By on June 22, 2014

There’s been some attention on the recent acquisition by a Canadian muscle car collector of what Driving.ca called “the ultimate Canadian barn find”, about 40 late model American performance cars. While the assortment of Corvettes, SRT Mopars and limited edition Fords like Harley Davidson F-150s and three Ford GTs are undoubtedly desirable, I’m not sure if the term “barn finds” applies. I’m old enough that the first time I heard “the Cobra in the barn” urban legend, it had to do with a soldier who never came back from Vietnam. I’m sure the oldest version of that story has to do with a doughboy and and a 1917 Model T or even a Union soldier and a horse drawn Studebaker wagon. Either way, a barn find to me is exactly that, a find, in Yiddish a metzia, something perhaps overlooked or abandoned and now rediscovered. I wouldn’t necessarily apply it to a business proposition that didn’t pan out.

The cars that Fort Saskatchewan building contractor Lawayne Musselwhite and his friend and business partner, motorcycle dealer Darren Boychuk bought were accumulated in a Quonset hut on a dairy farm near Lethbridge, Alberta. The wealthy owner of the farm apparently caught the car speculating bug in the late 1990s and went to his local Ford dealer with $1 million in hand, seeking a salesman’s advice on buying cars that were likely to appreciate in value. While some of the cars that were bought predated the collection, a majority of them were bought new over the past decade and many of them still have their window stickers and delivery mileage. There’s a 2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT with less than 11 miles on the odometer. Apparently they were not bought for the enjoyment of driving or even displaying them. They were bought for speculative reasons and simply stored on the hut’s dirt floor. Well, those that weren’t being abused by the dairy farm’s employees. barnfind “It was disgusting the way they were left, covered in dust, overrun with mice and parked on dirt,” Musselwhite told Driving.ca. “It was unbelievable what the farmhands were doing to these vehicles — running new special edition pickups through the mud and across fields.”

Sight unseen, Musselwhite and Boychuck bid $1.1 million (presumably Canadian dollars) for 80% of the collection. According to Musselwhite, health issues forced the sale, though the dairy farmer retained 10 unidentified cars. While some of the cars aren’t on every enthusiast’s short list, in auction parlance I’d still say that those 40 cars were well bought.

As you’d expect with a Ford dealer involved, the list is heavy on representatives wearing the blue oval, but it’s fairly ecumenical by Detroit standards and all of the cars and trucks are collectible in one way or another. Plymouth Prowlers (4 of them!) and Harley liveried Ford pickups may not have a broad market, but they are collectible to their own niches of collectors and some of the other cars are very valuable.  To begin with, there’s not a Ford GT listed for less than $220,000 on eBaymotors currently and there were three Ford GTs in the package. The 35th anniversary Z/28 Camaro and the ’03 Corvette Z06 have their fans and I’m sure that my colleague Sajeev Mehta would find the two Lincoln Mark VIIIs appealing. Both the oldest and the newest cars in the collection are Mustangs, a 1979 Indy 500 pace car edition Mustang GT and a 2012 Mustang GT California Special. barnfind3 Though the cars were indeed being stored on a farm, in a barn if you will, I just can’t bring myself to calling them barn finds. They were bought as a business proposition, so I think the collection is more of a speculator’s stash than true barn finds. Others might say that it’s simply a clever way to get publicity for a sale of low mileage modern day muscle cars? What do you think?

The full list is below but if you want to buy one of them you’d better act quickly since Musselwhite said they “are flying out” of E & S Motorcycles, where they are being stored until sale. Jalopnik reader Luc.A. lives nearby and he snapped these photos. Despite the dust and mouse droppings, they look like they cleaned up well. Pics of the Ford GTs can be seen at Driving.ca.

Ford
1979 Mustang GT Pace Car, grey
1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, silver
1990 Mustang GT Convertible, green on white
1990 Thunderbird, black on grey
1990 Thunderbird S,
1994 Thunderbird S Coupe, white
1996 Lincoln Mark 8, silver
1997 F-150 Flairside
1998 Lincoln Mark 8 LSC, black
2000 F-150, Harley-Davidson, black
2000 Lincoln LS, white
2001 Mustang GT Bullitt, black
2005 Mustang, yellow 2006 Ford GT, red
2006 Ford GT, blue
2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition
2007 Shelby GT500 Convertible, red
2008 Ford F-150, Harley-Davidson, black
2008 Ford F-150, Harley-Davidson, black
2008 Ford F-350, Harley-Davidson, black
2010 Ford F-150, Harley-Davidson, purple
2010 Ford Raptor, orange
2012 Mustang GT/CS, yellow

