Category Archives: Barn Finds

Super Rare 1966 Chevy Impala Wagon Barn Find

Want to see a car that stands out and gets a lot of attention? Check out this 1966 Chevrolet Impala wagon. Chances are pretty good you’ve never seen another ’66 Impala station wagon that’s exactly like this because it was built with an incredibly rare custom configuration. This classic Impala wagon was listed for sale on eBay as of the posting of this article.

66 Chevy Impala Wagon
’66 Chevy Impala Wagon

A Classic, Original 1966 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon, and Everything Works (Except the Clock)

This one-owner Impala wagon has only 34,000 original miles on it. Since we’re speaking of original… this car has the original motor (more on that in a minute), original paint, original chrome, the factory tach, the original dash clock, and the original brake shoes.

While the original brake shoes are intact, the braking system has been updated with new brake lines and wheel cylinders.

All the aftermarket additions added by the owner were removed and put back to the original factory specs.

Everything on this car works, except the dash clock (which probably just needs to be cleaned.)

1966 Impala Wagon
1966 Impala Wagon

Specs for This ’66 Impala Station Wagon

When ordering this car, the owner wanted a car with the power to pull his race car, a 1957 Chevy.

With a ’57 Chevy weighing in around 3,300 pounds, that meant he needed a wagon with some hefty power.

So, he ordered this 1966 Chevy Impala wagon with the factory Corvette driveline.

This six passenger car has a 427 cid, 390 horsepower engine, a 4-speed transmission, and a factory 12-bolt rear end.

66 Impala Wagon Engine
66 Impala Wagon Engine

The Condition of This ’66 Chevy Impala Wagon

This Impala station wagon was parked in a building in Cleveland in 1980, where it sat all these years until discovered by Jim of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds.

This car is solid inside and out, plus according to the listing it sounds, runs, and shifts great.

There are a few rust spots on the original Marina Blue paint from a leak in the building where the car was stored.

(The rust spots are pretty light, but you can kind of see them in the video below when the car is being pulled out of the building and into the light.)

1966 Chevrolet Impala Wagon
1966 Chevrolet Impala Wagon

Putting the Car Back to Original

If you’re ready to see yourself sliding behind the wheel of this classic Impala wagon, you may want to know about the rest of the things that were done to put it back to original specs.

I won’t detail all of them because you can always visit the eBay listing, but the aftermarket buckets were removed, the factory bench seat was replaced and the towing hitch was removed.

The original paperwork comes came with the car as proof that it’s a real COPO (Central Office Production Order) ’66 Impala wagon with the specifications detailed in the listing and video.

 

The Stories That Go With the Car

Part of the magic of this car is knowing the story of the car’s history and how it ended up being a barn find.

There are a couple of sweet stories about the car that were shared by the previous owner’s daughter in the video above.

One was a story about the only time the car was ever driven in the rain, and another one was about the family sleeping in the car at the races.

I won’t give all the details away since it’s someone else’s story, so if you have time, I highly recommend watching it.

Looking for Cars for Future Episodes

A comment on the YouTube page that houses the video details what to do if you have an old car that’s just sitting around and you would like to have it considered for an episode of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds.

Here’s what you would need to do:

  • Send an email to: kirstservices@gmail.com
  • In that email, include:
    • your name
    • phone number
    • make and model of the car
    • at least one picture of the car
      • (If you don’t include a picture, your submission won’t be considered, so make sure to include that.)

By: Ré



When Is the Last Time You Saw a 1947 Tatra T87?

I remember the first time I saw a 1947 Tatra T87 – it wasn’t in person – it was this morning when I found a listing for one on eBay. (Hopefully, it won’t be the last one I see.) The one I found was a barn find project Tatra (not the one shown below – that’s just to show how a pristine one looks.)

The 1947 Tatra T87

Rear View of the 1947 Tatra T87
Rear View of the 1947 Tatra T87 By dave_7 (originally posted to Flickr as 1947 Tatra T-87) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Tatra T87 from 1947 was a Czechoslovakian car designed by Hans Ledwinka.

1947 Tatra T87
1947 Tatra T87 By dave_7 (originally posted to Flickr as 1947 Tatra T-87) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The ’47 Tatra T87 weighed in at 3,020 pounds and with it’s V8 engine, it could pull off 100 mph. (Pretty kicking for a ’47.)

1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Front Nameplate
1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Front Nameplate By Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX (Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The ’47 T87 Tatra had suicide doors and a lot of the interior  trim was crafted from wood.

1947 Tatra T87 Dashboard
1947 Tatra T87 Dashboard By Mr.choppers (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Horizontal slots in the rear hood help with cooling the engine.

