About Barn Find
Ever popular among hobbyists, collectors and vintage car enthusiasts, a barn find is a classic vehicle bought in a state of dilapidation, often for the purpose of restoring it to its former glory.
Barn finds capture the imagination of automotive fanatics around the world, and stories abound of people finding extremely valuable or rare vehicles in unusual or unflattering surrounds. There's the tale of the 1974 Dino 246 GTS found buried in a Los Angeles suburb, for example, or the 1949 V12 Ferrari that had been abandoned for over 50 years in an Arizona backyard before it was found, fixed up, and valued at $1 million.
While finds such as these are undoubtedly rare, there are nevertheless hundreds of cars and motorcycles for sale just waiting for the right buyer with the time to fix them up.
Before making a purchase, be sure to ask questions of the current owner to ascertain the state of its engine and other components. While obviously it isn't going to be in top shape, there are some basic parts, including the transmission, drive shaft and steering system, that can make a huge difference in the cost of restoration, so it's advisable to know all you can before you buy. To avoid damage, it's also important to assess the state of the car before starting work on it. Relocating a barn find with the best of intentions only to abandon it to another "barn" is all too common.