27 August 2012

Video: Carini On Cars: Preservation and Barn Find Cars

Wayne Carini, host of "Chasing Classic Cars," and McKeel Hagerty debate the pros and cons of preservation cars vs. barn finds. The two examples in this video are a Jaguar E-Type and a Buick Super.

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5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Alex Ruyg Lake havasu City AZ 86404 April 13, 2016 at 23:50
    I really enjoyed the discussion with Wayne Carrini and McKeel hagerty, about preservation class and Barn find cars. I actually have a barn find , that really came out of a barn in North Dakota in January of 2015. The car belonged to a farmer that had it as a high school car, in 1962, and drove it t his drivers test when he was 14. the car was finally parked and was last driven to his 25th high school reunion in1991. The car has 67,000 actual miles on the odometer. It sat for 24 years when i found it. i have always loved the 52-55 Lincoln Capri's because of their racing heritage at the La Carrera Panamericana. My barn find is a 1953 Lincoln Capri , 2 door hardtop red body and black top. The car has the original paint , leather interior ( black and Red leather ) original carpet, the only thing not original is the electric fuel pump, everything is as it came from the factory ( even the original spare tire ) The car needed a good cleaning and , fuel system , exhaust system , brake system rebuilt. the car drives like a dream, even the engine has the factory spec compression, and the transmission had the original whale oil still in it. Thanks for your time Alex Ruyg
  • 2
    Paul R Opezzo FL January 4, 2017 at 17:23
    I've watched Wayne Carini's shows for years. Any chance of doing a segment on Auburn IN showroom and factory for Cord, Auburn and Doozie?
  • 3
    Paul CA January 5, 2017 at 12:34
    I agree with Wayne and McKeel (Mostly McKeel). I have a preservation car from the late 20's, and a similar car that has been restored. The preservation car drives so much nicer than the restored car. No matter how many times I replace bushings, rebuild the steering box, adjust links, etc., the restored car never will feel as 'tight' as the preserved car. The real struggle comes from what Wayne said about not letting a car just sit. So, how often do you drive it to keep it from deterioration? How far? Should you use it like it has been used all its life until now? Should you use it less (since Hagerty doesn't allow for daily use)? It's a really difficult question to answer. I suppose the answer lies somewhere in between "parade use" and "daily driver". Oh, and it was very nice to meet Wayne at the 2016 Ironstone Concours. Nice guy.
  • 4
    Carlton G Sloan Reno, Nv March 2, 2017 at 00:19
    I had a barn find 1966 Ford Galaxy 500. The thing showed 13,000 miles.I had some work done, tires, brakes and for some reason a portion of the frame behind the front wheels. Minnesota does strange things to cars. I did compound and then polish the paint, no touch up needed. After all that it was a pleasure to drive, short or long haul. Some days I still miss that car.
  • 5
    Duane Grady Toronto June 7, 2017 at 21:57
    I love preservation cars and currently own two of them. A 97 point 1962 MK 10 1st place championship preservation car, and a 1949 Daimler Barker Special Sports that had never during it's entire life been off the road or out of service. I am Leary of the craziness that "barn find" cars can cause. I essentially agree with the conclusion of this video. I would examine carefully and decide what if anything about this Buick is historically significant and likely go Wayne's route. I am also a certified concours Judge and let me say, the preservation class has a few bugs to work out. So cheers!

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