Impressive Collection of GM Muscle Cars Barn Find: ’73 Nova, ’56 Chevy, ’87 Grand National and ’86 Camaro

Finding a collection of valuable and rare cars is the stuff of dreams for car enthusiasts. When I first met Todd at the MCACN exhibition in Chicago at the beginning of 2022, precisely the same thing occurred to me. Todd is the happy owner of a storage facility filled vintage GM muscle vehicles, all of which have interesting backstories.

Todd has devoted his life to maintaining these automobiles out of a great love for them. Whether they were driven in, found in a barn, or rescued from a junkyard, he has prevented them from being destroyed. Many of them have had difficult histories as Illinois and Wisconsin vehicles, but Todd is a true steward of the vehicles. Even though they aren’t flawless, they are all worthwhile efforts for him or someone else in the future.

It was very evident to me throughout my time with Todd that he was more than simply a collector of GM vehicles; he was also a caretaker. Each automobile in his collection held a special place in his heart, and he was dedicated to keeping them safe for future generations to enjoy. I was happy for the chance to visit such a distinctive and outstanding collection since it was a rare luxury to have a close-up look at these GM vehicles and learn about their histories.

One of the vehicles that drew my attention was a 1973 Chevrolet Nova 4spd hatchback that Todd had recovered from a junkyard. With its 4-speed manual gearbox and strong V8 engine, it was a superb example of a traditional muscle vehicle. A 1956 Chevrolet Utah vehicle was another prize in his collection.

Todd also owned many more recent GM automobiles, including an all-original 1987 Grand National Buick T-top car and a 1986 Camaro with a 4-speed automatic gearbox that he had purchased for his daughter’s 16th birthday.

Watch the video from Auto Archaeology below to learn more about these beautiful sleeping cars: