He was hesitant. When you own 170 vehicles and they’re stashed bumper to bumper in a secret location that folks in the U.K. might recognize, you’re not exactly thrilled to hear that Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter has flown 3500 miles to reveal them to the world.

Still, Mr. Brit relented. Maybe it’s Tom’s honest face. Or his background in public relations. Or the friends who vouched for his character. In the end, he made a whole lot of promises that he and our film crew vowed to keep, and before we knew it, we were on our way to a remote British farm.

The rules of engagement were straightforward. Can’t reveal the owner’s name. Can’t show his face. Can’t mention what he does for a living. Can’t reveal the name of the city or the area in which he lives. Can’t show the exterior of the buildings or the surroundings—not even the farm animals nearby. Short of having pillowcases pulled over our heads and being driven to the location in the back seat of a black SUV, this is about as clandestine an operation as Barn Find Hunter could possibly execute. And it was worth every accommodation.

Upon our arrival, Mr. Brit brews us some tea and offers some insight into the mass of metal that we’re about to see. Clearly, the cars and trucks mean a lot to him. “If you said, ‘Sell everything and keep one,’ I couldn’t do it,” he says. “I couldn’t even sell everything and keep only 10.

“Don’t even ask to buy anything. It won’t work; people have tried. I don’t sell anything; I just keep buying. To be honest, I’ve slowed down a bit, but I haven’t stopped. I can’t stop. When I see something unusual, I have to buy it. It’s an obsession—a constant obsession.”

Today’s episode, which caps Tom’s weeklong search for automotive treasure in the U.K., never would have happened had it not been for “Vernon from Charlotte.” Vernon is friends with both Tom and Mr. Brit, and he thought bringing the two together might be worthy of a Barn Find Hunter segment. He’s a savvy matchmaker.

Vernon had already planned a trip to the U.K in mid-February, back before the pandemic halted international travel, and he volunteered to fly to Great Britain a day early to meet us and serve as a go-between—an on-camera interpreter of sorts, guiding us through the dozen or so barns and buildings that house Mr. Brit’s massive collection.

Although there is a smattering of cars outside, Tom applauds Mr. Brit’s resolve to protect most of his vehicles from the elements. “This is a preservation effort,” Tom says as we enter the first building, “as opposed to a deterioration effort.” Off camera, Mr. Brit says, “I’ve heard of another guy in the U.K. who has 200 cars, but they’re all outside. I couldn’t do that.”

We’ve seen plenty of American cars on this trip, and there are more here too, including a gorgeous 1956 Pontiac Star Chief, but Mr. Brit’s love for ordinary British models is evident. We begin by making our way through a maze of them, starting with a Standard-Triumph and moving on to a Ford Anglia, a Triumph Herald, and an Atlas cabover pickup with a new Mini body perched in back. Tom spots a late-1950s Fairthorpe Electron, a fiberglass two-seater that came fully assembled or in kit form. The rare little roadster features a sharply swept windscreen, 1098-cc overhead-cam Coventry Climax engine, and—as Vernon points out—wooden floorboards.

“I’d like to see this car,” Tom says, “but it would probably take us four weeks to get it out of here.” That rouses a laugh from Mr. Brit, who says off camera, “We’ve had to play a bit of Jenga in here.”

Our discovery walk continues with a Ford Cortina Mk II 1600E, Vauxhall Firenza SL fastback,  Vauxhall Viva with 10,440 original miles, and a 1963 Austin Armored Security van—that’s Armoured Security, in the U.K.—described as “ax proof.” Tom demonstrates how the van’s fortified double doors work and says all of these vehicles were supposed to be destroyed after being decommissioned, making this, perhaps, the only survivor.

Upon seeing a 1969 Rover, Tom points out its aluminum-block V-8 engine. Originally built by Buick, the engine’s patent and tooling were sold to British Motor Company. “It started in a Skylark,” Tom says, “and ended up in Range Rovers, TR8s, TVRs, and MBG GTs.”

We check out an Austin A40 hot rod with a Fiat engine, a Humber Super Snipe, and a Morris Minor Traveler that requires Tom to use his best climbing skills. “All you guys sitting in your living room right now … remember I was doing this for you.”

