Opening up a warehouse filled with old classics can be a bit of a dice roll – you never really know exactly what you’re going to get. As it turns out, this particular “barn find” uncovered on the Southside of Birmingham, Alabama was teeming with several nice collector pieces, including a 1990 Corvette ZR1 with 25 miles, a 1971 Corvette Coupe, a 1998 Corvette Convertible Indy Pace Car with 23 miles, and a 1990 Chevy 454 SS pickup with 19 miles on the clock. Now, we’re checking out some of those vehicles in the following four-minute video.
Initially publicized by GiveMeTheVIN (GMTV) founder and CEO John Clay Wolfe, the warehouse contained a total of 23 cars, which, in addition to the Chevys and Corvette ZR1, Buicks and Pontiacs, also contained several non-GM models, such as a 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, a few Ford Mustangs, a 1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, and a 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.
According to a report from Hemmings, the collection was owned by car collector Earl Trammel, who acquired the vehicles as investments, rather than investing in banks. Trammel passed away last year, and the collection went to his ex-wife, who then sold it to GMTV.
“[Earl] was a car and body man for over 60 – 70 years,” said Trammel’s brother-in-law, John Hollander, per Hemmings. “He was in business in two separate shops in Birmingham and started collecting cars at an early age. These cars need to be out where people can see them, so I finally talked by sister (Patricia) into selling the entire inventory.”
GMTV CEO Wolfe called the collection a “one-in-a-million barn find,” saying it was unlike anything he had accomplished previously.
“The diversity of the collection – from the brand-new ZR1 to the limited-edition 35th Anniversary Corvette that still has the plastic on the interior – is sure to make car junkies salivate when these classics go on display in a few months.”
The collection is set to go on display at auction this coming spring. Check out the teaser video below: