Hidden Treasure in a Portugal Barn

In Amazing, Bric-a-brac on November 5, 2008 at 4:56 am

A Dream Comes True

A couple of New Yorkers decided to invest their retirement money to buy a house and a few acres of land in Portugal. The modest farmhouse had been vacant for 15 years; the owner and wife both had died, and there were no heirs. The house was sold to pay taxes.

There had been several lookers, but the large barn had steel doors, and they had been welded shut. Nobody wanted to go to the extra expense to see what was in the barn, and it wasn’t complimentary to the property anyway… so, nobody made an offer on the place.

The couple bought it at just over half of the property’s worth; moved in, and set about to tear in to the barn – curiosity was killing him. So, he and his wife bought a generator and a couple of grinders… and cut through the welds.

What was in the barn? Don’t miss it!

As soon as the welded door opened, they were amazed that inside, there were hundreds of vintage automobiles from certain periods of time. Apparently the previous owner was an automobile collector who stored his collections inside the welded barn.

Opels & American barges.

Fiat Cabriolet (1200 or 1500), Ford Cortina MKII, Mercedes Benz 180/190.

Pre-war stuff, 1970’s American barges, who knows?

Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan FHC, Opel GT, Alfa Bertone.

Lotus Super Seven Series IV and Lotus Elan.

Opel GT, Lotus Elan FHC, Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan DHC.

BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.

BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.

Steyr Puch, Austin Healey Sprite MkII.

Abarth 1300 Scorpione.

Lancia Appia.

Definitely American.

Lancia Aurelia.

Porsche 356.

I wish I could tell you what cars these are….

Pre-war Austin, Alfa Giulia, BMW 501 V8.

Fiat 508 Balilla Sport, Austin Cooper and MG Magnette.

American, 1920’s.

American, 1920’s.

Alfa Giulia SS.

Alfa Giulietta, Lotus Europa, another Lotus Elan FHC, Matra Djet

Austin Cooper

Austin Cooper

Elan +2, DKW 1000 SP

Datsun Z

Alfasud 1.5, Mercedes, Chevy Master.

Mini, Alfa 1900 Super Sprint, Balilla.

Interior of Porsche 356.

Lancia Aurelia B20 2+2.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo interior

Simca Coupé De Ville.

American (inspired) design.

Fiat Topolino II, Triumph TR4, Peugeot 202.

Bristol 404 Saloon, Lancia Flaminia Coupé.
I guess, not only did the couple earn the money they used for both the building and some acres of land, they also got lucky for finding such treasure…


  1. Good compilation:)

  2. Thank you, sir…hoping to post more interesting posts 🙂

  3. Does anyone know whatever happened to these cars? Did they go up for sale, restored, still in the barn?

  4. Todavia pasan cosas increibles, en realidad mi sueño es tener un clásico de epoca, cuando apenas puedo mantener un peugeot 404 ´73 medio desarmado. Se imaginan abrir un galpón y escontrarse todas esas reliquias, me quedo a vivir con todos los fierros. Salutti a tutti

  5. O~M~G~!!!!

    These cars can build a museum~!~!!!!!
    I just wish i could buy one of these~~!!!
    this couple is soooooooooo lucky><

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