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The CRAZIEST Barn Finds EVER | WheelHouse


– There are tons of valuable
cars rotting away in barns, waiting for you to discover them. That’s right. Today we’re talking barn finds. (upbeat music) A huge thank to our
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on your iPhone or Android, and it takes like two minutes to set up. So set up your account with Current today and get paid faster. A barn find is when someone
uncovers an old, dusty car in a forgotten garage, or
even buried under ground. You might know the term
from playing Forza Horizon, which honestly, barn finds are probably
the best part of that game. I’m not gonna lie, I
get a little too excited knowing that I could just
stumble across an old car, like a Mercedes SL300 in an old garage, which is exactly what happened in Jacksonville, Florida of all places. (fun hip-hop music) This classic Benz was found in 2018, after sitting dormant for almost 50 years. It’s in pretty good condition, considering how humid Florida is. Just breathing in Florida
is a chore for me. I don’t do well in the humidity. It’s very hot, by the way. I’m sweaty, just sweaty right now. This particular Gullwing
they found is very special because it’s the 43rd
SL300 that Mercedes made in a production run of
only 1400 total car. It has a bunch of prototype-like features. Gooseneck shifter, those only
made it in the first 50 cars, bolted on eyebrows on the fenders, and these corn-looking
things on the bumper that didn’t make it onto
the later production models. The odometer read just over 35,000 miles. So someone obviously
enjoyed this beautiful car for a little while
before they abandoned it. The original owner was a lawyer that bought it back in 1957 and raced it. Then he sold it to his
mechanic, who raced it as well, before selling it to a Navy pilot. This pilot wanted to repaint the car and somewhere in the process
of stripping it down, something went wrong and
it was never finished. A newspaper found in the
backseat is from 1965, which is likely the last
year this SL300 was driven. Luckily, the car was found just last year and bought for just
over a million dollars. It made its way back to Stuttgart, Germany and was cleaned up by Mechatronik, just feet where it was
produced 64 years ago. It’s truly amazing. (cool rock music) In a Hilton parking
garage in Athens, Greece, a custom, metallic brown Lamborghini Miura was found slowly decaying. It had been gifted to rally driver and Greek Elvis (Chuckles),
Stamatis Kokotas. The Lamborghini had some cool mods that were necessary for rally driving, like bolted on fog lights
and engraved alloy air vents, and a passenger grab handle
for those oh, (beep) moments. Kokotas drive the hell out of this Miura, and when it fell into disrepair,
I guess he forgot about it in a hotel parking lot for 40 years. You’ve probably all heard by
now about this Portuguese barn with a bunch of classic cars in it, right? The story goes that a retired New Yorker bought property in Portugal, only to discover a building
with its doors welded shut. Him and his wife bring a grinder over and cut the doors open to
reveal over 200 rare and unique cars caked in dust. It’s pretty amazing, right? Lucky ass dude. Well, it’s not all true. The barn is there in Portugal, and it is filled with rare cars, but there is no retired New
Yorker and his pretty wife, and they didn’t just stumble
across this treasure trove. The owner of the building
is a Portuguese car dealer that collected some of the
more interested vehicles that came through his lot
during the 70s and 80s. When it became full, he
soldered the doors shut. Kind of weird. The doors were only opened one time, for a photographer to come in
and document the entire lot. He counted 180 cars total. Cars like the Abarth
Scorpion, a rare Alfa Romeo, some BMWs, a Lotus
Europa, and a Ford Taunus. Pretty cool. Don’t get your hopes up though, because none of these cars are for sale, and the photographer was sworn to secrecy to the location of the warehouse. I’ll take that BMW 2002 off your hands. In 2009, a Ford RS200 with
a thousand miles on it, an unregistered Mercedes
190E Cosworth Evo, and two E30 M3’s, with a combined 94 miles
on their odometers, were bought from a British man who had purchased them for his boys, that never drove them (sighs heavily). (hardcore rock music) Who are these kids? I’m gonna drive the (beep)
out of those things. “Oh, look at me. “Oh, oh, thanks, Dad, yeah. “E30, nice. I’m playing Fortnite.” While we’re on the subject
