New Hampshire Home Sale Includes 300 Classics

The Zillow description starts with zero pulled punches: “ARE YOU A CAR ENTHUSIAST?” And because you’re reading these news, we’re going to assume the answer is “yes!”

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A house in Canaan, New Hampshire, is up for sale by the Zillow Real Estate Team (call 001-844-958-1754), and within the 18.4-acre lot dwells a slew of nearly 300 classic cars. Most are in some state of disrepair. 197 Orange Road is, according to the listing, the home of Parts of the Past, a classic car business that aims to aid enthusiasts in their hunt for hard-to-find parts by offering a boneyard of sorts.

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Constructed in 1988, the 1648-square-foot post-and-beam house features one bedroom and two bathrooms, one of which is a half-bath, and a wrap-around deck on the outside. There is also a 1200-and-change-square-foot garage on the property.

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Admittedly, the house is in fairly rough shape; there’s quite a bit that needs completing on the interior, though, from the looks of it, all the important stuff, like the plumbing and the electrical, appears intact. (As with car shopping, however, one never knows until the inspection report comes back.)

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On to the important stuff. Scores of classics from various decades spanning the ’40s to the ’70s litter the lot, as do dozens of individual parts. Doors and other body panels are sprinkled on the property like dandelion fluff. From the images, we can see a Nash Metropolitan fading into the forest floor. There’s also a 1958 Ford Edsel parked at the front of a row of other rusting metal. Another image shows what appears to be a DeSoto Firedome, possibly a 1956 model, with a crunched hood, though most of the chrome trim pieces still might be usable. We think we can make out a 1949 Chrysler Imperial Crown Limousine engulfed in ferns and other foliage.

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Our staff has spent the better part of the morning playing “Can you I.D. this car” across our internal chat system. Consider this your invitation to chime in in the comments if you recognize other models in this mix.

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Per the listing, this property is being sold as-is, and the buyer will be purchasing not only the home and the lot but also the business and its name, as well as this cadre of classics and parts. When this listing hit the market in August of last year, the asking price was $585,000. Since then, it’s experienced numerous price reductions and is now listed for $399,900, with the ask for cash buyers only.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting into the classic car business or just care enough about the hobby to want to see this institution remain active, now’s your chance. Let’s hope our current caretaker can find a new buyer quickly; the thought of this property (and everything it comes with) lingering too much longer pains us a bit.

Report by Nathan Petroelje

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