This 39-car barn-find is a dream come true for Camaro and Chevelle lovers
At this point there are two types of people: Those who can’t get enough barn-find stories, and the burned-out skeptics who just don’t get as excited about dust-covered discoveries as they used to. I have to admit that most of the time I fall into the second camp. It takes a pretty wild story to get me riled up about hoards of cars and piles of parts, and that is exactly what I found when I clicked into a video detailing a gigantic car and parts hoard in Oklahoma.
There are multiple interesting bits of information about this stash of vintage iron. For one, the person who curated it had very specific interests: 1968 and ’69 Camaros, and 1970 Chevelles. Dial in a focus that narrow, and your collection will not be filled with base-model, low-option cars. This grouping hits all the desirable options and trim codes. The video provides a first-person walkthrough that few people get to experience, so while we will call out some highlights below, give it a watch and see some of the wild pieces yourself first.
A couple things stand out here. First off, much of this metal has been properly stored and cared for in a meaningful way. While not preserved in perfect condition, these cars were not left on dirt floors to collect rust and attract rodents. Some vehicles accumulated piles of stuff on their roofs, but it appears that the owner took care to make sure the sheetmetal stayed as intact and unmolested as possible.
The second observation is the obvious curation of the pieces. The buyer was not simply snatching all the Camaro parts they could, instead they only purchased what they could properly store and what would dovetail with the collection. One could only imagine it took decades to track down and purchase all these parts and pieces. The stacks of DZ-code engine blocks are wild to see, and it’s even better that so many appear to be in usable condition. The piles of new old stock (NOS) sheetmetal tell a similar story, tucked up and out of the way to protect the precious pieces from tin worm.
Many of the cars are already sold, and the vast majority of the stash is being loaded up into two semi-trucks and schlepped to Heartbeat City Camaro in Michigan where it will be sold to help restorations around the world.
While this hoard was literally on a farm and stored in barns, I am reluctant to call it a barn find simply because that term conjures images of dusty, forgotten cars. These vehicles and parts were not put away by chance, nor were they forgotten. Instead they were stored by a dedicated owner who did the best they could to keep rare parts and pieces in a condition that would preserve them for future use.
For that we say kudos to the farmer; this is one heck of a cash crop.