Exploring Barn Find Rabbit Hole: Muscle Car, F100 & Fairlane
Hagerty, an internet video channel located in North Carolina, is hunting for old-fashioned gems for their Barn Find Hunter program. It has been suggested to them that there’s a barn with some extraordinary classic automobiles, including an incredible muscle car with a colorful past.
The proprietor intends to bring the vintage cars back to their original state, however due to tight financial constraints they have been left statically idle, gathering dust and corrosion.
Tom, on his hunt for hidden gems, finally ends up at Phil’s house. There are some classic cars sitting amidst a pile of stuffed and the camera crew accompany the twosome inside to find out what they can unearth.
Besides the dazzling classic muscle car discovered in a barn, a 1963 Ford Fairlane and a 1966 Ford F100 short bed truck are also present. This 6-cylinder 5.9-liter powered pickup is a treasured inheritance that was handed down from a trade venture owned by his uncle to his dad and eventually to the owner himself.
A 1966 Ford F100 is often appraised at about $20,000 in today’s market. Not too far away lies a ’63 Ford Fairlane, featuring its authentic 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. These classic automobiles can command up to approximately $22,000 at auction.
Curiously, one year later, in 1964, there arose a specially limited and performance-tuned edition of the Fairlane, named the Thunderbolt. This incarnation embodied a 7-liter V8 that produced an eye-watering 425 hp – indeed these motors typically bring $150,000 when going under the hammer at auction, as just 100 were manufactured.
This unfortunate brown ’69 Barracuda has seemingly had a bad go of it, collecting an odometer total of 367,000 miles prior to its premature retirement in 2000. It appears that the car came to a halt due to the same measly mishap occurring with extraordinary consistency – Phil’s ex-wife crashing into the same spot in the same parking lot at five o’clock on Christmas Eve three times consecutively.
From the outset, a young woman acquired this vintage vehicle brand-new in 1969 before trading it in for a Ford Mustang due to its failure to include air conditioning, power brakes, and power steering. Phil snatched the ride up for $2,400 – about $19,000 today – then used it until it finally came to rest under a pile of debris at its current location.
This Barracuda barn-discovery features an automatic 5.2-liter V8 previously boasting 230 horsepower. On the value market, this sedan’s 1969 Plymouth iteration is known to fetch an average of $71,000 at auction. It would be splendid to witness this vintage automobile returned to the path once again.