First british discoveries for the Carole Nash Barn Find display at the NEC revealed

First british discoveries for the Carole Nash Barn Find display at the NEC revealed image
Some fantastic British cars have been discovered in sheds, lock-ups and gardens and have been unearthed for the Carole Nash Barn Find display.
 
The oldest of the first five of the 20 cars that will feature in the display, is the 1948 Austin 16 owned by Darren Page. This charming post-war classic had been stored in a lock-up garage for a quarter of a century when he bought it six years ago. Still in largely original condition, Darren has concentrated on getting the Austin in running order while it still wears its storage ‘patina’.
 
Slightly younger is Ben Eaton’s 1954 Ford Zephyr Zodiac Mk 1, a car once owned by a lady hotelier from Torquay in Devon. While there is little in the way of history, Ben does know that it was later sold at auction. The car now starts and a complete restoration is planned following the show.
 
The 1966 Mini Cooper S owned by Dave Tennant is believed to be one of only two such models in the UK as it was modified by Stewart and Ardern. He purchased the car from the previous owner, Lord Cawdor, back in 1992. Until then it had been stored in a garage for 16 years, having been partially repaired following an accident. The car’s history includes an appearance in 1968 film, ‘The Killing of Sister George’ and Dave now plans a full restoration. 
 
Tom Mercer’s 1980 Austin Metro HLS boasts a fascinating history, having been used as a pre-production prototype for the Metro Plus model. Built by BL Motorsport at Abingdon, it featured a number of special styling and performance parts, and was later re-built for competition use. Having been used for rallying until 1988, it was then hidden away in a shed, but after plenty of work by Tom it is now back on the road.
 
Finally, there is the 1972 Ford Cortina Estate Mk 3 owned by Peter Compton. A base ‘L’ model, it was last on the road in 1977 and was discovered languishing in a closed down garage in Ormskirk, Lancashire. Believed to have been used by the Co-op’s television rental business, it is in solid condition and now runs and drives. Having rescued the car from being used as a banger racer, Peter is aiming to return it to the road by the end of the year.
 
These are just some of the exciting cars that will feature in this year’s Carole Nash Barn Find display, and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite with the winner announced on Sunday afternoon.