By Tom Cotter
101 barn-find stories guaranteed to appeal to any motor vehicle collector. lately, the hunt to discover and repair forgotten automobile gem stones has generated a cult-like following - a truly huge cult-like following. So huge, actually, that the topic of car archaeology has encouraged a whole style of tv courses, together with Counting autos, desolate tract automobile Kings, Chasing vintage vehicles, different, what is My motor vehicle Worth?, and various others. writer Tom Cotter is on the leading edge of this circulation along with his within the Barn sequence, a line of books that encouraged a few of the above-mentioned tv courses. 50 colours of Rust collects 90-plus of the best-ever top barn-find tales. every one tale is followed by way of pictures from the scenes of the unearths, making a seriously illustrated e-book not like any barn-find publication but released.
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GEOFF HACKER And then our research started. Who was Leo Lyons, and what happened to him? With little effort, I found Leo in his hometown of San Bernardino, California, and did he have a story to tell. He shared that the Merc took nine years in planning, design, and construction. When I asked him about the “donor car,” he stopped right in his tracks. ” he asked. ” It turned out that Leo had struck a deal with Ford, which provided 10 sets of 1950 Mercury body panels that Leo and his entourage used to build 10 identical custom cars.
From all the time that we have been collecting and restoring cars, we have finally caught on to what art collectors have known for years. The piece of art, or in our case the automobile, should be treasured for what it is, in the condition that it is in. If the car shows a little sign of rust because the paint has been worn through, that’s all the better. If the interior is worn and the seats have a bit of a tear, it should be left alone. ” Cars with patina tell a story, much like works of art.
Cinnamon Girl sat on an Iowa farm field for many years. Only because it was visible from the road was it discovered. Makes you wonder how many cars are hiding that are not visible. GEOFF HACKER Sometimes I’m pleased to know that a car I was interested in has been rescued by someone else. I liked the styling of this car—swoopy fenders, low stance, hand-built with steel—very cool. So I smiled to myself that the car was not lost but “found” by another enthusiast, and I looked forward to seeing the car (hopefully sometime in the near future) restored and being appreciated for its history, design, and heritage.