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Uncovering $1,000,000 Barn Find | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 16

Uncovering $1,000,000 Barn Find | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 16


– [Tom] Inside this garage is a car that probably only a few
of you have heard of. 85 built and this is the 35th one made. – [Shelby] I’ve been told
there’s only 100 of them. I don’t know around or 100
of them that were made, so it’s pretty rare. – So Mustang Sprints, that
was a special edition. If you’re the type of person that watches Fast and Furious, this will be in Fast and Furious 8, this tow truck. Hi, This is Tom Cotter. I’ve been hunting down
cars since I’m 12 years old and I’m still doing it today. Follow me in this series as
we hunt down hidden classics all across America. (country music) One of the viewers that
watches Barn Find Hunter episodes contacted us. He says if that’s the kinds
of stuff you’re looking for, those kind of cars that
are kind of forgotten and neglected, I’ve got one in my garage that you should come take a look at, so that’s why we’re here
in California to see a car that is very, very rare. I made it. This is the owner, Carl
and Cindy, Carl and Cindy. – Officially it’s still my mother’s because she is still alive at 92. Your name? – [Brian] Brian. Brian. – Wow. – See any cars? – [Tom] Well, I see a headlight. So you want to move this
truck out of the way and put a trailer here? – [Brian] Yeah. (driving country music) – Inside this garage
is a car that probably only a few of you have
heard of, very rare car. It was made in Spain and
it’s got a French body. It’s called a Pegaso, P-E-G-A-S-O. It’s a Z102, 1952, 85 built and this is the 35th one made and this has been sitting in this garage since 1972. A packer dealership did work on this, a packer dealership in Madrid Spain. Well there’s one bumper. There it is, wow. (clapping) Very nice. – Oh, Carl, look at this. All this, all this is original back here, the original color. – [Carl] Really? – [Cindy] Yeah, look, right here. There it is a whole bunch of it. – [Tom] Yeah, that’s the original color. That’s cool. – [Cindy] It’s a pretty color. This is a trans-axle for the car, so the car had a V8
hemi-engine in the front and then a drive shaft,
which is over there somewhere and then we had a trans-axle. So the car still has the outer hubs and the axles in place,
but for some reason the transmission was
removed, so this is it, so an aluminum case. I think he said that there’s
a gear that they need to get. Oh, yeah, this looks like
it’s broken right here. You know, what would you do
if you needed one of those? You’d be in big trouble. You’d have to have it made and somebody could make that. Probably somebody in
California or Italy could make it for you, but boy, you’d
pay seriously for it. Here’s an intake manifold. It was a small displacement V8. I think he said it was 2.8 liters. Probably had a Weber
down draft two-barrel. This is alloy. The whole engine, the whole
drive train is aluminum. The block, the heads, intake manifold, the trans-axle. This is pretty heavy piece of equipment. This is the right front
suspension piece, hub, backing plate. You can see that the brakes were vented. This looks like it’s basket woven, like macrame or something, but it’s actually made of lightweight, probably aluminum, but this whole thing is not light that’s for sure. We saw step one today,
which is unearthing a car that’s been in a garage
in a suburban neighborhood since 1972, that’s step one. Step is gonna be doing a
complete parts inventory, then it goes into restoration. Carl’s gonna restore this car himself at his garage at home. He’s already done a Pegaso. This is the second one. We’re gonna be seeing this car soon go into restoration. Then we’re gonna see it in magazines. Then we’re gonna see
it in the Pebble Beach on course lawn. This is cool, an amazing looking car. (driving country music) We were driving this morning
out of Santa Barbara. Oh, he’s home? Boy that was handy, thank you. Hi, Dwayne. Oh, cool. Well we’re riding around the country looking for old cars and
I hear you’ve got a few. Good. All right, well, we’ll see
you probably in a half hour to 45 minutes, something like that. That was an interesting
phone call I just had with a gentleman who we
are told a few miles from here has got quite a few
old cars in his yard, so we’re gonna go see him after we’re done visiting this place. We’re in Meiners Oaks, California, just outside of Santa
Barbara and we’re very close to the town of Ojai, which
is a really cool place and I mean this looks
like a place you would have seen in the 50s. So this guy was named after a car. Tell us your name. – Shelby. My dad named me after the Shelby Cobra because he had a car
