Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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totally agree with Jim, such collectible cars or even as collected partscar were never LOST, they were simply stored. Some may not have been properly stored. stored in a barn...well there are millions of barns across the US and Canada. We tore our oldest farm's barn down at 108 years of service. it was too rickety to store collecor cars in. Instead stored several of my Pontiac parts cars under attached loafing sheds. Many also store longterm in garages, often times for decades. Many of us have come across a desirable in a backyard storage shed, storage locker, in a basement, under a lean-to or carport, in a boxcar (yes, have witnessed this with two 'Cuda converts). These car lives today to provide some firm of usefulness, not because they were found, but many times, because of the foresight of their owners! The barn find lingo can be traced straight back to the Internet, various condenscending websites, "Rotting muscle cars", etc. Unfortunately, "barn find" has now made it into the hyped lingo of the checkerboard floor carlot crowd and to all the wannabe get rich crowd.
Another term that is way over used today is "Survivor". So ridiculous how that term is thrown around for vehicles that lost their originality many decades ago. For many years, the term "ORIGINAL" was used for this class of very original vehicle, esp at higher profile national shows. Pontiac Oakland Club used to consider a vehicle with 85% or more original paint, with a very original interior, and original drivetrain (except a few maintance items) as an Original Class vehicle, not a restored class, not a semi modified class, etc. Now bowing to Joe Carlot vernacular, POCI is Using the "Survivor" Class label, but the originality requirement is less stringent...makes me wonder,who's great idea.