And then more Vauxhalls—a Bedford Rover campermobile and a Viva in Brabham configuration, which pays homage to Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham. After seeing more cars too numerous to mention or to show on camera, Tom completes his tour of Mr. Brit’s collection by checking out a turbo-charged Ferguson tractor. Vernon says it “would probably pull these buildings down,” but we wouldn’t want that, not after the amazing day we’ve had.

“We want to thank Vernon, and we want to thank the owner, who’s standing right over there,” Tom says, pointing off camera. “I can’t reveal who he is, but he’s a really good guy. He knows these cars, and he loves these cars … That’s pretty cool.”

Cool doesn’t even begin to describe it.

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Being a racer himself, Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter will always make a detour to talk race cars—even if the vehicle is one enthusiasts like to make jokes about. Despite the cracks, the Ford Pinto is a chassis that racers have loved for decades across motorsports. The last time Barn Find Hunter took a trip to Florida, Tom took a trip just south of Jacksonville to visit a shop chock full of unlikely vintage speed.

Tom has some experience of his own racing a Pinto and he admits that he is a big fan of the vintage economy car. When he was wheeling one, he bought a lot of his parts from a guy by the name of Racer Walsh. Now Tom is closing the loop a bit by visiting the shop of Racer Walsh’s son, Brian. The purple-and-gold two-door was raced by the elder Walsh for years before being sold. Years later, the car was rediscovered and Brian spent time prepping its return to the track. After his father passed, Brian mounted a small billet urn to the roll cage. In a way, his father is still turning laps in the Pinto.

The rest of the cars in the shop are of relatively low dollar value, but they’re more than worth their metal in fascinating stories. Brian makes a point to try and save Pintos and other less-known racers, especially ones with good history. One of the best parts of the classic car hobby that there is seemingly something for everyone. It is fun to get excited about Cobras and Ferraris, but humble vehicles can be just as compelling and significant when a story is there. It just goes to show that just about everything is interesting if you dig deep enough. Tom is really good at digging, as we’ve seen, so be sure to subscribe to the Hagerty YouTube channel to receive notification with each video that goes live. You won’t want to miss out on whatever he finds next.

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Tom Cotter has a multitude of methods for finding cars, but the one that nets him the most interesting finds is simply asking anyone he talks to if they know of any old cars in the area. As he was roaming the northern Michigan countryside, Tom got a tip to go talk to Jeremy in Lake City. A short drive later–in his woody wagon, of course–and he was in a yard full of cars that beckoned exploration.

It’s a field full of ’60s muscle, and each car has its own weird tale. The first car Tom spots is a Chevy Nova sporting a standard small-block and orange paint, but its the factory sunroof that really sets it apart. It’s a 1973 model, one of just 3259 that were built with the sky roof option. Jeremy is using a fabric tonneau cover to keep rain and moisture out, and he says that even when they were new these Novas weren’t that water tight.

Another cool car on the property is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS. The ’64 is one of the most popular Impalas, and this one lacks its powertrain, but it would still be a great start if you’re looking for a project. Tom even thinks it might have a factory air conditioning, based on ducts he noticed under the the dashboard.

Of all the makes and models that Tom has found traversing the highways, AMC is the brand he tends to see the least. This particular trip, he lucks out and finds two in one place. The young owner was in the hunt for something to take off-roading with his friends and came across an AMC Eagle. The straight-six four-wheel drive is now on the receiving end of a front axle swap that will affix a Dana 30 for extra off-road capability.

With just a little time driving around rural Michigan, Tom was able to find some noteworthy vintage iron and hear the stories direct from the owners. Whether you’re looking for something to buy or just want to learn the history of that car you saw in the yard, now might be the time to strike up some conversation with the next car person you meet. You never know what you might find.

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Considering the way things were headed with jokester Bernie Chodosh leading the way, Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter should have known he’d eventually land in lockup. The good news is that “lockup” in the United Kingdom doesn’t refer to a jail cell but to a storage unit. Inside this little storage facility is a car you’ve already met, a 1956 Morris Minor 1000 convertible named Mable.

