering tags from that race left still tied to the shift lever…
This 1973 Porsche 911 RSR is sitting at Freisinger Motorsport in Germany awaiting for its restoration to start, one of our absolute favorite marque specialists shops. As a factory prototype that was converted in 1974 to 2.1 liter turbo spec and the very first turbocharged 911 ever built, we plead that they keep as much of 0576 R5’s cosmetic originality as humanly possible. It started out as a 1 of 8 2.8 liter RSR, and had such greats as Herbert Mueller and George Follmer behind the wheel driving it, but it only ran once in the new configuration at the 1000 Kilometers of Imola before retiring early with a turbo problem. Chalk that up to R&D, the rest is history.
This 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (CSX 2436) has been tucked away in a heated barn/workshop in Vermont for the past 40 years, hidden from public view since being stored on jack stands with its top up back in 1974. Gooding & Company just announced they will be putting it up for sale at their Scottsdale, Arizona auction in less than two weeks with an estimated selling price of somewhere between a healthy $1,000,000 – $1,400,000. We are always set back when another barn find like this appears like a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat. Surely they are all accounted for and there are those who know where practically every single one left is, but it still always amazes us when they continue to pop up. All we have to say is fortunately this one didn’t magically appear even just 10 years ago or it may have been purchased and over restored by now, as that was the trend back then as opposed to now where originality is more appreciated….
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