The "barn find" has well and truly become a trope in the automotive world. It's progressed far beyond the original notion—discovering some rare or valuable vehicle in the neglected corner of a structure, long forgotten by its original owner—and progressed to the absurd.
Which is how we got to the Porsche 911 Algae-Find Show Car.
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Just check out . This 1976 Porsche 911 S is well-used with 125,000 miles on the clock. Despite that, it's a solid-seeming vehicle, structurally sound and with most of the hard-to-find trim pieces and accessories intact. As air-cooled Porsches go, this is probably one of the more affordable, if grimy, ways into the club.
Then you start reading the listing. "ALGAE-FIND," it blares. "SHOW CAR."
It's obvious that the seller is having a laugh, noting that the "centimeter thick algae and moss [...] could not be replicated overnight." The seller describes the brief temptation to pressure-wash the grime away, an idea abandoned because it would be "very unfortunate to take away what has been building up for over 20 years. Sad, I know."
How does an air-cooled Porsche end up in this condition? According to the seller, the previous owner had the car since 1993, but parked it in a leaky carport under a tree after taking delivery of a brand-new Boxster in 1997. The result: A hefty layer of "moss, algae and some parts which I can almost guarantee is a close specimen to coral reef," the seller boasts.
It's a spot-on sendup of the overly self-serious world of barn-find-isms, the ultra-obsessive fields of authentication and period-correctness. It even comes with an un-opened newspaper dated October 26, 1997, still in its OEM plastic bag.
The seller suggests the next owner should "get it mechanically in order and bring it to Porsche shows just like this." We tend to agree. It's the kind of lighthearted prank the world of collector cars and barn finds could use. If a 911 with original coral reef tickles your fancy, is at $19,000 at the time of writing with just under three days left to bid.