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Discussion: Do you know any hidden classic cars in your area?

Local barn finds for the win!

10w ago

Feel free to not believe me about this story if you don't want to, but when my father was working several years ago, he had a patient who made an extraordinary claim - one that even for my standards - I could barely believe.

For context, my family home (not there at the moment because of Uni) is in Nottingham in the UK and there are a fair few smaller suburban areas in all directions. My dad's patient came from a suburban area that's not even more than 10 miles away from my house.

Nevertheless, the patient said he had a neighbour who in his garage, has a car stored in it which hasn't moved since... I would guess forever? But of course, everyone has a load of tat in their moss-habited garages, but this was a particularly special piece of tat.

Image: Mercedes Benz

Image: Mercedes Benz

This 'neighbour' being described only has a bloody 300SL Gullwing tucked away in the dark!

But the craziest part? He refuses to sell it. It's clearly been kept hidden away for goodness knows how many years and the thought of it moving on appeared to be a trigger mechanism.

Good examples are pretty much knocking on the doors of £1 million and possibly more, so this rumoured barn find one is probably worth some decent buck if it went under the hammer.

I'm hoping that one day the car is dragged out of the barn and sees the open road once again with all six slanted cylinders singing in Germanic harmony, but judging by what I've heard, that won't be until many years to come...

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Comments (52)

  • Someone near me owns a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type. I’ve only ever seen it outside of its garage once, though.

      2 months ago
    • that is sad. cars like that should be driven

        2 months ago
  • There are a lot of old cars in and around my town that are being neglected. Last summer I went to the local Chrysler dealership and I was messing around with my camera after getting off from work and inside was a 1958 Chrysler 300D. But it was one of the fuel injected cars. They only made 21 of them and they weren’t very successful. But when I saw that badge my jaw just dropped. The 392 Hemi was converted to using carburetors so it was recalled sometime in its life. But it was in really good shape. The body was solid and the paint the interior looked original. I would love to buy it and put a modern fuel injection system on and just clean it up. The dealership owner owns the car I believe.

      2 months ago
  • There's a house near me that has some murican classics that are collecting dust

      2 months ago
  • I know of someone (not in my direct area) who has been restoring a T1 Transporter "Samba" for ages. I'll admit, it's nowhere near the 300 SL Gullwing, but it's rare nonetheless. Problem is, this guy owns multiple businesses and hardly has time to work on it. By our best estimate, it has been a work in progress for almost 20 years now.

      2 months ago
    • Damn, T1s are pretty desirable now, so hopefully it'll be on the road at some point. Sounds interesting!

        2 months ago
  • There's a Ford Orion next to an art warehouse in my neighbourhood. Not sure if it can be considered a classic though.

      2 months ago