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Old 5th September 2019, 19:23   #1
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Default Barn or Garage Finds in India

Barn and Garage Finds has always been of much interest across the world and there is a huge following, as historic vehicles are unearthed.

Wiki defines Barn Finds as below

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A barn find is a classic car, aircraft or motorcycle that has been rediscovered after being stored, often in derelict condition. The term comes from their tendency to be found in places such as barns, sheds, carports and outbuildings where they have been stored for many years. The term usually applies to vehicles that are rare and valuable, and which are consequently of great interest to collectors and enthusiasts despite their poor condition.

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We would include Garage Finds too, but with the caveat being that, these cars be
  1. Unrestored and original cars, which have great interest and value to collectors
  2. Of value, as derived from the Marque, Body Style, Provenance, Production figures, rarity in India etc.
  3. Not in use and must have been garaged for many years
  4. Restored many years back, but the car is complete
  5. In long term ownership at the time of the find

We will restrict this thread only for Barn/Garage finds in India. Please note that cars in storage, awaiting restoration as part of a large collection or a restorer's stash will not be considered.

I would like start of this Thread with recent Find in Bangalore!

This 1938 DKW F7 Coupe Cabriolet has been in long term storage by the son of the original owner. This preservation class car was an amazing find!
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The DKW F7 is a front-wheel-drive small family car launched by Auto Union’s DKW division in 1937 as a replacement for the DKW F5.
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The car peeps from a garage with lot of stuff over it!
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The car was relative safe
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The interiors we complete!
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The rear shows the MYB number!
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The car get the warmth of the sun after many years in August'19
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Probably the last rally the car attend was in 1974!
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The 2 stroke, 2 Cylinder Engine
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The Front view
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The side view
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The engine cleaned up very well
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The original Dash
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Notice the bottle for distill water near the pedals
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Rear, notice the tail lights and place for spare wheel
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Rear with the spare wheel in place
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Both the wheels with the wheel cover and hub caps
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The original hub caps and wheel cover. Amazing to see this level of preservation
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The detachable window
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The original manual
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Lubrication diagram
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Reason why the car is very collectible is
  1. Originality
  2. Preservation Class
  3. Body Style being Coupe Cabriolet
  4. One family car

Update on this car is that it has been sold on.

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This Barn Find also from Karnataka is that of 1932 Plymouth PB Seven Passenger Deluxe Sedan. This car was a one family car and was found in Bellary, Karnataka. Estimated that this car was last used in the late 1970's.

The first sight of the car
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The dry weather in Bellary ensured that the car survived, even though the car was in the open
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The car was complete with hardly anything missing
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The Dash was original
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Seven passenger
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The engine is original
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Car was rescued in January 2009
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This car featured as an Oversea's find in the Barn Find Site, as seen here

Reason why this car is collectible
  1. Body Style being Seven Passenger Deluxe Sedan
  2. Originality this car had
  3. One family car
  4. Only 2179 cars were produced in this body style

Update on this car
  1. The car has since been restored
  2. The Plymouth Owners Club, Inc has confirmed that this is the oldest of the 3 known survivors in the world
  3. TBHP Link on the restored car can be found here (1932 Plymouth PB Seven Passenger Delux Sedan)

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Old 6th September 2019, 07:20   #3
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Our member Fazilaliadil had in 2010 put up a thread on his uncles 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

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Dear Friends,
Since long wanted to share with you, this 1959 Chevrolet Impala, RHD, automatic, 6 in-line, which has been in my family since early 70's. Belonged to my late maternal uncle and presently owned by his son (my cousin). Still remember my first ride, the day my uncle bought it.

Most original...color, upholstery, carpet, engine, you name it.
Done about 28 thousand on the odometer. Carburetor misplaced and tyres need replacement........

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This old oil technique of moving a car from tight place, is beautifully demonstrated by fasalaliadil

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She's moving again!!!

Remember the oil spill technique? Notice the oil skid marks of the tyres on oiled floor in the last pic.

Tough part was to make sure she slides out flat or else, with only a clearance of 6" on the front and rear, there were chances of her scraping the walls.
Regards,


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Reason why this car is collectible
  1. Body style being Pillarless
  2. Impala of model year 1959 are sought after, due to the rear fins
  3. Preservation class car
  4. Low mileage car

Update on the car is that it has been sold on. Appeared in the 2011 edition of Cartier and won the Preservation Class!

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The next Barn Find is a 1954 Dodge Convertible. These cars are re-badged Plymouth's sold in India under the Desoto, Dodge and Plymouth badging. Since there was a significant model change in 1955, quite a few of these 1954 cars came into India. These were imported cars being Left Hand Drive.

This car was lying next to a out house in a farm. Was a complete running car, before the front windshield was removed and the car was left to sit in the open. The natural elements caused much havoc on this car.
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The engine was complete
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The car was rescued in 2011
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Reason why this car is a collectible is
  1. Convertible Body Style
  2. Low production figures, only 6900 units out the total production of 463148 of 1954 model cars. Source
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  3. These are very nice cars to drive

The current update being that cars was fully restored as seen here (Our Lost & Found Classic - 1954 Dodge Convertible).

