Saratoga Springs, NY.— For years, car lovers have heard the story of the elusive, legendary car hidden away in a barn, and although Indiana Jones told his students that contrary to popular myth, “X” never marks the spot, the Saratoga Automobile Museum will become a veritable treasure trove of great cars, beginning July 29th, when the “Barn Finds” exhibit opens in Saratoga Spa State Park.
Inspired by Tom Cotter’s best-selling book, “The Cobra in the Barn, Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology,” and just in time for the launch of Tom’s second book, “The Hemi in the Barn,” the Saratoga Automobile Museum will exhibit 14 extraordinary “barn finds,” some restored, and some in ‘as found’ condition.
Automotive journalist Ken Gross served as the exhibit’s curator, and he searched the country with Cotter to round up these elusive cars.
Some of the confirmed “Barn Find” cars included in the exhibit are:
• Tom Cotter’s 1939 Ford Woodie (his Dad’s car, lost for years, then found in Puerto Rico)
• A 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang (a totally original car)
• Nicola Bulgari’s 1950 Chrysler Town & Country
• A 1937 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan (in as-found condition)
• Bruce Meyer’s 1951 So-Cal Speed Shop Bonneville record-setting Belly Tank (ex-Alex Xydias)
• Roger Morrison’s 1930 Rolls-Royce Hibbard & Darrin Convertible sedan, once belonging to Marlene Dietrich, a gift from Jack Warner
“Barn Finds” opens on July 29th, and runs through November 11, 2007. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.