Ferrari Dino, AMC Javelin and more: rare and forgotten cars in Virginia | Barn Find Hunter - Ep. 119 - Hagerty Media
In the last episode of Barn Find Hunter, we left off with Tom Cotter discovering hidden gems in Virginia. In Episode 119, he’s still in Old Dominion, but this time his quest is a bit easier since he’s assisted by his friend Zach, who knows where plenty of vintage iron is hiding.
After a quick introduction, Zach leads the way in his gorgeous 1961 Ford Country Squire wagon as the pair heads to their first finds on a beautiful farm: an ’84 F-250 and a dusty 1969 AMC Javelin SST parked in a barn. While nearly intact, the Javelin shows some signs of rust and is in need of restoration. Another part of the barn reveals a 1975 Dino 308 GT4, a model that would eventually be marketed as a Ferrari once the Dino brand was discontinued. With just 18,000 miles on its odometer, the racy Italian looks like it could be a tuneup away from hitting the road. (Keep your eyes open and you’ll also spot a late C4 Corvette parked nearby.)
The next stop is a former turkey farm, where Zach informs Tom that just about everything is for sale. The owner of the vehicles, Bill, joins the car hunters via telephone to go over some of the more interesting parts of his collection. First to be revealed is a 1973 Plymouth Duster that was originally equipped with a 340 and a four-speed. Bill later admits that, although almost all of the cars he’s kept in storage are available for sale, he plans to hold onto the Duster. Next to that Plymouth is another Mopar coupe, this one a bit less muscular: a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda with a slant-six. Its neighbor is a third-gen Camaro IROC-Z for which Bill traded a deer rifle.
Tom asks about a ’64 GTO that’s nearby, but it is not one of Bill’s. However, he does have a ’66 GTO that Tom examines. This one’s powered by a 389 Tri-Power mill paired to a four-speed, and it looks like it has a solid body. It seems ready to become someone’s new project.
A 1970 Ford Galaxie is one of the most complete vehicles in the collection, with a full interior that looks to be in remarkable shape. A pair of 4x4s get just a brief stop as Bill tells Tom how the Willys flat-fender ended up without an engine. The Scout Terra parked next to it doesn’t get mentioned, so it appears like that vehicle is also on Bill’s list of keepers.
Tom wraps up the episode with a few more potential project cars and a big thanks to Zach for leading the way to such extraordinary finds—and, of course, he wishes you all happy hunting.