Texas Barn Find: Five Pre-war Automobiles Discovered

Texas Barn Find: Five Pre-war Automobiles Discovered


(blues music) – I’m Antonio Brunet and I’m the chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auction. And we’re here to talk about
an incredible Texas barn find. (blues music) It’s one of those, that as a
car guy, you kind of dream of. (blues music) Funny enough this collection literally it’s seven miles from our office, but we’d run into it. The gentleman’s name is Jack and the story goes that
he moved down to Texas in the early 70s, around 1972, 1973. And he’s obviously a car guy and had some amazing vehicles that once he got to Texas
he put away in his new barn. And always with intention of
getting the time and the money to fix them and to ride them again. (blues music) The moment that we opened the doors to that barn find was
just absolutely amazing. I mean as soon as I saw the
little signs of V12 and V16 on the Cadillacs, I knew
that they were something very special. One of my favorite, to be honest with you, is a 1923 Milburn Electric. And I think it’s one of
favorite because of the story. They were companies like Milburn and Detroit Electric that
built very competitive cars to the market at the time. We’re talking about the
teens and the early 20s. So Milburn is one those stories and history now tells that GM, in 1924, bought out the whole company to dismantle the factory. So they wouldn’t have that car competing. Well the car that Jack had is a 1923 27L, which is the very last model
that that company built. Jack was obviously very… an enthusiast and cared much about the Cadillacs and the multi-cylindered Cadillacs. It’s actually a 1933 V12 coupe. It’s obviously a rare car too, being that it’s a
multi-cylindered Cadillac. The great thing about this
particular car, obviously, the condition of being a barn find and being completely
unmolested and original, is that the back of it, it
actually has a 1932 trunk. But the car’s a 1933. So this is one of those
bodies which happened a lot back in that early century,
where vehicles were built with available parts. And of course, this car
was built as a 1933. But at the time they didn’t
have a 33 trunk available, so they slapped a 1932, which of course makes it now a rare car. Cause it’s not something that happened to any other body. Some of the cars in this
collection, very important. One of the most important
ones or the main, is a 1932 Cadillac V12
Victoria convertible. Now this is actually body number one, meaning this was the very first one that came out of the factory. There were only four built. The other three were actually V16 cars. So the actually story of this car’s tale that this was the vehicle that was used as a prototype to show to the executives. See if they will approve the concept of having a Victoria convertible. At the time the body was ready, there was actually not
a V16 chassis avaliable so they put it on a
V12, with a V12 engine. This is one of those cars
that’s actually considered within the V16 registry,
but it obviously carries a V12 chassis and V12 engine. It’s never been offered for sale. It’s only had three owners and the fact that we found it so close,
and in such magnificent shape, it’s truly a once in a lifetime. (blues music) The fourth car that he had,
it’s a very interesting one. It’s a 1908 REO and that
car’s significant because REO was founded by Oldsmobile. And after he sold his company, he wasn’t able to go back
and use the same brand. So he created REO. It’s a Model G from what we
have found in our research. And it’s a convertible
car, but not convertible in the sense that we know. It’s more of a transformer. Because it converts from a five-passenger touring convertible to a
two-passenger boat tail. The fact that the car
is absolutely complete with both choices of
bodies, it’s very, very rare and very exciting to see. Of course, it’s a brass era vintage car. So all the headlights and
all the little instruments, it’s pure brass, which
is absolutely gorgeous. (blues music) Another car that he had in his collection, you know the Cadillac is
actually a Cadillac V16. It’s a 1938 limousine. What’s particular about this specific one is that it’s a five-passenger limousine. Usually limousines in
early century, pre-war, they were either seven-passenger or as much as nine-passenger. But this particular one,
does not have the jump seats. Because the person that ordered it, just wanted it for him and his wife. So it’s a great car, V16 chassis. The car is absolutely enormous and it just really talks
about the eccentricity of Cadillac and in
American life back then. Finding the cars and kind of
getting to know the story, really, really capture us. It’s almost like a time machine. I mean really opening those
doors of that barn that day. When you enter there,
you feel like immediately you’re in, back in the 1930s. And that’s why I think it’s so amazing. (blues music)

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  1. a lot of old cars are being found in texas i just found a rust free original paint 52 chevy styleline runs and drives love it

  2. Джип Бомба тюнинг 4х4 offroad 4x4 оффроад на мостах газ66 и арочные шины я170 says:

    Good video!

  3. todays world does not give a shit about old cars,only the few collectors.yes i would love to build old cars,just because they are history not junk.

  4. Um, that would be pronounced R – E – O (Ransom E. Olds). Also, the 1933 Cadillac with the earlier trunk pegs it as an early 1933 model, not as slapped together.

  5. The REO was not an 'Oldsmobile'. It was not created by some guy named 'Oldsmobile' any more than there was a guy named 'Fordmobile'. Robert E. Olds created that line of cars and did sell it all to General Motors. (Chevrolet Brothers did the same after building the world's first V-8 in 1917). But Olds also built trucks, some of which I remember seeing in Howard Dickey's wrecking yard in Oakland, California in the late fifties. One model was called the "Speedwagon". Kind of a forerunner to the urban stepvans we see in urban areas today. A great rock and roll band adopted the name "REO Speedwagon" in the late sixties or early seventies. Nice barn find!

