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That isn't moss, the coloration was a combination of old primer and paint.  Also very dusty. The body was all aluminum except for the doors which were rusted steel, which we primed for preservation and to enhance the appearance.  There was no mold, just a lot of dust on it. 
Lancia was a good guess, but it's a Siata Daina Berlinetta by Stabilimenti Farina with a Fiat-based 1400 engine with dual carbs.   Believed to be for sale now in the Netherlands.

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Over 50 years messin' with antique cars and we've only actually found 2 cars in barns. First was a '28 Cadillac sedan in 1970 or so and the second was a '21 Overland 4 Touring in 1978. Barns just aren't what they used to be.

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I hate the term "barn find" and what the auction machine has done to the term and how it has blurred the line between neglected vs. good original cars. That said, I did "find" this in a local body shop where it had been sitting for more than 15 years. They painted it back in 1997 but the owner never came back for it. They only just recently were able to use a mechanic's lien to get custody of it and a valid title.

 

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Yes, of course it came home with me, why do you ask?

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Found this this summer.  Garage find but very neglected, 39 Super convt.  Off road for 10 years.  Of course it came home with me.  post-86835-0-56869700-1450311379_thumb.jpost-86835-0-04067800-1450311389_thumb.jpost-86835-0-93052400-1450311400_thumb.jpost-86835-0-39826400-1450311411_thumb.j

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Found this 50 Caddy 75 series a few years ago.  It followed me home as well.  Off road for about 20 years.  That is the original paint and chrome. post-86835-0-19322700-1450311566_thumb.jpost-86835-0-91113500-1450311575_thumb.jpost-86835-0-48181000-1450311597_thumb.j

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Nothing terribly rare or exciting about this one except it was in really nice shape and stored very well priced quite reasonably.  It had only been off the road a couple of years.  I went to buy some parts and came home with it. post-86835-0-42430000-1450311737_thumb.jpost-86835-0-19561600-1450311754_thumb.j

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Here is a basement find.  Fortunately it was a pretty dry basement.  1936 Chrysler C7 airstream convertible. Off road for 30 years and mechanically whooped.  post-86835-0-66100800-1450311907_thumb.jpost-86835-0-24094000-1450311920_thumb.jpost-86835-0-43989700-1450311932_thumb.j 

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Found this car three weeks ago. A 1930 Pierce Arrow Series B Club Sedan. Padded leather roof with six wire wheels. Car was cut into a flower hauling truck right after the war. Parked in the 50's in very poor New England barn storage. Not much left. We picked it up last Sunday. Cut it up and parted it out over three days this week. Parts are now all on the shelf, the frame and body went to the scrap yard.

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This sat in a steel building with gravel/dirt floor from 1968 to 2009 when we acquired it.    

 

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Now here is a cellar - barn find  find that no one can top.  Put away in 1945 until this year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11716177/Second-World-War-tank-and-anti-aircraft-gun-found-hidden-in-basement-of-villa-in-Germany.html

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There was the story about the hanger full of world war II planes in TX that would be a strong runner up if it didn't top it. 

 

There is also an old Russian space ship in moth balls somewhere's on the Web. 

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My first brass car, a 1910 Model R Reo. It wasn't exactly in a barn... it was an open front shed and I bought it on December 24 — I think it was in 1972 or 73. The price was $2500. I had exactly $105 in my checking account so I gave the owner a $75 deposit and he agreed to allow me 60 days to come up with the rest of it. By the time the snow had melted enough to get it out, I'd raised the money (which included selling the only new car I've ever owned). It was another two years before it ran. It had ended its working life as a sign outside a bar/nightclub on Cape Cod.

 

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The first car I ever owned, a 1932 Dodge Brothers DL sedan.  I bought it in 1965 and sold it to a fraternity brother in 1967 to my everlasting regret.  We found each other after 45 years and when I asked him, "Do you still have my Dodge," he told me it had been sitting in his grandmother's garage since 1970.  The photo is how I viewed it after 45 years, resting comfortably in Phil Kennedy's (formerly his grandmother's) garage.  I bought it back two years ago and am restoring it.

 

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Thats an amazing story!

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It is very good to see the quality and the difference between the Forum vs Facebook groups. I am impress.

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Thats an amazing story!

Can't see the pictures but , yeah, nice story.

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Auburnseeker,

 

Found this this summer.  Garage find but very neglected, 39 Super convt.  Off road for 10 years.  Of course it came home with me.  attachicon.gifBuick pics 004.JPGattachicon.gifBuick pics 013.JPGattachicon.gifBuick pics 016.JPGattachicon.gifBuick pics 017.JPG

The '39 Buick lineup had no "Super".  just the 40 series Special, 60 Century, 80 Roadmaster, and 90 Limited.  And to dispel confusion, the Roadmaster became identified as the 70 series the next year. 
Maybe you mean it's a super car, to which I agree, '39 is a Buick year commanding a soft spot in my heart. 

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Found but didn't buy a Triumph TR3 that was in a cow barn. Somehow the door had been left open with the top down and a cow had apparently climbed inside and sat down on the trunk area with the expected result.

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Found but didn't buy a Triumph TR3 that was in a cow barn. Somehow the door had been left open with the top down and a cow had apparently climbed inside and sat down on the trunk area with the expected result.

LOL I have image of the scene.

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1954 Corvette/Corvair

 

Never seen that before. I really like it.

Me too.

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In August 2015 I bought a 1964 Vespa scooter that was last inspected and registered in 1967.  

 

A woman in my wife's yoga class had it and knew we had a 2013 Vespa and several antique cars.  She only wanted to sell it to us since she knew us and knew the scooter would be going to a good home.  When I went to look at it she had just taken it out of her garage for the first time since 1967.  She also told use she finally decided to sell it since it was her husbands and he had died. The scooter was covered with dirt and mildew on the paint, and looked like it would need restored.  The scooter only has 1761 original miles on the odometer.

 

When we closed the deal and transferred the title, we found out he had died over 45 years ago.  

 

It took two days to totally clean it up and at that point I determined it did not need restored, but just a good cleaning.  The gas tank needed cleaned out, a few pieces of chrome polished, and several rubber parts replaced.  Since it had numerous spots of mildew on the paint, I wiped it down with acetone and then polished the painted areas.  This scooter now looks almost new.  I only need some touch up paint for few ding and a new fender crest for the front fender.

 

 Here are two photos.  Before and after cleaning.

 

 

 

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I have that same scooter! 1964 Vespa VNB 125cc. Got it for FREE about 15 years ago. My boss owned it and I had helped him get it running. He let it sit in his garage after I got it running and did nothing more with it. One night his wife put it out for the trash as she was tired of him not using it and taking up space in the garage. He called and told me to get it before the trash men did! I brought it home, cleaned it up and got it running. Nice little bike!

Terry

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