Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The phrase 'barnfind' is the scourge of the classic car advert these days. Type it into eBay Motors, you'll be presented with more knackered old cars than there can possibly be barns in the country. People are using it as a synonym for 'broken' or 'hasn't been used in a while'. The number of cars that are genuinely found, to the surprise of the discoverer, in old barns is actually very small.
This Cortina, however, isn't claiming to be a barnfind. Nope, what we have here is a bona fide hedgefind. The artfully dishevelled two-door GXL has recently been hauled out of a hedge, where it had been languishing, unloved, since 1983. The new owner brought it to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, still proudly wearing its moss and leaves, and - if the sign next to the car is to be believed - it actually drove in there under its own power. Impressive.
Presumably it'll now be restored, as the values of GXLs are only going to go one way. But it does look rather cool all dirty and holed, doesn't it?
More from the Classic Motor Show here.