In our fifth installment documenting Tom’s week-long search for automotive treasures in Great Britain—pre-coronavirus—we return to awaken Mable from her two-decades-long slumber. (more…)

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The Barn Find Hunter’s six-episode trip to the UK has turned into Weekend at Bernie’s, only better. Our Bernie is livelier than the movie character—and that British accent and sense of humor are priceless. Tom Cotter can attest to that.

As we begin our fourth installment documenting Tom’s week-long search for automotive treasures on the other side of the Atlantic—back in the pre-coronavirus days—it’s raining. Again. Which is why, Tom explains, we’re checking out the cars in one of Bernie Chodosh’s barns.

“Let’s see what you got in here, old man,” Tom says. Bernie responds with something resembling English, and it deserves a bleep just to be safe. “Only joking,” he says with a laugh. (more…)

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Tom Cotter keeps talking about his friend Bernie, but in the previous two episodes of the Barn Find Hunter’s trip to the U.K. we’ve only gotten a brief glimpse of the witty Brit. That’s about to change.

In the third installment documenting Tom’s week-long search for automotive treasures on the other side of the Atlantic—back in the pre-coronavirus days—we’re properly introduced to Bernie and his sister, Valerie, who generally refers to him by his proper name, Bernard. “That’s Ber-nerd,” she says, correcting her new American friends, “not Ber-nard.”

You’ll have to wait just a bit longer for that. First up on this rainy English morning is Simon Lane, a friend of Bernie’s (isn’t everyone?), who stores a few of his vehicles in the back of a BMW repair shop located on a gorgeous horse farm near London.

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There’s horsepower everywhere at this London-area horse farm. Jeff Peek

Tom jokes that he’s traveled a long way just to see a lot of American cars. “We’re in the U.K.,” he says. “Where are the Lotuses?” (more…)

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After an unfortunate meeting with an unforgiving curb on Day 1, the Barn Find Hunter’s second day in the U.K. begins with an uneventful Uber ride for the support team and an amazing feel-good story that erases the sting of the previous day’s mishap.

First stop is the Watford home of Cliff Ryan, a racing friend of Tom Cotter’s who has graciously allowed Tom to drive his 1989 Jaguar XJR-S while he is in Great Britain. Cliff travels to the U.S. on occasion to race his classic Mustang—often against Tom’s 1964 Corvette—at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park.

“When you race against someone at 150 mph,” Tom says, “you get to know them pretty well without meeting them—as long as they don’t do anything wonky.” Then he takes a humorous jab at his old friend.

“Let me show you a photo of my Corvette leading Cliff’s Mustang.”

“Obviously,” Cliff says, “it’s a very rare photo.”

Our host explains that his XJR-S is an upgraded XJS produced by JaguarSport—a joint venture between Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and Jaguar—to commemorate Jaguar’s 1988 victory at Le Mans. We soon wander off to Cliff’s garage, which houses a racing version of the same Jag, as well as a V-8-powered 1976 Triumph Stag that he bought in ’83.

“My wife (Melanie) and I toured France in it on our first holiday together,” Cliff says. “It’s not going anywhere—ever.”

Cliff’s son Sam, one of the Ryans’ three adult children, interjects. “This will be my car (one day),” Sam says with a laugh. That may be true, but we’re here to talk about the car that Sam already owns, as well as the very special story behind it.

We’ll get back to that …

This episode of Barn Find Hunter also includes a stop at the Jaguar specialty shop owned by Gary Davis, a racing friend of Cliff’s. Of course, Jags are the backbone of Gary’s business, but his automotive versatility is on full display as we tour his property. First up is a 1962 MGB roadster that Gary says is “one of the oldest MGBs still racing.” The car’s current owner has raced the MG in Belgium’s Spa Six Hours “at least six times.” Gary adds that “as a mark of respect” for the late Rod Longston, who raced MGBs for 50 years and this one in particular for 30, “his name is still on the side of the car.”

Gary says he performs “mostly race prep, but restoration too,” and there are plenty of projects to choose from. There’s an E-Type here, a Jag MK9 there. Also among the dozens of cars scattered about are a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, 1981 Ford Cortina Mk5, and 1972 Ford Escort Mexico Mark I, which Cliff’s oldest son Daniel crashed in a race last autumn.

