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Publisher Comments:

“Tom Cotter tells fascinating tales of dream cars discovered everywhere . . . the stuff of every enthusiast’s fantasy.” — Road & Track

 

 

Yes, the dream really does come true. Finding a great classic car hidden under a tarp in some great-granny’s garage is not a myth, as author Tom Cotter proves again with his follow-up to The Cobra in the Barn. With nearly forty more stories of cars long lost and eventually found, The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology continues the search for amazing barn finds, detailing every tip and hunch followed along the way.

 

Some of the treasures found include a rare, unrestored Duesenberg that Jay Leno discovered in a Burbank garage, another Duesie long abandoned in a New York City parking garage, as well as a Plymouth Superbird hidden in an Alabama hedge. And there’s the story of the original Cobra Daytona Coupe built by Peter Brock and sold to Phil Spector—a story that somehow involves a divorcée setting herself and her rabbits on fire. As entertaining as these tales are, they’re also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions for your next barn-finding adventure. Time to stop dreaming and start hunting.

Synopsis:

“Every car enthusiast dreams about finding an old car in a barn. I’ve been lucky to find a few cars that way, and two of those stories are in this book. Sometimes ‘barn finds’ are valuable; sometimes they’re not. But they’re usually great stories. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.” - Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show
 
“Tom Cotter’s sequel to the best-selling The Cobra in the Barn relays one great tale after another, with players unearthing rare cars to die for. The treasures include an armored Mercedes-Benz Aktion P command car discovered in pieces in Russia, a desirable Dodge Daytona Hemi virtually abandoned behind bushes in a guy’s yard, a bushel of Bugattis in a barn, the ‘Divorcee Cobra,’ and a GTO owned by a mobster. These are great stories about great cars.” - Edmunds.com
 
“The book is highly entertaining, often exciting and should hold universal appeal for all car enthusiasts.” - Hemmings Muscle Machines

Synopsis:

It’s every car lover’s fantasy: the perfectly preserved classic automobile discovered under a blanket in some great-granny’s garage. And as author Tom Cotter has discovered time and again, it’s a fantasy that can come true. The Hemi in the Barn offers more than forty stories of amazing finds and automotive resurrections. Avid collectors big and small recall the thrills of the hunt, the tips and hunches followed, clues pursued, the heart-stopping payoff. There’s the forgotten Duesenberg—probably one of the last unrestored ones around—that Jay Leno found in a Burbank garage. Unbelievably, Leno found another Duesenberg in a parking garage in New York City—a car that was parked in 1933 and never moved. There’s a Plymouth Superbird found buried in a hedge in Alabama. There’s the rescue of the first 1955 Corvette ever built. As entertaining as these tales are, they’re also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions for readers setting off on their own adventures in automotive archaeology.

About the Author

Tom Cotter writes regularly for Road & Track and has a deep-seated love for automotive rescue. One of his best-known saves, a neglected Shelby Cobra, was chronicled by Peter Egan in Road & Track. Tom has been in and around cars all of his life and built up one of the most successful PR agencies in motorsports, with a client list that included Lowe’s, McDonalds, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, BMW, John Deere, UPS, General Foods, Sears, and Speed. Cotter resides in Davidson, North Carolina, with his family and a garage full of collector cars.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

                 

Foreword by Jay Leno

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

One         Exotic Destinations

The Baltic Bulletproof Aktion P

The Costa Rican Alfa Romeo

Drag Comet in Paradise

A Crusade to Brooklyn

The Incredible Disappearing Chevelle

 

Two        The Find Next Door

They’re Under Your Nose

A Cunningham in the Neighborhood

The Divorcee Cobra

Officer Barn Find

The Author’s Barn Finds

 

Three      Rare Finds

The Superbird in the Bushes

The First ’55 Vette

The Pinto with a Pedigree

Rescuing a Red Farmer Rust Bucket

A Checkered Past               

Smokey and the Boss

High-Tech Barn Finder

Leno’s Duesies

 

Four        Stranger Than Fiction

The Mob GTO

The Rewards of Persistence

Barn-Find Bandits

The Star-Crossed Flaming Rabbit Daytona Coupe

The Watermelon Man and the Cobra

 

Five        The Luck of the Car Hunters

Between the Devin and the Deep Blue Sea

This Triumph Was Almost Overlooked

The Greatest Barn Find Story Ever Told

High School Hot Rod

A Nose for Rare Vettes

 

Six           Family Jewels

Help Stamp Out Hot Rods!

Finding a Friend’s Old Hot Rod

Honoring a Pact

Father Knows Best

The Winemaker’s Bora

My Iso Grifo                                                                                        

 

Seven     Playboys, Princesses, and Spies

An AMX Fit for a Playmate

The Princess Jaguar SS1

The MG in the Coffin

The Robber Baron’s Bugatti Boondoggle

Ginger’s Hemi in the Barn

 

 

Appendix               Top 20 Barn-Finding Tips

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760342985
Author:
Cotter, Tom
Publisher:
Motorbooks International
Author:
Leno, Jay
Subject:
Automotive - Domestic - History
Subject:
Automotive - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First, reissue of Hardcover
Series:
In the Barn
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
104 color and 31 b/w photos
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
“Every car enthusiast dreams about finding an old car in a barn. I’ve been lucky to find a few cars that way, and two of those stories are in this book. Sometimes ‘barn finds’ are valuable; sometimes they’re not. But they’re usually great stories. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.” - Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show
 
“Tom Cotter’s sequel to the best-selling The Cobra in the Barn relays one great tale after another, with players unearthing rare cars to die for. The treasures include an armored Mercedes-Benz Aktion P command car discovered in pieces in Russia, a desirable Dodge Daytona Hemi virtually abandoned behind bushes in a guy’s yard, a bushel of Bugattis in a barn, the ‘Divorcee Cobra,’ and a GTO owned by a mobster. These are great stories about great cars.” - Edmunds.com
 
“The book is highly entertaining, often exciting and should hold universal appeal for all car enthusiasts.” - Hemmings Muscle Machines
"Synopsis" by ,
It’s every car lover’s fantasy: the perfectly preserved classic automobile discovered under a blanket in some great-granny’s garage. And as author Tom Cotter has discovered time and again, it’s a fantasy that can come true. The Hemi in the Barn offers more than forty stories of amazing finds and automotive resurrections. Avid collectors big and small recall the thrills of the hunt, the tips and hunches followed, clues pursued, the heart-stopping payoff. There’s the forgotten Duesenberg—probably one of the last unrestored ones around—that Jay Leno found in a Burbank garage. Unbelievably, Leno found another Duesenberg in a parking garage in New York City—a car that was parked in 1933 and never moved. There’s a Plymouth Superbird found buried in a hedge in Alabama. There’s the rescue of the first 1955 Corvette ever built. As entertaining as these tales are, they’re also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions for readers setting off on their own adventures in automotive archaeology.
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