Classic cars are for sale everywhere in the USA. I’ve just traveled through Idaho and I’m amazed at how many barn finds and restoration projects are available for sale along the road sides and in old gas stations.
I found this 1956 Buick Special 4 door hardtop in completely original condition in a small farming community. The car must have been from the area and perhaps from its appearance, would have been owned by the one family. A local dealership badge was still on this classic beauty, telling of just a small part of its long history.
You can see the paint is mostly original, and these days the fading paint revealing undercoat and surface rust is appealing for realist car collectors. Some collectors might keep this beauty unrestored. Even leave the engine as is. Barn finds are just as appealing to certain enthusiasts as a full restoration. The reason is because it means the car is at the lowest of pricing in this state. The potential buyer will either see it as a minimal restoration project, or a full restoration.
An interesting part of this car is the badging. Front and back are the badges displaying the actual year model 1956! Rare in any car!
It would be a difficult choice for any collector to cast vision to the future and decide what would best suit this 4 door hardtop, should it be a total restoration for tens of thousands of dollars, or should it be a minimal restoration where the engine and functions are restored, but keeping the originality of the appearance?
I’ve just checked online and these 1956 Buick Specials are selling as wreckers from $3,000 to over $49,000 for a full restoration.
Looks like this particular Hot Ride is a bargain at $2,500 asking.