By on December 14, 2012

This “barn find” was found at Johnnie’s Sales and Service just the other week, down on Warwick Rd., somewhere in the middle of Massachusetts, where the car has sat for… seems no-one hereabouts can quite remember.

It’s expected to fetch about fifty bucks at the Concours, assuming they can actually load it onto the truck to haul it there, and that no-one bars the door when they arrive. Treasures found under the seats include a Nixon-Lodge button, a pack of stale L&Ms, a pez machine, and some Trojans.


At David Holzman’s classic car celebrating website,, you can learn about Richard Nixon’s biggest mistake (having to do with Hannibal, a ’53 Buick), and buy classic car T-shirts. You can also see the world’s only menorah made out of Porsche valves, and see photos of the Yugo Next exhibit, which was 40 reinCARnations of Yugos by the students of a New York City art teacher.

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21 Comments on “Holzman’s Treasures: The Barn Find...”

  • avatar

    Love it. When I purchased my 65 Chrysler some years ago, I found some “Doe-Skin” brand tissues, some old business cards and even those old carbon copy receipts from gas purchases. It’s fun to find that old stuff.

    I wonder if that grill is worth anything on that old Edsel?
    The Pez machine may be worth some beans.

  • avatar

    Cool find David.

    I’m shocked at how many pices are still there. To somebody that car is worth a lot of cash.

  • avatar

    What the heck are L&Ms?


    • 0 avatar

      L&M has found the sec-er-et
      that unlocks the flavor
      unlocks the flavor
      unlocks the flavor

      L&M has found the sec-er-et
      that unlocks the flavor
      In a filter cigarette!

      The jingle is from the ’60s.

      L&M stands for Liggett & Myers. The company goes back to the early 1800s, when it produced snuff. Cigarette production began in the late 1800s. It’s now part of Altria.

  • avatar

    I gasped. The prefect project. I could stretch it out for the rest of my life. The perfect spousal escape mechanism. (Just don’t catch your sleeve on the ejection handle).


  • avatar

    Those are old plates. Most likely 70s or earlier. Given that it’s been in NE for that long it’s more of a (non-metal) parts donor at this point.

  • avatar

    Lotta parts there but no way to save it .

    Too bad , when was the last time you saw an Edsel Station Wagon ? .


    • 0 avatar

      It is a shame. The Bermuda was a one year only model, and only 2,235 were built (1,456 6-passenger models, and 779 9-passengers). Add in the typically low survival rates for station wagons in general, and you have a pretty rare car.

      When Bermudas wind up damaged beyond repair, people are usually pretty careful to save all the unique trim pieces, which are very hard to find and potentially allow a Villager to be converted to a Bermuda clone. In this case, it looks like all the Bermuda-specific stuff is completely destroyed. Not much there to save.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    Sad. The only stuff that this one would be good for would be maybe some of the chrome trim, and what appears to be factory tinted glass, if someone was looking for that. And, maybe interior trim.

    Makes you wonder what kind of shape it was in, when it got parked. I remember when I was in my freshman year of college, someone parked a fairly solid 1963 Coupe de Ville next to a small business near my dorm, where it sat for the following four years. By the time I graduated it had turned into a mess, rust holes everywhere. Broke my heart to see such a magnificent car decay that way, completely unnecessarily.

  • avatar

    That’s the Edsel Bermuda Station wagon. Top of the line, very rare car. Too bad its so rotted. Lots of good parts left for the 5 Bermuda Wagons left.

  • avatar

    Yet another “barn find”, huh?
    It’s a rotting carcass left outside and beyond hope, even for a part or two.
    And I don’t see a barn anywhere either.

    • 0 avatar
      fintail jim

      I’ve got to agree with Commando, this is no “barn find.” To my mind a barn find is a vehicle that was placed in indoor storage (a barn, garage, or other perhaps non-conditioned space) by someone who really prized the vehicle and then forgotten. It may have been forgotten because the person who put it there died or was otherwise unable to remember it. In the classic barn find story the current owner, a widow or other relative perhaps, is only vaguely aware of the vehicle. Some see it as a nuisance and are happy to have it removed. This is the generic “barn find story” of course. If the owner knows it is of value and is holding out for the right price it is not, IMO, a barn find but rather an improperly cared for automobile.

  • avatar
    Andy D

    I saw an Edsel sedan in not quite as rough shape as the wagon on a side street in Cambridgeport about 3 yrs ago

  • avatar
    bill mcgee

    Met an older guy in Shamrock Texas who had owned an Edsel dealership a few years back . He still had the remains of it , including a 1958 Edsel Corsair convertible , several 1959 stationwagons , and the rarest , a 1960 Edsel convertible in a peculiar rose metallic color , a factory paint job he said , one of only 76 1960 Edsel convertibles built . Shamrock is one of those towns on old Route 66 , long ago bypassed by the interstate , but quite the big deal back in the day .

  • avatar

    Wow, how come the headlights is in such good shape? Usually they’d be yellowed or blackened before the car’s reached this shape. Who would replace headlights on a car that seem to have been derelict decades ago?

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