Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology [NOOK Book]

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“Tom Cotter's sequel to last year's best-selling The Cobra in the Barn relays one great tale after another, with players unearthing rare cars to die for. The treasures include an armored Mercedes-Benz Aktion P command car discovered in pieces in Russia, a desirable Dodge Daytona Hemi virtually abandoned behind bushes in a guy's yard, a bushel of Bugattis in a barn, the ‘Divorcee Cobra,’ and a GTO ...
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Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

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Overview

Reviews:
“Tom Cotter's sequel to last year's best-selling The Cobra in the Barn relays one great tale after another, with players unearthing rare cars to die for. The treasures include an armored Mercedes-Benz Aktion P command car discovered in pieces in Russia, a desirable Dodge Daytona Hemi virtually abandoned behind bushes in a guy's yard, a bushel of Bugattis in a barn, the ‘Divorcee Cobra,’ and a GTO owned by a mobster. These are great stories about great cars.” - Edmunds.com

“The book is highly entertaining, often exciting and should hold universal appeal for all car enthusiasts.” - Hemmings Muscle Machines

About the book:
It's every car lovers fantasy: the perfectly preserved classic automobile discovered under a blanket in some great-grannys garage. And as Tom Cotter showed us in The Cobra in the Barn, it's a fantasy that can come true. Cotters' adventures in automotive archaeology continue in The Hemi in the Barn, with more than forty new stories of amazing finds and automotive resurrections. Avid collectors big and small recall the thrills of the hunt, the tips and hunches followed, clues pursued, the heart-stopping payoff. There's the forgotten Duesenberg--the only unrestored one around--that Jay Leno found in a Burbank garage. There's another 1931 model Dusenberg Leno found in a parking garage in New York City that was parked in 1933 and was never moved. There's a Plymouth Superbird found buried in a hedge out of sight in Alabama. There's the rescue of the first 1955 Corvette ever built. There's the find of legendary race builder Smokey Yunick's Boss 302 Trans-Am car. And there's the story of the original Cobra Daytona Coupe built by Peter Brock and sold to Phil Spectre--a story that somehow involves a chauffeur's daughter setting herself and her rabbits on fire. As entertaining as these tales are--and some are truly corkers--they're also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions for readers setting off on their own adventures in automotive archaeology. 

Chapter 1: Exotic Destinations
Chapter 2: The Find Next Door
Chapter 3: Rare Finds
Chapter 4: Stranger Than Fiction
Chapter 5: The Luck of the Car Hunters
Chapter 6: Family Jewels
Chapter 7: Playboys, Princesses, and Spies
Appendix: Top 20 Barn-Finding Tips See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/
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Editorial Reviews

Still Runnin Magazine
For years I thought I was the only person who was looking behind sheds, barns and garages while traveling, but I was mistaken. There are a lot of us out there. I think you will find yourself taking this book with you should you find quiet time during your day. A great gift for that gearhead on your list.
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“Tom Cotter has written two books on barn finds. 2005's “The Cobra in the Barn” was followed by “The Hemi in the Barn” in 2007. I found “Cobra” and “Hemi” difficult to put down.” -

San

Diego

Union Tribune

Edmunds.com, June 2007

“Tom Cotter's sequel to last year's best-selling The Cobra in the Barn relays one great tale after another, with players unearthing rare cars to die for. The treasures include an armored Mercedes-Benz Aktion P command car discovered in pieces in Russia, a desirable Dodge Daytona Hemi virtually abandoned behind bushes in a guy's yard, a bushel of Bugattis in a barn, the ‘Divorcee Cobra,’ and a GTO owned by a mobster. These are great stories about great cars.”

Cars & Parts Magazine, December 2007

“Anyone who grew up with tales of buried treasure, loves a good mystery, or simply a rousing good read, are sure to enjoy both titles.”

Musclecar Enthusiast, January 2008

“It contains more fascinating tales of those elusive and often rare vehicles still waiting to be discovered.”


“For years I thought I was the only person who was looking behind sheds, barns and garages while traveling, but I was mistaken. There are a lot of us out there. I think you will find yourself taking this book with you should you find quiet time during your day. A great gift for that gearhead on your list.” - Still Runnin Magazine

Izoom.com, September 2007

“Just like Cobra, Hemi is chocked with such gems for the eager and patient reader to extract and enjoy.”

