Colossal find amid collapsed Pennsylvania barn is a pre-war Ford goldmine


Everyone has their own taste. Whether you prefer the boxy ’80s look to the swoopy ’70s, or the large-and-in-charge ’50s American cars to cute and zippy European compacts, a lot of collectors get fixated on something and just run with it. That certainly seems to be the case in this bombshell of a barn find, which was recently uncovered in Brookville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. If your taste is American cars (particularly Fords) of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, I’d recommend looking closely and remembering to shut that jaw once it drops.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/11/19/collapsed-barn-find-in-pennsylvania


It’s interesting how history, or personal habits, repeat themselves. At one point this group of cars was more valuable than it is now. If the owner had just come to the realization he was not going to “get around to” driving or restoring all of them and sold the “extras” off, some new owners would have been happy, and the old guy would have had some money to focus on a few cars. Instead they continued to deteriorate, then were smashed by a collapsing barn…another piece of “equipment” the owner failed to maintain. Most of us know similar situations. How can we explain to our friends and loved ones that it’s time to let go and let someone else save the car, or motorcycle or tractor, not let it continue to go down?


You can’t. For the simple reason that these old cars/motorcycles/whatever aren’t important to them as vehicles. They’re important to them as memories of an earlier time.


The barn place reminds me of Joe’s Auto Parts in Spring Lake, Michigan.
On letting go of old things though, why get rid of them if they are higher quality-work better and run? The short life-cycle cheap production that is manufactured now is designed to make us buy much more frequently, we are forced to buy this stuff,(big box retail sometimes makes people destroy old models) creating growing mountains of low value garbage dumps.