Incredible Barn Find in Portugal

by William


Every car nut dreams of discovering some valuable automotive relic tucked away and well preserved in an old dusty barn. Unfortunately barn finds are almost non-existent these days. Back in the 80’s (not that I remember much) it seems like people were pulling vintage Ferrari’s out of old garages and barns left and right, but now most of the discoveries have already been made. All the BMW 2002 turbos and Porsche 356’s seem to have been plucked from their hiding places and barn finds have become more legend than reality.

Recently some pictures surfaced of an amazing cache of vehicles tucked away in a locked stone building (read barn) on remote farm in the Portuguese countryside. I’m not going to pretend that I know the facts, but the rumors are probably better than the facts in this case:


Imagine that you have decided to move out to the country. You found a lovely farm house on a large plot of land in a remote area of beautiful Portugal. The house and land have been vacant for well over a decade as is evident by the overgrowth and the houses state of disrepair. As you are wandering the grounds of your new estate you come across a massive stone barn with a padlock on the door. An angle grinder makes quick work of the old rusty lock and you slide open the giant door. The sun shines in, its light filtering through the clouds of dust that haven’t been disturbed in twenty years. As the air begins to clear you make out the tops of what appears to be dozens of vintage cars. You quickly turn on a flashlight and shine it in all directions. You aren’t dreaming; hiding under a thick layer of dust are more than 50 vintage vehicles of all makes and conditions. Porsche, Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes, DKW, MG, Austin are only a few of the badges that catch your eye. This treasure trove of well-preserved vintage cars is probably worth well over a million dollars. It’s too much, the hot musty air gets to thick to breath and you lose consciousness.

How much of this story is true I don’t know, but I do know that the part about Portugal and the awesome stash of vintage cars is true and that’s good enough for me.

Here are a few more pics from the find:

Check out the rest of the stash here: Barn Find

-Bill Mertz

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6 Responses to “Incredible Barn Find in Portugal”

  1. Mr Toad Says:

    I’ve heard a lot of the internet theories on this one, including:

    -The cars are all stolen
    -It’s fake (I’m not even sure what that means)
    -If there’s no 1970 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” in there, the collection is worthless
    -The guy was Mafia
    -Jay Leno’s collection is worth more (who cares?)

    Obviously there are some fuzzy parts of the story, but the pictures speak for themselves. It’s a bunch of abandoned old cars–what’s not to like??

  2. DaveP Says:

    Wow, what a find, there are some real classics in there. Regardless of the truth (my money would be on them being stolen), it’s quite a hoard. Excellent post.

  3. Sam Says:

    I´m portuguese and i assure you this is a true story, it came on a portuguese newspaper two weeks ago. I’m trying to find the location.

  4. Mel Says:

    Hey Sam

    I have been trying to track down more details about the Portugal barn find for a television programme we are developing in the UK. Have you managed to find anything out about the newspaper at all? I am going to get a couple of portugeuse speaking friends to have a trawl over there so likewise if I find anything I can let you know but I was wondering how far you have got?! My number is 020 7502 5811 and my email is it would be really great to speak to you if you have any information.

  5. Jana Says:

    Hi Sam and Mel,
    I am also preparing some material about Portugal and the Portuguese for the slovenian TV in cooperation with some other european televisions. We would be very interested in this barn find, so if you get some more information about the location of this barn or if you know somebody, who we could interview, please let me know as soon as possible. Our TV-crew is going to be in Portugal around the 3rd of June.
    My email is

  6. DeathsPal Says:

    Not true, it’s a collection put together by a dealer. The owner hired a photographer to finally document his (Always his).

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