Man Buys House With Locked Barn: What He Finds Inside Will Drive You Crazy

Tim Butters - Author

Aug. 1 2014, Updated 6:35 a.m. ET

A man who purchased an abandoned farmhouse which came with a welded shut barn, had the shock of his life when he finally forced open the barn door.

To everyone but a farmer, a locked barn can have some pretty spooky associations. In horror films, for example, it isn’t normally a vintage John Deere or lovingly restored Massey Ferguson that the curious stranger can expect to find in the foreboding and ancient barn.

Nope! It’s usually a big man with a bloody axe, a handful of starving zombies, or even worse, inbred hillbillies, who respect the banjo and mamma’s apple pie infinitely more than they do the sanctity of human life, enjoying a raw meat picnic.

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So when the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased a Portuguese farmhouse and a welded shut barn for a knockdown price, he must have been slightly anxious about what was waiting on the other side when he picked up his grinders to open the barn door.

No doubt his anxiety soon turned to unbounded joy when he was greeted with a sight that sounds too good to be true.

Sitting pretty in the old barn were scores of vintage cars. And we mean scores. From Aston Martins to Mercedes and various Lotus models, the old barn was filled with the sort of cars that would drive any keen motorist crazy with unabashed wonder.

These old cars may have been dusty, but boy were they still road-worthy, and what’s more the Daily Mirror reported that the total value of the lot was worth millions.

Sadly, if something sounds too good to be true, then in most cases it ain’t.

Online pictures of the vintage cars lined up in the barn are real but critics have suggested they are merely a car dealer’s collection stored in the barn and that the story is a fantastical fabrication.

Tom Cotter of Sports Car Market magazine is quoted by Snopes as saying:

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“Nobody would simply sell an old farm and fail to mention to the new owners the stash of old cars in the barn.

“The owner of the cars was a car dealer in the 1970s and 1980s, and decided to save the more interesting cars that came through his doors. When the barn was full, he padlocked and ‘soldered’ the doors shut.”

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Could be the case Tom, but an unnamed man finding a secret stash of vintage cars in an old barn is not beyond the realms of possibility. What everyone wants to know is, which one was called Christine?


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