There’s just something dreamy about barn finds. They represent the dream of discovery, the idea of affordably buying a valuable car and the prospect of reviving an old vehicle with your own hands, mind and checkbook. Unrestored-original barn finds often retain the workmanship of the first hands to bolt on the fenders at the Hamtramck Assembly line, that torqued the head bolts in Kenosha or applied the Yenko stripes in Canonsburg. Studying Mother Nature’s touch to a barn find’s weathered surfaces is a study in art itself; many enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike have found themselves gazing at patterns of surface rust, bubbled paint and split vinyl on a dilapidated old car.
All of that and more is why the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals’ (MCACN) “Barn Finds & Hidden Gems” display is so popular year after year with crowds around each car, studying their flaws and features while dreaming.
This year, there were more than a dozen muscle cars in the MCACN Barn Finds & Hidden Gems display. The incredible assembly of muscle cars “in repose” was staggering and proved they’re still out there, waiting to be discovered, and with that, leaving spectators to dream about finding their own barn find one day.
The following shows most of those “barn finds” and uncovered “hidden gems” displayed at this year’s MCACN.
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