Explore the Complete Gallery of 50 Classic And Antique Cars Discovered in a Pennsylvania barn

Fifty cars were found in a barn in Pennsylvania in 2018, including Ford and Chevrolet cars built in the 1930s. Now, they’re going up for auction.The collection originally belonged to Larry Schroll, who spent the majority of his life collecting classic cars from swap meets while living in Pennsylvania. Schroll died in 2018 and his family inherited the estate, including his secret massive car collection.The family knew they wanted to auction off the vehicles to avoid the negotiations that come with selling a classic car. They had an auctioneer selected, but the auctioneer told them that he wasn’t a “car guy” and couldn’t distinguish differences between the collection, Matt Murray of IronTrap Garage told Business Insider.Overwhelmed by the collection of classic cars, Schroll’s family decided to reach out to Murray, who runs the YouTube channel IronTrap Garage that focuses on antique cars and hot rods from the World War II era.

Matt Murray called the collection one of the most amazing barn finds IronTrap Garage has ever seen in his YouTube video tour of the barn find.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette and 1955 Ford Thunderbird

 

In exchange for his help, Murray was able to purchase two hot rods from the collection: a 1932 Ford five-window coupe and a 1934 Ford Tudor.

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1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe (left) and 1934 Ford Tudor (right).

 

He plans on documenting the restoration of these two vehicles on his YouTube channel, along with releasing a video every Sunday for the next approximately two months about the barn find collection.

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1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe (right) and 1934 Ford Tudor (left).

 

“When we put those videos [documenting the two Ford restorations], people are going to lose their minds. It’s a once in a lifetime thing to find a ’32 Ford like one and buy it, and to buy a ’32 and a ’34 Ford at the same time is just off the charts,” Murray said.

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1934 Ford Tudor.

 

All of the vehicles found were made between the 1920s and 1970s.

Larry Schroll's wife's only car, the 1961 Ford Falcon

Larry Schroll’s wife’s only car, the 1961 Ford Falcon

 

Murray claims about 99% of the collection is made up of “very” collectible cars.

 foreground 1955 Ford Thunderbird then a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette

1955 Ford Thunderbird (left) and a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette (right)

 

“Pretty much anybody that walks in there would find something they like, whether you’re a muscle car guy or a hot rod guy or just the straight up antique car collector,” he continued.

1923 Ford Model T “Center Door”

1923 Ford Model T “Center Door”.

 

The cars are now going up for auction…

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…and will be auctioned off in batches.

1972 Lincoln Mark IV Continental

1972 Lincoln Mark IV Continental.

 

Schroll worked at a paper mill, holding the job his entire life.

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1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe.

 

“He was just a blue collar kind of guy,” Murray said.

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1923 Ford T Bucket.

 

He started collecting cars in 1961 and continued until the 1990’s.

1964 Chevrolet Corvair

1964 Chevrolet Corvair.

 

Schroll purchased all of the vehicles used.

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He purchased several of the cars that “caught his eye” at big swap meets, according to Murray.

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1934 Ford Tudor Sedan.

 

“He [was] buying cars that are worth $20,000 now and he paid like, $1,000,” he continued.

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1934 Ford Tudor Sedan.

 

He also didn’t have any “prejudice” towards the vehicles he purchased.

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1948 Chevrolet Sedan.

 

While some collectors only focus on a specific brand or era of cars, Schroll purchased what he liked regardless of its maker.

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“Everything he bought is unique or interesting for one reason or another,” Murray said. “You can actually tell why he bought it.”

1923 Ford T Bucket

1923 Ford T Bucket.

 

There’s a 1954 Corvette, which Murray claims is one of the best cars in the collection.

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1934 Ford Tudor.

 

It’s from the second model year of the Corvette and dons a rare color that only about a hundred 1954 Corvettes ever made have.

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1923 Ford T Bucket.

 

The vehicle in the best condition is the 1955 Ford Thunderbird.

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1955 Ford Thunderbird.

 

The vehicle in the worst condition is the 1932 Ford five-window coupe that Murray purchased because it’s one of the only cars in the collection that isn’t in driving condition.

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1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe.

Schroll was an especially prolific car buyer between 1975 and 1979 after purchasing a nine-acre wood lot in 1975.

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1959 Chrysler imperial.

 

During that four year period, Schroll purchased 21 vehicles, including a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible, a 1969 Ford Thunderbird, and a 1936 Ford truck.

