Every true car guy yearns to discover that old forgotten beauty in the back of a barn or garage covered in decades of dust. On a couple occasions, LBI has had the barn find dream come true. As many barn finds so often do, our find came out of left field when an unsuspecting gentleman […]
Every true car guy yearns to discover that old forgotten beauty in the back of a barn or garage covered in decades of dust. On a couple occasions, LBI has had the barn find dream come true. As many barn finds so often do, our find came out of left field when an unsuspecting gentleman walking down the street mentioned if we wanted to see some old Rolls-Royces. This particular find was located 2 blocks from our newly renovated warehouse! The folks at barnfinds.com took interest in our story and decided to publish it on their website. You may remember, a few blog postings ago, we talked about a dual Jaguar find that was also featured on barnfinds.com and in their yearly calendar: http://www.barnfinds.com/calendar-car-1963-jaguar-e-type/
The Rolls-Royce find was equally as exciting and I urge any of you car enthusiast to read our story below!
“Some people say barn finds are getting slim, after all automotive archeology is very popular, with more and more people out there hunting, and indeed finding. The most interesting and unusual of finds tend to come when you least expect it. Adolfo Massari and I (Andrew Mastin) were only a few days into relocating Luxury Brokers International to our new facility here in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. As I pulled up to our new shop one morning, I could hardly get out of my truck before an SUV pulled up beside me, put down the window, and asked “hey, do you want to see some old cars”? Having seen our collection migrate, this gentlemen must have taken notice and figured we might like what we were about to see; and was he ever right. We followed him about 2 blocks then stopped in front of a circa 1950’s warehouse, walked in, shook a few hands and were then blown away.
In front of us, stationary for nearly 30+ years was a dusty old 1937 Rolls Royce Wraith Sedanca by Windovers; a reported one of 3 made. It was a very original car throughout, sitting on flat tires, and clearly forgotten. As the story goes, the car was owned by the warehouse owner’s father since the early 1950’s when he purchased it from Inskip in NYC. The car was enjoyed for many years as the father was a RROC club member. Unfortunately he fell ill and the car was put away. Some interesting conversation and a bag of cash later, it ended up as a sight to behold at our new facility. There’s nothing like walking into the shop first thing in the AM and seeing an old relic, still dusty and barn fresh. It reminded us of why we are out there every day doing what we do, because we love cars and the thrill of the find!”