A New York man retired. He wanted to use his retirement money wisely, and decided to buy a home and a few acres in Portugal. The modest farm house had been vacant for 15 years. The owner and his 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 that were 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 had made an offer on the place.
The New York guy bought it at just half of the property’s worth, moved in and set about to tear in to the barn. Curiosity was
killing him. So he and his wife bought a generator and a couple of heavy duty grinders and cut through the welds.
What was in the barn?
Fiat Cabriolet (1200 or 1500), Ford Cortina MKII, Mercedes Benz 180/190
Opel GT, Lotus Elan FHC, Lotus Super Seven Series IV, Lotus Elan DHC
Porsche 356, Austin Healy Sprite MKII, Volvo PV 544, Ford Y ?
Giulietta Sprint, Giulia Sprint Speciale (SS), Nash Metropolitan
Alfa Giulietta, Lotus Europa, another Lotus Elan FHC, Matra Djet?
Lancia Flaminia Coupé
Abarth 1300 Scorpione
Lancia Flaminia Coupé, Peugeot 504 and 404 Cabriolet
Mini, Alfa 1900 Super Sprint, Balilla
Fiat Topolino II Triumph TR4, Peugeot 202
BMW V8, Formula Racers, Chryslers, Mercedes, Austin A30
American (inspired) Design
Interior of Alfa Romeo
This is a true story. The man and wife had a great retirement.
(They had full claim to the lot). It was valued at $35 Million Dollars