Cobra in the Barn: Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

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Now in paperback for the first time, here is the classic version of a car lover's fairy tale: You look into an old abandoned barn or garage or warehouse--and there's the car you've searched for your whole life. Here are the true stories of people who found their dream cars in the most unlikely places: A man finds one of three King Cobras ever built in a junkyard in South Carolina; another discovers a rare Delahaye in a barn in the former Czech Republic; yet another answers an obscurely written ad in a ...
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Overview


Now in paperback for the first time, here is the classic version of a car lover's fairy tale: You look into an old abandoned barn or garage or warehouse--and there's the car you've searched for your whole life. Here are the true stories of people who found their dream cars in the most unlikely places: A man finds one of three King Cobras ever built in a junkyard in South Carolina; another discovers a rare Delahaye in a barn in the former Czech Republic; yet another answers an obscurely written ad in a local paper to discover a Triumph TR3 that had run the Daytona 24 Hour race in the early 1960s. The list goes on and on, and the stories never get old. Relive the excitement, glory in the astounding discoveries, and revel in the cars that keep dreams alive.


See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Car and Driver, September 2006

“Whether you’re a serious collector or somebody who simply digs old cars, Tom Cotter’s book will delight you for hours.”



PhiladelphiaInquirer, May 11, 2006
“Many of us have watched the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction with envy. Out rolls a mint-condition copy of the 1972 Plymouth Duster two-door hardtop where we stole our first kiss. Or the 1952 MG TD roadster that we always wanted. Then the bidding starts and these cars sell for $30,000 or more, well out of our price range for a weekend ‘fun car.’
 
“Thanks to The Cobra in the Barn, we now know there's another way to get that historic car of our dreams without breaking the bank. North Carolina auto writer Tom Cotter has spent his life driving down dead-end dirt roads, peeking through smudged barn windows, and nosing around his old Long Island neighborhood. These cars are out there, just waiting to be rescued and restored.”

SpeedTV.com, Jan. 24, 2006,
“These suggestions alone are worth the price of this book, but we’re still only in the introduction – the hors d’oeuvres. The ‘meat’ of the book is the stories. There are over 50 of them, don’t be a glutton. You don’t have to devour them all in one sitting. Snack – a story or two with your morning coffee. Take a Cobra to lunch. Dine with a Delahaye from Czechoslovakia. Savor the flavor."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760319925
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/29/2005
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Tom Cotter writes regularly for Road & Track, and has a deep-seated love for automotive rescue. One of his best-known saves, a neglected Shelby Cobra, was chronicled by Peter Egan in Road & Track. Cotter resides in Davidson, North Carolina with his family and a garage full of collector cars.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Cobra in the Barn is a great book for Cobra enthusiasts.

    Loved the book. I even got to meet the author and he very graciously signed the the book for me. I have recomended the book to friends who have Cobras and will even give some away as Christmas gifts! Barnes and Noble did not have anymore on hand at the time I went in to purchase additional copies.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    This One Should Stay in the Barn

    I started reading The Cobra in the Barn after all the publicity Cotter¿s compilation received in major auto magazines. At first, I was expecting to read about Cotter¿s experience finding classic cars himself. Instead, Cotter has collected many tales from other collectors who found motoring treasures...and than profited off the ignorance of the cars¿ original owners. Most of the stories are of vintage hot rods or some old car that had been involved in past publicity in some form or another. I did not come away enjoying The Cobra in the Barn. The stories are much too short. I really felt as if they were written by people whose language mechanics are on par with an eighth grader¿s. You have dozens and dozens of tales that go along the lines of: ¿I saw this old woody on an old man¿s lawn and I convinced him to sell it to me. Then I sold it for lots of money.¿ There is the occasional Ferrari or rare exotic, but I have a feeling the average reader will probably take little interest in the majority of the stories chronicled (rather poorly). Cotter has just published his sequel, The Hemi in the Barn. I hope he comes out doing better with that one than he did here. What really would have saved this book is fewer stories with more depth. Twelve deep and interesting car tales are much better than three dozen brief ones.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Should be 'Expensive Cars in the Barn'

    This book is a pretty neat book, but not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting great finds of exotic cars for an ubelievable low price. What I got was rare cars being found in barns at market price. The only difference between me buying a rare car off of a car lot or from a collector is where the car is parked. It is a good book and some neat stories but just wasn't what I had expected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Cool

    Luv it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    great book

    great booke for people how like old cars and rebuilding them

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