collection and he wanted one, but he couldn’t afford it, so he just said he named me after. So he finally got a Shelby. – So he got one, yeah. (laughing) Low mileage. – Well, cool. So, this is your business. Now you just bought this business? – [Shelby] Well, yeah. I’m in the process of that. And what it’s gonna be
called is Shelby’s Classics, so everybody’s gonna think
I’m probably into Mustangs until they find out the name. – [Tom] So, if you buy this
business, do you inherit all the cars that are part of it? – Nah, nah all the stuff
belongs to George Wilson. And then he bought this
one as brand new in 1951, – [Tom] This Suburban? – [Shelby] Uh-huh. – [Tom] Bought it new,
do you believe that? Now, it’s a local car, it comes from a dealership nearby I guess? – [Shelby] I would say
Ventura/Ojai probably. – [Tom] Wow, these are rare cars. This is a 1950 Plymouth Suburban, which is for sale, 15,000
bucks, two-door wagon. Not too many companies
made two-door wagons back in the 50s. Ford did with their Ranch wagons. Well, that’s a nice car. – [Shelby] Do you want to go back there? – [Tom] Yeah. I’d love to. Tell us what we’re looking at here. – [Shelby] This is a
1941 Lincoln Continental, which I’ve been told
there’s only 100 of them. I don’t know around or 100
of them that were made, so it’s pretty rare. And it’s the complete car. I have the fender skirts
and all that put away because they’re hard to come by. – Oh, boy what a beauty. Wow! Does this run right now? – [Shelby] Well, he has all
the wiring disconnected. When it was at his house, it ran. – No kidding. If you look at this
engine, this is a flathead, but instead of a flathead
V8, it’s got a couple more cylinders added to the front, so it’s a V12 Lincoln. So basically the same
thing as a flathead Ford, extended four more cylinders. Henry Ford was the kind of business man that never wanted to change anything. He wanted his cars always to look similar. He was happy with the model T forever, but the rest of the world wanted change and Henry Ford’s son Edsel was completely on the other side of the
scale from his father. He wanted to bring
European styling and flair to American cars, to
this father’s products. So you can see this is a
1940 Lincoln Continental. It’s a beautiful car. This looks nothing like
any car of the day. Narrow hood, beautiful swept grill. A rather low top. This could have looked like
a custom car back in the day, something like a George
Barras or a Darren car that was built back in the day, a one-off, but he produced these
not in mass production. They were hand built and
probably the most fabulous American car at that time
and really a benchmark for automotive design in
American automobile history. We were just visiting Shelby’s shop in Meiners Oak, California. Now we’re driving to Ojai,
the town right next door to see about a guy that’s apparently got a lot of cars in his yard. So, again, we just met a guy who told us about another guy. I can’t stress it enough
that this is the way you hunt for old cars is communicating. (groovy music) Your name is? – [Dwayne] Dwayne. – Dwanye. – [Dwayne] Bower, B-O-W-E-R. – Bower, there we go. – There we go. – So we heard about coming here. We never would have stumbled across this, but we heard about this
from another place, Shelby’s place over one town away. – Meiners Oaks, yes, yeah. – So what kind of
business or what do you do with all these old? – Well, this is just a hobby really. It’s just a hobby and like I said, I really don’t collect cars,
but I’ve never sold any. – So how many vehicles
do you think you have? – Oh, probably 75 or so. A lot of marked history, too. So it’s a lot of Ojai history. – Oh, I love it. – I just don’t collect old stuff, but a lot of history. Thatcher school truck and
this George’s biggest truck. It’s a 45 Mack. – [Tom] Well, if we could
just walk around here. – [Dwayne] Sure. – [Tom] That’s be great. – [Dwayne] We can do that. – Now what do we have here,
we’ve got a big Oldsmobile. No, this is a Pontiac. – [Dwayne] This is a
Pontiac, a 1958 Pontiac. – Now that’s an Eldorado or Berrent? – [Dwayne] That’s an Eldorado
Durrette’s convertible. – [Tom] 58? – [Dwayne] 57. – [Tom] 57, okay. Do you restore cars? – [Dwayne] Oh, yeah, right here, yeah. – [Tom] He’s got a Reo, a 440 Roadrunner. – [Dwayne] Yeah, 440 Roadrunner. – [Tom] 440 Roadrunner, wow. – [Dwayne] And it’s a GTX. So it’s a 74 GTX that’s a roadrunner. They kind of mixed the two. It’s about their last year of really having a 440 in it. – Is it four speed? – No, it’s automatic
because remember in the 70s they made them pretty well got rid of all the standard shifts, everything had to be
