A ‘Barn Find’ in the automotive industry refers to the discovery of a classic or valuable car that has been left forgotten in a barn, garage, or other out-of-the-way location. Often covered in dust and untouched for years, these hidden gems captivate enthusiasts due to their original condition. Barn Finds have become a symbol of automotive archaeology, revealing some of the most historic and sought-after cars, and preserving them as timeless icons. The stories behind these discoveries often add to the allure, weaving a tale of mystery and nostalgia that enhances the vehicle’s intrinsic value. The auction professionals at RM Sotheby’s are proud to showcase what seems to be the Ultimate Ferrari Barn Find, which will head to its Monterey Car Week event as a 20-lot auction named the “Lost & Found Collection”.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Speedway, Indiana, just across the street from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, lies an extraordinary treasure trove of vintage Ferrari sports cars and race cars. Hidden away for decades from Ferrari collectors, restorers, and the public at large, these 20 examples have been left gathering dust, waiting for the right moment to reemerge. From a destroyed 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series to a 1987 Ferrari 512 BB Competizione, the Lost & Found Collection features some of the most significant vehicles ever produced by the Italian supercar manufacturer.
The secret stash remained untouched until 2004 when Hurricane Charley wreaked havoc along the coast of Florida. This catastrophic storm caused widespread damage, tearing down structures and exposing the forgotten Ferraris to the sunlight for the first time since 1990 when the barn they called home partially collapsed. Now for the first time since initially hidden away, the Lost & Found Collection of Ferraris is heading to the gold coast as part of RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2023 auction on August 17th. View all the Ferrari examples featured in the “Lost & Found Collection” from RM Sotheby’s by clicking the link below.
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