Then we come upon a royal find—and we do mean Royal—a 1991 Jaguar Sovereign V-12 (AKA Series 3) that was driven regularly by Queen Elizabeth in the early ’90s. The Jag, powered by a 5.3-liter engine, carries the insignia of R.A.K. & Sons, holder of a Royal Warrant as supplying dealer to the monarchy.

Cliff bought it more than 20 years ago, but it’s been off the road since 2004.

“It’ll take a little work to bring it back,” he tells me. “It came here for some body work, and I didn’t plan on letting it sit this long. But life happens. Other things get in the way.”

Do they ever. Which brings us back to Sam Ryan, proud owner of a 1957 Austin A35 that he has owned since 2007.

“Dad had a race car, which was an Austin A35, and … I was driving it around the driveway, and I just fell in love with it,” Sam says. Cliff surprised his son with an A35 of his own a short time later. “It didn’t look like this,” Sam says. “We brought it home, and unfortunately … I fell ill with a brain tumor—cancerous.” While in the hospital, Sam was put in contact with Rays of Sunshine, a charitable organization that grants wishes to children fighting cancer.

He could have met a celebrity or gone away on holiday, but at the top of Sam’s list was having his A35 restored. He says he doesn’t even remember his alternative choices. With the help of an anonymous benefactor, Sam’s wish was granted.

Asked whether his son is a chip off the old block, Cliff says, “Absolutely, in every way. He restores old furniture. He just likes old things.”

Sam adds, “It’s all about antiques and restoring them and sort of keeping the heritage.”

When Sam told Rays of Sunshine that he wanted to restore the Austin, the charity was willing to go all out. He says they asked if he was interested in sending the Austin to the American television show Pimp my Ride, “where they put speakers in the car and they put all this bling paint work on it and stripes down the side and God knows what. I said, ‘No, I don’t want that. (I want it) just exactly how it was originally.’ And they said, ‘Are you sure you don’t want speakers in the back or something like that? I said, ‘No, I don’t even want seatbelts. It didn’t come with seatbelts.’”

Cliff says his son has always had an appreciation for history. “We bought [the Austin] for him to restore, and he and a friend were restoring it in the garage when he was taken ill.”

Sam was 15 when his cancer was diagnosed, and with a tangerine-sized tumor in the motor sensory area of his brain, the outlook looked grim. “Every bad box was ticked,” Cliff remembers. “We were told there was nothing they could do outside of experimental surgery. The doctors (at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children) discussed it and asked if we could come down. A dozen of them were sitting there, and they said, ‘We’ve had a look and we want to try.’”

The surgeons were frank that the surgery could leave Sam paralyzed on one side of his body, but Sam was undaunted. “They took me into the room where they give you bad news, and they told me the risks,” he says. “I said, ‘I’m 15. You just gave me a positive path. I could come through this and be perfectly fine. So let’s do it.’”

When Sam awoke, “I could feel my fingers and toes. I was over the moon.”

Chemotherapy followed, and Sam went into remission. Eighteen months later, however, he had a setback. He suffered a seizure, lost his eyesight, and had to be revived twice—once in the ambulance and again at the hospital. After being stabilized, he underwent two more years of treatment. That was five years ago.

“Thank God I’m still the same person,” Sam says. “I have trouble with my short-term memory, but I have a good life.”

Every time Sam drives his Austin A35, he’s reminded of the power of hope and perseverance. And these days, he isn’t the only one who enjoys the little car.

“Everybody looks at it, and the kids will say, ‘Daddy, Daddy, what’s that? Look at that!’ as we’re driving past, and it just makes me smile.”

Sam and his Austin are spreading even more smiles than he knows—we can vouch for that.

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One swerve, one curb, two flats, two bent rims, and four hours on the side of the road—the left-hand side of the road, which is definitely part of the problem. Welcome to Barn Find Hunter’s first day in the U.K.

To be fair, the Barn Find Hunter himself, Tom Cotter, isn’t the one who hits the curb. Tom, tooling around England in his friend’s 1989 Jaguar XJR-S, arrives in London days ahead of the team and seems comfortable with the right-hand-steering/left-side-driving situation. The rest of us, fresh off an overnight February flight, plan to ease into things by rotating driving duties. Instead, we get a crash course in English driving. Literally. Oversized support vehicle + narrow roads + “wrong side” of the road = trouble (at least for us). Bloody Yanks!

