Buying a new car can be a fantastic feeling. Walking Driving from the dealership with a new set of wheels will fill our minds with joyous thoughts. But there’s something else that’s even more satisfying and pleasuring than this. It’s when you go to a barn, and you find some cool stuff. Barn finds are antique cars often in derelict forms that we rediscover, usually in barns, sheds, or something similar.
You can compare barn finding to treasure hunting. But with barn finds, risks and rewards both are less severe. Come to think of it, we can say that people who go to barn finds are kinda like archeologists, but for automobiles. That brings us to the YouTube channel Auto Archaeology. Ryan Brutt is a fellow Automotive Archaeologist and the guy who runs this channel.
He travels around the country and documents cool and unique Barn Finds. Ryan has been doing this for more than a decade, and he has found some hidden gems stashed in all sorts of situations. In late 2020, Ryan found an outstanding collection of legit cars, including a rare General Motors specimen, that had been stashed away in a tin barn for decades. The family was clearing the property and was getting them ready for auction. Let’s see what kinds of antiques Ryan found in this place.
A Wild Oakland Makes An Appearance
If you don’t know or remember what Oakland is, don’t worry. It stopped making cars under that name in 1931. General Motors bought Oakland Motors in 1909 and continued selling fairly priced cars under the same name. But in 1931, GM dropped the brand in favor of another brand, and that brand is Pontiac. These Oakland cars were famous for having flathead V8s.
In front of Oakland, we see a wall riddled with old-school automobile parts. The shelf has vintage music systems (more likely CB radio players of the bygone era) on the top. We also see several headlight units hanging off the wall right below the roof as well. Look further, and you will find some old-school four-spoke steering wheels and even more headlight units at the corner, but these are steel or chrome.
Below the radio transmitter, in the shelf boxes, are more indistinct parts and enough wires to gift-wrap a car, maybe a smaller one. We can certainly say that the person who stored everything has done a somewhat tidy job here. Next to the wires is a whole compartment full of fuel pumps and a couple of diaphragm kits. Right below those was a compartment of rotors, many of which were for old Dodge models.
The Preserved Parts Are Not Over Yet
Ashtrays and royal-looking cutlery were pretty popular in the old days. Since the barn is like a time capsule of the previous century, you bet there are lots of ashtrays and royal-looking cutlery. The previous century, unfortunately, witnessed war or two, and the barn reminds us of that because there are old military lights as well.
Amidst a bunch of cool but almost unidentifiable stuff, there’s a dope metal plate that says, “COMMON SENSE NOW OR PRAYERS LATER”. In the middle of the barn, there’s a 1930 Packard, giving company to the Oakland we saw earlier. During the 1930s, Packard automobiles were highly competitive in the high-end American luxury vehicles.
There’s A Willys Jeep In Here Too!
How can anyone forget the success and importance of Willy’s Jeep? These things are rugged and could withstand a lot, yet this one was in worse condition than the Oakland and Packard. Other vehicles included something that resembles a Ford Model T, but is in too terrible a shape to be sure, and a few tractors too. Judging by the looks of the tractors, we’d say they were from the ‘60s or late ‘50s. Some of them seem to be even older than that. Most of the stuff looks like it belonged to the ‘50s or earlier, perhaps except for the tractors.
The Fate Of These Cars
According to Ryan, the owners of the barn had stated that they were supposed to go under the hammer in late 2020. There’s no way of telling if they got auctioned or not, but there’s a good chance that they did. Now, hopefully, the new owner (s) of these beautiful vintage cars aren’t letting them collect dust. The owners of the barn have said that they hadn’t used the barn since as early as the ‘70s!
At least, they didn’t let any harm come to them apart from time. Ryan wanted to get a few pieces and components for himself, but he couldn’t get his hands on any of them. The owners wanted to sell everything in there in the auction, and hence they were documenting the barn in the first place.
Sources: Youtube, General Motors
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