Rare Finds

Don’t Disturb The Archaeology

Stop. You’ve found a Rare Find in a barn or a storage building, maybe in a field or a chicken coupe. Before you disturb the archaeology of the scene, e-mail me through the Contact Me bar on the right side of this screen or call 806-236-3681. I would like to take pictures before you pull the vehicle out of its hiding place.

My deal is Rare Finds. I have written columns and articles now in car magazines for over 20 years on the subject. Too often, the person who uncovers the Rare Find does not take pictures. They retrieve the car and then take pictures.

Your Rare Find is worth much more if you document the uncovering process. That’s where I come in. I can take the images as well as write up the Rare Find in a national magazine.

I’ve written hundreds of these articles in my columns in car magazines. I pioneered this concept in the 1980s.

My first Rare Find was a 1965 Shelby GT350 Competition, a factory racecar, uncovered in Mexico. The car appeared at the Shelby car show in Dallas in 1989. People crowded around this car, sans the engine and many other parts. However, the Shelby tag revealed the heritage. This was the first Shelby Mustang racecar and with a storied history. I immediately called my editor at “Mustang Monthly” asking to do a story on the car.

Later, I did a long article in “Popular Hot Rodding” on Rare Finds in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Soon, I had the column on Rare Finds in Hot Rod’s “Mustang” magazine. The column proved a big hit. I expanded the column to “Mopar Muscle,” then “Muscle Car Review” and “Vette.”

I even do Rare Finds of old hot rods, as well as any other old cars. Most of these stories come from readers. I call them for the details and either get pictures from them or go to the scene and take my own images.


  1. Posted June 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm by goredon patterson | Permalink

    Im in Alaska and Im amazed at the cars i’ve come across hiden in garages here. They dont want to sell or think they want to restore ..someday.

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:17 am by owner | Permalink

      Can you give me examples? Have you taken digital images you could send? Let me know what you’ve found, please.
      Jerry Heasley

  2. Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm by Joe Martin | Permalink

    Hi Jerry:

    I am enjoying your recnt book. This ’63 split window barn find just showed up on the corvette forum. I mentioned you name and linked your sites to the post.
    Joe Martin

  3. Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm by Joe Martin | Permalink


    Enjoyed the conversation this morning. Please keep me advised on the split window. You now have my email address. Good luck.

    Joe Martin

  4. Posted November 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm by Jeff Ashlock | Permalink

    Was hoping to see my 70 Twister Special in you new Rare Finds Book but it didnt make the cut I see.

    • Posted November 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm by owner | Permalink

      I wish you had called or emailed last year. That was a very good story and you had good pictures. I’ll try to use it in the next book. I’m thinking of doing an ebook. Do you ever read ebooks?

      • Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm by Jeff Ashlock | Permalink

        If you do another book on Rare Finds put as found pictures and after restoration pictures! I might be ready in the summer/fall of 2013 if you do! I know real books are becoming a thing of the past but I like the feel of the real book. I havent read a ebook yet but that day will come !

  5. Posted April 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Jim Schwering | Permalink

    Jerry ,

    I would like to sperk with Mike. The gentelman who changed his 66 Corvette coupe to a “side exhaust car ” a while back . Could you pass on his e-mail address to me , or pass on my address to him ?

    Jim Schwering
    NCRS Member #9598
    602-395-1991 hm.

    • Posted March 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm by owner | Permalink

      I did. I don’t think he followed through. Maybe I can help you. What do you want to know?

  6. Posted May 23, 2013 at 7:35 am by Grant Ford | Permalink

    Hi Jerry, This is an unusual request. I am a fairly novice freelance writer with a column in a UK classic magazine that features rare or cars with a story behind it or the owner. I have written one about an AC Petite. The story spans 50 years with images now and then. The story warrants a wider arena, I am not worried about the money side I just want to find a US publisher who would be interested. Can you advise? Thanks for your time Grant

    • Posted March 20, 2014 at 9:01 pm by owner | Permalink

      I’d advise digital publishing. The people who will buy such a niche book will find you.

  7. Posted June 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm by William McAnirlin Jr | Permalink

    Saw your book on MotorWeek. I have been searching for a certain WWII vehicle. It’s called a Clubmobile. 3 were known to exist after the war. None are know to exist today. Send me an email and I’ll send you a photo from WWII.

    • Posted March 20, 2014 at 8:58 pm by owner | Permalink

      Yes, just happened to see one in a backyard the other day. Just kidding, did they hold meetings in these Clubmobiles? What country made them? You saw my book on MotorWeek? I missed that episode.

  8. Posted November 9, 2013 at 9:47 am by Jim Sommerfeld | Permalink

    Dear Mr Heasley,

    could you please do a indeepth book on the Shelby GT. 2006 -2008 inside info like how the planning & design came about Pictures of concept factory pnotos CSM # vs Vin # prod # etc…

    owner of 07SGT5466 BLK. 5spd.

    GOD Bless


    • Posted March 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm by owner | Permalink

      If I did a digital book, would you be interested? Or does it have to be print?

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