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Best barn find ever? 45 sports cars hidden in Virginia | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 70

Best barn find ever? 45 sports cars hidden in Virginia | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 70

(exhaust bellowing) (engine revving) (upbeat music) – We’re driving on coastal rural Virginia to a little town called Reedville, which I’d never heard of. But there’s a warehouse full of cars, interesting cars, I’m told. It was a lead given to me by a friend, and if he said they were
worthwhile to go and look at, I said I gotta go look at those cars. We’re not driving a wooden car this time. This is a rather solid
’67 Ford Country Squire. It drives like a dream, and if this car looks familiar to you, it’s because it appeared in
Episode 13 of Barn Finders. Go back, check it out. This is the car. I wound up buying it, and
here we are four years later. I’m doing 1,000 miles
a week with this baby. ♪ I can see you with anyone else ♪ Three trailers, I know
what they’re gonna do. They have by the end of the week to get whatever cars are in here out. You can’t go much further in Virginia than we are right here. There’s the water, and the ocean. I guess it’s the Outer Banks beyond that. We’re in rural Virginia, a
little town called Reedville, really at the end of the road. The pavement ran out, the gravel ran out, and now we’re on dirt. We’ve been invited here by Mike. Mike, thanks so much for inviting us. – Looking forward to it. – Mike apparently has become
the owner of a cache of cars. So tell me what’s in here. I haven’t been in here yet. – Right. – How many buildings, why
are they here, who owned it? – What took place was
a gentleman in Virginia had the opportunity to
purchase cars over a lifetime, and started buying and
maintaining cars here. He also had a place in Richmond, Virginia, downtown Richmond, Virginia,
and some at his home. Unfortunately, an illness has taken over, and the family needs to move
on the property and the cars, and essentially what I did
was I was fortunate enough to purchase the entire cache. My responsibility is to clean
it up and move the cars out. I’m a car nut. I’ve been a car nut forever. I’m in the car business, and I will never have the opportunity to touch or feel these cars, but I want to make sure
they go to the next owner who can finish them. Nobody can do 44 cars that I purchased, so I’m gonna be able to split them up and get them to new homes and make sure that they’re restored and back on the road,
because as a car historian, you can’t let them go to waste. – Well, thanks for having us, and lead us. – Let’s go. And that’s the neatest part. – All right, should I turn the lights on? Oh man. So you haven’t touched anything here? – [Mike] Haven’t touched anything. Most of it hasn’t been
touched in 15 or 20 years. – [Tom] These are cars that he’s collected over the course of a lifetime? Oh, man. – [Mike] That’s what I did, oh man. I think something got in
the way of a straight line. Thankfully, it’s only a fiberglass car. – So here’s a Volkswagen
powered Porsche Speedster, fiberglass body, which
may be an Intermeccanica, but there were a number of
companies that made these. Some were really good, and
some are collector’s items in themselves these days. This has 2900 miles I
guess since it was built. It came out of Hartsville, South Carolina. He paid $650 to have it shipped from San Francisco to Richmond, Virginia. Isn’t that something? There’s no date on here. Hmm, no date. That’s pretty cheap, because I
pay a lot more than that now. – [Mike] I know, look at this. – Oh, it’s got a built VW motor, hot rod, dual carbs, alternator. – [Mike] We know it was at least in 2010. – [Tom] Oh, black plate car. He had to buy that, ’cause
this ‘aint a black plate car. Does it have a top, I wonder? – [Mike] It’s got a cover. – [Tom] So, when Speedsters
got to be too expensive for an original one,
they went from $50,000 to $75,000 to $100,000, $150,000, $200,000, $250,000, it made sense to come
out with, like Cobras, a fiberglass version
that people could enjoy the look of the real car for a small portion of the price. So we have a diesel Rabbit pickup. These are the cat’s meow. – [Mike] There’s two more down there. – I’ve got a friend in Maine that would like to buy this right now. It’s got Scirocco wheels. – [Mike] Actually, GTI wheels. – [Tomm] And so they’re all complete. – [Mike] We hope complete. – [Tom] Too many people take them apart, and then they take another
car part and another car part, and then you just have
parts all over the place. – [Mike] Look down the middle. Where’d all the motors come from? – [Tom] So it was a 280 SL?
– 280 Four Speed. That one is so original. It appears as the brake
booster has been removed, but everything else about it, down to the last hydraulic
line, is still attached. – [Tom] That’s probably original paint. – [Mike] We believe it is. – Wow, it looks like 55,000 miles. I’m not quite sure if
I’m reading that right. This car never should be restored. Holy mackerel. All right, so next to
us, we have a Porsche. – [Mike] That’s a 1960
356 Porsche Cabriolet. – [Tom] People are gonna
freak out over this episode. This is exactly what
Hagerty customers love. So a 1960 1600 Porsche,
it’s got a hard top. Whether it’s factory or not, I’m not sure. Obviously the soft top, luggage rack. This is not a Speedster. The Speedster windshield
would have been lower, and a Speedster would not
have had roll up windows. The Speedster had side curtains. Look how complete it is. – [Mike] You know what’s amazing? All four hubcaps are on top. That would take a lifetime to find. – There’s an oil change sticker in here, so I’m gonna see, I know everybody criticizes Tom Cotter for not having a flashlight. – [Mike] You want to carry my flashlight? I’ve got one. – There’s an oil change sticker here. It says 6/28, the date, but
