Top 10: best car finds

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

To stumble upon a car worth millions in a barn is one thing, but to find 60 classic vehicles in one go is quite the discovery. This is just one of the most recent examples of the best car finds in recent history, with many more coming before that where priceless Ferraris and other exotic material have been unearthed.

Classic cars on farm in western France

A whopping 60 classic cars were uncovered, untouched for 50 years, in the barns of a farm in western France in December 2014, estimated to be worth £12 million. The collection included a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB (one of only 36 cars made) and a 1965 Maserato A6G 200 Berlinetta Grand Sport Frua (one of just three made).

The cars were collected between the 1950s and 70s by Roger Baillon wanted to restore them and display them in a museum who; however, his business began to struggle forcing him to sell half of the collection. The assortment of classic vehicles was forgotten for 10 years after Baillon died; his grandchildren had to call in car specialists to estimate the collection’s value.

Chevy cars in dealer garage

A treasure trove of over 500 cars, including approximately 50 with vehicles with less than 30 miles on the clock, was discovered in Nebraska in 2013. The amazing haul of classic cars was owned by Ray and Mildred Lambrecht after their 50-year-old family-run dealership was closed in 1996. Stars of the barn find included a 1958 Cameo truck, a 1978 Corvette Stingray and a 1964 Impala all with less than 10 miles on the odometer.

Classic GM vehicles in dealership

Another Nebraska find was the Bullock Chevrolet dealership which included about 200 GM vehicles including gems such as a 1931 Ford Model A, a 1936 Ford Pickup, 1938 Cadillac Model 60 Sedan and a 1925 Buick race car. The cars were in fantastic shape as the dealership featured a restoration shop.

Classic BMWs in dealership

In a small BMW dealership in Ontario, Canada, two 20-year-old BMW cars were abandoned. There was a new 635csi with only double digits on the odometer and E28 5-series left inside the dealership called Citation Motors when their BMW selling licence was revoked.

Corvette collection in car park garage

In another all-American find, 36 Chevrolet Corvettes were found in a New York car park garage. The collection includes rare 1953 and 1955 Corvette cars as well as other vintage Corvettes from 1953 to 1989. Originally won by Dennis Amodeo in a competition run by VH1, the cars were then passed on to artist Peter Max.

Bugatti Type 57S Atalante in garage

In a garage in Newcastle, relatives of Harold Carr found a Bugatti Type 57S Atalante which had been left in the garage for 47 years before being discovered in 2009 - the car’s tax disc had expired in December 1960. One of the only 17 made, the Bugatti raised just under £3 million. The car was found alongside a vintage Aston Martin as well as a Jaguar E-type.

Mercedes-Benz 550K Caracciola in junkyard

The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 550K Caracciola was a unique car built specifically for racing driver Rudolf Caracciola. It is now stored in a junkyard in LA with other vintage cars. If the Mercedes was sold at auction, it would fetch around £6.6 million.

Shelby Cobra Daytona in storage

With only six Shelby Cobra Daytona cars made, the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona car called CSX2287 was saved in storage by Donna O’Hara’s father in California and protected by Donna O’Hara herself. The car was restored and is estimated to be worth more than £2.6 million.

Mercedes 300SL Alloy Gullwing in garage

In California a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Alloy Gullwing was found in a garage after the transmission had broken in 1971. The car was sold 40 years later for £1.6 million after being discovered. The car was originally given to Tom Weller as a graduation present from his parents.

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS buried

Discovered by a bunch of kids digging in California, the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was originally purchased in 1974 by Rosendo Cruz, which he reported to have been stolen. However, this was understood to have been insurance fraud as the car was very delicately buried as though the driver wanted to return for it later. The car was finally found in 1978 and has since been restored with the very appropriate license plate number of DUGUP.

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