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Barn Find, Bull …(bleep!)

Fri., Aug 3, 2007 – Got another email today – yet another of those “too-good-to-be-true” ones that set my BS (that’s bull poop, in polite terms) detector on full alert.

This one’s from a long-time Mini friend…

Pictured here is just one of the vehicles you will find referred to, a classic Mini that has doors with external hinges, sliding windows and chrome door trim such as found on Cooper and Cooper S models. From the pic, it could be a Mk1 (up to mid-’67) or a Mk2 (up through 1969), although but it has later-model, factory-type flares, along with polished alloy wheels. Purists will, of course, note that the red car has a white top, which, in that era, should have been black unless it was a factory “works” race/rally Mini, and…

Anyway, we’re getting a bit off track – although this time it did have to do with classic Minis.

So, here is the email:

A New York man retired. He wanted to use his retirement money wisely, so it would last, and decided to buy a home and a few acres in Portugal. The modest farmhouse had been vacant for 15 years; the owner and wife both had died, and there were no heirs.

The house was sold to pay taxes. There had been several lookers, but the large barn had steel doors, and they had been welded shut.

Nobody wanted to go to the extra expense to see what was in the barn, and it wasn’t complimentary to the property anyway…so, nobody made an offer on the place.

The New York guy bought it at just over half of the property’s worth, moved in, and set about to tear into the barn. His curiosity was killing him…

So, he and his wife bought a generator, and a couple of grinders…and cut thru the welds.

And what was in the barn…?

Go to: and start wishing it had been you who bought the place.

NOTE: Be sure to click NEXT on each slide, there is a lot.

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Go take a look and come back, and we’ll talk.
Okay, now that you have seen it, here’s what I did — Google’d that web address and found:

Results 1 – 10 of about 899 for

Wade through all the crap and try to get me a legitimate, authoritative account or source and I’d love to read it. Let me know what you find…

Of course, there is a different way of getting to the truth quickly:

I’ve mentioned before, a source I often used as a journalist to debunk myths, “urban legends” and check out stories that are “too good to be true.

Plugged in “barn find” in the search field and this came up:

I’ll just let you read it.

I’ve never found Snopes to be wrong. It’s a fascinating site, with a great search function. Puts to rest all those stories and rumors we’ve all heard about this and that… For example, try searching with the terms: “jet powered car” and so on…

If you liked reading this post, perhaps you could circulate this to all who sent you that same email – and to those you forwarded it to? Maybe someday it will work its way back to me – in a different version, I expect… Just for fun, perhaps y’all could CC me on any emails you send out about this?

Signed, ever-the-skeptic, former automotive/transportation-technology journalist….

-Michael / MiniGuy

p.s.- Although I must say a number of “found-in-a-barn” stories on the various discussion boards that followed the Portugal emails are very interesting…and some even true…