Revered Barn Find Hunter, Tom Cotter, has been on the road again and this time in NASCAR country. Having enjoyed a tip off via social media, Tom and the team have been led to a chicken coup where some of America’s rarer muscle cars are hiding.
The 500 feet chicken coup hosts a wide range of intriguing machinery, ranging from tractors, to pick up trucks and even a range of classic cars lying dormant.
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A Buick and some Oldsmobiles waft into focus, and look to be in fantastic condition despite the years of grime laying upon them. The first car being an Olds 442. A car whose name came from the original spec of a four barrel carburettor, four speed transmission and a positive traction rear end.
Despite some tearing to the now brittle vinyl roof, the car is remarkably complete, even down to its original stamped air cleaner and rocker covers with the 442 emblem in vinyl.
Evidently the car has rested at its current location for quite some time, as the camera pans to the front wheels which have sunk quite a few inches into the barns sandy floor.
The next treat in store comes in the form of one of the fastest muscle cars of its time; a 1970 Buick GS Stage 1. A car that Tom claims was one of the fastest production cars in America for the year, even beating Corvettes of the era.
Fitted with a 455 cubic inch V8, it’s hardly surprising that Corvettes were given a run for their money. Despite having all that lovely gurgling power to play with, the GS wasn’t without its creature comforts, featuring power steering, power brakes and air conditioning from the factory.
Finally, another 442 comes into view sat in the owners carport next to his house. This car was acquired by him in 1970 at just three years old, with most of these cars being owned for over 30 years. Aside from some slight tears in the vinyl interior, the car looks incredible given its time laid up.
The ‘67 442 is partially stripped ready for painting, yet appears incredibly original with 72,000 miles on the odometer. Once more, Mr Cotter manages to unearth some truly remarkable barn finds, with the final car being, as he put it: “we have been doing the Barn Find Hunter series now for a couple of years and this is the first time we have come across an early Olds 442, I’m kind of excited.”
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