automatics and you know it had like 175 horsepower. I mean they smogged them up so back that they wouldn’t have any power. – Isn’t that sad? – [Dwayne] Then a Reo,
I think it’s 17 Reo. – So how do you find these cars. – They kind of find me. A friend of mine in Bakersfield says “Hey, I just came across
this old Roadrunner.” I says, “Yeah, show me a
picture of it,” you know. That was a few years ago when you could buy them for 2500 bucks, you know. – [Tom] Yeah, now this is
right up my alley, boy. – [Dwayne] Yeah. – [Tom] XK150 or 140? – [Dwayne] 120. – [Tom] 120, okay. – [Dwayne] SK120. It’s a wonderful car. It’s uncovered and getting dusty right now because my friend, Bob
Sheridan, just built another one, a white one like this, so as he’s been assembling that, he’s been using this to compare. – [Tom] Wow. – [Dwawyne] It’s a wonderful car. – [Tom] And it runs well? – [Dwayne] Oh, it runs very well, yeah. It’s been all over
California and up the vintage races up in Monterrey
and all that many times up and down the coast. – No kidding. Then you got a 421 Pontiac
with the eight bolt wheels. – [Dwayne] This is a tri-power
four speed Pontiac, yeah. It’s a two plus two. Yeah, two plus two. It’s kind of a mature,
grown-up person’s GTO is really what it is, yeah. – So this is a 421 cubic
inch tri-power four speed aluminum eight bolt wheel
Pontiac two plus two. – Full size Pontiac. – That’s a blast. – [Dwayne] Yeah, it is. – Oh, look at all these, geez. Now this scene right here. This is a like a fantasy
to see a scene like this. – [Dwayne] All junky in there. – [Tom] No, really, that
is amazing, yeah it is. Wow. Now that’s a Jag 12 cylinder. – [Dwayne] Yeah, that’s a V12 four-speed. Actually it was given
to me as a totaled car and it was totaled pretty heavily, so I restored it years and years ago. We used to drive it so San
Francisco and San Diego and really nice car. – [Tom] So a V12 with a four speed, that’s kind of rare. – [Dwayne] Somewhat, medium, yeah. – [Tom] Boy you got a
lot of projects, huh? – [Dwayne] Oh, yeah. – All right, so this is a movie car, if you the type of person that watches Fast and Furious, this will
be in Fast and Furious 8, this tow truck, interesting. – [Dwayne] Yeah, an filmed in Cuba. – This was shipped to Cuba? – They flatbedded it
across the United States, put it on a boat and took it down to Cuba. The marks are still on
the windshield there. – And so marked to Atlanta. – Yeah, I guess, I don’t
know, marked to Atlanta. – [Tom] I’ve been to Cuba and you can find stuff down there. – [Dwayne] Oh, yeah, but they could not find any vintage tow trucks, nothing. You know they’ve all
been used up for parts, needed parts for all their old cars, that’s all they have is old cars. – Isn’t that amazing? How long was this out of your hands? – Oh, six weeks. And it runs like a top. Runs, brakes, everything, so it’s really, this is Ojai’s tow truck
from you know the 40s, late 40s, I think it’s a 46, 47. – [Tom] Well that’s amazing stuff. – [Dwayne] I have another barn with some more in it, too. – What, right here? – Yeah, nearby. – Geez. – My tractor had a radiator problem. – Another orchard tractor. – [Dwayne] Yeah, that’s
an orchard tractor. – [Tom] Boy, that’s sweet. So Mustang Sprint. That was a special edition. – [Dwayne] Yeah, that was a Sprint. It was all red, white and
blue from the factory. – [Tom] It was like what, a 72? – [Dwayne] 72 I think yeah. – Now what about this Jaguar over here. – That’s a Mark X and the Mark X was just in a video shot just a
couple of months ago. Big Sean is a rap singer, you’ve heard of Big Sean if you listen to rap music and the new song was Out
of Love and they sang the song in the back seat. They wanted a luxury leather back seat in a big black car. I said I got one of those. Down to Hollywood it went. – Oh, man. We started this morning
not knowing a single car, not a single car and we
drove from Santa Barbara up the mountain to Ojai. Now I’ve been through
Ojai before and it was a cool funky town and I
said well, maybe there’s something interesting in this town. And we met Shelby and Shelby just happened to mention, “Oh, if you’re
looking for old cars, “you’ve got to meet my friend, Dwayne “just a couple of miles from here.” We had no idea. We never have stumbled
across anything like this in a normal driving around. It’s on a dirt road, it’s on a dead end and so we never would
have found this place unless we had gotten a tip from Shelby. Well, we got that tip
and we spent the last couple of hours looking at amazing cars. Dwayne buys these cars
because he loves them. He’s made a business
out of them by renting them out to movies and
rap videos and things. An amazing place and I’m
so happy we were able to just stumble onto him. What an amazing find. Happy hunting. (country music) (tires screeching) (country music)


