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Classy Caddy

To classic car enthusiasts, “barn finds” are more myth than reality. The myth is that there are cars in good, original condition hidden for years in some barn in an out-of-the-way place, just waiting to be found and bought cheaply. The reality is often not so great: the condition of the cars can be very rough and the prices high. Just because someone owns a barn doesn’t mean he’s unaware of what’s happening in the car world. When Gary Righetti found an ad for a 1941 Cadillac at a decent price, he did not know it was a “barn find.” He just knew it was a car with fond childhood memories of standing behind the front seat while his uncle tore through the streets of San Francisco. He and his wife Emilie drove from San Mateo to Tahoe to see it. When the owner opened the barn door, the Caddy’s black paint gleamed through the dust accumulated from sitting for 20 years. The car was in excellent condition for its age and ran like a top. Gary not only bought it, but drove it right home, although a leaking water pump sent up a cloud of steam by the time he got there. Now he has repainted it and refreshed the engine, but it still has the original interior. Since then, Gary has developed a special fondness for myths.


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