Everyone loves a good story of discovery. That’s probably why the barn find craze has thrived over the past decade — even in cases where the cars are in need of literally everything in order to be usable once more.
Smart buyers look for cars that are complete and worn, but also serviceable. That’s a fine line to walk — a car needs to show evidence of the passage of time, but it can’t need a full restoration — at least not yet. There’s value in dust and faded paint in our current market, especially when it’s on the right car.
Gooding & Company has announced that it will offer what it’s calling a “Garage Find” 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 at its Pebble Beach Auctions this August. The car, S/N 0571, is coming out of 50 years in single family ownership. Delivered new to Bob Estes in Inglewood, CA, it’s finished in Rosso Alpha over black leather and has its original engine, Touring body and California black plates with 1987 registration. It also wears a bunch of vintage window stickers as well, hinting at the life that it lived before being stored away.
It’s likely that the car will need some mechanical work before being drivable once more — but in terms of cosmetics, this has that worn original look and feel that isn’t easily replaced, and is often coveted by would-be owners who appreciate the authentic visible cues that come with a life well lived.
The market continues to be superheated, barn find enthusiasm is alive and well, and early Lamborghinis aren’t all that common. All that makes this car one to watch closely.
It crosses the block at Gooding’s Pebble Beach Auctions on August 18 and 19.