it doesn’t give the year. Warrington, Pennsylvania is
the town it was serviced at, at Mobil Oil. This says 4800 miles, so
it’s probably 104,000, something like that. And here’s the moon hubcaps. Now I think the problem
area with these cars was in the front here in the battery, and it looks to be really solid. I’m gonna just pull this
wheel out, if that’s okay. – [Mike] Yeah, sure. You break it, you buy it. – You got it. Look at that floor, no rust. It’s under the battery,
under the spare tire, where there would be rust developing. Pretty solid car. So it looks like it’s got 104,000 miles. I wonder if this original paint. Let’s see if we can find any remnants. Yeah, this has been painted. See, there’s the black, but
there’s a bead of red on there, so this has been painted. Looks to be a metallic red. So you can tell this is an early 356, not the later ones, like a C. C would have had a small bolt pattern. This you have the larger bolt pattern like a Volkswagen Beetle. Nice. Okay, so this is a, – [Mike] Volkswagen Rabbit convertible. Cabriolet is what they called them. He loved Rabbits.
– [Tom] Yeah, well I do, too. – [Mike] Got rabbits
everywhere, they multiply. – I guess we’ll just go down one side. Oh my goodness, look at that, wow. – [Mike] Is that not amazing? – [Tom] Jeez, so here we have an MG TD. Could be I guess from ’49 to ’53. – [Mike] ’53, but this is
a ’52, based on the title. – [Tom] There used to be a 1250 CC four cylinder engine here. This is the toolbox. You put your jack in there
and wrenches and stuff, ’cause obviously you needed them when they broke down,
but this has a V8 Chevy, distributor in the back, four
barrel Rochester generator. Look how close that generator plate comes to the original radiator. You couldn’t get two dimes in there. Original exhaust manifold is going down. They had to use some flex pipe. What kind of transmission does it have? – [Mike] Don’t know yet. – It’s a manual gear box, it looks like maybe a
three speed Chevy box. – [Mike] Look at the steering wheel. – Yeah, paddle steering wheel. So it’s got five bolt
original wheels in the front and four bolts in the back, so that’s probably like
a Chevy Nova rear end. Four bolt six cylinder Chevy Nova would have had four lugs. Dual exhaust? No, single exhaust. – [Mike] Really? – What kind of hot rod is this? Yeah, single exhaust, wow. And it’s got a brake booster
in the back, way back here. Leaf springs, wow, you’re right. What a blast this would have
been playing with Cobras. Look at the shifter. – [Mike] Yeah, I’m looking
at that. Is that not wild? – It’s kind of a sideshifter,
like an early Healy. – [Mike] Look at the bend in it. – So it’s probably an early
JC Whitney floor shifter. – [Mike] Okay. – The problem was it was a
good idea until you got on it, and then the chassis flex. It was just a skimpy little chassis. – And there’s still wood
under the chassis here. – Yeah, man. That’s a clean truck. – [Mike] With a shell,
which you never find, but they put a sunroof in it. – So this is not a diesel, this is a gas. Volkswagen Rabbit pickup, manual
transmission, clean seats. He cleaned this sucker up nice. Now look at this, a body
factory colored looking top. Very nice vehicle. So this is probably, – [Mike] ’81, ’82. – Yeah, early ’80s. Clean pickup bed. You see the original paint
is still back in there, so they didn’t haul around
brake drums and stuff with it. I’ve got friends that like
these vehicles very much, and look at how clean the body is. I’m imagining the floor is just as clean. It’s got 108,000 miles on it. – [Mike] Which is a baby. – Yeah, it’s a baby, and who knows how long
it’s been sitting here? Is there a sticker? – Not on this one. – That’s a good one. I think a lot of the people
know, Barn Find Hunter, we find Cobras and Ferraris, and I get excited about those things, but we find Volkswagen pickups and I get excited about those things, too, and I think that the
antique hobby movement is going in this direction
for young enthusiasts that become involved in the sport. – This one’s so original, it’s still got the
plastic tire cover shelf. – So that’s a four door? – [Mike] That’s a four door. It’s a diesel. – [Tom] Diesel with no motor. – [Mike] Right, the motor’s
sitting over here somewhere, and that’s a Rabbit GTI. – [Tom] You mind if I step on that bumper? – I don’t care. – Now you guys with the camera could have a problem with this. So that’s just a four door Rabbit, not that there’s anything wrong with it. I used to race against a guy that raced a four door
Rabbit at Bridgehampton. Good car, but of course,
this is a first gen GTI, so no engine in this one, but
it’s probably here somewhere. – [Mike] It’s here somewhere. It’s an ’84 model. – [Tom] This looks to be original paint. – [Mike] It’s very, very original. – [Tom] Wow, so this was that cinnamon, kind of a cinnamon red. They only were available,
as I remember, three colors. It was red, black, white. – [Mike] And then they became silver. – Yep, you’re right. So this has the GTI seats in there. It’s got the golf ball shift knob. Let’s see what the mileage is on this. 85,000 miles. It’s got the seats, front
and back, all original. Sunroof. You can see that there’s
mildew on the doors, but that’s easily cleaned. It’s got drums in the
back, discs in the front. This was the car that
changed America’s opinion of what a muscle car could be. This was one of the first pocket rockets. After the Mini Cooper S, 1275 S, back in the 60s, this was the next car. Front wheel drive, a car
that anybody could afford, good gas mileage, but handled great, had a lot of power, and this brought on a whole new generation
of muscle car in America, if you want to call this a
muscle car. It was an econobox. Car and Driver Magazine,
Road and Track Magazine, loved these cars. When I went out to buy my
second new car, my wife and I, we didn’t buy the Rabbit. We bought the Golf version
