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Durand village finds three cars in unattended barn

The village bought the barn to repurpose it but underneath a pile of antique items filled to the brim, they found three Ford vehicles.
Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 6:39 PM CDT
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DURAND, Ill. (WIFR) - The village of Durand bought a barn that’s sat untouched for decades, but they were surprised to find what was inside.

Leaders from the village bought the barn sometime last year. The village is discussing during its board meetings about repurposing the barn for themselves or demolishing it.

Inside, they found several items that filled the barn up to the brim, including vintage car items, wooden crates which held explosives, and three vehicles all made from Ford in 1959 that looked untouched for more than 30 years: a Fairlane 500, an Ambulance, and a Thunderbird.

In addition to repurposing the barn, the village partnered with Durand Charm to sell the three cars and give the village the proceeds made on each car. Nico Leonard recently moved into the area across from the barn and was there when village leaders removed the vehicles from the barn. He’s happy to see the proceeds going back into the community.

“I think it’s a great idea. I just moved here recently and I can see the town grow and they are putting something back,” said Leonard.

The non-profit organization posted the listings on several websites on Friday June 25, and they’ve received several messages and calls as far as New Zealand from individuals who might want to buy one of the cars. Durand Charm Executive Director Kelly Giovanine says they received evaluation and appraisal from a vintage car expert out of Chicago to help get them on the market.

Giovanine believes there is someone out there who sees value in one of these cars.

“I think it speaks volume to the age of the cars and the desirability of vintage cars in our world,” said Giovanine. “The t-bird in particular is one that’s highly sought after and even though it’s not working you could totally see somebody like their grandpa or their dad had it and they wanted to get one just like it and restore it to it’s original beauty and hopefully drive it someday.”

Those interested can contact Grey at 309-320-8923.

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