One man’s trash is another man’s treasure is probably the best idiom to sum up the automotive barn find movement. Back in that old shed, surrounded by clutter, and underneath all that dust and dirt is a rare gem just waiting to be discovered. Those who seek such prizes are like the automotive equivalent of Indiana Jones – minus the encounters with snakes – but then again, depending on where you come across these buried treasures, snakes might be part of the ordeal.
You go on ahead and look around in there. We’ll wait.
Muscle Car Barn Finds comes to us by way of “Automotive Archaeologist” Ryan Brutt, who shows us old bulls do come back from the pasture. The book takes us through the small towns and back roads, under tattered tarps, and behind garage doors for a look at what long forgotten cars are stashed there. Finding an abandoned car is one of the most common dreams among collectors and a catalyst for the hobby, with car shows now having entire classes devoted to barn find vehicles. And we get a good taste of that thrill in Muscle Car Barn Finds.
Restoration & Imagination
Perhaps the best part about a barn find is seeing what the car could become again. Sure, it may not look like much now – it may look pretty rough – but with a little love and elbow grease, these barn finds can become just as majestic today as they were in their time. Muscle Car Barn Finds inspires our imagination in that way, and reminds us why we enjoy cars so much in the first place.
This is an ideal book for any classic or muscle car enthusiast to have on the coffee table.
Muscle Car Barn Finds is available through Motorbooks and Amazon.com.
Brutt travels the United States documenting lost and abandoned automotive gems. He is a Contributing Editor for Hot Rod Magazine and organizes the barn finds class for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. He is also the author Amazing Barn Finds and Roadside Relics and lives in Skokie, Illinois.