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1936 Ford Truck.

 

“It was a great investment because he was buying stuff at a time when you could buy these cars for literally pennies on the dollar, and now…they’re all good cars, but some of the cars [are] pretty good [and] definitely going to be pretty good profit for [the family],” Murray said.

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1923 Ford T Bucket.

 

“It would have taken a lifetime to sell all of this privately one by one,” Murray said.

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1964 Ford Corvair Convertible.

 

Some of the vehicles still have okay paint jobs and are driveable, even without repairs and restorations.

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1936 Ford Truck.

 

Murray claims the collection is so incredible because of the large range of vehicles and the good condition many of them are still in.

1938 Chevrolet Street Rod2
1938 Chevrolet Street Rod.

 

He held the cars in two places, including a barn that he built himself.

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He also purchased a second storage unit and built walls inside of the building to protect the vehicles from prying eyes and the weather.

1930 Ford Model A Coupe
1930 Ford Model A Coupe.

 

“He bought them, put it in the building, and closed the door and never touched them again,” Murray said about the cars in the other storage unit. “When I’m opening the hood on these cars or the doors on them, like it’s the first time they’d been open since..Larry [opened them].”

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1948 Chevrolet Sedan.

 

Murray compares exploring the storage units to treasure hunting.

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1959 Chrysler Imperial.

 

“Overwhelming is the best word because you can’t go to a place like this and take it all in in one day,” Murray said.

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1959 Chrysler imperial.

 

Every time he visits the storage units, he finds something new that he hadn’t noticed before.

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1934 Ford Tudor Sedan.

 

The cars are packed closely together, Murray said.

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1948 Chevrolet Sedan.

 

The space is so cramped, it’s difficult to walk between some of the vehicles.

1965 Ford Mustang 5
1965 Ford Mustang.

 

This means each vehicle has to be removed carefully.

1959 Chrysler imperial5
1959 Chrysler imperial.

 

The cars will not be repaired before the auction.

1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe6
1932 Ford Five-Window Coupe.

 

Instead, the vehicles will be hosed down to clean off the dirt and animal feces on them.

1934 Ford Tudor Sedan1
1934 Ford Tudor Sedan.

 

However, two of the vehicles won’t be washed to stay in line with the “barn find craze that’s happened in the past 10 years,” according to Murray.

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Murray claims that some collectors want the cars while they are still dirty and “as found.”

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Mechanical work won’t be done because of the high number of vehicles and the amount of time it might take.

1936 Ford Truck
1936 Ford Truck.

 

However, many of the cars don’t need extensive work.

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1969 Ford Thunderbir

Murray claims 99% of the cars aren’t too rusty…

1950 Mercury Custom
1950 Mercury Custom.

 

…and about 80% to 90% of the vehicles are “structurally sound.”

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1965 Ford Mustang.

 

Most of the cars will likely be sold in the $5,000 to $10,000 range, with some likely going between $20,000 and $50,000, according to Murray.

1948 Chevrolet Sedan7
1948 Chevrolet Sedan.

 

Some of the cars still have little tokens inside that are reminders of Schroll’s ownership, including Schroll’s jacket that was thrown in and left in the passenger seat, and lanyards around the rearview mirror.

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Car parts found in the storage units will also be going up for auction.

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1959 Chrysler imperial

 

Murray predicts the parts are just as valuable as the cars.

1955 Ford Thunderbird
1955 Ford Thunderbird.

 

He also wants people to know that Schroll wasn’t a hoarder.

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Murray considers the collection a financial investment, and not a hoarding hobby.

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“There is a negative hoarder, but he wasn’t keeping empty cat food, he was keeping collectible antique cars around and car parts which now the family’s going to benefit from very greatly,” Murray said.

1965 Ford Mustang 4
1965 Ford Mustang.

 

“We can all thank him for saving all these old cars,” he continued.

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The first round of auctions will begin on April 18th at the York fairgrounds.

Two 1967 Volkswagen Beetles.
Two 1967 Volkswagen Beetles.

 

Some of the vehicles will be sold at the fairgrounds, and others will be sold on the property.

1959 Dodge Sedan3
1959 Dodge Sedan.

 

There will be three to five auctions in total.

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Several vehicles have already been sold, including the two that Murray purchased, and two antique fire trucks and a Harley Davidson that Scholl also owned.

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