Skip to comments.Man buys abandoned farm, discovers large barn filled with vintage cars
Posted on 02/17/2007 12:43:02 PM PST by LibWhacker
Tons of pictures at the link: http://www.geenstijl.nl/paginas/mirror/20070215-pritt-mazda/index.html
What a find!
Hope he displays them for others to enjoy!
Any Austin-Healy with wire wheels? British racing green, please.
Cool. Hope he can find the keys. ; )
Wow! A little bit of everything in there.
He'll never have to work again.
Many of those cars are priceless. Some may not be i great condition but easily restored. Very nice collection.
I can't read the text very well.
But if I were them, I'd be discussing ownership issues. Did he buy the farm outright? Does the purchase include any property left by prior owners?
All kinds of cool cars.. must have been a stash of a rich fellar or a master car thief. some old classics..
Looks like the guy really liked Lancias.
Very cool -- thanks for the post.
My jaw must be somewhere on the floor,,,,,,,,, can't seem to find it!
Why would anyone abandon such a collection? If not stolen, the owner must've died and left no heirs. They'll be coming out of the woodwork now though, I'll bet!
You can say that again!
I wish the article had a few more details too. Who did he purchase the "abandoned" farm from? Was it from relatives of the person who "abandoned" it? Was it a Government tax sale of some kind? Is there a chance that he knew the cars were in the garage when he bought it? Who is the buyer, and has he done farming before?
Yeah, someone on another site said maybe a mob dropoff point for stolen vintage cars... Or maybe a prewar stash (though I think there is some postwar stuff in there, too) that someone was hiding from the Nazis, lol. Lots of speculation.
I have often had this fantasy about doing the same thing, and finding an old WWII airplane in there...:)
But since I'm such a softy and I'm feeling sorry for the poor fella, I'll gladly give the guy 50 american dollars for each car.
Didn't see any. Saw a mini cooper.
That dang near stopped my heart! I wonder if he needs an old shop boy?
I'm cryin! Why couldn't this happen to me?
What a find, indeed! I guess I'll take those "abandoned farm" ads a little more seriously.
I counted only five that I would keep. The rest need to get the hell out of my barn pronto.
So... Moderator... If you see this, please change the title to:
Den koselige gÃ¥rden var til salgs, sÃ¥ vi kjÃ¸pte den......
Thank you. ;-)
they belong to the state now.
Why would they belong to the state now? Most of the cars are post WWII, but not all. I hope that Hemmings does a story on this find.
I have a question. If a car has been buried for fifty or sixty years in a dry climate, can it be restored and would it be worth the effort?
None of the cars were stored properly. Some may be worth restoring, but they could have been worth dramatically more had the owner been an enthusiast.
For instance, the open exhaust pipes on the old cars (this was before cats) will allow air/moisture in through the open exhaust valves...which is not a great idea for a cast iron block, or iron valves, or for iron pistons.
Obviously the cars had no dust covers or rodent blocks/traps, nor even suspensions supported (e.g. on blocks).
From the above alone I'd guess that the poor owner left the old brake fluid in to harden in the brake lines (bye, bye) and clutch lines...and the old motor oil was probably left in to acidize, too.
Sit down before you click the link ping!!!
Because this is Europe....
Almost everything pictured is post war. A lot of them are from the 60's, a few are from the 50s and perhaps 70s. Only a handful of really old ones.
I emailed the folks at Hemmings.
So many Alfas...... so many ringjobs to do.....sigh....
The fact that they weren't listed as a major asset somewhere casts doubt upon the legality about how the previous original acquired them.
I'm also kind of cheered to note that the author seems to know about as much about American cars as I know about European cars.
The photo labels describing the cars appears to be in Portuguese.
Some of them don't look like they're in very good condition but with the number of cars in there, he could at least sell them for parts and live happily ever after.
Yea, well that's easy for you to say!
From all the dust, it's pretty dry in there, no surface rust , and the tires are still inflated other than the one without wheels. They're in no worse shape than your typical "garage find" with an elderly person who stopped driving. We're talking fifteen years here. The building walls are concrete block, so nothing to attract rodents that I can see. I'd say quite a few of them have significant value above and beyond salvage.
Wow, thanks for your comments. Makes me realize how badly the previous owner bungled his preservation efforts, if indeed, he was even trying. It makes me think that it may turn out that he was nothing more than a prolific car thief.
I know you old car freaks are wetting yourselves over this but the farm I buy will have a barn full of antique furniture, preferably from the 1700's.(I hope)
Chip Foose is having an orgasm.
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