Oct 18, 2007

Portuguese Barn Finds.

These images were making rounds with a cook up story of a New York man discovering these vehicles locked in a barn on a property he bought in Portugal.
When Tom Cotter of Sports Car Market Magazine came across this, he decided to investigate it. His first reaction was, he didn't believe this story for a moment. He was able to track down to the original photographer & here is the real story:
Manuel Menezes Morais took these photos, but he was sworn to secrecy about the cars' location and the owner's name. However, he was able to obtain permission from the owner to give me the following information:
The owner of the cars was a car dealer in the 1970s and 1980s, and decided to save the more interesting cars that came through his doors. When the barn was full, he padlocked and "soldered" the doors shut. (Perhaps welding was too permanent.)
Web sites varied on the number of cars: 58, 100, and 180 were speculated. According to Morais, there are 180 cars in the barn.
Here you can view the entire collection.

The Barn.

The doors were welded shut.

Alfa Bertone, Porsche 356, Mercedes Benz.

Austin? Alfa Giulia, BMW 501 V8.

BMW 501 V8.

Lancia Appia.

Porsche 356, Austin Healey Sprite MkII, Volvo PV 544, Ford Y?

Alfa Bertone, Giulietta Sprint, Peugeot 205.

Alfasud 1.5, Mercedes, Chevy Master.

BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.

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