Well-preserved pre-war American cars found in Texan barn

Barn find Cadillacs

Three 1930s Cadillacs discovered in a Texas barn could sell for more than $700,000 (£460,600) when they go up for sale at auction on June 12. These models are just three of five perfectly preserved pre-war vehicles found by a Texan car collector in the barn in Austin.
Most valuable of the cars that were stored for four decades is a 1932 Cadillac V12 Victoria Convertible, which is likely to sell for between $285,000 and $350,000 (£187,600 - £230,300). One of just four V12 Convertibles built in 1932, it is the only one left in existence, with the others receiving even more monstrous V16 engines.

This car, body #01, was made as a prototype to be presented to Cadillac execs and has been under the same ownership since 1971, being dry stored since 1973. With just three owners since new and its reasonable overall condition, bidders are likely to be fighting over this model when it goes under the hammer.

Pre-war Cadillacs discovered in Texan barn
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Well-preserved pre-war American cars found in Texan barn

Antonio Brunet, founder of Motostalgia Auctions, which is selling the Cadillacs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, told Fox News: "Opening the doors, seeing the cars covered in dust, untouched for years...It's like you're in a time machine." The cars are owned by a man who moved to The Lone Star State in the 1970s always intending to bring the cars back to their former glory.

Also up for sale is a 1933 Cadillac Model 370C Town Coupe V-12, which could raise up to $75,000 (£49,350). This three-speed manual model has covered a mere 64,989 miles over its 82-year life and produces 135bhp from its 6.0-litre V12 motor. It offers space for four passengers – five at a push.

Last of the classic Caddies up for grabs is an even more striking 1938 Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Fleetwood Limousine, which is expected to sell for up to $65,000 (£42,750).

Take a look at these valuable historic motors in the video below.

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