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

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2 thoughts on “1966 Corvette and 1968 Olds 442 Barn Finds (and a Maverick)

  1. Transcript of the video: Welcome to another exciting episode of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds. Today, I found a 1966 Corvette that’s been sitting since 1974. A factory big block 427 four and a quarter horse convertible. 35,000 actual miles – with all the factory dust and dirt to prove it. This is what you call a rare barn find! And, beside it, sits a 1968 Olds 442 that hasn’t moved since 1974. All original paint. One owner – bought brand new. He just washed it, for the first time since 1974. The inside of it still looks like brand new. It’s got a whopping 15,000 miles on it. Incredible! Like a time capsule. And there’s a Ford Maverick – dusty just like the other three were. Original paint on the Corvette. Stay tuned for another exciting episode of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds.

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