of BMW, this 1981 BMW M1 was found in a garage in Southern Italy with only 4500 miles on it, despite it never being registered. That’s weird. It had been collecting
dust for over 30 years. These cars were special. BMW only made 453 M1s
between 1978 and ’81. This one was lovingly
restored by a company called Mint Classics, and sold
in 2016 for (clears throat), a million dollars. This next barn find wasn’t
in a barn at all (laughs), but buried underground in
a Los Angeles neighborhood. (classic jazz music)
(car accelerating) In 1974, a plumber in the
Los Angeles area bought a Pininfarina-designed Dino
246 GTS for his wife. Lucky lady. And she drives it around for a week before it gets mysteriously stolen. The car was never found and the plumber got full
compensation for the stolen vehicle from his insurance company. Pretty cool, right? Then, four years later, some kids are digging in
the backyard of their house. They discovered the car. The cops are called in and
start digging the Dino up. The lead detective was worried that there might have been a body in the car, but was pleasantly surprised to find that A, there was no dead body, and B, whoever buried the sports car had painstakingly padded the interior with towels around the seams to sop up any moisture
that got in the cabin. Pretty thoughtful, right? The outside, unfortunately,
did not fare as well. The moisture had pockmarked the
entire body with white spots and rust had pretty much eaten
through the metal everywhere. It was in really bad shape. The story gets weirder though, because it came out that no children had ever been digging in the yard, and that story was made-up
to protect an informant. What really happened was the plumber hired some
goons to steal the car for the insurance claim, and
they were supposed to scrap it. But the goons, they fell in
love with the Italian Stallion and decided to bury it
instead, to dig it up later. But they forgot where they buried it. Same year the car was dug
up, a man named Brad Howard, bought the rusted heap and began restoring it to its full beauty. He repainted it a dark green, and now the license plate reads, “Dug Up.” And you can still see
Brad driving the Dino around Southern California car meets. I personally haven’t seen it yet, but now that I know this,
gonna be on the lookout. One of the craziest barn find stories ever also took place in SoCal, involving one of the most coveted and most famous race cars in history. This one is insane. (big band music) Shelby only built six
Daytona Coupes in England, and only five of them
were known to survive. The whereabouts of the
sixth car remained a mystery until October of 2000, when a woman name Donna
O’Hara lit herself on fire. I’ll explain that part in a second. Locked away in her storage space was the missing Daytona Coupe. Not only was it one of the original six, but it was the first. People caught wind of the lost
Cobra, but she wouldn’t sell. She wouldn’t even let people look at it, including the man whose name
was on the car, Carroll Shelby. That’s crazy. The coupe retired from racing in 1965, and Shelby sold it to
a guy for 4500 bucks. Apparently it was so loud
that the guy needed to weld eight Smithy mufflers to it to make it quiet enough
to drive on the street. That’s awesome. Respect to Carroll Shelby. A year later it was sold to none other than record
producer Phil Spector. The Daytona had some pretty
insane stuff painted on the side like “Winner 33 Grand Prix”
and “Land speed record 227,” which were ludicrously false claims. Like, why couldn’t you just
put the real accomplishments on the side of the car? I mean, why even put
things on the side at all? The race car was a total
cop magnet, obviously, and Spector later sold it to
the manager of his mansion, and father of Donna O’Hara. Donna agreed to store the car for her dad. After she passed away,
her mother sold the car to a British Shelby enthusiast
for a cool $3 million, who then flipped it for $4 million. Takes money to make money,
that’s business 101. That’s all for now. Go say hi to your grandpa
and tell him you love him. And before we end this episode, don’t forget to take
advantage of Current’s free mobile banking app. Thank you, Current, for
sponsoring the episode. And while you’re at it,
take a peak in his garage, because you just might come across the next million dollar barn find. My grandpa had a Caprice in his garage. I don’t think that’d be
worth a million dollars. – [Camera Man] What you got there, Nolan? – I got my rug here. Now I own two rugs. I’m a man with two rugs and silverware.

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