Barn Find: Garage Full of Rare Mopar Gold!

The collection runs from pristine to parts cars.

Scotty LachenauerWriter, photographer

Recently, because we were out following a lead to check out a sweet classic Dodge Challenger somewhere in the woods of northwest Jersey. Once we located the car—the E-Body is a story for another day—its owner told us of a massive muscle collection not too far from where we were standing. Soon after that revelation, we were at Al Decarolis's farmstead, knocking on his barn door. His collection of rare muscle cars didn't disappoint in the slightest—his personal stash of Mopars and Brand X gems is a sight to behold. As Al tells it, "I bought my first ride when I was 15—a 1965 Coronet with a 426-cubic-inch wedge, but I couldn't drive it legally on the streets yet since I was underage. But it did start my love affair with Pentastar products. The day I turned 17 and got my license, I bought a 1969 Charger R/T 440/four-speed car. I was now off and running."

Since then it's been one car after another, building a solid collection of top-tier rides along the way. He's an amasser of the highest degree, with cars, parts, and parts cars on display at his 150-acre property. Inside his spacious garage is the cream of his crop, though some quality rides can be found outside. He has a lust for anything with muscle, though he is particularly fond of his 1971 Challenger 440/six-pack. And there's the 1970 Hemi Challenger he's restoring that's now ready for the installation of a 426. Other highlights: a super-rare 440/six-barrel Roadrunner droptop, a low-mileage survivor 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, an original-paint L78 Nova, and an LS6 Chevelle basted in Cranberry Red. Yes, muscle heads, go ahead and drool. The good news here is not only is Al a great guy who has great taste and killer cars, he might also be looking to sell off a few. You can e-mail him at fastcaralan57@gmail.com.

About his Challengers, Al says, "This Plum Crazy 1971 I've had for 45 years. It's up in the air a bit, '70s street-machine style, but it's an original Super-Trak Pack car with 4:10 gears and rowed by a four-speed. I really love the 1971s and only a few were made," Al says. The other two Challengers are 1970 440/six-pack cars, with the Hemi Orange car born with a four-speed and the Lemon Twist with a slap-stick auto. "They're all Super Trak Pack cars, but the automatic is known as having the Super Performance Axle, since it's an automatic car. Like the others, it has 4:10 gears."

A version of this article originally appeared on HOT ROD.

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