Chrysler
1999 Plymouth Prowler, purple
2000 Plymouth Prowler, yellow
2001 Plymouth Prowler, black on silver
2001 Plymouth Prowler, blue
2006 Chrysler 300 SRT-8, silver
2008 Dodge Charger SRT-8, orange
2010 Dodge Ram 1500

GM
2001 Chevrolet Corvette, silver
2002 Chevrolet Corvette Targa, silver
2002 Camaro Z/28 SS, red
2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, black
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, silver on black
2007 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, silver on black
2007 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, orange on tan
2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible, red

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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71 Comments on “Ultimate Barn Find, a Speculator’s Stash, or a Clever Way to Promote a Car Sale?...”


  • avatar

    So long as they were kept in good condition.
    This guy sure loves his Prowlers…

  • avatar
    Spartan

    Too many Harley Davidson F-150s. He should have bought a Lariat Limited if he was going to stockpile F-150s. Those are incredibly rare and built on a limited run.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    “Barn find”.

    Yeah, sure.

    I’ve seen barn finds. One or two, actually. Coated in dust. Just about completely forgotten until somebody yanks them out.

    An investment ten or so years ago, not to mention additional vehicles being added on as of late, would hardly qualify this as a barn find.

    But yes, in terms of marketing, it has a nice ring to it.

    I will concur that there are too many F-150′s. This is what happens when “Rural Ranch Hand Turned Millionaire Cletus” lets loose a million at his local Ford Mega Center.

    Hmmmm… don’t know what a Thunderbird “S” is… do you happen to mean a Thunderbird SC? And same difference with the Thunderbird S Coupe. (If there was an S Coupe, forgive me, never heard of that trim, or I just don’t know enough about T-Birds.)

    For what it’s worth, I would love an SC with a manual. Something other than “Every SC Red”.

    No SHO’s? Guess they weren’t collectible enough/high dollar enough for the buyer. They probably wouldn’t hold up well in the mud bogs, so that’s a good thing none of them were added.

    Nice stuff here, but he could have done much better had he actually KNOWN a thing or two about cars. :)

    Ford, Chevy, Dodge.

    Rinse and repeat. Ford, Chevy, Dodge.

    I take it his #1 employee, or a “really cool salesman”, helped him make these purchasing decisions. They were probably doing shots on the family farm one night and fired up a really good conversation about potential “investments”.

    Wonder what he told his wife.

    By the way, I love how his employees were taking these cars, in the middle of their hibernation, and running them through fields and doing mud runs. Employee(s) of the month!!

    “Oh”, said the owner of the business. “It’s okay der, Otie. We’ve got the three udder F-150′s.”

    “That’un wasn’t my fave-rit.”

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      This must be a typo it’s a Thunderbird SC which is the 3.8 supercharged version. I have contempt for those who treat vehicles like this. At least thrown a $1.99 tarp over them. Thankfully they were able to be cleaned up for sale.

  • avatar
    Wheeljack

    I hope they cleaned the mud off of those vehicles that were driven through the fields. If not, the vehicles are worthless in my opinion. Mud can do some serious damage when left to its own devices.

    • 0 avatar
      crm114

      I get sick to my stomach when I hear of people driving pickup trucks in mud and through fields.

    • 0 avatar
      hybridkiller

      It’s the “overrun with mice” part that would really concern me. Guess what mice (and rats) like to eat? Wiring insulation. And the problem is, you don’t know when or where the inevitable short(s) is/are going to occur – might be the day you buy it, might be a week later, a month later…
      If they were literally overrun with mice, I wouldn’t take one of these cars if you gave it to me.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        The smell is the worst part. I can fix wiring fairly easily, although many times they leave it alone. The smell of mouse urine pretty much requires a gutting of the interior and a thorough chemical cleaning. You MIGHT get lucky with the seats if they spend enough time in an ozone room, but even after it’s all put back together, you’ll still catch a whiff now and then.

        I’ve had a few cars that spent time in barns, and they can be a nightmare. Never store a car in a barn without rodent control. Ever. I wouldn’t even want one of these cars unless it was the deal of the century.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          What kind of idiot buys cars as a biz proposition, and then stores them where critters and ignorant farm guys have access?

