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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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Survivor: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona NASCAR

May 1, 2017 in American / Patina / Race Car / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this slick red 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which is said to have been the first NASCAR Grand National vehicle to post a 200 + mph race lap. It has remained in incredibly original condition, all of the way down to it still wearing the same vintage slick tires that it had last worn while competing for it’s final time. Now coated with a silicon sealant on their insides, they are certainly period correct for show purposes, but obviously not a safe or sticky tire any longer for any manner of spirited driving, whatsoever. What really impressed me the most about this vintage racer is the fact that it was “not restored, but thoroughly cleaned, detailed and all mechanical components checked. It is just as it was last raced in 1970”, as per Bruce Canepa’s site where it is listed for an undisclosed sum. A true time capsule. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?…
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CSX2000: The Very First Shelby Cobra Ever Produced

April 28, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / English / Factory Photos / Patina / prototype / Race Car / Survivor

This innocuous appearing blue AC set before you just so happens to be one of, if not the most significant sports cars in automotive history to ever grace an American powerplant. You see, this vehicle is CSX2000, the very first Shelby Cobra to ever be produced. But you already knew that there was something special about this car, didn’t you? Upon first glance at it’s photos, the automotive connoisseur in you already immediately noted it’s well earned patina, ruling out the possibility of it being a later produced replica, especially when you consider that the majority of replicas wear wider flared bodies. This one’s narrow body, early unfamiliar looking vintage badges and all original looking interior were all tell tale signs that this was possibly an exceptionally iconic car that you are looking at, but would you have known that this Cobra should also possibly be considered the ultimate production car engine swap of all times? Perhaps a bit of a grandiose statement at first read, but let’s take a closer look at this car’s history and then you can be the judge yourself of that and also decide if it’s worth the claimed $20 million plus dollar estimate that has been placed as it’s value…
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1987 Porsche 959 Refresh of a Well-Used Example

April 20, 2017 in German / Patina / Restoration Shop / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1987 Porsche 959 arrived at TuneRS Motorsports in Florida straight from Germany after being recently purchased by it’s new owner. He requested it be freshened up mechanically and cosmetically inside and out, top to bottom, and seeing that this is the same shop that built this 1995 993 RS clone, we have no qualms about the quality or ability of their work. The 47k kilometer super car appears to have been well used by it’s previous owner, who looks to have rode it hard and put it away wet, not that there’s anything wrong with that. We’d rather see them having been used as intended than never driven. Back in ’87, these vehicles were technological marvels far ahead of their time with twin turbos, all wheel drive, tire pressure monitoring sensors and slippery futuristic aerodynamic styling allowing a .31 drag coefficient. They were originally produced for Group B homologation purposes before the race series was ultimately canceled for being deemed too dangerous because of too many deaths of both drivers and spectators. While most existing examples of the rare road version models have been pampered and rarely driven, it’s nice to see one that has been properly used throughout the past 27 years. Follow along with us on the next page as we watch this one being refreshed back to like-new condition without the necessity of a full blown restoration tear down…
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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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Survivor: 1983 BMW 633 CSi

March 29, 2017 in German / Survivor

Too much BMW and Porsche content on the site? Probably. But when we run across two examples that are as nice as the ones we have posted yesterday and today, we run with the opportunity to share them. Stay tuned for more diversity this week, but for the moment let’s enjoy this all original 1983 BMW 633Csi with only 54k miles on it’s clock as the subject for today’s Survivor. The classic shape of these with their large greenhouse is a timeless design, one that today’s modern BMW’s unfortunately can’t touch. We often wonder if there will ever be a following for Bangle designed cars in the future like there is with these shark noses now. We just can’t see it, but we have been proven wrong before so come join us on the following page as we inspect this example up close and personal and make more opinionated remarks…
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Survivor: 1979 Porsche 930

March 17, 2017 in German / Survivor / Video

The subject for today’s Survivor is this all original 1979 Porsche 930 with only 15,624 miles from new. It had remained in one family it’s whole life until it’s recent sale and still possesses all of it’s original paperwork and equipment, down to it’s silly federally mandated 85 mph speedometer that the U.S. required at the time. We have no idea what the government was thinking back then, maybe that it would be less tempting to drive fast if the it looked pinned at 85? Whatever the case, that didn’t stop most 911 Turbos from being tossed off the road backwards because of drop throttle oversteer caused by the pendulum effect in full swing (pun intended), a fate that this one fortunately escaped. Come take a closer look at this museum piece with us on the following page as we check this particular car out and touch upon the subject of their current value, amongst other related rantings…
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VIDEO: Private Citroen Museum

