Greatest barn find collection known to man | Barn Find Hunter - Ep. 46Feb 27, 2020
1980 Billy bought new. He had to ask for it, it took a long time to arrive. He had angle port heads. It had a four-bolt main transmission, so even though it didn't have a lot of power, because in the '80s, you know, cars didn't have a lot of power back then, this was a very special car. It still has plastic on the seats. Man, look at that. It's automatic, let's see what the mileage is on this one. Whoops, is that the actual mileage? Nine point two miles. (Laughter) Wow, man. So how does it work? (Laughter) You know, think about the car next to us, which is before the pollution standards were set, 435 horsepower probably understated, probably 500 horsepower, okay, for insurance reasons 435.
That 67 to 1980, 220 horsepower. I drive a Mini Cooper that has 210 horsepower, so it doesn't seem fair that a Corvette only has that much horsepower, but, you know, it was a nice comfortable car to drive and they just didn't have a lot of horsepower in it at all. at the time, but it was the best car you could get in America at the time. And now we're probably getting to the last car. Pantera was built by De Tomaso with a Ford engine and was a car you could buy at a Lincoln dealer. Ford at that time had a lot of performance cars.
Boss 429 and Boss 302 and had just come through the Cobra era. This was an opportunity for Mercury to get into the performance sports car business as well. The Pantera was sold through Lincoln dealerships back in the day. It had a 351 Cleveland engine, but this was the original Pantera that had the little fenders, not those big stylings and wings. This was a pure sports car. I wonder how many kilometers this has. Probably not much, huh? 14,532 miles, wow. Very good, we have seen a building on top of a building, a car on top of another car. I thought I would see all the cars.
I have found my favorite car of the entire
collection. It's a Jaguary XK120 Coupe and you can't really see it here, but it's dark blue and has a brown interior and as Billy told me, the interior except for this seat is the original interior. What a beautiful, beautiful car. We've seen an XK140 before, which had a longer roof and, for a guy like me, better legroom, but this is the purest design with the short roof and long hood. So if Billy said take one home, it would be right here. (energetic blues music) Follow this man. Oh, we haven't seen all the buildings yet.
Very good, this is going to be the most gigantic and impressive car you have ever seen. 59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, my God. Factory bucket seats. I didn't know there were bucket seats in '59, man. And tri-power. Is it a 472 or something? - I can't remember what it is. - What a gigantic car, my God. We looked this car up in the Hagerty Price Guide and it's amazing. In good condition, which is condition number four, $101,000. In good condition, which is what most are, it costs $133,000. In excellent condition 180 grand and in state of contest $260,000. So we're looking at a car here that is worth more than the Superbirds we saw in the other buildings.
You know what, clean, I'd say this is probably a show car, so we're looking at a car that's worth a quarter of a million dollars, just amazing. We've been here for hours on end looking at what I think is probably the best
knowncars I've ever seen. And just when we thought there weren't any more buildings to see, Billy invites us inside to see, oh, there's another building here, and there's a '59 Cadillac Biarritz convertible that's like a sculpture. Bright red, something Elvis Presley or Lucile Ball or somebody would have driven. It's been an amazing day here in the woods.
I'm glad I got to share it with you because it's a very private collection and not many people know about it, but the owner respectfully gave us permission to come here and tour it. There's nothing for sale, so don't even bother asking. He is just a special man who has collected a number of special cars during his lifetime. He bought them when they were cheap and kept them because he loved them, not because they were worth a lot of money. And now they are worth a lot of money. Happy hunting. (indistinct conversation) So, 59 Ford convertible, 58 Chevy Impala two-door hardtop.
A Studebaker, oh, a custom Studebaker, look at that, ha. A couple of Eldorados.
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