Texas Barn Find: Five Pre-war Automobiles Discovered

(blues music) – I'm Antonio Brunet and I'm the chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auction. And we're here to talk about an incredible Texas barn find. (blues music) It's one of those, that as a car guy, you kind of dream of.

(blues music) Funny enough this collection literally it's seven miles from our office, but we'd run into it. The gentleman's name is Jack and the story goes that he moved down to Texas in the early 70s, around 1972, 1973.

And he's obviously a car guy and had some amazing vehicles that once he got to Texas he put away in his new barn. And always with intention of getting the time and the money to fix them and to ride them again.

(blues music) The moment that we opened the doors to that barn find was just absolutely amazing. I mean as soon as I saw the little signs of V12 and V16 on the Cadillacs, I knew that they were something very special.

One of my favorite, to be honest with you, is a 1923 Milburn Electric. And I think it's one of favorite because of the story. They were companies like Milburn and Detroit Electric that built very competitive cars to the market at the time.

We're talking about the teens and the early 20s. So Milburn is one those stories and history now tells that GM, in 1924, bought out the whole company to dismantle the factory. So they wouldn't have that car competing.

Well the car that Jack had is a 1923 27L, which is the very last model that that company built. Jack was obviously very… an enthusiast and cared much about the Cadillacs and the multi-cylindered Cadillacs.

It's actually a 1933 V12 coupe. It's obviously a rare car too, being that it's a multi-cylindered Cadillac. The great thing about this particular car, obviously, the condition of being a barn find and being completely unmolested and original, is that the back of it, it actually has a 1932 trunk.

But the car's a 1933. So this is one of those bodies which happened a lot back in that early century, where vehicles were built with available parts. And of course, this car was built as a 1933. But at the time they didn't have a 33 trunk available, so they slapped a 1932, which of course makes it now a rare car.

Cause it's not something that happened to any other body. Some of the cars in this collection, very important. One of the most important ones or the main, is a 1932 Cadillac V12 Victoria convertible.

Now this is actually body number one, meaning this was the very first one that came out of the factory. There were only four built. The other three were actually V16 cars. So the actually story of this car's tale that this was the vehicle that was used as a prototype to show to the executives.

See if they will approve the concept of having a Victoria convertible. At the time the body was ready, there was actually not a V16 chassis avaliable so they put it on a V12, with a V12 engine. This is one of those cars that’s actually considered within the V16 registry, but it obviously carries a V12 chassis and V12 engine.

It's never been offered for sale. It's only had three owners and the fact that we found it so close, and in such magnificent shape, it's truly a once in a lifetime. (blues music) The fourth car that he had, it's a very interesting one.

It's a 1908 REO and that car's significant because REO was founded by Oldsmobile. And after he sold his company, he wasn't able to go back and use the same brand. So he created REO. It's a Model G from what we have found in our research.

And it's a convertible car, but not convertible in the sense that we know. It's more of a transformer. Because it converts from a five-passenger touring convertible to a two-passenger boat tail.

The fact that the car is absolutely complete with both choices of bodies, it's very, very rare and very exciting to see. Of course, it's a brass era vintage car. So all the headlights and all the little instruments, it's pure brass, which is absolutely gorgeous.

(blues music) Another car that he had in his collection, you know the Cadillac is actually a Cadillac V16. It's a 1938 limousine. What's particular about this specific one is that it's a five-passenger limousine.

Usually limousines in early century, pre-war, they were either seven-passenger or as much as nine-passenger. But this particular one, does not have the jump seats. Because the person that ordered it, just wanted it for him and his wife.

So it's a great car, V16 chassis. The car is absolutely enormous and it just really talks about the eccentricity of Cadillac and in American life back then. Finding the cars and kind of getting to know the story, really, really capture us.

It's almost like a time machine. I mean really opening those doors of that barn that day. When you enter there, you feel like immediately you're in, back in the 1930s. And that's why I think it's so amazing.

