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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076033661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760336618
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book of The Month This American book covers one of the most talked about subjects of the old car hobby. Author Tom Cotter has gathered an entertaining selection of barn find-type storeies, with the help of contributors, including respected authors Peter Egan and Ken Gross --Classic & Sports Cars...True tales of barn cars, found and restored, plus the occassional big fish that got away --AutoWeek...I'll recommend this one, which more tahn lives up to it's subtitle as a collection of 'great stories of automotive archaeology'. Cobra recounts the tales of some three dozen wonderful old vehicles that were lovingly recovered from burial in barns and other forgotten places, then lovingly restored back to life --Detroit News..... Whether you're a serious collector or somebody who simply digs old cars, Tom Cotter's book will delight you for hours- Car and Driver-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-Philadelphia Inquirer-Tom Cotter tells fascinating tales of dream cars discovered everywhere...the stuff of every enthusiast's fantasy-Road and Track-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 flavour. -- --SpeedTV

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Tom Cotter is a regular contributor to Road & Track and has a deep-seated love for automotive rescue. He is also co-author of a book detailing the award-winning history of Holman-Moody, a legendary racing team that enjoyed its greatest success in stock car racing. Holman-Moody won the 2003 International Automotive Media Award for motorsports history. Cotter has built one of the most successful PR agencies in NASCAR racing, with a client list that includeS Lowe's, McDonalds, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, BMW, John Deere, UPS, General Foods, Sears, and SPEED Channel. Cotter lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with his family and a garage full of collector cars. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher John Elkin on 23 Oct 2013
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Very interested I barn finds have also bought the other two by tom cotter sure they will be great fun reading
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Real tricky on 1 Jun 2008
Format: Hardcover
A great book this spent most of last christmas mooching around reading it, picked it up again resently and still captivated, and suprised by how much is in there that i'd forgotten. Not one for any one who wants to get into great detail about the history of marques, but enough to spark an interest. A little bias toward the states perhaps.

Come on its got to be every petrolheads dream to stumble on that long forgotten great and restore it to its former glory!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A fun, light read for a car guy like me 22 Mar 2006
By J. Hackman - Published on
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good stuff 11 Nov 2005
By Thistle 746 - Published on
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A great book for an old car romantic! 6 Jan 2006
By Angus Lemon - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Eureka! 8 Nov 2005
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
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?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good Coffee Table Book 26 Mar 2006
By Kenboy - Published on
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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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