Jerry Heasley, the lauded automobile photojournalist and historian, has a body of work that spans over three decades. With over 6,500 magazine articles, featuring his written word and photography, and 19 books on steel, fuel-injected beasts, Jerry is literally a living legend in the classic car world. Heasley not only writes and shoots about his passion, he lives it as well. On his few days off, he can be found cruising Texas backroads in his own 1965 289 Shelby Cobra; the aluminum body of which once actually served as Carroll Shelby’s own personal car.
Jerry will go to whatever lengths and travel anywhere on the map to bring home the story, while inevitably experiencing adventure after adventure. This drive is what has made his 20-year column, featured in three nationally circulated magazines, and identically titled book, Rare Finds, such a riveting body of work. In Rare Finds, Heasley lives every classic car collector’s dream; he hunts rare automobiles long forgotten in barns, old storage facilities and even abandoned parking garages. Jerry takes his audience along adventures of the hunt, rediscovery, and new ownership in which historic, rare and highly valuable classic cars are found, reclaimed and saved from being lost in the sands of time. He’s broken stories on such Rare Finds as a GT-40’s that raced at LeMans in 1966, which was lost in the woods, literally. Other stories include a $5 million dollar Shelby Daytona Coupe, Corvette racecars, the Boss 302 prototype, and hundreds more.
After over twenty years writing Rare Finds, Heasley has built a network of high profile classic car enthusiasts who get leads on cars and always call him first. With a cast of subjects that include Carroll Shelby, Wayne Davis and Chip Foose, Jerry Heasley’s connections, portfolio and overall reach is unparalleled. With his ever-evolving breadth of work, Heasley is the classic car world’s very own Indiana Jones, uncovering the holy grail and lost ark of automobiles year after year.