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After our slight bump in the road (OK, two very large, “What was that?” bumps), half the team crams into the Jag with Tom and heads to barn-find location #1. The rest of us sit and wait for the rental car company to come to our rescue. And wait. And wait some more.

Despite the rough start, Tom and our video guys keep calm and carry on toward northwest London, where they meet up with car enthusiast Pete (who asked us not to use his last name). “It’s harder to find cars in England than in the States,” Tom explains before climbing out of the Jag. “People keep those things hidden. Except [Pete] doesn’t keep his cars hidden—they’re kind of out in the road.”

Sure enough, after saying hello to Pete, who says he has loved cars for so long that as a child he slept with Corgi diecast toy cars under his pillow, we learn the stories behind his weather-worn collection of automotive misfits. First up: the car that Tom heard about and brought us here to see—a one-year-only 1974 Datsun 260Z, which looks like no 260Z we’ve ever laid eyes on. That’s because, as Pete says (pronouncing the Z as Zed), “it started out as a 260Z 2+2.” It didn’t exactly stay that way.

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Pete’s 1974 Datsun 260Z Ben Woodworth

Pete tells us that he owned a Triumph GT6 Mk II as a teenager, and after his friend finally talked Pete into selling it, he discovered the 260Z. Pete bought it nearly 40 years ago, but it didn’t perform quite as well as it looked.

“It looked absolutely fantastic,” he says, but it was “the slowest thing on four wheels.”

Packed with a 2.6-liter, six-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission, “You would think it would have flown. But it was like a pigeon without wings.”

Hoping to change that, Pete hired a guy to install a 327-cubic-inch small-block engine with a “mad cam,” added a Pro-Stock hood, and built a wooden Plymouth Superbird-like spoiler that he attached to the rear (it’s long gone now). Oh sure, the car looked like it had more muscle, but Pete’s friends were not impressed. Just the opposite, in fact. “Everybody used to take the piss out of it,” Pete says. “They used to say [the spoiler] was a tea tray … a tea trolley … You put your drinks on it.”

He admits that the car was also undrivable. “It was never good enough to be a daily driver. It was insane. You couldn’t keep it in a straight line, and I crashed it a few times.” One of those crashes included driving it through the doors of his parents’ garage.

Pete shows Tom an AMG Mercedes with a supercharged 5.0-liter engine under the hood. “It’s still restorable,” Pete says, “other than a little moss growing on it.”

Up next is a Jaguar—that’s Jag-U-ar, Pete insists, not Jag-war—one of 36 built by Britain’s Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). Packing a 5.3-liter V-12 engine and wearing an aluminum shell—pronounced al-u-minium, if you’re keeping score at home—it no longer runs, but Pete says it’s worth saving.

Opening the door to his garage, Pete reveals a fully loaded Mercedes-Benz 560SEC widebody conversion, then uncovers a 1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. One of 1555 built, the Pontiac has only 10,086 miles on the clock. Pete found it on eBay in 2014 and had it shipped across the Atlantic to England. “It’s an absolute pucker,” he says.

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As Tom and crew bid farewell, Pete thanks them for stopping by. “It’s nice to see car guys are alive and well,” he says.

Switching gears from eclectic to classically elegant, the team heads to central London to meet Richard Price, owner of a 1951 Allard P1—or P1 Allard, as Richard calls it. His father bought it new. “He did his courting in it,” Richard says, then flashes a mischievous grin. “I wasn’t born until 1954 … My father reckoned I was conceived in it.”

Sydney Allard created the P1 to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally. Since all race vehicles were required to be production cars, Allard built just enough P1s (505 or so) to hit the obligatory 500. The Allard was a success; it won the 1951 Monte Carlo Rally.

“It’s a bitser … bits of this and bits of that,” Richard explains. “Originally it had a Ford V-8 … subsequently I’ve changed it a few times.”

Tom asks if the P1’s body is made of aluminum, and he receives just the reaction he was looking for. “Al-u-minium,” Richard says, echoing Pete’s earlier pronunciation. “We’re in London.” They compromise, calling it “alloy.”