in 1985, which we still have. So we still have a GTI we
bought new 35 years ago. All right, so another Volkswagen pickup, another one with a cap on it. Factory color, standard
transmission and a diesel. – [Mike] Yep, which is even
more desirable for some. – Absolutely, yeah, ’cause
these things are running a quarter million miles easy. 102,000 miles. Nice tan interior, very
period correct color. Saddle interior, tan outside, very nice. All right, so here is one of the most unusual sports cars ever built. People said it looked like a guppy. Look at the nose on this thing. It had controversial styling. It was made by Daimler, D-A-I-M-L-E-R. It’s an SP250, or a 250SP. I see there’s a factory shop manual here. Daimler was a company in
England that made large cars, limousines, large sedans. – [Mike] It was the queen’s car. – The queen’s car, and they were not known for building sports cars,
but back in the 60s, that’s where the market was going. They developed a fiberglass sports car. It was a two and a half liter V8. I’m gonna show you what
that V8 looks like here. It’s a Hemi V8, and if
that looks like a miniature Chrysler 331, 392, it is. It’s a miniature version
of a Chrysler Hemi engine. It has two SU carburetors,
and they sounded great. I mean, the cars did not perform particularly well on the racetrack, but man, they sounded so cool. Had a dual exhaust, and
really, if you were racing this or competing against a
Healy or an MGB or an MGA, this would clean the floor with it. Fiberglass body, this has
a fiberglass hard top. Now think about that. Think about this for a minute. A small V8 these days is a five liter. This is a 2.5 liter, half the
size of a Mustang GT engine. – [Mike] It was used as a police
car for a number of years. – Wind wing, accessory hard top, it’s
got a four speed gearbox. Looks to be a complete car. The seat’s a little bit ripped. This is a red car, black
interior, red piping. The keys are there, all
the gauges are there, Smiths gauges, padded dash. So again, this should never be restored. This car should just be enjoyed. You know, the problem
with restoring these cars, you could be upside down the
moment you start to touch it, so you can enjoy this car as is. It’s got kind of strange
styling in the back here, too. – [Mike] It took 50s styling
and it took 60s styling, and it took fiberglass
from the Corvette world, and the V8 Hemis, it was crazy. – Kind of odd American 1960s styling with these little fins here. Think about a Cadillac fin, a ’59 or so, a scaled down version of that. What year is this? – [Mike] This one’s ’60. – ’60, okay. Look at all these, now you can tell this
guy was an enthusiast. He saved his Hemmings
Motor Newses, 1990, 1991. Only idiots like me and
he do that kind of thing. This must be his literature closet. Here’s a Mercedes-Benz owner’s
manual for some vehicle. – [Mike] Probably for
the car right behind you. – 250 SL, 280 SL. These are all the factory
service bulletins. Pretty cool stuff. So this car, originally from Rhode Island, last registered in 1980,
is a Mercedes Ponton, a 220 Ponton, which was the
style of the car at the time. This was a car, a sedan
version of a 190 SL sports car. Kind of subdued styling, very round, and then after this they
went to the fin tail, which is a little sharper, crisper. It probably has a four
speed on the column, it’s a standard transmission,
four in the tree. Nice looking gauges. It says 33,000 miles. I guess it could be. It has been painted. People that didn’t remove the
windows during a paint job could never quite get the masking right, so you could tell if some of
these have been painted or not if there’s rubber that has a
little bit of the color on it. So another Daimler. Now, look at this stuff here in the trunk. Here’s a California car cover. Oh, it’s Hemmings Motor News that hasn’t even been
unwrapped, Winter 2001. An atlas, I guess this is
a boat map for boating. Mirror, probably from this car. So here we have another Daimler 250 SP. Did that one have wire wheels on it? – The other one did, this one does, also. The one that we have as a
parts car has solid wheels. – Little bit of footprints from a raccoon that’s visited this car. Hopefully it’s not in there. Red car, red interior, all the
gauges, the dash is intact. Four speed gearbox. This is I guess a two plus two, but boy, you had to have short legs. Maybe kids could fit
in the back seat there. – [Mike] This one was unusual, because that one has a roll bar on it. – This one has a roll bar, I saw that. So radiator, okay, the radiator is here. I thought it was removed. You can see it’s got a
logo on the generator, again, another miniature Chrysler V8. I’ve actually seen some American hot rods, Model T type track roadsters
with this motor in there, and people freak out. Oh my God, a Hemi, a baby Hemi. Well, that’s what it is,
a 2.2 liter baby Hemi. – [Mike] They called
it a trout mouth front. – Right, you can tell the grill is the looks only a mother could love. – [Mike] What’s amazing and
what’s so smart on his part, everything’s inside. The weather has not touched
any of these in years. Look at the chrome. While it’s still there, it’s a great opportunity to start again. – You’re a lucky guy, because if these were sitting
outside, it’d be a graveyard. Another MG TD, that one
has chrome headlights. This one with the V8 has
got chrome headlights, but actually they came
with painted headlights, and the chrome was an option. 1250 CC XPAG engine it was called. I know because I’ve got one of these. This is probably the
original color this car was, which was kind of a greenish-gray, but it was painted British
racing green on top of that. Another toolbox, and a
mouse has been in here. Two inch and a quarter SU carburetors. This was a car that turned
America on to sports cars. It was one that a lot of
GIs came back from England and either brought with them or bought when they got to the States. You could drive it to
