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Barn Find Leads to Massive Volkswagen Auction

Late last month in Iowa, Volkswagen treasure was uncovered in the form of 25 forlorn VW carcasses and several tons of musty parts. Some of the cars could be completely salvageable and provide a great way to get into a VW restoration project inexpensively, or the multitude of parts found could be just what you need to finish that already-started VW project.

The treasure was found packed together on the second floor of a lumberyard building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and will be auctioned June 10-11 by Hoge Auctioneering. Apparently, the lumberyard was once the site of a Volkswagen dealership, and the collection remained stored in the rafters of the barnlike building for decades after the business moved out. A forklift and removal of part of the building's walls were required to extract the cars and parts left behind.

The cars appear to be air-cooled models mainly from the '60s into the '70s, with a couple from the late '50s. Unfortunately, the barn did not include any of the desirable early oval-rear-window beetles or first-generation buses. There is a pickup of the later "bay window" variety of Type 2 microbus, less valuable than its predecessors.

The auction will kick off on Friday, June 10 with only parts being sold. On Saturday, the auction will start at 9:00 AM with Online Bidding. Maybe your next project is being auctioned off!

The 25 Volkswagens being auctioned are:

  • VW Square Back Wagon
  • VW Karmann Ghia Coupe
  • VW Karmann Ghia Convertible
  • Several Beetles & Super Beetles
  • 1958, 1968, 1974 VW Convertible
  • 1969 Bay Window Truck
  • 1964 Karmann Ghia
  • 1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible
  • 1966 1300 Bug
  • 1972 Custom Bug
  • VW Sand Rail
  • Homemade Dune Buggy

The auction will take place at 4301 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids, IA.