          “Here! I’ve just bought this Faberge egg which I intend to sell in ten years. I shall store it in this old Footlocker box in the basement, next to my bowling ball collection!”

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    That’s not a ’90 Mustang GT conv. It’s a “7-Up” LX 5.0 Mustang and collectible in itself. 7-Up ordered a batch of emerald green, white top and white leather/interior LXs, for a contest, but cancelled it after the Mustangs were built. They were just sold as regular LXs, but unofficial 7-Up Mustangs to collectors/enthusiasts. They did come with GT turbine wheels.

    • 0 avatar
      raresleeper

      My first time hearing about the 7-Up Mustang.

      Hopefully they’re worth more than the Fox-bodied McLaren ‘vertibles.

      The Saleen Fox’s are nice when they haven’t been ran hard and put away wet, although those still command some ridiculous Fox-Body prices.

      I prefer the Fox body Police Interceptor myself.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        There were a few 7-Up Saleens built too, but none will ever be something to retire on. They’re just something fun to collect, drive occasionally and otherwise enjoy owning.

        The serious car collectors and Charles Schwab will never approve though.

        But the early ’80s, 4-eyed McLarens and Saleens are getting real scarce. And my favourites. That doesn’t mean they’re getting real valuable. If no one outside of Mustang circles knows about them, they’ll never truly appreciate in value. Just like you’d never heard of a 7-Up Mustang, their prices are very reasonable.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          What about the Saleen Explorer?!

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            They’re extremely rare and actual Saleen Explorer production figures are real sketchy, since most of the builds were sublet to body shops and Ford dealers and Steve Saleen never handled them. Around 120 they estimate. But the more I look into them, the more I want one!

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I’ve seen one in not-too-bad condition a couple years ago. Saw it more than once until I moved out of that part of town. It was white on white with white wheels. Very noticeable.

      • 0 avatar

        Fox body Police Interceptor you say?

        http://www.carsindepth.com/?p=13662

        • 0 avatar
          raresleeper

          “Fox body Police Interceptor you say?”

          That be it, my good man!

          There’s just something abut a notchback with those search light thingies.

          Hmmm. Me likey.

  • avatar
    mcs

    A Pentastar conversion would make the Prowlers interesting.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    The problem with buying cars purely as appreciating investments is that you have to wait DECADES for them to gain the value you imagine them to be capable of attaining. Besides, it’s a huge crapshoot because you don’t know what people are going to want to spend big on in 50 years.

    For example, I can’t see ANY F-150 being significantly valuable until there haven’t been any F-150s on the roads for at least 20 years. That’s the 22nd Century right there.

    And frankly, hanging a seven-figure expenditure on some probably-a-telemarketer-turned-car-salesman’s ideas of future collectability is a bad idea of Biblical scale.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      There’s no question cars are poor investments in general. But was this all capital to seriously invest? Or to have some fun with? And some potential for gain? Like a giant Hot Wheels collection.

      But I’m always a bit intrigued by the hoarding of brand new, but everyday Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs, etc, even if the top trim/model and limited edition. GNX? Although I am baffled by the hoarding of brand new Citations and such.

      Still, this collection had to be far more interesting to look at and show than a million+ in cash sitting in a safe or under a mattress. He’ll at least get all his money back, so what’s the harm?

      • 0 avatar
        OneAlpha

        No harm – It’s his money and he can do whatever he likes with it.

        But a million in an account or under the mattress is much more mobile and flexible than a million in metal and plastic in a Quonset hut.

        It seems like this guy has a Sultan of Brunei thing going here – a large collection of valuable cars that will begin to rot when nature inevitably finds a way past his protective envelope.

        It just seems like such a bad way to spend a lot of money, and there are better, quicker ways to invest.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          You’re right again. Better ways to invest. But that’s not the point.

          Better ways to store cars too. I’m not his Dad though. But I can’t help but like the cut of his jib.

          And I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same if I was a millionaire. I don’t have any passions for collecting anything except limited editions of everyday, blue collar type cars. The Hemi ‘Cuda conv in Plum Crazy was fairly pedestrian at the time. Luckily Exotics, supercars, European luxury and sports cars don’t do a darn thing for me.

          Although I’d do it on a much smaller scale, and after securing a solid retirement plan.

          But it’s perfectly fine for a millionaire to marry his 3rd gold digger in a row without a prenup?

