Decided to see just what is happening in the world of Automobile Sport.
A search of the collective WEB shows (310,000 possible sites)that there are now exhibits and sites for the evasive "Barn Find."
Hopefully, this new "Barn Find" fad will kill off the "Rat Rod" one!
The early ones all have "natural" wheels and all the later one have wide whitewalls.
I think if you roll up on most of the land owners and start inquiring about what is stored in the family barn, you will get greeted with buckshot.
It's called . . "suicide by farmer"
Durn Revenoors,they don need to nuttin 'bout what in MY barn!
I think this aspect of the hobby has been around for a very long time maybe even back into the late 30's when the hobby was just getting started.
I am going to disagree with Mark. Yes,cars have been found in barns for awhile. But the popularity of "discovering and flaunting" a fresh barn fine is a relatively new term.
A quick word search on the web would indicate the term has come into popularity beginning early 2004.
The common source of information Wikipedia states:
"A barn find is a classic car or motorcycle that has been discovered, often in derelict condition. The term comes from their tendency to be found in places such as barns, sheds, carports and outbuildings where they have been stored for many years. The term usually applies to vehicles that are rare and valuable, and which are consequently of great interest to car collectors and enthusiasts despite their poor condition."
So the current barn finds are vehicles that are rare and valuable, and are of great interest to car collectors and enthusiasts despite their poor condition.
Only recently has it become popular to use the term and peak the interest and even value of a vehicle.
It has become so crazy around here I see some of these "barn finds" going for more than a running drive-able car.
One other side-note on "barn finds," a RM Auction in 2007 listed a 1911 Oldsmobile (sold for $1.6 Million). A magazine article the following year listed the vehicle as a barn find. What was interesting about the barn find is this for years the car was part of the Swigart Museum collection. On display in as found condition in the 1950's(?) and place on display in the museum for the public to see an unrestored vehicle.
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Q-5VXDrqJQMC&pg=PA100&lpg=PA100&dq=hershey+a nd+barn+finds&source=bl&ots=u4QpmUpqLu&sig=xySaTGtPZE19KptxJrH7v9KK4Ks&hl=en&sa= X&ved=0ahUKEwjH-4qZ05bXAhXH5iYKHdvABb04FBDoAQglMAA#v=onepage&q=hershey%20and%20b arn%20finds&f=false
The term barn find has been around since the 70's if not longer. It is not a new term.
It seemed in the past barnfind was a old original car just parked. Now it seems it can be a restored car that needs washed and driven. My 29 A sat with a backyard paint job and a cheap engine build for 50 years but it doesn't really strike me as a barn find. After getting it running it's a good old car and it was in a barn. I assume I think of the original A or T that's been sitting for 75 years as a real barn find.