Jim’s Blog: What’s Hiding in Your Neighborhood?

When I was a kid, there were rumors of a ’69 Hurst/Olds hiding in a little old lady’s garage up the street from my house.

It had belonged to her late husband, so the story went, and she never drove it. It was said to just sit behind that forever-closed garage door.

The young car guys in the neighborhood always wondered what was really behind those white curtained garage door windows, but as far as I can tell, the only thing anyone ever saw was a yellow Opel GT that we glimpsed out in the driveway from time to time.

After the house sold, I saw the right side door open for the first time, and all that was left were a few roughly A-body spaced tire marks on the concrete floor. Whatever had been there was long gone.

Since then, I’ve always kept an eye out for cool cars in garages — specifically ones that are mostly hidden. After moving to a new neighborhood about two years ago, I’ve been on the lookout, and being stuck at home with two little girls who like to go for walks and bike rides has only made me watch more closely. Yenko? Shelby? You never know what you might run across.

So far I’ve found a few first-gen Mustangs, a second-gen Camaro, a square body stepside truck, and fuselage Mopar under a car cover. But there are plenty of doors that we haven’t seen open yet.

Cool cars are everywhere — and rare stuff is closer to you than you might think. What have you spotted in your own neighborhood? Are there rumors of something scarce hidden away from the light of day? Let’s talk about it below. 

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  1. Jim, this has always been one of my favorite hobbies. When I was young in AZ we would drive around and try to look over walls since so many folks would put old steel out for pasture. My biggest find then was a bass boat candy apple flake painted 69 Boss 9 hidden in a Carport behind some boxes and covers.
    However, I am now outside Washington DC. From the outside looking in, you would not think there was much of a classic car culture here, with all of the newer plastic designs on the road. However, one cars and coffee will show a huge audience of classic car lovers. Over the last 18 mos or so that I have been in this neighborhood, I have found a 65-66 GT 350 when someone left the garage door open, a 66 stingray planted in a driveway, a carport with a 66 Malibu cpe and 75 caddy cpe planted in and a 54 Buick cpe in another car port.
    However since the close down, this quite neighborhood that is engulfed by the large metro area has much more friendly roads and I have seen all kinds of cool cars on the roads. I even saw for the first time of living here my neighbor driving his 67 Goat, something that I have only seen buried in the garage and that I stopped asking about months ago. So, if anything good came out of this ordeal, it might have been seeing those old goats on the road.