Vintage Dodge Charger found in barn could fetch $180,000 at auction
NEW YORK — For car collectors, it’s equivalent to finding a Picasso in the attic or a letter from Abraham Lincoln in their grandfather’s papers. A rare vintage car has been sitting in a barn for decades.
The car was originally purchased in 1969 by a local judge for his wife, according to Mecum’s auction site, which is handling the sale.
Hot Rod reports it was then purchased in 1974 by an 18-year old future anesthesiologist for $1,800. It was that owner who painted flames on the front of the car to trick it out before a trip to spring break in Florida.
That owner recently sold it for an undisclosed price it to Charlie Lyons, who runs a car restoration shop in Irvington, Alabama. It is Lyons who is the one selling the car at auction.
The car is being sold pretty much in the condition it was found in the barn, with peeling red paint, rust, and torn up bucket seats inside.
It is estimated to go for between $150,000 to $180,000, according to Mecum’s. A restored version of the same car was sold at a Mecum auction in January for $900,000, according to the auction house.