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You guy have to see this: The most amazing barn find EVER

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Ok- I got this in a forwarded email so take that for what is worth... but the pictures look pretty real to me.


Here is the story:

A recently retired New York man wanted to use his retirement funds wisely, decided to buy a home and a few acres in Portugal .

The modest farmhouse had been vacant for 15 years; the owner and wife both had died, and there were no heirs.

The estate was being sold to pay back taxes. There had been several lookers, but the large barn had steel doors, and they had been welded shut. No one wanted to go to the extra expense to see what was in the barn, and it wasn't complimentary to the property anyway... so, no one made an offer on the place.

The New York gentleman bought it as is, paying just over half of the property's worth; moved in, and set about to access the barn... curiosity was killing him.


So, he and his wife bought a generator and a couple of grinders... and cut thru the welds.


What was in the barn...?


The doors were welded shut, but a grinder took care of that.


A warehouse full of vintage high performance cars!!!


Aston Martin?


Opel GT, Lotus Elan FHC, Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan DHC.


Porsche 356, Austin Healey Sprite MkII, Volvo PV 544, Ford Y?


Giulietta Sprint, Giulia Sprint Speciale (SS), Nash Metropolitan.


Alfa Giulietta, Lotus Europa, another Lotus Elan FHC, Matra Djet


Lancia Flaminia Coup


overall good condition:


Abarth 1300 Scorpione


Interior of Alfa Romeo


Lancia Flaminia Coup, Peugeot 504 cabriolet & 404 cabriolet.


Mini, Alfa 1900 Super Sprint, Balilla


Fiat Topolino II, Triumph TR4, Peugeot 202.


BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.


Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.


Total value of all vehicles over 35 Million!

This is true automotive archeology. I have always been looking for a barn find ....

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I did some research and I am leaning towards the legit side. I found a newspaper article that said the collector who passed was a doctor, it doesn't mention the buyer. Seriously, who who have access to that many collector cars and leave them in that condition for a email spoof? Regardless, it is one impressive collection and I'm going to look for barns to buy in remote areas of the world!


Here is a link to more pictures...


http://www.intuh.net/barnfinds/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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This one's been around for a few years, but I think the "find" was real enough....just not sure about the back-story that has become so popular....


Wish I could live in Portugal and find a nice barn!

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Well regardless the backstory, that is one helluva car collection!


I had to smile looking at the old Alfas - I recently rediscovered some old photos of my father with his pride & joy:








1950-something Guilietta Sprint or 1900 Super Sprint or thereabouts- wish I'd thought to ask him the exact year & model when I could! He totaled it street racing in the mountains above Beirut - ran it into a milk truck. Sniff!

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