Bargain hunters and collectors alike often flock to garage sales and storage unit auctions in hopes of scoring something worthy. Television shows abound about such subjects including shows depicting people who hunt down automotive treasures in forgotten garages and dusty barns. Sometimes, they score big. The Daily Mail reports on the garage find of a lifetime.
Parked in a North Carolina garage for nearly three decades, two rare and valuable automotive finds recently went to auction.
YouTube channel for automotive enthusiasts “Barn Find Hunter” recently featured the two discoveries. Tom Cotter, a classic car expert and host of the show, found the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Alloy Longnose and 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra where the owner had left them after his trusted mechanic died in a motorcycle accident. Since he was unwilling to let anyone else work on the cars, they sat in the North Carolina garage.
The owner contacted Cotter because the home in North Carolina was scheduled to be demolished. He wanted to sell the two vehicles. Both were covered in dust and cobwebs and mice had made a home out of the trunk of the Cobra.
Both engines started up right away and the cars are still in good condition despite decades of neglect.
The Cobra was one of 280 manufactured with that particular 428 cubic-inch engine. The Ferrari was a bit rarer – only 80 were made with that particular lightweight body.
Both cars sold at auction in Florida for a total of $3,575,000. The Ferrari was priced to start at $1 million but quickly bidding raised the asking price to $2.53 million.
Also in the garage was a V-8 powered Morgan and a Triumph TR-6. The owner wanted to keep these vehicles.