Reader Comments

  1. They own them, they can do whatever they wish to do with them. And can't nobody do a thing to stop them from doing so………………..and that's a good thing. More power to the people who collect what they love!!!!

  2. All these beautiful cars just rotting away wtf! How hard is it to keep them covered and do a once over here or there? God this hurts to see this.

  3. This is a criminal find..how in the world??! .. this specific car ends in this "Dummies" garage..and in this type of shape! Very common in America, at least thats what i often see in the same kind of you tube videos! This is a museum car! Thank got in Europe history is very well preserved, that s write, because we have made it! Loosers!

  4. Lol I love the comments made by viewers! You Throw hoarder around as a disease, oh they should let it go because You want it. Why buy new it's all made in China especially Harley Davidson from 2006 present they are sell outs.
    I see being a hoarder as a entrepreneur now. But back for old timers. So one entrepreneur to another you pay a bit more!
    If HAGARTY want to talk look up a Braender Bulldog Mould on eBay. 292385602138 That guy is nuts he knows everyone. Especially alot of OLD TIME ENTREPRENEURS who want to sell.

  5. I love the background music but Shazaam does not recognize them. Any chance someone could tell me the artists?

  6. Back when cars had full ladder frames and bumpers strong enough to jack up the car.
    ……
    Cast iron engines you could over heat without worrying about ruining the head.
    ……
    No special tools needed to work on em
    with a 716, 12, and 916 wrench you could repair anything on the car.

  7. Setting in the garage that long ..then all of a sudden they jump on it to restore it….🤔 Wonder how much Hagerty put into it to get'r done….the mid 70's was the start of cutt'n the nuts out of the muscle cars..so sad.

  8. I don’t remember ever seeing that truck in fate of the furious and I seen it at the theater and at home uncut on Blu Ray.

  9. Sacrilidge all these lovely classics rusting away, not even preserved properly, in some kleptomaniacs mind

  10. It Just HURTS To See These Car Rusting Away! Why Don't They Sell Them To Someone That Will Restore Them? I Can't Watch Anymore Because I'm To Old To Start A Project. I Gave My 52 Ford F1 To My Son, It's Almost Ready.  I Saved One.  🙂

