QOTD: How Should We Handle Barn Finds?


One of the features of the recent UK National Classic Motor Show in Birmingham was the number of barn find cars presented in “as found” condition. Following on from the find and sale of this Mini, which was chassis number 8, last year, the question is therefore quite simple:

 A35 van

How extensively should vehicles like this Austin A40, A35 van and Bedford Chevanne be restored, bearing in mind that they have do not have the historical significance of being the oldest known Mini that had not been restored?

1 – to as new condition

2 – as far as possible given a likely value when completed

3 – enough to be safely and legally usable, but retaining much of the original patina

I know my preference, but what’s yours? And what are the best examples of the option you prefer?

chevette van