1947 Tatra T-87 Saloon Front Headlight
1947 Tatra T-87 Saloon Front Headlight By Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX (Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A push-button starter kicks on the 3.0 Litre V8 Tatra engine.

1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Engine Compartment
1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Engine Compartment By Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX (Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Tatra T87 features a fin that splits the pressure evenly on each side of the T87 to improve the way it handles.

This Tatra model is considered one of the most aerodynamic cars ever created, and wind tunnel testing proved it to have a drag coefficient of 0.36. 

Resources used in researching the 1947 Tatra T87:

By: Laure Justice

Classic Czechoslovakian Cars for Sale

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect – pick your favorite, or join us in all four places: (1) sign up on the Classifieds page here on the site, (2) visit and like this site’s Facebook page, (3) the Best Classic Cars for Sale page or (4) join the Classic Cars Online: Classic Cars for Sale group if you are looking to buy or sell classic Czechoslovakian cars.

1966 Corvette and 1968 Olds 442 Barn Finds (and a Maverick)

It’s not hard for a car lover to appreciate the allure of a great barn find, so it’s really easy to imagine how awesome it would be walking into a dusty barn and finding not one, but multiple cool classics covered in dust.

1966 Corvette and 1968 Olds 442 Barn Finds
1966 Corvette and 1968 Olds 442 Barn Finds

1966 Corvette and 1968 Olds 442 Barn Finds

Check out the video below to see footage of these amazing barn finds from Jim’s Rare Barn Finds.

The transcript of the video is posted in the comments below this article.

1966 Chevy Corvette

The convertible ’66 Vette in the video has been sitting since 1974. It’s got the original paint and a factory big block 427 CID, 425 horsepower engine, and it only has 35,000 actual miles.

A total of 27,720 Corvettes were built in 1966. Of those, according to Vette Facts, 17,762 were convertibles and 9,958 were coupes

The original color options for a ’66 Vette were:

  • Tuxedo Black
  • Ermine White (This is what’s shown in the video – and only 2,120 were produced in this color.)
  • Rally Red
  • Nassau Blue
  • Laguna Blue
  • Trophy Blue
  • Mosport Green
  • Sunfire Yellow
  • Silver Pearl
  • Milano Maroon

1968 Oldsmobile 442

This barn find ’68 Olds 442 hasn’t moved since 1974, and it just got its first washing since 1974, too. It’s only got 15,000 miles on it, and its one owner bought it new. The interior looks like brand new, and it has all original paint.

1968 was the first year of the second generation of 442s, and just over 33,000 were produced. (I couldn’t find anything that said how many of those 33,000 were produced in this color.)

When the 442 package made its debut on the F-85 Cutlass lineup in 1964, the numbers stood for (4) four-barrel carburetor, (4) four-speed manual transmission, and (2)dual exhaust – but by the time the 1968 Olds 442 shown here rolled off the assembly line, the model had separated from the Cutlass line and the name had emerged to stand for (4) 400 cubic-inch engine,  (4) four-speed manual transmission, and (2) dual exhaust.

The original color choices for the 442 in 1968 were:

  • Ebony Black
  • Cinnamon Bronze
  • Twilight Teal
  • Provincial White
  • Flambeau Burgundy
  • Sapphire Blue
  • Ivory
  • Nocturne Blue
  • Silver Beige
  • Teal Frost
  • Willow Gold (This is the color of the 442 shown here.)
  • Jade Gold
  • Ocean Turquoise
  • Buckskin
  • Silver Green
  • Scarlet
  • Juneau Gray
  • Saffron
  • Peruvian Silver

Ford Maverick

The last car shown in the video was a Ford Maverick, covered in a layer of dust just like the others, and it looked like it was a great shade of blue. After looking through a LOT of pictures trying to ID it a little more precisely for this article, my best guess is it was a ’72 or ’73 Grabber, but there were so many similarities between the years, I’ll just leave it to any Maverick fans out there to decide.

Oh – and here’s a link to the Jim’s Rare Barn Finds Facebook Page – be sure to “Like” it while you’re there, and stop by my Classic Cars Online US Facebook Page and “Like” it, too to get all my most recent updates. 

By: Laure Justice

Interested in Finding Classic Cars for Sale?

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect – pick your favorite, or join us in all four places: (1) sign up on the Classifieds page here on the site, (2) visit and like this site’s Facebook page, (3) the Best Classic Cars for Sale page or (4) join the Classic Cars Online: Classic Cars for Sale group if you are looking to buy or sell classic cars.