17 January 2011

Barnyard Find: Guy Buys Land Inherits Secret Barn Full of Cars Worth 35M

A New York man retired. He wanted to use his retirement money wisely, and decided to buy a home and a few acres in Portugal. The modest farm house had been vacant for 15 years. The owner and his wife both had died and there were no heirs. The house was sold to pay taxes. There had been several lookers but the large barn had steel doors that were welded shut. Nobody wanted to go to the extra expense to see what was in the barn, and it wasn't complimentary to the property anyway. So nobody had made an offer on the place.

 The New York guy bought it at just half of the property's worth, moved in and set about to tear in to the barn. Curiosity was killing him. So he and his wife bought a generator and a couple of heavy duty grinders and cut through the welds.

Fiat Cabriolet (1200 or 1500), Ford Cortina MKII, Mercedes Benz 180/190. 

Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan FHC, Opel GT, Alfa Bertone. 

Pre-war stuff, 1970's American barges, who knows? 
Austin A40 Somerset and endless rows of other cars. 
Mini (Cooper?), Datsun Z, Rover P6. 
Fiat 508 Balilla Sport, Mini (Cooper?) and MG Magnette. 
Lancia Appia.
Porsche 356, Austin Healey Sprite MkII, Volvo PV 544, Ford Y? 
Giulietta Sprint, Giulia Sprint Speciale (SS), Nash Metropolitan. 
Mini Cooper MkI. 
Opel GT, Lotus Elan FHC, Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan DHC. 
Alfa 1900 Super Sprint. 
Fiat Topolino II, Triumph TR4, Peugeot 202. 
Porsche 356. 
Interior of Alfa Romeo. 
Abarth 1300 Scorpione. 
This is a true story. The man and wife had a great retirement.
(They had full claim to the lot). It was valued at $35 Million Dollars


  1. Sorry, but the story isn't true. The collection *does* exist, but its not a "lucky find".


    1. If its not a lucky find who does it belong to ?

  2. Too bad he couldn't afford some blankets...

  3. This story was circling around about 3 years ago.They were 2 different versions of it around then very strange that nobody ,got curious before it was sold right???