That's how I console myself, too. On the other hand, we did keep the matching numbers Porsche 356 SC Sunroof Coupe, now 55 years owned. Hubby restored her about 20 years ago, and she runs fine and is driven regularly.
Getting there first! That is key.
Second finding out if the car is worth the work needed. Too often barn finds are failed projects that need more investment than they are worth.
‘’You could get lucky and find Cobra that was parked when it’s as not worth much. But you need to watch for a car like an Auburn that is not very popular that could be worth $75k restored but needs $200k investment on your Camaro budget.
In regards to the first photo, I actually do know where there is a Mangusta that has been parked in a warehouse for many years. A friend found it while out walking around.
Solid tips, and with having been in and out of the car biz for 30 years probably the most important thing is to NOT fall in love with cars while inspecting them... and end up paying too much or buying trash. The first year or so in the biz, I had bought several cars I thought were awesome- but then the next morning they certainly didn't look as great.
Similar things have also happened at the pub and nightclub, but I'll leave it at that.