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Five Pre-War Automobiles Found in Barn to Go Up for Auction

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 05:15 PM

Five pre-war automobiles preserved in a Texas barn for more than 40 years will hit the auction block in June.

Antonio Brunet, chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auctions in Austin, Texas, learned about the collection about two years ago.

“It’s the Holy Grail for a car guy,” Brunet told Hagerty. “Opening the doors, seeing the cars covered in dust, untouched for years … It’s like you’re in a time machine.”

The collection includes a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Victoria Convertible with an estimated value of $285,000-$350,000, a 1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe valued at $55,000-$75,000, a 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limousine 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 1937 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer valued at $75,000-$100,000.

“I think the main reason why barn finds are so exciting is that most car guys like originality,” Brunet told Hagerty. “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.”

The owner, identified only as Jack, intended to fix the cars up when he moved to Texas in the 1970s, but never found the time.

"He really took the time to put the cars away properly," Brunet told Hagerty. "They were on blocks, perfectly spaced, waiting for the day they would be on the road again."

A YouTube video about the collection had been viewed more than 100,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.



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