Rare 427 Cobra and Ferrari 275 extracted from condemned garage | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 25

In this episode of Barn Discover Hunter, Tom Cotter returns to the scene of his most current, biggest find: a garage in rural Charlotte, North Carolina, housing 5 failed to remember cars and trucks. Amongst them are a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Long-nose Alloy sports car as well as a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427. The unoccupied house and garage have actually been condemned by the neighborhood community and also are set up for demolition soon, so the autos need to be moved to a safe location. Without regional towing firms willing to tackle the risk of relocating such important vehicles, Tom and his pals set out to deliver this amazing stockpile to a storage facility where they'll live up until being used at Gooding & Firm's Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2018.

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58 Replies to “Rare 427 Cobra and Ferrari 275 extracted from condemned garage | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 25”

    1. Thankful to live in a place with no inspections, zoning or codes, and have enough property to never worry about that blight of humanity called “neighbors”. Ick.

    2. @Jimmy Grant – I highly doubt the buildings have been condemned. More likely neglected to the point where it’s cheaper to doze them and build something modern from scratch.

    1. Here’s the thing, that 275gtb and cobra will be bought for millions each and hidden away and maybe be seen again in another 20 yrs, were as the other three will be restored and actually driven, maybe less so on the morgan since the wood will take alot to replace .

  1. Amazing to see someone dedicated to a specific hobby, finally making a big accomplishment in the field he is passionate about! Congrats Tom!

    1. For Tom Cotter this is way more than “luck”. He literally wrote a book titled “Cobra in the Barn” in 2010. He has a whole underlying logic and work ethic to his searching. Finding a $100 dollar bill on the ground is indeed not an accomplishment. But it is a very respectable accomplishment if you can figure out _where_ you are most likely to find money on the ground, _when_ you are most likely to find money, _who_ is most likely to drop money; _and_ you can replicate finding money on the ground with reliability. Tom may not find $100 bills (Cobras) every day, but it is no accident that he came across that $100 bill because he applies himself, puts in work, and finds $5s, $10s, $20s, and $50s with regularity.

    2. okay okay, you do have a good point. i apologise for minimalizing his effort and accomplishments. I do have a different point of view/opinion of barn finds now so thank you

    3. By big you mean answering the phone? Cars had recently been insured by hagerty, they knew about them for awhile, the house was sold and after a inspection it was found to be to far gone to save, so it is being torn down and rebuilt in the old money section of Charlotte, story is the original owner died and the guy that bought the place from probate got damn lucky, apparently no one knew those were in the garage, so the story goes around here. Will be interested to see how long before some “family member” lawyers up on this payday.

    4. yeah tom you saved them a bundle of cash,the local tow dispatchers jaw must have dropped when they got the call.. “you have a what, and a what? kits cars right? Original!!!?!!! how many miles?!!! I gotta check with my supervisor” I would not want to be driving that trailer with 2million in the back ..having a specialist doing it would cost a fortune, and bring to many people into the mix, and people talk…this is the kind of money a thief would have no issues taking a life over, or going after this mans family, i’m glad everything went smooth and low key..

    1. CarSmartsTV all old Ferrari’s are sexy man. All regulations now although makes car safe but makes them ugly in comparison.

    1. Maybe it was worth something to this guy since he kept it in his garage next to the other million dollar cars… It was 325ix it is rare car compared to the other E30s, and btw E30 M3s are already insanely expensive, and they are still youngtimers imagine in 30 years they will be worth as much as the cobra

  2. I can’t believe you didn’t mention the BMW e30 in the enumeration, just sad. I know it’s for another type of crowd but yeah.
    I’m here for the classics but the actual youngtimers will be an event too.
    Why people cry over e30’s? Because they can ACTUALLY AFFORD one, and because of the heritage.

  3. Great video as always, how can someone put away and leave a Cobra and a Ferrari in their garage for years with just 19k on them? Just leave them there for the mice to enjoy? I will never understand that. A genuine Cobra would be my dream car just on it’s own, I would look at it every day. I’d probably knock a wall down and park it inside my house!

  4. Since that e30 seems to be worthless to everyone. I’m more than happy to place it in my garage next to my black Alpina e39 ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. My thought exactly ! I was trying to figure out which model it was but I’m not sure. It looked to have had a small frontal impact which is a shame, but otherwise could be quite nice ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. you have to understand that ferrari with a 100 points restoration cost 7 million dollars on a auction in a good day, and the cobra is arround hafe a million or more, the other ones are nice, but the price of them is not even the 5% of the value of the other 2 cars.

  5. Hardly a โ€œbarn findโ€

    This was a collector that knew what he had. Knew what was in that garage. Old age got the best of him and survivors sell what was once precious.

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