VotW – Barn Find Hunter with Tom Cotter

The name Tom Cotter may not be tip-of-the-tongue familiar to a lot of you, but it should be. Tom Cotter wrote the book on barn finds. VotW - Barn Find Hunter with Tom CotterLiterally. He is the author of The Cobra in the Barn, The Hemi in the Barn, 50 Shades of Rust, and many other of similarly amusing titles and drool worthy contents. And don’t let those titles fool you, there are plenty of non-American cars in these books – yup, good old British barn find.  To that end, our Video of the Week (VotW) is the first in a new series of videos titled “Barn Find Hunter”. This series starts Tom Cotter and is produced by Hagerty, the insurance guys.

There are a good number of things that appeal with this video, not the least of which is that it was filmed around Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is a wonderful and historic city, but not the kind of place where you would expect to find hidden gems of the British motor industry. And that is the second thing I like about this video – Cotter finds a Morris Minor of New Zealand descent that looks more than restorable. In fact, it is taking a lot of willpower not to make the drive down to Savannah and retrieve that car because, well, you know we all need more projects.

I hope that Hagerty continues with this series. It reminds me a good deal of the TV show “American Pickers” where an initial lead on something turns into a redirection to somewhere else which turns into a hike through someone’s back yard. Most of us have been there and done that, I know I have. Unfortunately, what I normally find is either too rusty to be of use or the owner things they have the lost treasure Montezuma. But I will keep following those leads, hiking those fields, and braving the snakes and chiggers. Hope springs eternal that one day I will come upon the forgotten Aston Martin or Morgan that will make it all worthwhile.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.


  1. I have a 1936 Austin 10 “Sunshine” (totally apart) that has been in our back garage since 1967. I don’t want to junk it. I’d rather sell it to someone who has an interest. I live near Buffalo, NY.

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