Barnfinds Portugal

Since I put up these pictures here at the beginning of February 2007, the story of the Portugese barn full of classic and not-so-classic cars seems to have taken on a life of its own. The interwebs have been abuzz with theories and somebody has even gone to the trouble of making up a story about it. Classic car lovers, treasure hunters and auction houses have all somehow contacted in an effort to find out more. In order to stem the flow of e-mails and even telephone calls: here's all I know.

At the end of January 2007, I stumbled upon a Portugese web forum with a thread that contained a large number of pictures of old cars left in a barn, somewhere in Portugal. The picture files themselves were hosted on the web site of a Portugese classic car dealer, but were taken down after only a few days. I thought it would be a shame not to have them online, so I rescued them from my browser cache and put them up here, on

For all those who have been eagerly sending round e-mails about 'a New York man' having bought 'a piece of land in Portugal' for 'next to nothing', that happened to have this treasure-filled barn on it: I'm pretty much convinced that's an urban myth.
A much more credible story can be found here.

September 18, 2007

The Barn...
The doors were welded shut, but an angle grinder took care of that.
Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan FHC, Opel GT, Alfa Bertone.
Opels & American barges.
Fiat Cabriolet (1200 or 1500), Ford Cortina MKII, Mercedes Benz 180/190.
Pre-war stuff, 1970's American barges, who knows?
Austin A40 Somerset and endless rows of other cars.
Mini (Cooper?), Datsun Z, Rover P6.
Fiat 508 Balilla Sport, Mini (Cooper?) and MG Magnette.
American, 1920's.
American, 1920's.
Ford Taunus, Mercedes Benz, BMW 02.
Alfa Bertone, Porsche 356, Mercedes Benz.
Who knows?
Pre-war Austin? Alfa Giulia, BMW 501 V8.
Some BMW's.
BMW 501 V8
BMW 501 V8
American cars.
Lancia Aurelia B20.
It's a car. An old one.
Lancia Appia.
Porsche 356, Austin Healey Sprite MkII, Volvo PV 544, Ford Y?
Porsche 356.
Lancia Flaminia Zagato.
Alfa Bertone, Giulietta Sprint, crumpled Peugeot 205.
Yep, another one.
Giulietta Sprint, Giulia Sprint Speciale (SS), Nash Metropolitan.
Alfa Giulia SS.
Lancia Flaminia Coupé.
Mini Cooper MkI.
Austin Mini Cooper S.
Alfasud 1.5, Mercedes, Chevy Master.
Lancia Aurelia.
Opel GT, Lotus Elan FHC, Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan DHC.
Elan +2, DKW 1000 SP?
Lotus Super Seven Series IV and Lotus Elan.
Alfa Giulietta, Lotus Europa, another Lotus Elan FHC, Matra Djet?
Alfa 1900 Super Sprint.
Datsun Z.
Austin Mini Cooper MkI
Alfa Romeo.
Fiat Topolino II, Triumph TR4, Peugeot 202.
Steyr Puch, Austin Healey Sprite MkII.
Interior of Alfa Romeo.
Alfa Romeo.
Bristol 404 Saloon, Lancia Flaminia Coupé.
Abarth 1300 Scorpione.
Simca Coupé De Ville.
American (inspired) design.
Lancia Flaminia Coupé, Lancia Appia, Porsche 356, Alfa Bertone.
Saab 93, Alfa Berlina, Renault Dauphine, Opel Rekord, Rover P5 Saloon
Definitely American.
Porsche 356.
Interior of Porsche 356.
Hillman California.
BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.
BMW V8, Formula racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30.
Lancia Aurelia B20 2+2.
Volvo PV 444.
Austin Mini Cooper.
Lancia Flaminia Coupé, Peugeot 504 cabriolet & 404 cabriolet.
Mini, Alfa 1900 Super Sprint, Balilla.