(blues music) I’m Antonio brunet I’m the chairman and founder of what a stall the auction and we’re here to talk about an incredible Texas barn fine it’s one of those that as a car guy you kind of dream off funny enough this collection literally it’s seven miles from our office but we ran into it the gentleman’s name is Jack and the story goes that he moved down to Texas in the early 70s around 1972 1973 and he’s obviously a car guy and had some amazing vehicles that once he got to Texas he put away in his new barn and always with the intention of getting the time and the money to fix him and to write him again the moment that we open the doors then that barn-find was just absolutely amazing I mean as soon as I saw the little signs of v12 and v16 on the Cadillacs I knew that there was something very special one of my favorite to be honest with you is a 1923 Melbourne electric and I think he’s one of my favorite because of the story there were companies like Melbourne and Detroit electric that built very competitive cars to the market at the time we’re talking about the teens and the early 20s so Melbourne is one of those stories and history now tells that GM in 1924 bought out the whole company to dismantle the factory and so they wouldn’t have that car competing well the car that Jack had is in 1923 27l which is the very last model that that company built Jack was obviously very an enthusiast and a care much about the Cadillacs and the multi-cylinder Cadillacs it’s actually a 1933 v12 coupe it’s obviously a rare car to be and that is a multi cylinder Cadillac the great thing about this particular car obviously the condition of being a barn-find and being completely unmolested and original is that the back of it is actually has a 1932 trunk but the cars in 1933 so this is one of those bodies which happened a lot back in that early century where vehicles will built with available parts and of course this car was built us in 1933 but at the time they didn’t have a 33 trunk available so they slapped in 1932 which of course he makes it now a rare car because it’s not something that happen to any other body some of the cars in this collection very important one of the most important ones or they made is in 1932 Cadillac v12 Victoria convertible now this is actually body number one meaning this was the very first one that came out of the factory there were only four built the other three were actually be 16 ours so the actual story of these cars tell that this was the vehicle that was used as a prototype to show to the executives see if they will approve the concept of having a Victoria convertible at the time the body was ready it was actually not a v16 chassis available so they put it on a v12 with the v12 engine this is one of those cars that’s actually considered within the v16 registry but he obviously carries a v12 chassis and v12 engine it’s never been offered for sale it’s only had three owners and the fact that we found it so close and in such magnificent shape it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime the fourth car that he had it’s a very interesting one it’s a 1908 REO and that car is significant because REO was founded by by Oldsmobile and after he sold his company he wasn’t able to go back and use the same brand so he created REO it’s a model G from what we have found in our research and it’s a convertible car but not convertible in the sense that we know it’s more of a transformer because it converts from a five passenger touring convertible to a two passenger boat l the fact that the car is absolutely completely both choices of bodies it’s it’s very very rare and very exciting to see of course it’s a brass era vintage car so all the headlights and all the little instruments it’s it’s pure brass which is absolutely gorgeous Oh another car that he had in this collection no the Cadillac is actually a Cadillac v16 it’s a 1938 limousine what’s particularly about this specific one is they said five passenger limousine usually limousines in early century pre-war they were either seven passenger or as much as nine passenger but this particular one does not have the jump seats because the person that order it just wanted it for him and his wife so it’s a great car v16 chassis the car is absolutely enormous and I just really talks about the eccentricity of Cadillac and an American life back then finding the cars and kind of getting to know the story really really capture us it’s almost like a time machine I mean really opening those stores of that barn that day you enter there you feel like immediately you’re back in 1930s and that’s why I think it’s so amazing (blues music) – I’m Antonio Brunet and I’m the chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auction.

And we're here to talk about an incredible Texas barn find. (blues music) It's one of those, that as a car guy, you kind of dream of. (blues music) Funny enough this collection literally it's seven miles from our office, but we'd run into it.

The gentleman's name is Jack and the story goes that he moved down to Texas in the early 70s, around 1972, 1973. And he's obviously a car guy and had some amazing vehicles that once he got to Texas he put away in his new barn.

And always with intention of getting the time and the money to fix them and to ride them again. (blues music) The moment that we opened the doors to that barn find was just absolutely amazing. I mean as soon as I saw the little signs of V12 and V16 on the Cadillacs, I knew that they were something very special.

One of my favorite, to be honest with you, is a 1923 Milburn Electric. And I think it's one of favorite because of the story. They were companies like Milburn and Detroit Electric that built very competitive cars to the market at the time.

We're talking about the teens and the early 20s. So Milburn is one those stories and history now tells that GM, in 1924, bought out the whole company to dismantle the factory. So they wouldn't have that car competing.

Well the car that Jack had is a 1923 27L, which is the very last model that that company built. Jack was obviously very… an enthusiast and cared much about the Cadillacs and the multi-cylindered Cadillacs.

It's actually a 1933 V12 coupe. It's obviously a rare car too, being that it's a multi-cylindered Cadillac. The great thing about this particular car, obviously, the condition of being a barn find and being completely unmolested and original, is that the back of it, it actually has a 1932 trunk.

But the car's a 1933. So this is one of those bodies which happened a lot back in that early century, where vehicles were built with available parts. And of course, this car was built as a 1933. But at the time they didn't have a 33 trunk available, so they slapped a 1932, which of course makes it now a rare car.

Cause it's not something that happened to any other body. Some of the cars in this collection, very important. One of the most important ones or the main, is a 1932 Cadillac V12 Victoria convertible.

Now this is actually body number one, meaning this was the very first one that came out of the factory. There were only four built. The other three were actually V16 cars. So the actually story of this car's tale that this was the vehicle that was used as a prototype to show to the executives.

See if they will approve the concept of having a Victoria convertible. At the time the body was ready, there was actually not a V16 chassis avaliable so they put it on a V12, with a V12 engine. This is one of those cars that's actually considered within the V16 registry, but it obviously carries a V12 chassis and V12 engine.

It's never been offered for sale. It's only had three owners and the fact that we found it so close, and in such magnificent shape, it's truly a once in a lifetime. (blues music) The fourth car that he had, it's a very interesting one.

It's a 1908 REO and that car's significant because REO was founded by Oldsmobile. And after he sold his company, he wasn't able to go back and use the same brand. So he created REO. It's a Model G from what we have found in our research.

And it's a convertible car, but not convertible in the sense that we know. It's more of a transformer. Because it converts from a five-passenger touring convertible to a two-passenger boat tail.

The fact that the car is absolutely complete with both choices of bodies, it's very, very rare and very exciting to see. Of course, it's a brass era vintage car. So all the headlights and all the little instruments, it's pure brass, which is absolutely gorgeous.

(blues music) Another car that he had in his collection, you know the Cadillac is actually a Cadillac V16. It's a 1938 limousine. What's particular about this specific one is that it's a five-passenger limousine.

Usually limousines in early century, pre-war, they were either seven-passenger or as much as nine-passenger. But this particular one, does not have the jump seats. Because the person that ordered it, just wanted it for him and his wife.

So it's a great car, V16 chassis. The car is absolutely enormous and it just really talks about the eccentricity of Cadillac and in American life back then. Finding the cars and kind of getting to know the story, really, really capture us.

It's almost like a time machine. I mean really opening those doors of that barn that day. When you enter there, you feel like immediately you're in, back in the 1930s. And that's why I think it's so amazing.

(blues music)

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