The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

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The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology by Tom Cotter

It’s every car lover’s fantasy: the perfectly preserved classic automobile discovered under a blanket in some great-granny’s garage. And as author Tom Cotter has discovered time and again, it’s a fantasy that can come true. The Hemi in the Barn offers more than forty 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—probably one of the last unrestored ones around—that Jay Leno found in a Burbank garage. Unbelievably, Leno found another Duesenberg in a parking garage in New York City—a car that was parked in 1933 and never moved. There’s a Plymouth Superbird found buried in a hedge in Alabama. There’s the rescue of the first 1955 Corvette ever built. As entertaining as these tales are, they’re also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions for readers setting off on their own adventures in automotive archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760342985
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: In the Barn Series
Edition description: First, reissue of Hardcover
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 590,984
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tom Cotter had long been involved in nearly every facet of the automotive and racing industries before writing his first book. From mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter formed his own racing and automotive PR and marketing agency, Cotter Group.nThe 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 video series, 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, has one son, Brian, and lives in Davidson, N.C.

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. Tom has been in and around cars all of his life, and built up one of the most successful PR agencies in motorsports, with a client list that includes Lowe's, McDonalds, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, BMW, John Deere, UPS, General Foods, Sears, and that Speed. The lifelong auto enthusiast is co-chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Cotter resides in Davidson, North Carolina, with his family and a garage full of collector cars.

Table of Contents



Foreword by Jay Leno



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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher, 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



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.”, 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.”



“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

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Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tunesville More than 1 year ago
"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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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