If you think that finding a treasure in the automotive world involves digging hundreds of feet into the ground or exploring the ocean floor, you couldn’t be more mistaken. Truth is, you just need to pick the right barn. Yep, you read that right. Want proof? Check out our list of the greatest barn finds in muscle car history.
The Great Canadian Barn Find
If you discovered “40 current and future collectible vehicles stored in a Quonset hut at a Lethbridge dairy farm,” you’re one lucky guy. But if you’re also a former lottery winner and has a really impressive Shelby collection that includes a 662-hp 2014 Shelby GT500, then lady luck just didn’t turn your way, you basically took her home.
The Very First Pontiac Firebirds
What would be your reaction if you asked a person if he has any interesting car to sell in which he responded “no” but then proceeded to say that “he knows where the first two Pontiac Firebirds were hidden?” Here’s what we’ll say to him: “Buddy, your definition of “interesting” is kinda off, but we like the way you think.”
The Priceless Ford GT40
Here’s how we imagined the conversation went after Tom Shaughnessy, well-known automotive treasure hunter, found out about this Ford GT40:
Tom Shaughnessy: “I found a Ford GT40!”
Tom Shaughnessy: “It’s the last GT40 produced in 1966 and the last GT40 to use a Ford serial number!”
Tom Shaughnessy: “Out of the three GT40 MkI cars to come with the MkII’s rear clamshell, it is the only survivor!”
Tom Shaughnessy: “It lacks the racing pedigree of other GTs, though.”
Doesn’t matter. It’s still a Ford GT40.
The 1964 Shelby Daytona
Ah, the holy grail of muscle car barn finds. The sixth 1964 Shelby Daytona was just a unicorn before 2001. It was only found when a woman lit herself on fire and on her locked storage shed was the CSX2287. It was said that her father originally purchased the car and left it to her. Bought for five grand, the 1964 Shelby Daytona’s tag price after being fully restored is $4,000,000.