Thursday, May 22, 2014

FranktoidTM No. 13 - A Real Barn Find

There has been a lot of talk recently about barn finds. It seems like all of a sudden rare cars are popping up like weeds in a field. They are being "discovered" just about everywhere - lurking in derelict barns, mired in rat infested garages, and buried deep in the woods. Most of the stories that I have read seem almost like fiction, or maybe reader inspired fantasy. At the very least I'm sure that some of the writers took generous liberties with their facts and stretched the truth like freshly made taffy. It's getting where it is hard to distinguish between what is real and what is scripted.

Every once in awhile we get thrown a bone here at the Amberlight Garage. This bone came through a friend of a friend, so the story is technically third hand, but it is legit according to my sources and brought to you first by Frank's Classic Car Blog. What makes this barn find so great is that it was actually discovered in a barn. Why someone would park a 1969 428 Cobra Jet Mach 1 Mustang in a dirt floor barn I have no idea but that's where it was discovered.

Clearly this is the best item in this pole barn.

You couldn't actually see much of the car from the outside. It took a sharp eye to spot this diamond in the rough as this photo will attest.

 The new owner came prepared with wheels that hold air, a trailer, and most importantly, help.

Here they are getting ready to roll the Mach 1 outside for the first time in years.

After a lot of preparation and work, the Mustang was ready to be rolled up on the trailer.

Finally free of the death grip of it's wooden tomb, the Mach 1 is loaded on a trailer to be transported to the new owner's home.

Another classic car saved! Now why can't I find something like this? Maybe it's time to go on another barnquest.