a racetrack, race it, and then hopefully drive it home again. This one is a Jaguar Mark 2, maybe. – [Mike] It’s a 3.8 S. I don’t know if the
designation was a Mark, I think it was a Mark 2. I thought the Mark 2 was a little smaller. – [Tom] I don’t know,
it might be on the back. – [Mike] It says 3.8 S. – This was a sports car, ’66. You see the porcelainized
the exhaust manifold, double overhead cam. You said a 3.8 liter? Look at that wooden dash. – [Mike] Look how clean it is,
look at the condition of it. – [Tom] Amazing. – [Mike] This car’s gonna
clean up phenomenally well. – I’m gonna sit in here.
I just gotta soak it in. So it’s got big plush
leather bucket seats. Look at that dashboard. It’s got 45,000 miles. – [Mike] Based on the condition, maybe. – Could be. Look at that dash. All the gauges, cargo switches, it’s got a Blaupunkt. It’s got that proper musty smell. And here’s a key, it says Jaguar. Now what year is this Porsche? – [Mike] ’68. – [Tom] ’68 targa, it’s a 911? – [Mike] It’s a 912.
– 912, okay. You know, until about six months ago, nobody cared about 912s. Now they’re the hottest
thing in the world. Is it a Sportomatic or anything? – [Mike] You’re opening the
door for the first time, like I haven’t yet. – No, it’s a stick shift, four speed. Look at the interior,
look at the seats, dash. He had an amazing eye for cars. So this is, oh look, here’s another badge. Automobile Club Milano. I wonder if he got these
cars out of Europe, wow. – [Mike] No, most of them had titles from either the Virginia
area, two were in California, and the majority of them
in this east coast area. – So this is probably missing, yeah, it’s missing a little logo. I can see the pulls back here, so that’s obviously been
painted sometime in its life. It’s a silver and right here would be 912, probably a 912. It’s not fuel injection, so it wouldn’t have been E, but 912. It was a four cylinder version of a 911. They say it was the ultimate
356, would be a 912. It took the 356 technology
one stage further, more sophisticated and a new body style. Looks to be a good, solid
car, and these cars, you know, nobody really wanted them
just a few years ago, and now, man, people really
appreciate these cars. Look at the interior. Those seats could be
cleaned up beautifully. – [Mike] It’s a five gauge
dash, which is quite unusual. – 80,000 miles? Let me see that. 30,000, so I take it that that’s 130,000, and this car’s been painted. There’s evidence of that all along here. Silver targa, which means
the roof panel comes out, could be stowed under the hood. Disc brakes in the back,
disc brakes in the front. This was probably the most sophisticated four cylinder air-cooled
motor that Porsche made, before putting all their
emphasis on six cylinder motors. The hubcaps for the Porsche,
one, two, three, four. Let’s see if it turns over. Let me just see if I can
spin the crankshaft on here. No, I can’t, but I bet unless it’s seized, there’s no reason that thing wouldn’t spin and probably start up pretty easily. See, it’s got side, I guess two
downdraft, probably Solexes, and those look like
aftermarket air cleaner. You know what the horsepower
was, I really can’t say. Well, it’s a pretty amazing
find, and you know what? We’re in the smaller building still. There’s a larger building still to come. All right, so we have no
light in this building. Ooh, an F150 and a Jimmy. Are these yours as well? – [Mike] Everything’s mine. (slow music) – [Tom] That’s a nice truck. – [Mike] Oh yeah, I’m a Ford dealer. This is gonna be easy for me. – A short wheelbase four wheel drive? – This is the only one that I recognized and knew how to appraise. – Right, wow. Is it low mileage? – [Mike] Don’t know,
didn’t look, didn’t care. – [Tom] Got to turn on the dash. – [Mike] Yeah, didn’t care. – [Tom] So it’s a manual gearbox. – [Mike] Yeah, this one’s 100% original. – This will clean up so nice, beautiful. I bet that doesn’t have
30,000 miles on it. Four wheel drive, manual gearbox, and we can’t see the mileage because the odometer is digital, so you have to turn the truck on and obviously the battery’s dead, but it’s got the trim,
factory chrome wheels, is it a V8 five liter? – Yep, five oh. – [Tom] So that’s like a five
liter Mustang motor, I guess. Fuel injected. I bet this is low mileage. I’m not a truck guy. – [Mike] This is a short bed. – Jeez, you should make
this your company truck. I’m spending time with this and this, because there are Hagerty customers that love these vehicles. Here’s one, so a race
driver friend of mine, who you know, Elliot Forbes-Robinson, a couple of years ago he was looking for one
of these for his son, ’cause the thing is to get
these and lower them down. You can slam ’em. – [Mike] This one’s a Jimmy. – It’s got an automatic, 86,000 miles. This was a big deal back in the day. Let’s see, how do you release this? Look at that, you could list
commonly called numbers there. This was a big deal. You had to walk around with a battery pack back in these days. And that’s for sale, too? – [Mike] Yep, everything’s for sale. – It’s got a V6, so
that’s a little hot rod. – [Mike] Yeah, 2.8. – AC, very nice. Okay, so now let’s get to the stuff we’re more interested in. We’ll start with the Volvo. Nice Volvo wagon, automatic,
obviously its original paint. I don’t see any markings of repaint. It’s not a turbo, or is it? I can’t say that for sure. It doesn’t appear to be a turbo. I will probably be scorned
by a number of people. It’s got factory alloy rims. 17,000, so I assume it’s 117,000 miles. The leather seats need
a little bit of work. Here’s a car I know
something about, a VW Beetle, and don’t tell me the year,
I think I can guess it. Let’s see, large taillights, which means it’s newer
than, it’s ’61 or newer. Dished wheel, so it’s had
some either rust repair or probably damage repair up in the front. It’s got a new hood, so I’d
