The Bottom Line
This book is a must-have if you enjoy dreaming about finding a very special car in decrepit condition and restoring it to its former glory. The writing is straightforward - much like you'd hear the story told at a cruise-in or in a racing paddock. If I had to find a flaw, I'd wish for more and larger photos, but this book is really good for the soul. Check out Cotter's prior work with these kinds of stories while you're at it.
- These stories are winners all on their own
- Cotter has done the homework to make sure the stories are accurate
- Engagingly written - and not too long!
- More photos would be better
- Larger photos would be better
The Corvette in the Barn
More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology
By Tom Cotter
Published by Motorbooks, 2010
Guide Review - The Corvette in the Barn - More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology
Tom Cotter's "in the barn" series is becoming a must-have set of books for every auto enthusiast's library - and there's a good reason for that. These are the stories you've heard in some form or another at least 100 times at car events or (more likely) on the Internet. The difference is that Cotter has done the research and verified what actually happened with the real people involved.
By now, everyone has seen the story of the big barn in Portugal with hundreds of dirt-encrusted old cars, right? If you're even moderately plugged in to the Internet car scene, someone has forwarded you this e-mail, probably a dozen times. The story varies a bit, but it's always something about a guy who finds an old barn on his retirement property and it turns out to be full of all these great cars. Well, Cotter did the detective work and has the true story, which is still great! I'll make you buy the book to find out the truth about that one.
True to the title, the book contains several good stories about people who found Corvettes in some state of neglect and saved them, including one of the 1956 Sebring Corvettes, a 1960 Briggs Cunningham Le Mans Corvette, and the only 1963 Z06 convertible ever made.
The book retails for $26, but amazon.com has it for $18.72.