Barry Weiss is one of the most eccentric TV characters you’ll come across on modern television. Sure, there are other more “outlandish” personalities you may unearth, but finding the perfect blend between weird and likable is a tricky slope to navigate—and it’s one that Barry seems to effortlessly trek with precision. There’s just something about the guy that’s extremely likable. Not everyone will agree, but not everyone can readily appreciate the man for who he is, either.
Car guys can definitely dig it, though, and even if his automotive taste isn’t your forte, you gotta give it to the guy: he’s got some pretty unique rides! His cars parallel his personality. They are weird, offbeat, and in some cases, downright ugly. That doesn’t stop Weiss from loving them equally, however. In fact, it probably makes him love them more!
From bright yellow, chicken-headed sedans to flame-throwing Lincoln Zephyrs, count on Weiss to indulge in his automotive proclivities with zero inhibitions. He doesn’t care about what you think, he cares about what he likes. Even if we don’t readily like all his cars, it’s hard not to respect the impressive list of them that he’s owned in the past. Many of his cars came from Storage Wars, and we’ve seen a lot of them throughout the series.
Of all the variety of cars Barry Weiss owns, we’ve narrowed them down to two categories: sick ones and garbage ones. Some of them fall under both categories, and since he’s pretty much the biggest baller on the show, we’ve even found a couple that Barry only wishes he’d found first!
Check out his best finds, the worst nine, and the two that got away!
20 Triumph Renegade: Junk
Weiss may not be the poster child for your kids to model their social behavior after but he makes being bad look so good (even without a helmet)! As a successful entrepreneur, he’s got a lot going for him, even if you can’t always say the same for his toys. Triumph motorcycles have a loyal following of enthusiasts that would vouch for the brand through thick or thin—but that doesn’t mean their views are necessarily correct. Barry’s little red Triumph was a little under the weather during his casual jaunt through Los Angeles, California, on this day, and its age was very apparent when mechanical issues poured misery over what was supposed to be a nice day of riding.
19 Farm Fresh Ranchero: Sick
Barry made his fortune outside of the public eye and by the time he started to pop onto the radar, he was already a made man; a self-made man, no less. The public spotlight only propelled his automotive proclivities to the next level, however, and Barry now enjoys friendships with many prominent industry figures, such as an acquaintance with Bonspeed Wheels’ president Brad Fanshaw. The two men sit at the tailgate of Barry’s 1958 Ford Ranchero and talk shop as they prepare to enjoy a day of bidding and banter. Barry’s car collection sometimes resembles something you’d actually see dragging around a load of produce, although Barry knows better than to stack a load of veggies into the back of this beautiful Ford.
18 Dustbin Racer: Junk
This weird thing was inspired by the dustbin racing era of the 1950s and you almost can’t tell there’s a modern Moto Guzzi V7 hiding underneath. Telltale signs, such as the tank design, offer subtle hints but the dustbin fairings hide much of the detail behind a wall of aero-focused design work. Although it’s an awesome tribute to the bygone era of now-prohibited motorcycle design, the underpinnings of the motorcycle leave much to be desired. Sure, it’s an aero-racer and capitalizes on low drag coefficients to compensate for power shortcomings but that means off-the-line power isn’t capital to design performance. And off-the-line power is one thing that really makes our pistons pump! (Note his “other” toys in the background here.)
17 The Struggle Is Real: Still Junk
Barry is STILL here fiddling with his Triumph, still wondering why it’s leaking oil, and still not wearing a helmet! Most states that don’t require helmets scoff at California’s helmet laws (and to be fair, that's fair), but helmets are just a really good idea in the populous metropolitan areas of greater Los Angeles. It’s not that we don’t think Barry can ride (nor that we think his beater Triumph isn’t up to the task—although we do have some running suspicions) but it’s always the proverbial other guy's fault! Even so, Barry is willing to take his chances with his oil leaker, despite the fact that it’s dumping oil directly in the rear tire’s path of travel.
