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Book Review - The Hemi in the Barn

More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

by Tom Cotter

The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology Book by Tom Cotter

eviewed by Chuck Arehart

The next time you attend a classic car show, talk to the owners and ask how they came across their prestigious autos. While some may have been in the family for years, others were acquired through dumb luck. Those stories often start with, "I was cleaning out my wife's grandfather's old barn, and there it was." Usually, the "it" is something as simple as a 1960s Mustang, but sometimes the treasure is more exotic, like the 1970 Plymouth Superbird Barry Lee found entangled in overgrown hedges. Lee acted on a tip from a fellow collector, went over to the house and discovered the Superbird engulfed in shrubbery.

The Hemi in the Barn isn't a sequel but a continuation of The Cobra in the Barn. Cotter shares his own automotive treasure hunting stories, along with those of fellow collectors, including Jay Leno, who wrote the foreword. Of equal interest to how the cars were found are the stories behind the cars. When Steve McCain went to check out a 1955 Corvette, he had no idea it was the first one off the line. The tale of the Aktion P—a vehicle commissioned by Hitler—is worthy of a made-for-TV movie. If you like great cars and great stories, you'll no doubt enjoy The Hemi in the Barn.
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