North Carolina contractor stumbles upon hidden hoard of pre-war metal
When he was hired to demolish an old building and clear out a property in North Carolina, contractor David Mount surely didn’t know he’d stumble across a treasure trove of 1930s cars. Mount’s daughter, not quite driving age herself, spotted the first car, which was stored inside in a basement garage before the ceiling gave way. The only thing visible was a bit of grille and a pair of headlights under a pile of debris. It was unearthed to reveal that it was a remarkably intact 1933 Plymouth roadster, complete with its signature suicide doors.
Mount turned to the Facebook group “1920s antique automobile, brass era cars, orphan makes” for help in identifying his more peculiar and customized finds.
As the father and daughter explored the property, a total of 10 cars and trucks turned up, including a mystery roadster built on a ‘30s Ford chassis powered by a Flathead V-8. It had become one with a tangle of brush and appeared to have been cobbled together using a grille cowl and hood sides from multiple vehicles. Not far away was a 1939 Chevy Master Deluxe sedan. According to Mount, some cars are too far gone while others are worth salvaging.
Thanks to the power of social media, at least one person has stepped up offering some history on the custom, Flathead-powered speedster.
The new property owner didn’t have any interest in the vehicles and just wanted the property cleared for fresh construction, so Mount has claimed them, moving a few out of the elements and into his garage. So far there aren’t any plan to sell any of the cars, but you can bet he’s been asked. Mount’s daughter has her eyes on the Plymouth roadster, and there’s been some bench racing on how the speedster might look in new race livery. If you recognize the two oddball speedsters drop a line in the Facebook group conversation and help get this mystery solved.
UPDATE: A previous version of this story indicated that there was a car being given away for free, which is not the case.