say it’s probably a ’63 or ’64. With that door handle,
I’m saying it’s ’65, ’66. – [Mike] ’67. – [Tom] ’67, okay. New fenders, brand new
fenders lying there, all the fender welting
and hood welting on there, so it looks like a lot of the parts that you’d need to fix
it are here already. That one’s got 15,000 miles. By the look of it, the wear on the pedals, I’d say it’s definitely 115,000. The area of concern with
these cars is the battery, and you can see back here, there is in fact some cancer. There’s a little bit of a hole, but this is common and really acceptable in a Volkswagen Beetle of this vintage. So this car could be revived real easy. You can buy all these carpeted panels here from aftermarket firms. The new seat covers, which it needs. There’s the horsehair, by the way. Door panels you can buy, so even a home mechanic
can glue in these pieces, put on the seat covers, put on door panels like in a weekend and have
the whole interior revived. This is a hard top, it
does not have a sunroof. Everybody with a Beetle tried to fix it up with these steering wheel covers. – [Mike] It’s got great bones.
– Yeah, it does. Okay, well now we have, going from the baby to the big brother. This is a 930? – [Mike] 911, ’84 model. – [Tom] A 911 with big
stuff welded on here. – [Mike] We don’t know
if it’s factory or not. I have to pull the codes yet, but I haven’t been able to see it. – Maybe I can let you know right now. That’s got big flares, and there’s not a lot of
evidence that they’ve been added. Was there a non-turbo wide body car? – [Mike] Yes. – That could be it. 16 inch wheels. That appears to be metal, and the undercoating is
consistent throughout from the lip all the way in, so it doesn’t appear
that these were added on. – [Mike] And it’s an air-conditioned car. – What liter is this, do you know? – I’m thinking a 2.8 in ’84,
but it could be a three too, I’m not sure. – [Tom] It’s got big flares
in the front and back. It’s got this whale tail,
which was the iconic Porsche, and the reason that was
put there was that air, rather than slipping down and ultimately slowing down the car, there was a clean break, and it was a clean break for the air, so it just kind of shot up and the car was not being
held back by aerodynamics. It ultimately made a swoopy
car into a sharp tail. A guy named Kamm, K-A-M-M, invented around World War II the Kammtail, and this is an extension of that. This is all rubber. I think the US required this to be rubber in case pedestrians got hit by it. I guess a factory black car? – [Mike] Yeah, we believe it is. – [Tom] And if it was painted, the windshield was taken out of it. – [Mike] Miles on this one is 87,000. No, 67,000. – 67,000, there’s some chips here, so either those light
chips are a lighter primer like a gray primer, or this car
was maybe silver at one time and they just removed the windshield. It’s got cigarette butts in the ashtray. Looks all complete to me. Wow, it’s got a five speed gearbox. The seats have mildew on them, but they could be brought back to life, and the carpets look great. You’ll have this thing sold before you even know what you’re doing. So this was last on the road in 2000. Virginia, December 2000. It’s got a toolkit, which
I guess is original, including a touch up stick. Schwartz means black, so if this is the original
toolkit touch up stick, then this car was a black car originally. These are West Germany, so
this is all original stuff. It just looks odd to me. Those wheels don’t look big
enough to fill the fenders. Okay, so here we have an early 911. Is it 911?
– [Mike] 912. – It’s an early 912, okay. 912, see, this is the
logo that was missing on the other one, and the old
Porsche script along the back. The earliest 911s had a
little Porsche script up here, and it said 911 almost in a
script, not in block type. That would have been ’65 and ’66, I think. So this is a stock body,
stock wheels, five boat lugs, with a steel rim and hubcaps. There’s one, two, three, there’s three or four hubcaps back here. Mileage is 16,000, so
we’ll say it’s 116,000. I see there’s pieces of
the dash are missing. The gauges are all there. It’s probably an ashtray that’s missing. – [Mike] You can go up front
and see the rest of it. – [Tom] Oh, this is a crunch-orino. – [Mike] Little boo boo. – Got it, what year is this? – [Mike] ’68. I could be mistaken, it could be a ’67. We’re not sure yet. This is one of the ones
that we don’t have a title exactly number matching. – If I owned all these cars, I would be so inclined,
which one am I gonna keep? Which two, which nine am I gonna keep? – Which 10 am I gonna keep? Which 12 am I gonna keep? I’m not getting rid of any of ’em. – How many did you buy? – 44. – All right, so this is what I’d do. I would tell my wife I bought 24. (both laughing) And then when the 24 sold,
okay, that project’s done. So we have a 356 C.
How do I know it’s a C? Well, this is a Porsche 356 C because there’s a C
back here first of all, but the C was kind of
a transitional model. Like that 912 was kind
of the ultimate 356, this 356 has many of
the beginnings of a 911. You can tell it’s a 356 C, one of the reasons it had
two air vents in the back. It had five bolts, but it didn’t
have the large bolt pattern like we saw in the early 356s. They were close together, so
not like a Volkswagen wheel where the bolts were way
out here, they’re closer. And the C is the first
one to have disc brakes, front and back. So it’s got disc brakes front and back. I actually owned one of these for a while, and they’re a great car. Why did I sell it, why? Beautiful dashboard, look at that. That could be cleaned
up and never repaired, never taken apart. This was the tach, so you can see where the yellow
and the redline would be, so it kind of redlined at 5,000 RPMs. Porsche made its name by beating
bigger, more powerful cars because they could maintain a higher RPM consistently around a racetrack and not have to come on and