March 14, 2017 in Featured / French / Survivor / Video

Citroen recently opened the doors of their private storage facility to XCAR, who shot the attached video below. Near Paris, the exact location of the museum isn’t disclosed because it is unfortunately not open to the public. We are thankful for being able to take a peek at all of the amazing cars, and had no idea that Citroen was the first manufacturer to adapt front wheel drive to their cars before watching the short film. Enjoy, and be sure not to miss our previous SM restoration feature in “Related Stories” on the following page…

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Survivor: 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Competition Spider

March 9, 2017 in English / Featured / Italian / Race Car / Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor is this 1954 Arnolt Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider with a body hand built by Bertone. It is one of only 3 designed by Scaglione, and remains in unrestored original condition with less than 15,000 miles. When we ran across it’s 2008 RM and 2009 Gooding & Company auction listings, we knew we had found the perfect vehicle for this weekend’s Sunday feature. While we mainly concentrate on restorations and projects during the week, we especially appreciate true survivors such as this that still wears it’s original hammer marks and spot welds on it’s hand formed body 60 years later, even more remarkable and unheard of considering it was a race car…
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Survivor: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight

February 28, 2017 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight was the subject of a sympathetic restoration by the Porsche marque experts at Autofarm in the U.K. What came to be known as the “Beirut RS”, we cannot fathom a truer poster child automobile that defines the term “survivor” better than this. During the war in Lebanon in the mid 80’s, a mortar shell hit the building that this rare car was being stored in and part of the structure fell on top of the car. The car was entombed until it was more recently resurrected by property developers who contacted the original owner’s family asking what they wanted to do with it…
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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: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 with 308 Miles

January 17, 2017 in Survivor

The subject of today’s Survivor feature is this all original 308 mile 1981 De Lorean DMC-12 time capsule. We have no idea where the “12” in their name originates from, as they are powered by Peugeot-Renault-Volvo’s anemic 2.8 V6 with 150 hp. Kinda a let down for such a flashy car with gull wing doors, but in any case what we are celebrating here is the fact that it has remained untouched for so many years, still wearing the plastic on it’s seats and paper floor mats that it was originally delivered with. You don’t have to be a cheerleader for the car’s style or history to appreciate that as true car people, right? Don’t judge us. Moving on…

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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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Video Recommendation: Luciano Rupolo’s Collection

December 26, 2016 in German / Italian / Race Car / Survivor / Video

How about starting off the day with a short film about fellow vintage automobile enthusiast Luciano Rupolo, who is living out our classic car filled dreams. The Italian talks about his collection of rare cars and his passion for keeping them for long periods of time to age like fine wine, waiting patiently for their history to finally be appreciated. He scoffs at the wealthy who materialistically buy historic cars with no actual ties to them other than the ability to purchase. What an awesome position to be in, an inspiration for sure. The Italians are romantic and passionate people, which is why we love them so much and have included this video here on Valentine’s Day. This guy is the real deal, and if you are a true enthusiast, we are sure that you will agree too, so enjoy:

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Survivor: 583 Mile1976 BMW 2002

December 21, 2016 in German / Survivor

What we have here for today’s Survivor feature is a great little white on dark blue ’76 2002. How this one has remained all original with only 583 miles on it’s clock since new is explained in further detail later but for all of you ’02 fanatics right now, how about we answer the pressing questions quickly before we all get overly excited, shall we? The answers you are looking for are, to begin with, no it is not a tii, which would have been obvious had your giddiness not made you gaze over it’s model year so quickly, but yes it is a stick shift and yes it has a sunroof and finally, yes it is for sale. For what you may ask, as your anticipation builds? How about a cool $74,995 obo, which will make all current big bumper ’02 owners ecstatic if that number is ultimately reached, but perhaps it is a bit optimistic? To answer that we are sure it’s selling dealer will say, ” yeah, well go and try to find another. We dare you.” But before we all go jumping to any value conclusions ourselves too quickly, why don’t you come follow us on the next page for a closer examination at this absolute time capsule…
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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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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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