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Old 07-06-2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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Forgive me if you've seen this before. I haven't. The story is that a guy bought an abandoned property in Portugal with a block barn. The contents of the barn were unknown... http://www.intuh.net/barnfinds/afa70.htm

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No Ferarris? Ah well, take what you can get.
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Wow, I thought I was lucky when I found a $20 bill in my coat pocket the other day. What a pleasant surprise for that owner!
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whats the story behind the barn?

what happened to the owner of the barn? died? When somebody dies somebody else becomes owner of the property.

anybody else know the story on this barn? I'm very interested
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Some judicious, but not exhaustive, internet snooping reveals that the original owner of the "barn" was apparently a Portugese doctor who died without heirs.
Presumably he was a closet car collector, and not a terribly selective one at that.
It's hard to believe that the property could be sold without anyone knowing what was inside the rather solid, and large, brick building. It's not like it was hidden away in an olive grove or something. The pics show it to be an imposing structure totally exposed on the top of a hill, for pete's sake.
There's a lot more to this story.
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Forgive me if you've seen this before. I haven't. The story is that a guy bought an abandoned property in Portugal with a block barn. The contents of the barn were unknown... http://www.intuh.net/barnfinds/afa70.htm

A bit of elbow grease, good detailing products, and a lot of time and this guy will be off and running...btw, don't put the key in the ignition of the Prosche....you may not be able to remove it!! Think what that'll cost at the dealer to get it fixed!!

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Wow, what an eclectic collection of cars. From a couple of '32 Fords, several Jags, all the Lotus cars (what is the plural of Lotus?), a couple of 4dr Olds, to a 280ZX. The bodies on the 2 Porsches look pretty solid. What a find!

What kind of car is in pics 10 & 11? It has to be pretty valuable. Also pic 27?
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great info Ronzi! Wish I had bought that property!

Somebodys gonna make a killing restoring those cars.

Before it went to auction/sale somebody could have snuck there over night and found a way inside or drilled a small hole and peeked in, then they woulda known what it was worth
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(what is the plural of Lotus?),
I'm going with Loti.
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That would be quite the find. My roommate in prep school, his father inherited a property in Germany from some 3rd great uncle or something along those lines, and they wound up with a 32 Bentley Coupe with 8000 miles on it, in a bard tucked away in an orchard. Car was restored and is now still in the family, I dont even want to know what its worth.

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What kind of car is in pics 10 & 11? It has to be pretty valuable. Also pic 27?
Pictures 10 and 11 are of an Early '30s Chrysler. Picture 27 is an early '60s Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato.

The Chrysler is probably worth $50,000 restored. It is a CD. Other series Chryslers of the same vintage, like the CG Dual Cowl Phaeton can bring north of $200,000.

The Lancia is probably worth $70,000 restored.
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Pictures 10 and 11 are of an Early '30s Chrysler. Picture 27 is an early '60s Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato.

The Chrysler is probably worth $50,000 restored. It is a CD. Other series Chryslers of the same vintage, like the CG Dual Cowl Phaeton can bring north of $200,000.

The Lancia is probably worth $70,000 restored.
yea but it could take 50 grand to restore these cars.
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yea but it could take 50 grand to restore these cars.
Agreed. You have to restore automobiles for the love of the cars. If you try to restore cars and sell them for profit, they will find you living in a refrigerator box under the freeway, eating cat food.
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Agreed. You have to restore automobiles for the love of the cars. If you try to restore cars and sell them for profit, they will find you living in a refrigerator box under the freeway, eating cat food.
lol thats a bad thought.
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saw another article from a guy researching this - still haven't seen any known media confirmation other than internet stuff...

http://www.sportscarmarket.com/articles/archives/1110
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i saw this a few weeks back on some German site..
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saw another article from a guy researching this - still haven't seen any known media confirmation other than internet stuff...

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If Cotter says that his story is the real story, it probably is. Tracking these things down is what he's known for.
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