off the throttle as much, so they weren’t as fast
on the straightaway, but they were a lot faster on the corners, and that’s when you saw
Corvettes and Porches racing competitively against one another. 14,000 miles, so I guess 114,000. It’s got a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Again, the hubcaps are
scattered about in here. There’s the body company
that made Porsche bodies called Karmann Karosserie,
which was a body company. That was either in Austria or Germany. Here you have the best 356 you could buy. It had the old styling, but
it had four wheel disc brakes, it had a big motor. I think it was 65 horsepower, maybe. Here we have a car that’s, it’s a ’65. – [Mike] Nope, this is a ’64.
– ’64, okay, but it’s a C. ’64 was the last year of the C, and it’s 55 years old. So here you can see the early fuses that Volkswagens and
Porsches had across here, the little ceramic fuses, and if that little wire
was melted, blow the fuse. You had a short somewhere. Here’s the missing tach,
not from this car, though. I guess from one of the other Porsches. Toolbox, a jack, spare inner tube, and this is where they rusted out again. The battery’s still in
there, right over there, so I don’t know if the floor
under there is solid or not. This car obviously was painted. – [Mike] It has evidence of repaint. – But I’d say it was probably
a silver car to begin with, ’cause where it’s peeling away, you kind of see silver paint. That’s a good one, man. Okay, 635 CSL? – [Mike] No, a 633 CSI. – CSI, okay. Which was such a beautiful car, and these cars are just beginning
to become appreciated now. It started off with a
2800 and went to a 30CS, then the racing version was a
CSL, L stood for lightweight. A great six cylinder overhead
cam motor, fuel injection. They were great race cars,
they were great street cars. They had such amazing looks. The body, look how thin that is. That’s the A pillar, the
B pillar and the C pillar. They were the thinnest
you could make them, so visibility was great, but
still it had this greenhouse that was just out in the open, perfect. So this has a five speed manual gearbox. It’s white with navy interior, sunroof. What year is this one? – [Mike] ’84. – So it’s got the shock
absorber bumpers on it. – [Mike] Which are hidden. – Yeah, they’re hidden, but the German versions of
these cars were much prettier, because this is like a big six by six piece of timber in the front, which that’s what you
had to have for US specs, but the European cars
just had a slender bumper that was actually a much prettier one, but it wouldn’t have made US specs. Now you can bring those cars in, because those cars are older. – [Mike] They’re 35 years old. – Yeah, they’re older than 25 years. You can bring the
European versions in now. So this was January 2000
this was last on the road. And that’s when cassette
tapes were big back then, because there’s a whole bunch of them on the dashboard here. What an eclectic taste this guy had, man. All right, so that’s the end of it? – That’s the end of it. – Man, what a morning. – Oh, we got a Mercedes 250, two door. – It’s in that garage
down there in the back. – I’ve only seen that car once. – So who’s minding the shop? – I’ve got a GM. – How long have you been a dealer? – It’ll be 25 years this year. I worked for Ford for 12 years. I think that’s the window
we’re gonna look in. I think he said right behind the tree. – There’s only one car in here? – [Mike] Yeah, thank goodness. – Oh, there it is, yeah. It’s gonna be hard to see. It looks like a 250 Mercedes. – [Mike] It’s a ’71 250. – [Tom] Yep, manual gearbox? – [Mike] No, automatic. – [Tom] Those cars just don’t rust out. It’s probably a pretty solid car. – [Mikr] Did you see the four
cam Porsche motor in here? – Oh, shut up. So let me think, if you said Tom, you can buy one of these cars. – All right, so let me
show you the pictures so you can really think. – Just of the cars today. The cars today, hmm. That was a nice one. It would probably be a Porsche. – Then it’s gotta be the silver ’64. – Yeah, but there was that other one. – The targa? Or not the kit car. – No, wasn’t there another
356 out in the building? – The convertible, the ’60. – Yeah, that would be it. – All right, I’m not a convertible guy. – Okay, so now the other cars, Griffiths are intriguing cars. – [Mike] 1966, V8. – [Tom] Made on Long Island, out of a TVR. Tigers, another Daimler. – Another Daimler, the two GT 6s, it’s a 219, so it was the
smaller motor Ponton Mercedes. That was in absolutely spectacular shape. The Lotus, the ’68 Lotus SE. – You know, that’s cool for a roadster. Probably the Lotus, yeah. I have a soft spot for those. – [Mike] Then there’s the
Alpine with the Chevy 350. – Well Mike, thanks so much for spending the morning with us. – Oh God, it was a pleasure. – And good luck with moving these cars. What an amazing find. Are you gonna advertise these cars? – We’re gonna put it on our website. – Which is what?
– –, so don’t call us. You know how to get a hold of him now. – Call me, We’re in North Carolina, we deliver. We’re gonna sell ’em all. I just want to get them to good homes so they can get back on the road. That’s the most important part, ’cause that’s what the
former owner’s dream was. – Well, you’re a good caretaker. Man, thanks. Thanks for sharing this stuff. Have a good one. Happy hunting. Here’s another Ponton Mercedes. This is what I was telling you before, body color hubcaps, full hubcaps, and these were always
the color of the body. Here was the baby hubcap. This is probably more
appropriate for a diesel. The diesel probably had the mini hubcap. The larger hubcap I showed you in the back is probably for a gas car or deluxe car. You see this has no trim
or anything like that. Automobile Und Touring Club Tirol, so that would have been a
German driving group, I guess.

