SENSATIONAL BARN FIND

BARN FINDS DON’T GET MUCH BIGGER OR MORE INTRIGUING THAN THIS

THINK ABOUT this for a moment. A North Carolina house built in 1991 and never lived in; A garage of metal exotica that were driven in on the home’s completion and never touched, after the owner’s mechanic passed away. A demolition order issued late 2017 and the unearthing of a Ferrari 275 GTB, a big-block Cobra, a BMW 325, a Triumph TR6 and a Morgan Plus 8. Tom Cotter, author of The Cobra in the Barn, is the presenter of The Barn Find Hunter on Hagerty’s YouTube Channel and was there to pull back the creaking garage doors to reveal the treasure trove. Cotter spotted a mid-80s BMW just inside the door and moving further into the partial darkness he stumbled across the unmistakable shape of a front-engine Ferrari, a 1966 275 GTB/2 long-nose no less. The silver duco had been replaced by dust and spider webs. Lifting the bonnet bonnet Cotter saw the V-12 engine with three Weber twin-throat carbs atop, then poked his head inside to look at the dust infested deep blue interior and the odometer that showed 13,000 miles! Using a magnet, he learned the 275 GTB’s body was alloy and one of just a handful made using the lightweight material. It didn’t end there as Cotter also found a 1967 Cobra, its big flared guards and wheels telling him it was a big block. Red with black interior (under the dust), a wooden steering wheel and a CSX chassis number signifying it was one of 100 fitted with a 428ci engine, totally unmolested. Delving further in the shed like Indiana Jones on a quest, our guide came across a 9000- mile 1976 Triumph TR-6 and a V8, propane-fuelled, 1978 Morgan Plus 8 with just 3000 miles showing. The Ferrari and Cobra, with a combined value approaching $5 million, will take centre stage at the upcoming Gooding and company auction, to be held in Florida, early March. Watch Cotter’s amazing barn find at: hagerty.com/articles-videos/ articles/2018/01/24/ferrariand- cobra-barn-find

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MERCURY LIVES Ford may have killed off the brand, but seeing this nice 1958 four-door made a hell of a boring day a lot brighter. I'm only a Tattslotto win away from having one like it. LES BORGHESE - WHALE BEACH, NSW THUNDERBOLT I reckon the bulge in the bonnet showed the Thunderbolt tribute was pleased to see me. Anyway I was totally rapt to see it – what a powerhouse car. What a Ford! JIM PAVLIDIS - CLAYFIELD, QLD 1936 FORD They say gold nuggets are rare, well this sweet gold, rag-top, 36 Ford roadster I spotted in our motel carpark is an even rarer example of precious metal than any ugly old lump of gold. GEOFF WESTBRUTHEN, VIC COYOTE CATCHER You're either a Mopar man or you're not. I am through and through. It started with Valiant Chargers, then I got a taste for the US models like this peach. Ford? GM? Who are they? LUKE NGUYEN - PARRAMATTA, NSW