          I’d say over all, he’s ahead of the game. Much worse investments have been made.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Ooh someone is thinking bout dat liquidity.

    • 0 avatar
      TheyBeRollin

      “The problem with buying cars purely as appreciating investments is that you have to wait DECADES for them to gain the value you imagine them to be capable of attaining.”

      This is why real barn/garage finds are exciting. They’re usually something someone put there, forgot about, then a relative finds it after the person that put it there died, so it would have been there 40-50+ years before it was found. In that time it has a distant chance of becoming valuable and/or collectable.

      He didn’t make the worst decisions, though. Many of these cars either appreciated extremely well or at least held their value. It shows that getting rare top-of-the-line cars will lose less money than more common cars. Of course, his results were strongly buoyed by the appreciation on the Ford GTs, no depreciation on the Prowlers, and lower-depreciation variants of the muscle cars.

      Then again, aside from the GTs, he would have done much better with conservative choices in the stock market.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “Of course, his results were strongly buoyed by the appreciation on the Ford GTs, no depreciation on the Prowlers, and lower-depreciation variants of the muscle cars.”

        Keep in mind we don’t know what he paid for these cars. I know Ford GTs and early versions of the Prowler were getting big dealer markups. If he paid over MSRP, things might look bad.

        Although I guess it’s also possible that the dealer cut him a small break because he was buying so much.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          True. I recall in about August 2005 there was Ford dealer trucking two Ford GTs through the block each on car carriers so as not to run up mileage. I do not recall what they bid too but do recall them both not selling. I wonder if the dealer was either trying to make a quick buck (by setting the opening bid at msrp) or if the dealer was trying to dump overstock.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    “I’m old enough that the first time I heard “the Cobra in the barn” urban legend, it had to do with a soldier who never came back from Vietnam.”

    I’ve heard the COPO-in-the-barn story so many times that I’m sure that if you added them all up, you could cleanly assume that every single American who died in the Vietnam War had a COPO Camaro in his dad’s barn – even the Jewish guys from the Upper West Side.

    It’s sort of like that guy who made a career of debunking fake SEALs. He said that according to his records, about 800 SEALS actually served in Vietnam.

    And he’d met all 20,000 of them.

  • avatar
    raph

    I just want to convin…. I mean let everybody know that I lost a heritage edition Ford GT on a visit to Canada. I’m glad somebody found it so I can get it back.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    This is the worst kind of collector speculation. Those Prowlers sure haven’t appreciated in value from what they cost new and most of the rest of the collection needs about another three decades before it will be worth something.

    Personally I’d go for the 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe but not for more than it sold for new, yeeeeeeessssshhhhhh.

  • avatar
    Geekcarlover

    “So this country boy comes into more money than he can count. He waltzes into the dealership looking for some fully optioned ‘invesments’.”
    Legend in the car sales world.

  • avatar
    mikey

    As others have mentioned, cars make for lousy investments. I also have to agree with “it his money to do want he wants with” school of thought.

    The “car guy” part of me shudders at the thought of those brand new cars, being left to sit in a dirt floor shed. Allowing the farm hands access to something your trying to preserve as an investment? I don’t think this farmer thought it through.

    But , if made the guy happy, who cares? This so called collection will eventually be sold of piece by piece. I’m sure they will find happy buyers for all those vehicles?

  • avatar

    This looks like a partial run list at Manheim Orlando’s annual Corvette/Muscle Sale. No big deal in terms of traditional barn finds, but a good publicity stunt.

  • avatar
    kmoney

    Perhaps someone with Canadian tax experience can chime in, but would selling his entire collection in one shot like this make it subject to capital gains tax? I know cars are considered personal property by the CRA, but just wondering if this many, bought specifically for speculation still counts. Definitely puts the seller upside down if this is the case…

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    Let me offer a brief synopsis here.

    There is a lot of ambiguity with the value of this collection. Neglect, rust, abuse, all of these things are fairly up in the air in terms of whether the overall value of this collection is truly up to the million dollar mark.

    Low mileage will likely be the biggest help for this collection. However, there is only a few items that are truly rare here. The 7-Up Mustang probably has the highest level of collector interest. Prowlers are pretty much common museum pieces at this point. The F-150 Harley-Davidson vehicles are still all too common, and low mileage, here in the south. Overall there is a fantastic concentration of ye olde sport coupes and sports cars in this collection. There is virtually nothing that is rare, or experimental, or imported.

    What would I have bought?

