Out in wild Montana, Barn Find Hunter shines a light on unloved classics - Hagerty Media
Tom Cotter is out in the wide-open spaces of Montana, but just because there’s space to roam doesn’t mean he is looking far and wide. In fact, Tom locates a 1970 Oldsmobile F-85 and 1966 Volvo 122 wagon with great stories just down the street from each other. Here is the final episode from the Barn Find Hunter’s trip to Bozeman, with Cotter’s renewed love for often-overlooked cars in full display.
“If you think of this car hobby as a big ball, most of that ball is consumed with people who enjoy Chevy, or Ford, or Mopars—common cars like that,” Tom says as he wraps up the epic trip. “But there are these subcategories that shoot off, and people that specialize in cars that are less common but just as cool.”
Cotter’s analogy is designed to show that no matter the type of car you love, there’s a spot for you in that big automotive ball. By searching out those specialists of the lesser-loved and niche brands, we can all help keep the history of our passion alive for a long time—and learn a thing or two in the process.
These videos offer a kick of encouragement to go out and find interesting pieces of history yourself. As Tom says in each episode, all of these vehicles have stories. He isn’t able to tell each and every one, so it is up to us to go out and learn the stories of cars in our area and retell them to others.
The Barn Find Hunter series has shown time and time again that a conversation about the rusty car in the yard often leads to a discussion about other cars, and before you know it, you have a new friend. Sure, the cars are great, but the people are often better. So, as Tom says, “Happy hunting.”