Auctioneer Finds 5 Rare, Pre-War Cars Perfectly Preserved In A Texas Barn

Jan 19, 2016 By Archit Tripathi

Some people have all the luck. Personally, I have decent luck with certain situations but when it comes to a random burst of good fortune (especially one that results in a financial windfall), I tend to not get very far. Every time I hear the story of someone casually stumbling upon something worth a small fortune, it makes me jealous. The story from this video? I was positively green.

Antonio Brunet, chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auctions in Austin, Texas, says he has found the “Holy Grail" for car enthusiasts. Five pre-war automobiles and a trailer were stored in a Texas barn for more than 40 years, untouched and covered in dust. The collection includes a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Victoria Convertible (the rarest in the collection), 1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe, 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limousine, 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L, 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster/Sedan Tonneau and a 1937 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer, which has only been used twice in eight decades. Estimates as to the total value of the collection are in the $700,000 range.

Despite the fact that the barn was only a few miles away from his office all this time, Antonio didn't learn about the collection inside until much more recently. The original owner was a man named Jack, who moved to Texas back in 1972. He had always intended to repair and restore the cars in the collection at some point, but never found the time.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Trending Today: