Massive Barn Collection Discovered After Probate Sale, 1963 Ford Falcon Included

1963 Falcon found in a barn 6 photos
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Barn finds are the best finds, but someone on Craigslist has pushed the whole concept to a completely new level.
They discovered a collection of 18 classic cars sitting for over 30 years. The cars were part of a probate sale and come in a rough shape, though depending on how lucky you are, they could still allow for a full restoration.

The list includes several rare models, including a 1959 Nash Metropolitan, last registered in 1974, two MG models, three Fords, a FIAT Type 124, and a 1965 Jaguar that hasn't been on the road since 1988.

Despite the rough shape, a 1963 Ford Falcon seems to catch everybody's attention. The car looks like it's been in storage for over 30 years, exhibiting the typical problems for vehicles sitting for so long. The body looks rough, but the only way to determine its shape accurately is to remove it from storage, wash it well, and inspect every inch of metal closely.

The body seems to come with occasional rust on the surface, and I expect heavy damage on the floors and in the trunk. The cabin looks awfully dirty, and the seats are likely wrecked. It's hard to tell if the Falcon is still complete, but none of the cars in the collection are believed to have served as donors for other projects.

The 4-door Falcon comes with an engine that's as mysterious as possible. The owner says its condition is unknown, as they haven't tried to look at what's under the hood, so it's safe to assume the engine could be seized from sitting.

The Falcon tries to entice buyers to give it a second chance with a very low selling price, as otherwise, all the important tidbits are missing. Collectors would happily purchase an all-original, complete, and unrestored project, even in a rough shape, as long as they can bring it back to a tip-top shape without losing the original magic. However, this Falcon leaves all these questions without an answer, so the only option for someone interested in a purchase is to go see the entire collection in person.

The Falcon is ready to go for $1,400, which makes sense, considering its shape. The entire collection can be found close to San Diego, and you'll need a trailer to take any of these cars home. They haven't been on the road in 30 years, so it's safe to assume they're not road-worthy. The newest model in the lineup is a 2001 Ford F-350 that was last registered in December 2020 but exhibits heavy damage. It can be yours for $1,700, though you'll have to inspect its condition in person, as the seller did not share any photos with the vehicle.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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