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The Harley in the Barn: More Great Tales of Motorcycles Archaeology Hardcover – Oct 28 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (Oct. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760342342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760342343
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

“More than lives up to its subtitle as a collection of ‘great stories of automotive archaeology.’ ” –Detroit News

Driving down a country road, a flash of chrome catches your eye as you pass an old farmstead. Next time you roll by, you slow down and focus on a shed behind the house. Could that be? Good lord, it is! Hard on the brakes, quick reverse, and pull in the drive. Yep, it’s a vintage Triumph Bonneville peeking from beneath a mud-splattered tarp. You’ve just begun the journey that fuels the dreams of every motorcycle collector: the long-forgotten machine, rediscovered.
The Harley in the Barn offers 40-plus tales of lost Nortons, hidden Hondas, dormant Indians, and busted BSAs, all squirreled away from prying eyes but found by lucky collectors just like you. Author Tom Cotter is not only a barn-find master, but a master of discovering the collectors with the best stories and the most outlandish finds.
If you can’t pass a padlocked garage without wondering if there’s a classic old bike stashed inside, this is your book. Hell, this is your life.
Praise for Tom Cotter’s In the Barn series:
“The most amazing barn discoveries of recent years . . .” –Classic & Sports Car (UK)
“Tom Cotter is the most qualified to chronicle that romance and compulsion of dream cars discovered.” –Road & Track


About the Author

The title on Tom Cotter's business card reads: "Certified Car Geek." For the past 30 years, Cotter has worked on nearly every end of the car business: mechanic, car sales, automotive public relations and marketing executive, auto racing authority, historian, racer, collector, restorer, journalist, and author. He has authored 10 automotive books, including most of the popular In the Barn series for Motorbooks. He has written for the New York Times and Road & Track magazine. Whenever he sits down at his keyboard to write another book, you can be sure that he has grease under his fingernails. Official Website:

Tom Cotter (Davidson, NC) writes regularly for Road & Track and other magazines and has a deep-seated love for motorcycle and automotive rescue. He has written four books on the lure of collector vehicle archaeology, the award-winning The Cobra in the Barn, The Hemi in the Barn, The Corvette in the Barn, and The Vincent in the Barn. Cotter most recently authored the biography of drag racing legend Tommy Ivo.

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By Simon Blake on May 29 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think this is better than his previous book, Vincent in the Barn. However, two things bothered me as a guy constantly searching for old motorcycles to restore -- it's easy to find "barn finds" when you have 40 grand to spend and I thought the author could have gone into more detail on what it took to restore some of these bikes and deleted some of the other stories that didn't really make the grade (like the story about the guy who found two Triumph 500s but hadn't actually picked them up yet. They were probably long gone by the time he went back.) Still, if you're into old bikes, it's an entertaining read and there is some really good information on some very historic bikes, like the Norton and Yamaha race bikes of the early 70s.
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By Gary Walsh on Dec 5 2014
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super book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very decent read Nov. 25 2012
By marcus hancock - Published on
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If you like the other books in this series or enjoy fiddling around with old motorbikes as I do this is a very decent read.

A nice light book for the holidays - the format makes it simple to enjoy 1 or 2 stories at a time or you could sit down an digest in a couple of sittings.

Five Stars July 10 2014
By Jeter E. Bentley, Jr. - Published on
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A compillation of short stories perfect for the "porcelain reading room" or just as a "coffee table" book.
Decent barn find of a book July 3 2014
By mlee98 - Published on
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Good story...or should I say stories...worth the read.
Second book by this author Feb. 7 2014
By John Johnson - Published on
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The original book "The VIncent In The Barn" seemed much better to me. This one
is all about the big bucks guys chasing down the barn finds, not just your average
Joe stumbling on a cool old bike.
great book Jan. 6 2014
By Stacy - Published on
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Yes I would recommend this book. It is a great read for harley enthusiasts and
for those that like a great story

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