There were some great cars borne during the malaise of the 1970s. Cars any car enthusiast would give a limb to own. These 11 are some of the greatest.
Check out that patina.
The car was literally stored away inside a one-bedroom apartment in West Hollywood.
This is a 1970 Plymouth GTX, and though it's definitely seen its better days, it's an American classic with plenty of potential for the right buyer.
This 2010 Shelby GT500 recently surfaced for sale online, and in the past six years has accumulated just 21.1 miles.
This unrestored 1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang hasn't seen the light of day since 1976.
In 1986, this Aston Martin DBS was rolled into a barn and locked safely away from prying eyes, and for the last 30 years, that is exactly where it has remained, until now.
Bonhams discovered a treasure trove of eight, rare Brough Superior motorcycles that were hiding in barns in a UK village. This collection is the last known group of unrestored examples in the world, and they go up for auction in 2016.
An Alabama restorer finds a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that's been rusting in a paddock for decades. It's headed to Mecum's Kissimmee auction in January.
Gulling Motors finds a 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental in a garage in Hancock Park, Los Angeles that Ian Fleming ordered for his friend Ivar Bryce.
The final Aston Martin DBS made heads to auction in March 10 with dull paint, a dinged body and missing parts. Still, auctioneers in the UK think it might sell for as high as $61,500.
Barn finds are the absinthe of the collector car world right now. They're highly intoxicating and a bit of the 'flavor of the month.' An actual barn isn't necessary, just some form of out-of-the-way long-term storage that involves a car being out of circulation for a long period of time, remaining complete with the time-capsule-like detritus of their slumber-yellowed newspapers, vintage eight-tracks or real pay dirt like a telex printout from Howard Hughes or a receipt from the Playboy Club. RM
We all dream about taking a drive and discovering the mythical barn find of a vintage Shelby Cobra or Porsche Speedster hidden way under a sheet, totally forgotten. An upcoming auction from Artcurial in France on February 6 proves that these treasure troves still really do exist, and this might be one of the ultimate barn finds ever.
This isn't the first car dealer turned time capsule, but it might be the biggest. Ray Lambrecht stashed about 500 new cars from 1958 to 1980 that didn't sell at his Pierce, NE, Chevrolet dealership before he closed shop in 1996, Yahoo News reports. His reasoning? Instead of selling previous model-year inventory at discounted prices, he kept the cars thinking they'd appreciate over time. Soon we'll find out how his unique business strategy worked, as all of the old/new cars - stored in the dealer
Like a scene out of Forza Horizon, finding something like an ultra-rare 1972 Lancia Stratos is a dream. The Ferrari-engined, Bertone-bodied rally car is one of the automotive highlights of the 1970s, winning the World Rally Championship three straight times (1974, 1975 and 1976). And while there were some 492 road cars produced, none were formally exported to the United States. Which makes the appearance of this red, Stradale variant quite a find.
Larry Kosilla, the founder of the Ammo NYC line of car cleaning products, has his own show YouTube's Drive network – we saw his work before when he gave a Ferrari 288 GTO a two-day detailing job. On this episode, Kosilla gets called in to do his best with a 1966 Porsche 912, a car that was last registered in 1990 and recently found in a barn in Connecticut.
Being agriculturally inclined to build barns in the country, we don't expect barn finds to turn up in the middle of a high-turnover metropolis. Yet that's been happening more regularly of late, and writer Michael Mraz has found another example in South Central, Los Angeles: a one-of-one Mercedes-Benz 1935 Caracciola 500K built especially for Silver Arrows race driver Rudolph Caraccioloa. It is pictured above in better days, after having been restored and displayed on the lawn at the Pebble Beach
We all dream of one day walking into a long-abandoned barn in the middle of nowhere and finding a classic muscle or race car, needing little more than some freshening to be restored to its previous glory. But that never happens, right?