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Product Details

  • Series: In the Barn
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (April 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076033661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760336618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Car and Driver, September 2006

“Whether you’re a serious collector or somebody who simply digs old cars, Tom Cotter’s book will delight you for hours.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11, 2006
“Many of us have watched the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction with envy. Out rolls a mint-condition copy of the 1972 Plymouth Duster two-door hardtop where we stole our first kiss. Or the 1952 MG TD roadster that we always wanted. Then the bidding starts and these cars sell for $30,000 or more, well out of our price range for a weekend ‘fun car.’
 
“Thanks to The Cobra in the Barn, we now know there's another way to get that historic car of our dreams without breaking the bank. North Carolina auto writer Tom Cotter has spent his life driving down dead-end dirt roads, peeking through smudged barn windows, and nosing around his old Long Island neighborhood. These cars are out there, just waiting to be rescued and restored.”


SpeedTV.com, Jan. 24, 2006,
“These suggestions alone are worth the price of this book, but we’re still only in the introduction – the hors d’oeuvres. The ‘meat’ of the book is the stories. There are over 50 of them, don’t be a glutton. You don’t have to devour them all in one sitting. Snack – a story or two with your morning coffee. Take a Cobra to lunch. Dine with a Delahaye from Czechoslovakia. Savor the flavor."
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Cotter writes regularly for Road & Track, and has a deep-seated love for automotive rescue. One of his best-known saves, a neglected Shelby Cobra, was chronicled by Peter Egan in Road & Track. Cotter resides in Davidson, North Carolina with his family and a garage full of collector cars.

Customer Reviews

If you love cars, you have to read this book.
Mark Y. Turner
The book was easy to read, had great pictures and now I'm looking for some barns to find my next car.
Richard Roland Mackey
A good book for incremental reading; falling asleep in bed, during morning constitutional.
R. L. Brungraber

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Hackman on March 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have scouted, searched, and on occasion bought an old car that has been sitting somewhere without a "for sale" sign on it. This book reads like the journal I'd like to write. The cars and their circumstances are mostly unique situations, and the lost/found and long term pursuit angles are the best. For the most part the buyers have a genuine interest, if not a personal one, in the cars they seek. Thankfully, the megabucks trophy collectors and hoarders who fill their warehouses (and ruin it for most everyone else) don't dominate the book.

If you are looking for high end writing and extensive stories, or if you only like certain cars, this book may not be as much fun for you. It is not Peter Egan's "Side Glances." Some accounts are better than others, but overall it is an enjoyable and entertaining book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thistle 746 on November 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this great book along with Egans Leanings 2. Both books are great for a quick 'shot in the arm' of gearhead wonderland. Cotter has compiled this wonderful selection of stories and presented it in a very tasteful package. High quality paper and equally good photographs make for a satisfing read. Well recommended for any automotive enthusiast.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Angus Lemon on January 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Cotter has done a wonderful job of assembling short stories about finding old, desirable cars. The stories are different enough that they do not become repetitive and they don't get bogged down in the detail. The pictures are well done and add interest to the book. I enjoyed this easy to read book probably because it is as much about the people as it is about the cars they find. Very well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Guys and gals who love cars (and those who care about those obsessed people), this book is for you. You'll relish reading about people as crazy as you are about finding and restoring old cars.

Eureka! Dream cars such as a 1938 woody station wagon--or Rolls, desirable Porsches, Cobra and many more specialty cars were found in old sheds, barns and garages.

With most old cars, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, usually from unforgettable memories of their youth (hmmmn). Now this person is a grown up and has money to spend on that dream.

Like buying a dog, buying a needs-some-work car is the cheapest part of owning it. The idea is to find an old car, drag it home, and then bring it back to live, with money and a lot of elbow grease.

Author Tom Cotter thinks, reads and breathes old cars...and he loves the hunt. He's the right guy for this wonderful job of writing about old cars and the people who love them.

Even if you don't love old cars like the people in this book, you'll still enjoy reading their quest, success and disappointments. You might even get the urge.

Now if I could only find a ....

Armchair Interviews says: A great gift book for a car lover--especially one who takes a neglected and abused heap of metal and makes it a dream come true. Anyone for a COX 6057 Cobra that needs just a little paint and a few "minor" body repairs?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenboy on March 26, 2006
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Good book for the waiting room of an upscale independent auto repair shop or the "reading room" in you own home; i.e. circumstances where you don't expect to read a book cover to cover. Some of the vignettes are very well written. Some are not. The latter fact is more noticeable because they all have the same story line. Several of those near the end of the book immerse the reader in minutiae about a particular car's history that only that car's owner could possibly care about. Overall, I enjoyed the portions I read, but will pass it on to a friend confident that he will do the same when he's finished with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jeltz on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I looked forward to reading this book about stories of unbelievable barn/garage finds and the circumstances that lead to these amazing cars abandonment & the subsequent rediscovery many years later. These stories should appeal to car lovers and treasure hunters alike; I can not imagine finding, like the book's title implies, a Cobra in an abandoned barn (even if it was repainted an ugly brown & a raccoon was calling it its home). The stories truly temp me to stop & look in every old barn/garage I drive by to see what gem might be resting under the roof.

I would have liked a bit more historical background about the the cars that were discovered but that's being picky. The photos of the cars were great -- unbelievable to fathom that someone would let such amazing automobiles sit unprotected & unloved. The photo gallery at the end of the book -- all shot an undisclosed garage/property in Europe -- will amaze you & make you cringe as there are countless breahtaking cars (we're talking old Bugattis & the like) sit sadly in a tired, filthy garage & overgrown property. After seeing them you'll want to embark on your on odyssey to track them down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Lavett on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Cobra in the barn is an excellent book. The stories are interesting, fact filled, and entertaining. The short length of each story makes you eager to get to the next one to see what new, exotic car will be discovered. Some of the stories are heartwarming, some are sad. The rescue of the car and it's eventual return to glory is the satisfying conclusion in most cases. However, not all stories have a happy conclusion.

Overall, an excellent read for those of us who enjoy the automotive hobby, and it should appeal to those who enjoy a good, historical story as well.
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More About the Author

A regular contributor to Road & Track, Tom Cotter is the author of two bestselling automotive-rescue books, The Cobra in the Barn and The Hemi in the Barn. He also is the co-author of an award-winning history of the legendary race team Holman-Moody. Before focusing on writing, Cotter built one of the most successful PR agencies in motorsports, with a client list that included NASCAR, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, BMW, and SPEED channel. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and lives in Davidson, North Carolina.