Barn Find Bonanza: This Auction Includes Some 200 Collector Cars

Think about your ideal car collection—how many vehicles could you reasonably live with? It’s probably fewer than this automotive armada of some 200 collector cars in rural Minnesota. Blessed with plentiful acreage and productive crops, a farmer by the name of James Graham amassed a huge number of cars and trucks over his lifetime. Graham has passed on to the great highway in the sky, and now VanDerBrink Auctions is taking on the task of liquidating his estate. Could your dream car be one of the classics in this epic barn find?

The Graham collection is comprised primarily of American makes, ranging in vintage from the 1920s to mid-1970s. The bulk seems to be from the middle period, with numerous examples by defunct brands. While many sat outside to endure rotations of Minnesota’s seasons, others are in various states of preservation or restoration, with fabulous specimens of the best of bygone eras.

Graham cut the roof off his first car, a 1934 Ford Coupe, to have a “better time” in warmer months. He became infatuated by drop-tops, and procured convertibles including Ford’s 1957 retractable hardtop Skyliner, 1965 Mustang, and 1962 Thunderbird. His Chevrolet Impalas range from 1959 to 1967 model years, and include a few SS models. There’s also a 1964 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight that could make a great project. Most Cadillacs on the farm seem to fall between model years 1959 and 1962, but there’s also a 1976 Eldorado that’s among the most modern in the collection which appears to be in a fabulous state of originality: The odometer shows under 23,000 miles.

The auction features wonderfully quirky and obscure sedans. These include a pink-on-pink Rambler, 1957 DeSoto Fire Dome, 1957 Starchief and 1958 Chieftan from Pontiac, a legendarily grotesque 1958 Ford Edsel Pacer, and seven-headlamp 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88. Despite heavy patination, Graham’s Studebaker and 1949 Nash look to have straight bodies and can be appreciated for their streamlined designs if nothing else.

This being a farm, trucks were important to Graham’s work, so he bought pickups to help around his fields. The fleet includes Ford Model As and Ts from the 1920s and a heavy-duty 1941 GMC flatbed. Several Chevrolets including a soap green 1959 El Camino and brilliantly restored 1957 Cameo are available. Graham took a liking to Graham Brothers vehicles, and there are at least three ’20s-era trucks which share his namesake. These really illustrate just how far the trucks of today have come.

Rusty Old Minnesota Collector Barn Find Cars Sitting in a Field
Dusty Barn Find Classic Collector Cars in Garage
Dusty Antique Ford Collector Car Barn Finds
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Truck Green Front 3/4 View
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Green Rear 3/4 View
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Original Front View Grille Chrome
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Original Odometer Low Miles
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Original Rear 3/4 View
Rambler Sedan Project Pink Front 3/4 View
Rambler Sedan Pink Seats Original Interior View
1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Project Red White Top Front 3/4 View
1965 Ford Mustang Converible Red White Top Rear 3/4 View
1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Project Red White Top Interior
1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Red Engine Bay V8
1949 Nash Sedan Project Front 3/4 View
1949 Nash Sedan Project Rear 3/4 View
1957 Chevrolet Cameo Truck Restoration Red White Interior Dashboard Seats
1957 Chevrolet Cameo Truck Full Restoration Red Front 3/4 View
1957 Chevrolet Cameo Truck Full Restoration Red Rear 3/4 View
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Restoration Red White Top Front 3/4 View
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Full Restoration Red Interior Dashboard Seats
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Restoration Red White Top Rear 3/4 View
1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Sedan Pink Rear 3/4 View
1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Sedan Pink Front Headlights 3/4 View
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Yellow Black Top Convertible Project Front 3/4 View
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible Project Rear 3/4 View
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible Engine Bay V8
1957 DeSoto Fire Dome Sedan Project Front 3/4 View
1957 DeSoto Fire Dome Sedan Project Rear 3/4 View
1931 Ford Model A Pickup Red Wood Bed Front 3/4 View
1931 Ford Model A Pickup Red Wood Bed Rear 3/4 View
1964 Oldsmobile 98 Blue White Top Convertible Project Front 3/4 View
1964 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible Blue White Top Project Rear 3/4 View
Studebaker Sedan Project Rear 3/4 View
Studebaker Sedan Project Front 3/4 View
1941 GMC Flatbed Box Heavy Duty Pickup Truck Front 3/4 View
1958 Ford Edsel Pacer Sedan Black White Front 3/4 View

Dozens of antique agricultural tractors are also available. Clearly, Graham was an obsessive collector, and there are thousands of items beyond wheeled machinery, including souvenir plates, whiskey decanters, and die-cast toys. Regardless, the incredible array of automobiles is the main draw, and it’s worth looking at the auction page to see what piques your interest from this massive barn find. If you’re in Minnesota on August 10, check out the event—it’s about 12 miles west of Wheaton on Highway 27.

Source: VanDerBrink Auctions

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