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100 thoughts on “Best barn find ever? 45 sports cars hidden in Virginia | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 70

  1. Pickups are called Volkswagen Caddy here next Europe. Just as the Cabriolet they went on building the Caddy enter the end of the Golf 1 / Rabbit 1 in 1983

  2. I saw the episode where you bought the wagon and its a great sleeper and I wouldn't normally want to restore a car thats original like this but I think this one of car should be restored, I think its worthy.

  3. I had a friend growing up that had an 82 635 csi. German model. Man that car was fast. It would corner so good. Driving it was strange everything was written in German. It was set up for the autobahn. What a cool car.

  4. trying to sell a 57 Chevy Pickup with a Inline 6. drives like a dream 4 speed. lights everything works including windshield wipers. Time to put your wallet where your keyboard comments are "why these guys don't sell their stuff to be driven". [email protected]**

  5. My first car was a 77 rabbit 2 door Chrome Yellow… I've probably owned 25 MK1 and MK2 Volkswagens over the years and had I known the following these cars would have I would have stashed a couple of them.

  6. Wow, what a stash! Thanks Tom and the crew for sharing so many European models. One of the best episodes of the decade!

  7. You made a mistake on the BMW, the 2800 CS and the 3,0 CS (CSi, CSL…) you mentioned are the E9 Coupés, prdeccesosors of the E24 6 series, which started as 630CSi and 633CSi, later came the 635CSi and then the 628CSi, but I´m not sure the 628CSi came to the US

  8. Tom, 1980 and my friend Tony was driving round uni in a BMW 635i. Memories. We cruised in style!!! What a group of motors. Regards Stephen.

  9. The black Porsche could be a M491 optioned car. This was available for 84-87 I believe. Look for turbo brakes and suspension and a sticker with that option designated by the latch on the hood. Nice rare find if it is! Expensive option too.

