In what is being called the “discovery of a lifetime,” a Texas automobile collector found five pre-war cars stored for almost 40 years inside an old Austin barn.
The classic automobiles will now be sent to auction. The entire collection is worth over $700,000 according to pre-auction estimates.
“It's the Holy Grail for a car guy,” Antonio Brunet, chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auctions, told Fox News. “Opening the doors, seeing the cars covered in dust, untouched for years...It's like you're in a time machine.”
The owner of the cars, identified only as Jack, moved to Texas from Wisconsin during the '70s.
“He had some amazing vehicles that he put away in his new barn, always with the intention of getting the time and money to fix them,” Brunet added.
Jack had put away the cars in his barn, hoping to fix them one day – but that apparently never happened. Forty years down the lane, Brunet has promised the owner to bring the old automobiles “back to life” before putting them up for auction.
The collection includes a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Victoria Convertible, 1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe, 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limousine, 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L, 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster/Sedan Tonneau as well as a twice-used 1937 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer.
The Texas barn find will reportedly headline Motostalgia Auctions’ sale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 12.