The Cobra in the Barn: Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology
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The Cobra in the Barn: Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

by Tom Cotter
     
 

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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

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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 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/

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.”



Philadelphia Inquirer, 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760336618
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
04/03/2010
Series:
In the Barn Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
746,580
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

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.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, 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."

Meet the Author

Tom Cotter had been involved in nearly every end of the automotive and racing industries before writing his first book. From working as a mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter then formed his own racing and automotive PR agency, Cotter Group. The agency represented some of the largest clients in NASCAR, IndyCar/CART, drag racing, and road racing. He has written biographies of the legendary Holman-Moody race team, Tommy Ivo, and Dean Jeffries, but is best known for his series of barn find books, such as Cobra in the Barn, 50 Shades of Rust, and Barn Find Road Trip. Cotter appears in the Barn Find Hunter series on YouTube, which is distributed by Hagerty Insurance. He teaches public relations at Belmont Abbey College, sits on the advisory board of McPherson College's Auto Restoration program, and is a member of the Road Racing Driver's Club (RRDC). He is married to Pat, and has one son, Brian, and lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

Peter Egan is one of the most readable writers in the motorcycle enthusiast world. His work first appeared in Cycle World magazine in 1977, and he has been a regular fixture there ever since. Peter lives near Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Barb, a houseful of dogs and cats, and a garage filled with motorcycles, cars, and the sound set for his garage blues band.

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