  10. A friend of mine is clearing a home and there is a dust covered 1961 Corvette with 4k miles on it. It has about 2 inches of dust on it.

  11. That Jaguar is not a 3.8S or a Mk II but looks more like a S-Type. I had one and it is hard to see the rear of the car but it is the same car basically as the Mk II but with a longer boot (trunk).

  12. Tirol can be found in Zwitserland.. Those tags where common for the predecessors of what you now know as roadside assistance. Same for a insurance company for example, as to show you where a member of them. Often places back on classic cars here.

  13. It's a sad time in America when there are 2A Sanctuary cities in Virginia for law-abiding citizens & California & other States have Sanctuary cities for those breaking the law

  14. That Porsche motor you tried to turn by hand – there was a cylinder head sitting under the car in front of its left rear wheel. Could be a clue?

  15. This message is for anyone that can help. Or if Tom Collins could respond that would be awesome. I have a 1968 AMC Rebel 550 4 door. I'm trying to find the history on the car. But don't know where to look since the vin number is only 13 characters long. And I'd like to find oem parts

  16. When I was 12 there was what we called an “Elliot Ness” car, a Ford with running boards stuck inside an abandoned garage, I am constantly reminded of it when I see videos like this, keep up the good work guys👍

  17. My dad had a Rabbit diesel pickup with a shell. Manual trans – white paint. Also, the bodies on the BMW 633 were also built by Karmann and then shipped to BMW for assembly.

  18. 428 station wagon? I remember this car. If you're really doing 1000 miles a week, you'd be smart to install a Gear Vendors overdrive unit.

  19. Awesome episode …Nice to see the one off wagon out. I knew you had picked that one up but hadn't seen it in any episodes. I have chased the identical year except not the Squire model. Yours takes the cake It took me since the summer of 73 but as always a total fluke. I found one identical to the one my Dad bought new. Long story short mine is the Country Sedan and it is stuck in 1967 never restored 5 owners what a snoozer supreme survivor.

  20. Less than a handful impressed me. I hope he didn't pay much or he will lose his shorts as many of these are not original, not numbers matching and missing critical parts. The best and most provocative vehicle in this clip was your station wagon.

  21. You had me at the Rabbit Pickups (VW Caddy) Oh would be so cool to get my hands on on of them. The tailgates alone are worth a fair few $$$ but a complete car WOW. I what 2 I am trying to make one complete one out of but have lots of work to do. Love this episode!!!!

  22. Great episode, wonderfully diverse and well stored group of vehicles with a great story. Thanks so much for taking the extra time presenting them.
    Happy Holidays !
    Is it at all possible to purchase a Barn Find Hunter Tee – Shirt ?

  23. So you own all these cars that gather dust and boom your dead…time flys friends..Id rather have one car that is cool and drive the heck out of it and actually enjoy it…

  24. Love hagerty by progressive let me see that whale tail 911 cabroliet in my driveway I will wax her with a diaper and give it love like your great grandma 😘💗👍

  25. what is going to happen to the various pieces of shop equipment and the tool boxes and the tools inside them and scattered around the shop..

  26. You should have done a part two on this one Tom. Would love to have seen the whole collection. Watching from Australia where we can't find collections like these, sooo jealous …

  27. The 911 is an '84 or '85 3.2L Carrera (there was never really a factory 2.8 for the street (notwithstanding the '73 RSR of which some were registered for road use) – only late 60's/early 70's race motors). It has motronic injection, which makes it a 3.2L – the previous model, the '78-'83 3.0L SC had CIS mechanical fuel injection. The round switches and AC control panel (center console) have the earlier, conical shape which was changed to a slightly more modern bulbous design in 1986. The 'Porsche' script on the rear reflector was also changed from black lettering to a translucent pattern in the reflector for the '86 MY. The Fuchs wheels appear to be 16 X 6's in front and 16 x 7's in the rear. A factory M491 'turbo-look' option would generally have had 16 x 7's in front and 16 x 8's in the rear (these can be distinguished relatively easily by the amount of 'dish'; 16 x 6's have no dish while the 8" wide wheels have a nice amount of dish) for 1984 and 85 – the later turbo-look cars had 16 x 9's. The flares were only welded onto the 930's on earlier cars (I don't remember when the change was made), but the later 930's (and I am pretty sure the M491 turbo-look optioned cars) all had one piece quarters and fenders. Even if they were welded flares, though, the weld is way up in the quarter panel. It is easier to feel on the fenders in front as the added flare sections were smaller so you don't have to reach in as far. That said, on factory cars "feeling" the seam under the undercoat was tough. Based on the wheels, I'd say this was a regular narrow bodied '84 or '85 3.2L 911 Carrera with flares added later.

  28. Tirol is in Austria 🙂 next to Germany. Cool episode, but too many European cars, got plenty of these here LOL.

  29. Reedville has some great dockports for larger boats…at a better price than some of the fancy places. Great fishing there too.

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