And have sat for more than half a century.
The dream of any classic car fan is to be walking through the woods, come upon a barn, and find some priceless piece of British or French automotive art hiding under a cover. In this dream the old man who owns the barn find says, "you look like you could take care of it, go ahead and keep it." We're guessing that rarely happens in real life.
More often, you're walking through the woods and come upon a mostly destroyed car, sinking into ground, becoming an animal home. That's what happened to Mr. Goodpliers on YouTube, who found ten old Chevy trucks from the Advanced Design era, along with a few other old sedans. The question everyone wants to know is, are they worth anything? This was a long time before the Chevrolet Silverado, after all.
Goodpliers says he found the old man that owns the land, and the cars, and that he was only interested in half-ton trucks of the era. He drove them until they died, parked them in the back, and grabbed spare parts whenever he needed them. Besides windows and tires, we bet many of these pickups are missing engine parts too.
These trucks are all from 1947-1953, though the specific era ran until 1955. They all sported inline sixes ranging from 3.5- to 4.3-liters. They featured three- or four-speed manuals or the option of a four-speed Hydramatic automatic. According to Goodpliers, he offered the owner $10,000 for the whole lot.
Unfortunately the owner balked, coming back with $5,000 a piece. Because of the condition, and the fact that many of them are probably missing parts, that seems like an overshoot. We found some driving examples of this truck for $8,000, and these are going to need a lot more than $3,000 worth of work.
Still, to find something like this, especially with the original owner around to talk to about it, feels a little bit special. These trucks did mighty work in their day. The more we think about it, $10K for the whole lot is probably a fair price. With a ton of work you could probably get two or three running trucks together. Of course, besides the repairs, you have to get them out of there. A cargo helicopter perhaps?