From a 2CV to a Bentley R: several barnfinds in France

From a 2CV to a Bentley R: several barnfinds in France
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We’ve been having a look on the internet to see what has come out of the barns in France lately. Here are a few of the nicest finds. 

What is a barnfind? A true barnfind is when you find a car that everybody had forgotten about. Like the old car of your grandfather, that you never knew was still there.

Usually, a barnfind is in a poor state; rusted, tarnished by all sorts of animals, covered in a thick layer of dust. When the car is found in a field outside, it will even be in a worse condition. But sometimes, when the barn is dry and heated, a car can come out unscathed, looking like brand new. But, that is very rare.

What makes a barnfind to interesting is that the car is found in the condition it had when it was put away there. It then functions as a time capsule, giving you a bit of the atmosphere of twenty, or fifty years ago.

Barnfinds or fieldfinds pop up regularly. In most cases, it’s one or two cars that are found, sometimes it is a complete collection of cars.

Of course, barnfinds appear in all corners of the world. The French word for barnfind is ‘sortie de grange’. These past weeks several ‘sorties de granges’ have popped up. We found some of them for you on some French websites.

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This one here is a Citroën Rosalie, we don’t know exactly from what year. But the Rosalie was built between 1932 and 1938. In fact, it was one of the first cars in Europe that was built on an assembly line, after André Citroën had visited the Ford-factories in the USA.

This Rosalie has clearly seen better days. The car is not complete, it has no engine and no registration documents. The radiator grille however is there, as are the rear wings. The seller has not set a price, offers are welcome.

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‘Dans son jus’, is the expression that is used to describe this Renault Dauphine. It means that the car is in the same state as when it was stored, many years ago, and you get the dirt and dust with it. It is a complete car, the engine is not stuck and it appears to be a good basis for a restoration. Seller wants EUR 1.250 for this charming car.

It is a complete car, the engine is not stuck and it appears to be a good basis for a restoration. Seller wants EUR 1.250 for this charming car.



The message with this car is very short. It’s been in storage since 1965, the engine will run, the car is for sale for EUR 2.500. This is a Peugeot 172R, which was produced in the first half of the 1920’s.

The 172 was a revised version of the Peugeot 161, which was introduced in 1921. This car was nicknamed ‘Quadrillette’, which means something like ‘cyclecar’. Of course, this was because of the modest dimensions of the vehicle. The Peugeot 161 was so narrow that the passenger seat was placed behind the driver.

The Peugeot 172 was a bit wider so the passenger could sit next to the driver. The small size of the car was for tax reasons, this little car could be squeezed in the lowest tax rate. The engine was a water-cooled four-cylinder of around 700 cc.


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Something completely different is this Bentley R. Again, the original year of the car is not mentioned in the ad. What is mentioned is that the car has a French registration and that chassis and bodywork are in good condition.

The six-cylinder engine can run and the car seems to be a good and solid basis for a restoration. Which is why the seller wants EUR 29,990 for it.

The Bentley Type R was built from 1952 to 1955. It was practically the same car as the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, but the Bentley sold much better: 2,500 against only 760 RR’s.


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This car shows that not all barnfinds are in a hopeless state. This 1981 Citroën 2CV 6 has been in storage since 1991. The owner had plans of restoring it as it was his first car, but he never got to it.

So now he wants to sell the car for EUR 2,600. There’s no motor in the car and there is rust on the back, but you do get 4 snow tires to go with the car.