Last week, car internet blew up over eBay listings that purported to show two rare Plymouth Superbirds that had been “hidden from the public eye for 35 years.” It’s the sort of thing we report on all the time—barn finds are interesting and neat and fun. And then a law firm sent us a letter.
Just under 2,000 Plymouth Superbirds were ever produced in all of their too-high rear spoiler glory. Finding one of these for sale is rare enough, and finding two almost never happens. And yet! Here we have two up for auction, true barn finds if you believe the seller, both with under 50,000 miles.
I don’t really understand how anyone could lose a whole car, but apparently it happens even to rare and valuable prototypes, like the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP prototype, which has been missing for half a century. Many thought it to be destroyed after it completed testing, but now it’s been discovered and its…
I try to avoid lobbing clichés like “holy grail” and “ultimate barn find” around too often, but we’ve got a freaking 1983 Toyota four-wheel drive manual transmission single cab pickup truck with less than 8,000 miles on our hands here, people. It’s time to freak out.
Barn find cars are the archeological expeditions of the car world. Instead of a fedora, whip and Harrison Ford, these digs often involve standing in a shed and googling “Mustang VIN decoder” while a pigeon silently judges you from the rafters.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, people abandon cars others can only dream of owning in the first place. That was the case with this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 and 1967 Shelby Cobra 427, left to become nothing more than housing for nearby mice after the only mechanic the owner trusted to work on them died.
This DeTomaso Pantera hadn’t been on the road for decades, so long locked away in a trailer nobody had the keys to open it anymore. As it turned out, the car was one of the last great Cannonball racers, much to the ebullient joy of the two old men who finally shed some light on this thing.
Every neighborhood has a story of some abandoned lot somewhere full of late 60’s to early 70’s American muscle cars, just waiting to be discovered, or they’ve heard of a warehouse stocked with Italian sports cars ready to be restored. That’s not really the case with my neighborhood’s abandoned lot. Its inventory is…
A Jalopnik reader from Long Island just bought a 4,400 mile Jeep Cherokee from an older owner in Queens in what is perhaps the greatest Jeep XJ barn find of our time. Prepare your feeble minds for photos of a factory-fresh Jeep Cherokee.
The “Cuyama Historical Car Garden” isn’t exactly a junk yard, but it’s got to be the biggest tract of land littered with cars that anyone’s ever called “art.”
The Wankel may very well have been the little engine that couldn’t, but today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Mazda RX-7 may prove it still has its merits. We’ll have to decide if one of those merits is good value.
Sometime back in 1977, what is generally remembered to be a white Jeep Wagoneer was parked in a garage in Truro, MA, near the tip of Cape Cod. That Jeep and the garage it was in were filled and covered in sand from a shifting dune, and have remained entombed, like the great Pharaoh AMCenaten, for four decades. On…
A Belgian photographer recently visited an old mining tunnel in central France filled with classic cars that he thinks may have been hidden away against Nazi forces during World War II. The decaying old cars he found are astonishing.
What kind of secrets lurk within the Porsche Museum warehouse? Probably timeless classics, bizarre one-offs and priceless treasures.
When you buy a car that hasn’t moved in 13 years, there are a few things you need to look at before firing her up. After that, it’s adventure time.
The Lamborghini Miura is one of the most valuable, iconic, and well-preserved cars in history. They are owned by rock stars. They are not forgotten. Except for one, hiding in a barn in New Jersey.
There are barn finds, and then there are hidden caches of treasure so precious as to attract the descendants of Spanish conquistadors. This is the latter, and it contains gold like a prototype Cadillac V12 convertible. Estimated sale price? Up to $350,000, and that’s just the one car. There are four others, including…
Here's one last Christmas gift for fans of cool barn finds. Or perhaps in this case; "battlefield finds." A reader apparently happened upon an abandoned Soviet submarine base in Albania, and collected some fantastic images for us.
For some reason, I've always had this idea that there was sort of a limited but perpetually-renewing supply of amazing vintage cars forgotten about in barns and old garages. This is, of course, absurd, and this recent major find of 60 incredibly valuable, unrestored vintage cars could possibly be the last of its kind.