    The lowest mileage 1st gen Insight and Prius I could find.
    The earliest / lowest mileage 2nd gen Prius.
    The model shell for the EV1
    1st Gen Lexus in the USA, preferably 1st year, lowest mileage, lowest VIN, etc.
    1995 BMW M5
    1st Gen Audi A8
    The GMC Typhoon, GMC Cyclone and Ford Lightning already have their enthusiasts. To be frank, I think they wouldn’t appreciate so much.
    The 1st two generations of the Toyota MR2 would likely do quite well. So would a 1st gen Toyota Supra if you could find one rare enough.
    1st gen Nissan 300ZX and a low-mileage 1st gen SE-R would also be worthwhile as well.
    1st gen Miata, Acura Legend coupe, 3000GT VR4, and, just because I like them so much, the 1990-1993 Toyota Celica All-Trac. They’re porky, but I always had a soft spot for them.

    I’m not sure if I would be as heavy on the SUVs and trucks. I could see a 96′ Chrysler Town & country with exceptionally low mileage working out because virtually nobody is collecting them. I also think that a few high spec conversion vans may be worth considering for the same reason.

    Would I make a nickel? Probably not. But maybe if I built my name a bit and drove them enough to enjoy life, the money would be well spent.

    Oh, and a Lincoln Mark VI. I have to make Sajeev feel envious every once in a while.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      When you focus on obtaining and hoarding the rarest and best examples of the cars you lust after, you can’t go wrong. That’s even if you lose a few dollars in the end, supposing you had to sell.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Good list, I think the most difficult one will be the EV-1 shell. I might throw 200 series Volvos (esp 242s and 245s), Jag XJS, and some variant of Mercedes (maybe W123s?)

    • 0 avatar
      raresleeper

      What, no Omni GLHS?

      A Conquest/Starion would be nice for sh*ts and giggles, not so much for a return. Although electrical demons are only fun for so long, ya know?

      Noticed you mentioned the Celica All-Trac. Niiice. If I’m going All-Trac, I’m going Camry or hell’s bells, even Corolla. Why? I dunno, guess I’m weird like that.

      You can keep the 96 T&C. Yup. You can keep that.

      Well then. Zero return for me. Lol

      Oh yes- rare bird alert, which for some reason doesn’t get much play….

      … folks, the Lincoln Blackwood.

      • 0 avatar

        I agree that over time the Lincoln Blackwood will become collectible. There are not many vehicle nameplates that have only been made for a single model year. Also, it’s kind of nice looking. I think that it will be collectible the way that Canadian Fords and Pontiacs are collectible.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I have seen one or two (or the same one again) Blackwoods in my life. It looked like chintzy garbage in the worst way.

          That being said, weren’t there a few special P. Diddy ones? THOSE would be worth something.

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      Nobody is going to pay big money for that foreign crap.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Oh, THAT’S where I left my collection! I’m glad someone finally found it, I did forget where I put them. Cocaine is a hell of a drug and all.

    I suppose Jim Rodgers was right thought about “farmers driving Maseratis”. I can’t see how a dairy farmer can afford such a collection if it was not a very profitable business.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’ve known 4 people with “investment” cars in my life:

    1. One guy bought two brand new black 2002 SL500s. One he drove, the other he parked. Last I knew he still had both. I’m guessing this has not earned him any money.

    2. I had a neighbor with an ’83 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds that he bought new. It had about 4500 miles on it as of 2013. These cost like $20K new, so I would think that without adjusting for inflation or maintenance/registration he would make a small profit.

    3. Family friend bought a 2012 Camaro ZL1 and immediately mothballed it. He straight out told me he bought it as an investment. The thing is the guy is 67 years old, so if it ever pays off it will be for his heirs.

    4. Younger family friend with a 2003 SVT Mustang and Porsche 928 that he keeps in some weird inflatable plastic bubbles. The Porsche is odd because it was bought used with 40000 miles, so I’m not sure how much these extreme preservation methods help. The Mustang might work out.

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      The best ones are probably inadvertent. Mom and dad took delivery of a new 2002 in Bavaria in the summer of ’72. Drove it about 3000mi through Europe then brought it stateside. Drove it like they stole it, loved it like a child, and maintained it like an aircraft for the next five years. Sold it for considerably more than they bought it for in ’77.