  6. Excelente presentación. Los automóviles no se ven Abandonados y en el OLVIDO.

    Solo necesitan un poco de tiempo y de Cariño…

  7. Thank you for posting and sharing. We don't have a lot of that up here. I'm in ontario canada. Thanks again. Sigh! I live in the wrong country for my passion.

  8. My car in the garage is a barn find. Until I get in it and drive it to work by your standards. Stupid collection of cars, stupid video.

  9. 2yrs on and the story these classics barn find is one on my favorite. Victoria is beautiful car, and I think the name suits her well also. Pretty amazing..

  10. Oh wow, there used to be electric cars! Thanks f'ing Repugnicans for destroying the railroads and electric steetcars, so you could make money raping the world for rubber and oil! Thanks a lot REPIGLICANS!

  11. This upload needs reclassifying as just full on porn.
    Them cars are so gorgeous..
    It has to be illegal, to just look at them.
    My grandfathers wallet won't smell as nice.
    Absolutely gorgeous find!
    Am dribbling in envy.

    Am wearing mittens, just stroking the screen.
    Wow, just went out the window..

    How much?

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  13. These guys that buy cars and stuff them in barns have no fucking idea how to restore anything… that's why they just collect dust.

  14. I had a home remodelling business years ago but I didn't call myself Chairman and Founder. People are so self-absorbed.

  15. Give them a good clean and bring them back on the road as they are : What a tremendous find ! A bit of TLC and they will purr around like in the old days

  16. It's not a barn find it's a collection. A barn find is when somebody retired his car and put it into a barn. This is a collector in the 70's who bought a bunch of collector cars. I went to Jay Leno's house and found 100 cars in his barn. Wow.

  17. When I was 19, (1972), I bought a 1936 Cadillac Limousine V16, and it ran. I paid 400.00 for it, I had a hell of a time finding a gasket set for it, found it on J.C. Whitney co, I kept it and over the next 15 years , I restored it. By no means am i rich, I still have it to this day. Love your video, Thanks…..

  18. Whomever coined the phrase "barnfind" should have his ass kicked. It's the most overused and misleading term ever used in the car industry. Better yet, who ever uses the term should have THEIR ass kicked. It seems since big auctions and big money investors have raided the collector car market, there are more scam artists and opportunists than ever. I could be wrong but it seems to have exploded when the Japanese really started snapping up American cars in the 1980s. Then the scammers really came out of the woodwork. Just an observation…..

  19. All of you Americans and American citizens that love American classic cars any kind of cars that if you really love to drive on the railroad or in the highway because this car it is so illegal to drive because it's not registered to approve this American classic cars and that is the truth I'm telling you once you restart a car second you clean a policy Keep It Shine the car will be collecting dust somewhere like you in your own neighborhood it is very sad that you cannot drive like that because this is the law of here and that card it's not designed for safety that was in the past is only designs for luxury classic look and model of the past but not in the future of safety so to remind you this then it doesn't it doesn't have it technology cars today right now you buy American classic cars but you still cannot drive on the railroad because it is the lost and safety to make sure that all of you Americans and American citizens that you do understand this make sure that you always do your homework first

  20. Why do the old farts hide the cars away when they could be enjoyed by others or maybe sold off to funds the old guys retirement before they fall off the perch.

  21. In February, 1923, General Motors purchased the Milburn Body Plant for $2 million with Milburn being retaining its right to make electric vehicles under their name. Milburn workers remained in the body plant for the two months following, finishing up cars and bodies previously under contract. Fisher Body Works was to move into the Milburn Body Works building to be able to handle the expected growth in sales of Buicks and other vehicles. Evidently, the extra capacity wasn't needed as GM offered the Milburn factory for sale just months after in August of 1923. Meanwhile, Milburn's remaining operations had moved to one of their smaller locations and evidently continued to produce trucks and on demand and subject to available parts and remaining bodies, their Model 27L Brougham.

  22. I had a 1938 Cadillac just like that that I sold last year for 35k. It was missing the original drivetrain and had a Chevy motor. I wonder how much this guy will get? An original engine is worth about 40k but to rebuild it will be another 20k. I had a few leads on an original engine but a deal never materialized.

  23. Muy buena coleccion de autos conservados y no restaurados; nunca visto por mis ojos. Felicito a la persona que los conserva tal cual vinieron al mundo !!

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  25. The REO cars and trucks were built by Ransom E olds. He is buried in the Mt Hope Cematary in Lansing Mi. The company merged with the Dimond T and was known for mant years as Dimond Reo.I worked on a repair job on the old plant shortly before it was dismantled. My father worked at oldsmobile when WW2 started and helped assemble the last civilian auto before it started building for the military

  26. I would be reluctant to even "restore" these (maybe get them running). They are in such good condition, I would leave clean them up professionally and leave them as-is in a museum or something.

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