Cruzin Magazine, November/December 2007

“If there’s one thing most car nuts have in common it’s the desire to find an old car that has languished for decades in a barn or garage. The Hemi in the Barn is a collection of forty such stories of cars that have been stored and found.”

Antique Automobile, November/December 2007

“As entertaining as these tales are, they’re also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions.”

Hemmings Muscle Machines, August 2007

“The book is highly entertaining, often exciting and should hold universal appeal for all car enthusiasts.”

Car Collector Magazine, December 2007

“Cotter manages seven chapters in his latest automotive archeology book, ranging from a simple phone call to come look at a car, like my experience, to the most bizarre chances of luck, and a few adventures (misadventures) in foreign countries that could have gone wrong, very wrong. Cotter has 39 great stories in this book, with cars valued from just a few thousand dollars to the high six figures. The author also gives readers the benefit of his experiences with an appendix containing 20 Barn-Finding Tips. From domestic work-a-day cars to muscle cars, racecars, sports cars and rare American and European classics, there are stories to delight, entertain, and inspire in this work. The Hemi in the Barn is a good read, and the operative word is read because this is a story book, and all the heroes have wheels.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616737573
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 618,293
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

The title on Tom Cotter's business card reads: "Certified Car Geek." For the past 30 years, Cotter has worked on nearly every end of the car business: mechanic, car sales, automotive public relations and marketing executive, auto racing authority, historian, racer, collector, restorer, journalist, and author. He has authored 10 automotive books, including most of the popular In the Barn series for Motorbooks. He has written for the New York Times and Road & Track magazine. Whenever he sits down at his keyboard to write another book, you can be sure that he has grease under his fingernails. Official Website: www.cobrainthebarn.com

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Table of Contents


Contents

                 

Foreword by Jay Leno

Acknowledgments

Introduction

One         Exotic Destinations

The Baltic Bulletproof Aktion P

The Costa Rican Alfa Romeo

Drag Comet in Paradise

A Crusade to Brooklyn

The Incredible Disappearing Chevelle

Two        The Find Next Door

They’re Under Your Nose

A Cunningham in the Neighborhood

The Divorcee Cobra

Officer Barn Find

The Author’s Barn Finds

Three      Rare Finds

The Superbird in the Bushes

The First ’55 Vette

The Pinto with a Pedigree

Rescuing a Red Farmer Rust Bucket

A Checkered Past               

Smokey and the Boss

High-Tech Barn Finder

Leno’s Duesies

Four        Stranger Than Fiction

The Mob GTO

The Rewards of Persistence

Barn-Find Bandits

The Star-Crossed Flaming Rabbit Daytona Coupe

The Watermelon Man and the Cobra

Five        The Luck of the Car Hunters

Between the Devin and the Deep Blue Sea

This Triumph Was Almost Overlooked

The Greatest Barn Find Story Ever Told

High School Hot Rod

A Nose for Rare Vettes

Six           Family Jewels

Help Stamp Out Hot Rods!

Finding a Friend’s Old Hot Rod

Honoring a Pact

Father Knows Best

The Winemaker’s Bora

My Iso Grifo                                                                                        

Seven     Playboys, Princesses, and Spies

An AMX Fit for a Playmate

The Princess Jaguar SS1

The MG in the Coffin

The Robber Baron’s Bugatti Boondoggle

Ginger’s Hemi in the Barn

Appendix               Top 20 Barn-Finding Tips

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    If you are an old car enthusiast..."Hemi in the Barn" is great fun!

    "Hemi in the Barn" is a great read for car lovers of any persuasion. We all want to find that rare car in an old garage or barn....waiting to be rediscovered! Some of the stories leave you wanting more details, but the overall stories are very interesting. Would be nice to see a follow-up book that revisits some of these cars, and tells what has happened since the car was discovered, or if the restoration is done, etc. Also, would like to have seen more photos of each car in each story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    good book

    i thought it was good book i got it for christmas i thought it was one big story but it was a bunch of little stories must of which were interesting it was an over all good book

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