      As they keep reminding me, they were sick of hauling my car seat in and out of the back seat. For most of my life, I’ve lusted for a clean round-taillight 2002.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      Decades ago I knew a retired mailman who had a barn kept Chrysler collection. Highlights to my eyes were the 1970 Hurst 300 and the 300K cross-ram. He had a couple other letters in that barn along with some air-porters and other Chrysler collectibles. The good stuff was on concrete, there was a dirt floored barn with rusting less valuables, and even some poor oddities with grass growing through them in the field. The Hurst was his baby. Nice guy with near encyclopedic Chrysler knowledge.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      2002 AKA the last awesome looking fat ass SL.

  • avatar
    Cole Trickle

    Off the top of my head I think he could have acquired a million in Supras in the 90s and done pretty well, but who would ever have thought so? Those cars were too expensive to sell on the front end. Hoarders be hoardin’.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    I would have expected a pace car somewhere in this man’s collection.

    No dice.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I wonder what a Thunderbird S is supposed to be. I’m guessing it’s the rather rare Sport model, but they didn’t make a 1994 T-Bird Sport (at least I don’t think they did) so that’s probably a Super Coupe.

  • avatar
    Xeranar

    It’s an interesting collection but assuming his input was 1 million and only returned 1.1 million that’s less than .5% return per year or less than inflation. Overall it seems like a good deal for the GTs and the rest are merely gravy for almost NOS (since it was titled it’s technically not…but 11 miles on the Odo…).

    It’s definitely not a barn find, I remember there being a Gray Ghost Rolls that ended up in a barn and more or less is the only story I can think of as a definitively true amazing find. In the end though barn finds can be a mess and I would rather find something that was treated with care because the savings on barn car is usually put into restoration to return them to a point where you want to drive it.

  • avatar
    hybridkiller

    This is why I’m often fascinated by the Barrett-Jackson and Mecum auctions – so many people end up selling expensively restored cars for less than, and sometimes a fraction of, what they have in them.

    One more time – just because it’s old and in great condition doesn’t automatically make it valuable.

    • 0 avatar
      -Nate

      _THIS_ ! .

      People always ask me how to buy and restore a specific old car/truck/motocycle , I always tell them to go find a 10 year old top shelf restoration , it’ll have some scratches and scuffs and be about 1/2 what you’d spend buying and restoring one , you buy it and begin enjoying someone else’s hard work.

      Do they ever listen ? .

      Not a chance , they watch those bullshyte T.V. Shows and think ” I can do that ! ” .

      -Nate

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I’ve bought more ‘ barn finds ‘ than I can remember , they were just old cars and I enjoyed putting them back on the road again .

    A few are now worth vastly more than when I bought and resurrected them , most notably some late 40′s & early 50′s VW Beetles , who know in the 1970′s ? I just liked Split Window Beetles .

    No , wait ~ the 1963 VW # 241 DeLuxe 23 window Micro Bus European Spec. , I hear those are now worth over $100 K ?! . wow .

    I paid about $800 for it and spent under $5,000 restoring it including the N.O.S. 6 volt clock Scottie sold me….

    Then I drove it across America with my young wife , sun roof open . good times .

    ” I get sick to my stomach when I hear of people driving pickup trucks in mud and through fields.” God forbid you’d use a pickup truck for it’s intended usage……

    -Nate

  • avatar
    danio3834

    “According to Musselwhite, health issues forced the sale, though the dairy farmer retained 10 unidentified cars.”

    Sounds like mental health issues to me. Letting these cars rot and get destroyed by rodents won’t appreciate their value. Not to mention, most of these cars are probably still headed toward or at the bottom of their depreciation curves. Sounds like some guy lost his mind and wound up at the car dealer too often.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    I bet there are a lot of Ford GTs, SVT Mustangs, Corvette and Camaro ZR1s, Prowlers, and Vipers in storage with close to zero miles, purchased by speculators for later resale. When you factor in storage and insurance and cost of capital costs over several decades, it is almost certain that none of the speculators will ever make a penny, and they will certainly never get to enjoy these entertaining cars. Unfortunately, 30 years from now these zero-mileage cars will only be valuable because they have zero miles, which means the new owners will likely continue to store them indefinitely and they will never be used for their intended purpose until one day a flood, fire, tornado, or vandal destroys them. If you don’t believe me, ask the guys who bought 1974 Cosworth Vegas, 1976 Eldorado convertibles, or 1978 Corvette Pace Cars and put them into barns, how they are doing on their investments. Cars are for driving, but generally bad investments.


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