These 5 Pre-War Automobiles Spent 40 Years In A Texas Barn


Publish date: 2015-10-27 12:10:42
1908 REO Model G detachable Boattail Roadster & Sedan Convertible

Antonio Burnet, chairman of Motostalgia Auctions, takes us to a Texas barn containing five cars that had existed before World War II and had survived the years away!

The rare automobiles were owned by a car enthusiast named Jack who moved down to Texas in the early 1970’s. After acquiring them, he stores them away in the Texas barn with the hopes of fixing and riding them again one day. For more than 40 years, the five pre-war cars withstood the ravages of time. Each has a story to tell. Let’s take a look at each of them.

First on the list is a 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L, which was the last model to be built by Milburn before GM bought the company to take down competition.

1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L

Name: 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L

Chassis/VIN: 1199383

Body Style: Coupe

Number of Doors: 2

Engine: 36-72 Volt / 27 HP Electric Motor; 1 Speed forward, 1-Speed reverse; Two-wheel mechanical drum brakes.

Estimated Value: US$90,000-US$125,000

Sold: US$165,000

Considered probably as the world’s first green car, this Milburn is capable of travelling a distance of 70 miles on a single charge. It has a top speed of 20mph, cozy enough for a simple, leisurely ride.

 

1932 Cadillac V12 Victoria Convertible

Name: 1932 Cadillac V12 Victoria Convertible

Chassis/VIN: 1301203

Body Style: Coupe

Number of Doors: 2

Engine: 368 cid V-12

1 Barrel Detroit Lubricator Model 51 Carburetor / 135 bhp

3-Speed Manual Transmission

Four Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

Mileage: 13,890 miles actual

Estimated Value: US$285,000-US$350,000

Sold: US$308,000

 

1933 Cadillac Model 370C Town Coupe V-12

Name: 1933 Cadillac Model 370C Town Coupe V-12 Chassis/VIN: 4000505

Body Style: Coupe

Number of Doors: 2

Engine: 368 cid OHV V12

2×2 Barrel Down-draught Carburetors / 135 bhp

3-Speed Manual Transmission

Vacuum-Boosted Four Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

Mileage: 64,989 miles actual

Estimated Value: US$55,000-US$75,000

Sold: US$55,000

This Cadillac has been discovered in Austin in an almost untouched and pristine condition. Its V12 engine is still considered to be at the top of the line among its generation.

 

1938 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 Series 90 Imperial

Name: 1938 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 Series 90 Imperial Limousine

Chassis/VIN: 5270227

Body Style: Limousine

Number of Doors: 4

Engine: 431 cid, L-head V16

2×1 Carter WDO 407 (left) & 408 (right) 1 Barrel Carburetors / 185 bhp

3-Speed Manual Transmission with Column Shift

Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Mileage: 57,525 miles actual

Estimated Value: US$45,000-US$65,000

Sold: US$46,750

 

1908 REO Model G detachable Boattail Roadster & Sedan Convertible

The oldest car in the Texas Barn find, this 1908 REO Model G was well preserved having its original coachwork and brass still intact. A perfect candidate for preservation and restoration, this REP offers a picturesque glimpse of the early motoring days.

Name: 1908 REO Model G detachable Boattail Roadster & Sedan Convertible

Chassis/VIN: 11551

Body Style: Coupe

Number of Doors: 2

Engine: 06 cid “L-Head” 1-Cylinder

1 Barrel Carburetor/ 8.0 bhp

2-Speed Pleantary Transmission

Two Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

Estimated Value: US$75,000-US$95,000

Sold: US$104,500

 

Reference:
http://motostalgia.com/car-detail/?car=IBY15-1923-Milburn-ElectricModel27L-&vin=1199383