The 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible found in the barn (pictured) could fetch $350,000 at auction

The 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible found in the barn (pictured) could fetch $350,000 at auction

A Texas car collector has made the discovery of a lifetime in the form of five classic pre-war automobiles stored for four decades in an Austin barn.
Antonio Brunet, chairman and founder of Motostalgia Auctions, is now helping their owner take the cars to auction, where high estimates value the collection at more than $700,000.

“It’s the Holy Grail for a car guy,” said Brunet. “Opening the doors, seeing the cars covered in dust, untouched for years … It’s like you’re in a time machine.”

Brunet said the collection, which includes a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Victoria Convertible, 1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe, 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limousine, 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L, 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster/Sedan Tonneau and a twice-used 1937 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer.

Valuable: The car likely to fetch highest bids in that auction, scheduled for June 12 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible (pictured)

Valuable: The car likely to fetch highest bids in that auction, scheduled for June 12 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible (pictured)

The owner, Jack moved to Texas from Wisconsin in 1972-73. “He had some amazing vehicles that he put away in his new barn, always with the intention of getting the time and money to fix them,” Brunet said. “But as it often goes, he never found that time.”

Brunet said the cars remained untouched for more than 4 decaceds except for raccoon prints in the dust.

Brunet said it was obvious that the collection held a special place in Jack’s heart. “He really took the time to put the cars away properly. They were on blocks, perfectly spaced, waiting for the day they would be on the road again.”

According to Yahoo, the rarest of the five cars is a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Victoria convertible, body No. 1. One of only four Victoria convertibles built for 1932, it is the only one with a V-12 engine. “It was used as a prototype to show executives to see if they would approve the concept of a Victoria convertible,” Brunet said. “It’s on the V-16 registry, but it obviously carries a V-12 engine.”

The cars found in the barn (pictured) are owned by a man who moved to Texas from Wisconsin in the 70s

The cars found in the barn (pictured) are owned by a man who moved to Texas from Wisconsin in the 70s

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