Barn finds

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Nuno Granja
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Thanks for the info Chris,

The car belongs to the owner of a scrapyard who sell me a few spares for mi Scirocco, and last friday I was there to get info about a an Audi C3 with a 5 cil. petrol engine also a  very rare car over here (the high import taxs, avoid us to get a similar car from europe)

But the chances of this Merc are no good, as it is in very poor state, even if the onwer is a Mercedes fan, he uses a w123 as daily driver and said to me that he is thinking about prserve it...

 

I will be back to see if ther is a plate or other info about the car origin.

 

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Fresh catch

An Opel light truck in a barn by the Douro River (Oporto area).

Opel stop sellimg trucks long time agor but by the numbers of abandoned vehicles that stills around, they must be very popular back then.

Sadly I never had seen one restored.

 

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My last barn found, stored for 27 years.

I think one year rebuild time. (I hope :-))

1963 Austin 1100
1970 Austin 1800S
1970 Austin Max
1970 Austin 1300
1970 Morris 1300
1973 Jaguar XJ6
1975 Austin Allegro
1983 MG Metro
1985 MG Metro Turbo
1987 Austin Metro Auto
1988 Austin Montego
1988 Austin Metro 1.0
1989 Austin Metro 1.0

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Fresh catch,

 

Two classics with diferent fates, spotted at my paintshop during a recent visit to set up a budget for my C3.

A VW type 2 Split, brought on the web but someone hit by the "I love the bus fever" (very commun these days). When he faces the reality he give up, and probably gona try to sell some parts and scrap the remains..

 

And a Plymouth in a  better state, waiting for hist turn to be restored...

 

nuno granja

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Those old Kombis are selling for big prices here in Australia too, but too many have become victims of their own cult status.  See, for a long time now they were the number one choice of wheels for surfers, and consequently many have spent years parked at the beach.  The salty air takes it's toll and now there are many abandoned like the one in Nuno's photo, too far gone to restore.  Now the comparatively rare survivors are good investments, early split-windows now regularly get close to $50,000.

Chris M.

 

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(not so...) Fresh Catch,

One year ago I spotetd an Wolsley Hornet in a farm, during a  friend's birthday party.The  car belongs to my friend's grand father and he intends do restore it, but in my opinion  the car had passed the non return point long time ago.

Well, last week-end another birthday party at the same farm and the Hornet stills there, this time surronded by a lot of stuff... and I make no questions

 

 

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Barely even a barn find this one; but as Nuno posted a Moke a week or so back I thought I had better nip down the road and photograph this one before it completely disappeared.  Rotten as can be, and I don't know where the rest of it went, or indeed, why it is still there, but this has been parked outside this garage for the last ten years that I know of.

Why?

Who knows, art maybe?

And what are those two old axle case halves?

As I said, not much of a 'Find' and it has been living outside the 'Barn' for some time too.

Chris M.

 

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Fresh catch,

 

Some snaps from taken during the (offline) holidays in the midle of portuguse countryside.

At the backyard of a workshop where they  run the official Rally Clio Program under Renault license. The owner is a classic car enthusiast.

A Toyota Celica TA. This car is a donor for a restored one witch is in another workshop from the same owner in a town few miles away..

 

At the same backyard., a Renault 16TS waiting for is turn....

 

Another donor car....

This one is bought to provide parts to another "find" from the same workshop but suitable for another topic...

As it is in a good condition probably it wil survive...

 

 

nuno granja

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Fresh catch

Same area, a few miles away a Mercedes w115 on "retirement" mode...

 

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Chris Martin
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Just a 'Pedant Of The Month' type note, but from memory most of those Mercedes I saw in Portugal were W115 models.  These were the four cylinder and diesel variants which were much more popular than the six-cylinder W114 models.

Still,  a nice car though and worth restoring if the floor hasn't rusted out.

Chris M.