Try as they might, Richard, Tom, and Tom’s friend Bernie just can’t get the Allard to turn over. (We later learn that the car was simply out of petrol. Silly Brits!)

Off camera, Richard says his father played rugby until he was 63, and the Allard often served as transportation for him and as many rugby pals as he could fit in it—“four, five, six big guys.”

Richard accepted ownership from his dad about 25 years ago, although he prefers to call himself the car’s caretaker. “My father died in 2013,” Richard says. “He had dementia at the end of his life, but I showed up one day in the Allard and his eyes lit up. He said, ‘My car!’ The memories must have flooded back. I nearly cried. We’ve both had some good times in this ol’ girl.” Now, so have we.

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There is a gadget, nay, an instrument in Tom Cotter’s Barn Find Hunter tool kit that is second only to his personal charm and vintage car knowledge. That is his woody wagon. The yellow paint and bird’s eye maple have made a warm first impression on many folks to whom Tom has introduced himself over the years. This wagon’s fascinating history reaches farther back than its tenure on Barn Find Hunter, however, and the latest episode is dedicated solely to this one car—which is possibly Tom’s first barn find.

See, like many of us that have been diagnosed as gearheads, Tom didn’t even have his driver’s license before he began coveting cars. There was one car in particular, though, that caught his eye as he crossed the schoolyard one day as a 15-year-old. Tom spotted the 1939 Ford wagon in Brentwood, Long Island, and it captivated him. Somehow he talked his father into investigating the wagon further that same night. It was indeed for sale, but Tom didn’t have the $300 needed to take the car home.

Luckily, a woman for whom Tom had previously done some around-the-house work decided to advance him the money. Tom then had the summer to work off the debt. He kept the wagon until 1973, where it was then sold to a buyer in Puerto Rico. 26 years later, Tom’s wife tracked it down and returned it to his ownership, and it’s been with Tom ever since.

The ’39 Ford has logged 50,000 miles in the pursuit of interesting cars and their stories. The original drivetrain was not up to that kind of usage, so the long yellow hood hides a modern Chevrolet V-8 backed by an overdrive transmission. With that combination, Tom can achieve fuel economy in the mid-20s. That allows for a lot for exploration per tank of gas.

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Tom has an established procedure for introducing himself to the owner of a promising barn-find location, but things went a little differently during this visit to Traverse City, Michigan. Luckily, it was a change for the positive.

While motoring around in his woody wagon, a flock of vintage Mercedes-Benz cars surrounding a house caught Tom’s eye. The site seemed worth investigating, so he returned and knocked on the door. Unfortunately, no one answered. To see whether the hoard was worth a return trip and a second attempt to contact the owner, Tom snuck around to see what was in the yard—something he typically doesn’t do. If the owner were to drive up or appear while he is snooping around, that wouldn’t be a good look.

Tom got lucky this time, though. A Chevy Suburban pulled into the driveway right as Tom walked out from behind the house, and the first words out of the homeowner’s mouth were, “Hey, I know you!” Guess it pays to be famous sometimes.

Ron Borher, who owns the stash of cars, happily ushered Tom around and chatted about the vehicles. It was an especially interesting tour because Ron is legally blind. Though he can’t drive his cars anymore, he doesn’t let macular degeneration stop him from working on them. He does repairs by feel, thanks to 41 years of spinning wrenches for a Mercedes-Benz dealership. The hardest part, Ron says, is finding the right wrenches; he can’t read the engravings that denote sizes.

His range of projects and vehicles is vast, from a 1988 Unimog to a ’61 Chevrolet 6400 to a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16. Some vehicles are workhorses and others are just for fun—even though he doesn’t get to have the behind-the-wheel experience anymore. The cars are in various stages of running and project planning, but all of them are in the care of a talented, experienced enthusiast who wants to return them to their former glory.

Talking to someone who has been tied to one brand for 41 years is a fascinating opportunity, and reveals what a spring of information such a specialized gearhead can be. Even without his driver’s license, Ron is the real deal. It’s folks like him who keep the car hobby alive by passing along information to the rest of us.



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