  11. Hello Carl, Stephen here. I have been watching your episodes and you do get around on finding barn finds. I wish I was right alongside you or on my own looking for two cars. But unfortunate due to my health, I can't get around to find them. The two that I am looking for are 1970 Charger, white with a 340 and bucket sets that are black. The second car is an 1973 Plymouth Cuda, green with all the interior missing that is now in the white Charger, 340 matching numbers that is now in the white Charger, drive shaft and rear end that is now in the white Charger. Long story short, I purchase the 1973 Plymouth green in color in Jacksonville Florida, my brother had the white 1970 Charger. I moved to Tucson Az for better work and to fly back to drive my 73 Cuda to Tucson. My brother was in the Navy and received orders to go too Sicily off of Spain. My brother had my order brother hold the cars until he gets back from Sicily, I am the younger brother out of three. My older brother sold both cars, I think he gave them away, he doesn't remember to hum he sold or gave the cars to. My title to the Cuda was a clear title, I was the second owner. All of this took place back in 1983 to 1986. I have been looking ever since. I hope I can find her but it has been years and now i live in Saint.Petersburg Fl. I guess I am reaching out to everybody and everyone just to see if I can find her. So, if you ever come across a white Charger 1970 and a 1973 green Plymouth Cuda with a rust spot on the right side of the outside trunk lid, all I can ask if they would sale her back to me? Hopeless looking.
    Stephen Gispanski, I subscribe to your web.

  12. Dudes got a cadillac belt buckle! Nah hes not a car guy!! Suprised he didnt check out that red 1960 edsel ranger at the end of the video, That is a very cool car!

  13. This is typical of Yanks. They don't want to sell them or restore these cars but they'll collect them till they fall apart with rust & crud,as long as nobody else can have them.

  14. Another great video, I can’t believe the gems you keep finding. I was half expecting a ‘41 Willys to be behind those garage doors and jump out, maybe one will turn up when you least expect it to. Love your Woodie, I built one for one of my relatives about 15 years ago,1929 Model A frame, repro cab, fibre glass fenders, aluminium hood ( we call it a bonnet here in the U.K.), English Ash bodywork with Ford Pinto running gear, finished in gloss black.
    Glad I found your channel and never disappointed with the content 👍🏻.

  15. I have a nice ‘53 Ford flathead F-500 I want to sell. I only live a town away from Duane. Maybe I should drive by there.

  16. I never understood collectors…how can they buy something and just tuck it away and leave it to collect dust or rust away.

  17. He has the best job in the world. No arguments. How many lives would I have to go through to be him? The wait would be worth it though.

  18. these car hoarders live in some weird twilight zone.Hate to tell you but the past aint coming back grow up move on

  19. He has 70 plus cars and doesn’t sell anything?? What’s the point. An XK 120 Jag left to rust away ?? Among many others

  20. I think I stopped breathing a couple times,when I saw this,and these.I'd Love the Roadrunner.Not because it's a hotrod,but because I fell in love as a kid.Closest I could get was a 75 State Trooper Cruiser.

  21. Do you buy any of the cars you find or are you looking for cars for other people who pay you to locate them?

  22. I saw the E-type Jag in the wild in the Southwest of England. The guy driving it had somehow put a car seat for his kid in it and he was driving it around Wells in Somerset.

  23. I like this guy Tom so much better then phonies like Dennis Gage, and those two twits who go to car shows to just drive others hard work and investments. Or the twit from Fast & Loud. At least Tom is not a Flipper, but more of a walking historian.

  24. I feel you are leaving us high & dry seeing all the cars and trucks and picking only a few to view on the program. So more and more, one barn has many cars… Your taste may not be the same as some one's else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, one barn maybe 3 to 4 programs!!!!!! I sure the owners do not mind if you film them all!!!!!!!

  25. Host from Hollywood: We would have had no clue these cars were here!
    Owner: Hollywood just used this car for this movie, and this car for this music video, and this car for……

    I call bullshit.

  26. Worked restoring one of these when I worked for Alf Francis when i was in Wichita, Kansas. Was a spider (convertible) There was one that held a speed record and think it was the one as i found a broken Champagne bottle neck in it when cleaning it out. I do have a photo some place. Was twin came with dual 4 choke webers on it at one time.

  27. Truly amazing what is out there in the barns and garages around the world. This stuff never gets old for me. My happiest place is in these dusty garages staring at hidden treasures of automotive history!

  28. I love the show and I feel like I’m finally going to get to do it myself I’m going to check out 69 Dodge camper special

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