A Texas car collector discovered five classic pre-World War II automobiles stored in an Austin barn for more than 40 years.
Antonio Brunet, chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auctions, who learned of the collection about two years ago, is now helping their owner take the vehicles to auction, in cash value pegged at more than $700,000 (video below).
“It’s the Holy Grail for a car guy,” Brunet told Hagerty Classic Car Magazine. “Opening the doors, seeing the cars covered in dust, untouched for years … It’s like you’re in a time machine.”
(1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe.Photo courtesy of Motostalgia via Fox News)
The collection includes a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Victoria Convertible which has an estimated value of $285,000-$350,000, a 1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe with an estimated value of $55,000-$75,000, a 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limo valued at $45,000-$65,000, a 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L valued at $90,000-$125,000, a 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster/Sedan Tonneau valued at $75,000-$95,000 and a twice-used 1937 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer valued at $75,000-$100,000.
(1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L. Photo courtesy of Motostalgia via Fox News)
“I think the main reason why barn finds are so exciting is that most car guys like originality,” Brunet said. “Cars that are 40, 50, 80, 100 years old or more … They’ve transitioned from basic transportation to collectible vehicles. And during that transition, most cars are repaired and modified here and there; they evolve over time. But with a barn find, it’s like time stopped. The cars haven’t changed, other than getting older. They’re just as they were when they were put away, right down to the smell. It’s incredible.”
(1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limo. Photo courtesy of Motostalgia via Fox News)
The owner, Jack, whose last name has been withheld, always intended to get the cars fixed when he moved to Texas in the 1970s, but never found the time or money. The auction is scheduled for June 12 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“He really took the time to put the cars away properly,” Brunet said. “They were on blocks, perfectly spaced, waiting for the day they would be on the road again.”
Watch a video about the car collection here: