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Missing For Decades, These Cars Were Finally Discovered… And Worth A Fortune!

by jvcc

Whether it be a sheer accident of fate or an outright hunt, people have unearthed some insane cars that were hidden away in a barn. Ranging from classic vehicles to antique cars worth a fortune, here are the rarest, greatest, and most unexpected vehicles found in barns.

1969 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona

One of the rarest barn-finds ever, this vehicle is the only roadgoing alloy Daytona made by Ferrari. Just five 365GTB/4 Daytonas were produced, of which four were meant for the track.

This vehicle was acquired by a Japanese car collector in 1980 and was discovered in 2017 after decades of being lost. Even in its barn-state, it fetched €1.8m ($2.04 million) at RM Sotheby’s.

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287

While Shelby built six Daytona Coupes, only five could be tracked ─ until 2001. The last unit of this ultra-rare Ferrari-beating legendary American car was discovered in the garage of a woman named Donna O’Hara after she self-immolated.

In one of the greatest barn finds ever, O’Hara’s locked garage was found to have the CSX2287 that she inherited from her father. It’s valued at over $4 million today!

1967 Porsche 911S

This dusty 1967 Porsche 911S was accidentally discovered by LBI in Philadelphia. Its owner had put it away in a wooden barn after it was rear-ended by a Pontiac Firebird decades ago.

The car was found to have many original components still in place, including rare Fuchs wheels, making it a highly valuable barn find.

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante

Originally the car of British Racing Drivers’ Club founder Earl Howe and one of only 17 units built, this rare 57S Atalante is probably the barn-find of the decade.

It was found sitting in the garage of British doctor Harold Carr for over 49 years. After Carr’s death, his family auctioned it off unaltered at Bonhams for an insane €3.4 million ($3.85 million) in 2009.

1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Michelotti Coupe

This one-off XK140 SE Michelotti Coupe with a rare C-type engine was found in the collection of a Belgian car enthusiast in 2018.

Jaguar built just three Michelotti XK140 units, and it was the only one to get its unique coachwork. Bonhams sold this rare barn find for €356,500 ($404,000).

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible

Aston Martin built just 70 of these convertibles as the coupe guise was more prevalent for this model. The one seen here was originally owned by an Oxford professor till 1978.

The second owner, however, stored it for unknown reasons. After being discovered, this rare car was sold in its barn-find condition at the 2011 Bonhams auction for £310,000 ($416,000).

1968 Jaguar E-Type S850660

Buried beneath all kinds of junk boxes in Los Angeles, this super-rare Jaguar E-Type is probably the most expensive ‘thing’ ever misplaced.

It famously competed at Sebring in 1963 and was forgotten for decades, until being discovered by Jaguar hunter Terry Larson in 1998. It was auctioned off for a staggering $1.3 million in 2003.

1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427

This 1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 is part of a $4 million barn find by automative historian Tom Cotter for Hagerty’s YouTube series ‘Barn Find Hunter’.

This Cobra was found with several other collectibles in a North Carolina house set for demolition. It was auctioned off by Gooding & Company in its unrestored state for a staggering $1 million in 2018.

1966 Ferrari 275GTB

This 1966 Ferrari was also part of Tom Cotter’s $4m barn find in North Carolina. One of just a few dozen units built with an alloy body, it was the most precious of the lot and fetched $2.53 million at a Gooding auction in 2018.

In case you’re wondering, Cotter’s NC haul also included a mid-1980s BMW 325iX, a 1978 Morgan Plus 8, and a 1976 Triumph TR6.

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

This Miura P400 S is not a barn find per se as it was never lost, but it’s still worth mentioning considering the fact that it’s an extremely valuable vehicle and it did spend some years in a barn.

This car was put away after its owner’s demise in 2015 and was taken out by his brother 4 years later. RM Sotheby’s sold it unrestored in 2019 for a whopping £1.25 million ($1.68 million).

1981 BMW M1

Found buried under piles of junk in an Italian garage, this matching-numbers M1 is one of just 453 units produced. Besides that, it was never registered and had run for just 7,329 km before being garaged in 1982.

This rare and ultra-low mileage barn find was valued at £380,000 ($510,000) when it was discovered and restored by Mint Classics in 2016 – after a slumber of 34 years!

1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

This 1955 Mercedes 300SL made its way to a Santa Monica garage after its transmission failed and saw the light of the day only after 4 decades when it was found by auto genius Rudi Koniczek in 2011.

Being one of just 29 alloy-bodied units ever built, this rare barn-find car is valued at an estimated £5 million ($6.72 million).

Type 57 Bugatti Cabriolet

This Type 57 Cabriolet was discovered in a Belgian garage along with two other Bugattis and a Citroën – all of which were sitting there for over 60 years.

With original components intact, this matching numbers Cabriolet was one of nine units produced and was sold for €500,000 ($566,000) by Artcurial in 2019.

1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III

This rare Aston Martin DB Mk III was discovered from a Pennsylvania garage in 2009. It had been resting there for over 30 years.

Though there have been several other barn finds for this vehicle, none was found in a better shape. With all original components intact, Bonhams auctioned it off for £104,540 ($140,000) in 2015.

Land-Speed Record BMW M1

This rare barn-find car was used by Harald Ertl to set a land-speed record for an LPG-fueled car while working alongside British Petroleum in 1981. The Austrian racing driver hit 301.4 kmph (187.3 mph) and set a new record.

It’s strange how a record-breaking car fell off the radar – but it did. The one-off Bimmer somehow got ‘lost’ in 1993 and was discovered after a quarter-century in 2018.