The Ultimate 1980s Barn Find

When all the wealth gathered in the eighties ran out in the nineties, exotics ended up on bricks for good.

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Every barn find is a story of neglect, but for a moment, let's sink into 1980s TV drama fantasyland before revealing the cold truth about this exotic pair.

What if Magnum P.I.'s Robin Masters, celebrated author of several dozen lurid novels, told Higgins to give his Ferrari 308 to as a farewell present? And what if Thomas Magnum, the now unemployed private investigator, met of Miami soon after? A man introducing himself as an ex-cop disillusioned by one too many dope cases, who was allowed to drive away with his fairly run down white Ferrari Testarossa once he decided to give up his badge. It was a final gesture from the captain to "Sonny Burnett" at a time when captains had such authority, knowing that the seized Ferrari would have to be crushed anyway. Yet, using his connections, Crockett managed to exchange his illegal Testarossa, only to roll up to Magnum driving an equally shady Countach 500S. Complete with those ugly U.S. bumpers, oil leaks, the lot.

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As the pair started to run out of gas money, they chipped in for a shared garage in hopes of a brighter future for all parties involved. They just haven't returned since.

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Okay. Now, the reality about the most 80s barn find ever. According to user eriegin, the Ferrari 308, the 1981 Lamborghini Countach and that mystery pre-war British roadster belongs to his grandmother:

My late grandpa bought it for his exotic car rental business in 1989, but after insurance costs became too high for him to operate the company, he kept the car (and many others including the Ferrari 308 in front of the Lambo) outside/in leaky garages for 20+ years instead of selling them. Don’t ask me why, I have no clue.

Lamborghini only built 321 500S Countaches, but that's not why Crockett went for this one. He just prefers white ever since they blew up his black Daytona.

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