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This 1946/47 Packard Clipper Barn Find was rescued in 2009 by vintageman. The car was parked and not moved for 33 years!

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Packard was an American luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard in 1956, when they built the Packard Predictor, their last concept car.

Packard bought Studebaker in 1953 and formed the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The 1957 and 1958 Packards were actually badge engineered Studebakers, built in South Bend.
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The car was sourced in 2009 from Jhumri Talaiya ( the place does exist ) in Jharkand. I went there to negotiate the price and pick up the car .

The path to the Garage
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Reason why this car is a collectible is because this is Packard, nothing more needs to be said!
The car has been since restored.



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This Barn Find is a of 1934 Standard Ten, four door sedan.

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After a year of perseverence my friend Akhilesh finally got hold of the Standard which had been parked in the same garage for 45 years.

A single owner, the present owner is 84 years old and received it as part of his marriage settlement from his father in law.

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The value of the car comes from the fact that this is a single owner car in very original condition.

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This Garage Find is that of a 1947 Daimler DB 18. Whilst the car was known, it was not in the public domain as it was garaged for more than 25 years. Very few had actually seen this car during the period, and I consider myself fortunate to have acquired this car in 2016

Opening the garage door after many years
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The car was safely park in a well ventilated garage
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The inbuilt jacks ensured that the car jacked up during its storage
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First sunlight for many years
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The car had just run 52K miles
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The engine is all original
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The car comes out in 2016
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The reason the car is collectible is
  1. The marque being Daimler
  2. Ex-Mysore Royal car
  3. Very original and complete car
  4. Only 2500 units produced from 1946-48

Here are the specifications of the Daimler
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The current update on this car it that it is under restoration detailed here (Daimler Tales - 1947 Daimler DB18 Luxury Saloon)

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This 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Convertible as another excellent Barn Find. The car was in its garage for more than 40 years and its existence was unknown to most

Thanks Karl for sharing pictures of the car, when found.
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The car made its presence felt in the 2019 Cartier at Jaipur. Karl written on the history of the car.
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Preservation

1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Convertible
This rare convertible is probably one of just two similar cars in the country. Originally ordered for a Baroda princess, the car was damaged while unloading at the docks and delivery never taken. That's when the first Indian police commissioner of Bombay saw the car and bought it, and remained in his family after his untimely demise. The car was largely preserved untouched in its garage in Pune from the 1970s, and only came out last year for the first time in over 40 years.
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The reason why this car is very collectible is
  1. Bodystyle being convertible
  2. Only 28443 units produced out of the total production of 227675 for this model year. Source
  3. One owner car
  4. Preservation Class car

The current update is that the car remains in preservation.

I am sure that there are many interesting Barn Finds and look forward to contributions from others to this thread.

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KPS, as always V&C threads from you are a delight to read and pour over. Keep them coming. I never cease to be amazed by where you find these gems and how on earth do you have the patience, the perseverance and the knowledge of how to restore them.

PS: Please let us in to your secret - how many barn doors have you opened so far
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Reason why the car is very collectible is
  1. Originality
  2. Preservation Class
    *]Body Style being Coupe Cabriolet
  3. One family car

Update on this car is that it has been sold on.
Yes, absolutely agree that this car deserves to remain in the preservation class- I mean bodily/cosmetically! Especially if that's the original paint on it! We've had too much of 'restoration' examples going around lately!
Those stickers in the windscreen are as priceless as the car too- hope they are preserved forever.
The MYB 26** regn. would be of the early '60s, incidentally.

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The Mercedes 170V Roadster is a jewel and most desirable of all 170V produced, which makes this 1938 Barn Find very important.

The current owner is restorer of repute and is confident of rescuing this car.

Picture credits to Saurav Roy

The car was parked in a compound for close to 40 years. The Kolkata weather did take its toll!
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Even in this condition, the car lines can be appreciated
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The reason why this car is very collectible is
  • The body style is a roadster
  • Only 271 of this very collectible body line was produced. Source

The update is that the car is being restored. More details of the car are seen here (Father & son resuscitate a 1938 Mercedes Roadster)

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Nice thead KPS !

Here is the 1959 Plymouth Belvedere found in MP and now in Jaipur

More about it here

As found

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after some clean up

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Restored

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Another lovely thread. Thank you KPS. I have enjoyed reading your previous restoration threads.
I have been looking forward to a 'barn-find' thread for a while now. Delighted to find this.
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Amazing thread KPS! I love reading about Barn Finds - never found much details about Indian Barn Finds - but finally we have one now.

The Bristol would also need a special mention here.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vinta...-all-odds.html (1948 Bristol 400 - Resurrection against all odds!)
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