16 1951 BSA Custom: Sick
Barry is a very eccentric guy and he doesn’t fit the mold that you’d assume a reality star to fit into. Nor does he homologate into the stereotypical grocery store tycoon persona—but he didn’t make his money on low-balling storage units. In fact, he makes a lot less than most of the pros on the show. With an estimated net worth of around $10 million, however, he doesn’t NEED to flip storage units but he does need his bikes. His custom 1951 BSA is just one of the many he stakes claim to and he’s not a collector to let it sit and collect dust in the garage. This one (somewhat surprisingly) isn’t a leaker, like most of this other beauties!
15 Daily Driver Zephyr: Sick
The purple Zephyr has seen many different skins, many different shapes, and many different peripherals over the years. It’s been around so long, the car is fortunate to even be in existence today. It’s one of the rare pre-40s examples of Detroit hardware that was too stubborn to succumb to the grinding hands of time. Although most people would preserve their investments under lock and key, Weiss thinks they should be driven—as in, a lot! He’s been known to take it out to Starbucks for a quick sip but he tries to drink up before getting back in it. Not for the interior’s sake, but the car is barely controllable without a steady, firm hand on the wheel!
14 Lincoln Zephyr: Still Sick
This bad boy is so rare that it actually sold on the auction block for $250,000 in the year 2000. Strangely, it sold again in 2013 for only $66,000! Although the value (and condition) fluctuates wildly as time passes, it’s a rolling litany of modifications and updates—updates that make it truly unique. The original V12 powertrain was sold off to fund the project and a 1978 donor Chevy was stuffed into it in various capacities. There are more mods on the car than you could beat off with a stick but Barry was sure to add his touches here and there—like a flamethrower exhaust!
13 Harley Eight Valve: Got Away
Harley has been dumping race bikes onto the roads since World War I (1914 to 1918 for all of you Romeos that were busy passing notes to the cute girl in front of you during history class). The eight-valve V-twin had no brakes, no transmission, and weighed only 230 pounds! The storage find may seem primitive by today’s contemporary motorcycle standards but it could fly through the Dodge City 300 at 80 mph in its heyday for almost four hours—if you could hold on that long! Despite the shabby appearance, it’s definitely one of the cooler storage finds that Barry Weiss wishes he had, but this one was hiding in Australia!
12 Chicken Coop: Junk
If you don’t know Barry, you probably don’t understand why he’s such a recognizable guy, you probably don’t understand why people have such mixed opinions of him, and you probably just don’t get him in general. We don’t get him either but it’s not hard to see why he’s so recognizable—he owns things like this! His chicken car is bright enough to get him noticed from the ISS (International Space Station) and it almost makes you want to light it right up as it passes by. But talking to Barry for just a few seconds reveals such an endearing personality; he’s one of the hardest guys not to like, no matter how peculiar some of his cars are!
11 1940 Ford COE: Sick
You’re likely never going to see a cab-over quite like this 1940 Ford but that’s not saying much because you don’t see many cab-overs, in general, these days. The throwback design comes from a forgotten age of car crafting that blended style with utility; it was a very real need for maxim payload (on the shortest chassis) that brought about the classic design. Weiss would take the truck from a rough project to one-off custom as only he could. The truck features Zephyr headlights from a 1939 Lincoln, a reshaped valance, and custom fabrication of the raised diamond plate bed deck. (Call it a Hot Rod.) He’d eventually sell it to his good friend, Bob Drons, but you can thank Weiss for most of the custom work you see here.
10 Motorhome Madness: Junk
It’s built on a 1973 motorhome chassis but this is no Spaceballs contraband runner! It can’t fly but it does have a flying bridge! Basically, you have the option of piloting the Decoliner from atop the main bridge or inside the cabin; dual controls allow you to pick and choose! The motorhome chassis was selected due to the nature of its front-wheel-drive setup. Most motorhomes require the interior to rise above the driveline, but this configuration allows it to sit nearly as low as a Honda Civic! From the lower driving compartment, your rear end is literally four inches above the air cleaner of the 455cid Oldsmobile big block. Hand-blown porthole windows and custom styling from header to stern scream Weiss all day!
9 Leno-Liner: But Still Sick
1973 was the very first year that coaches like this were equipped with air ride suspensions and the panel-mounted control switches, tucked away next to the driver’s seat, were a source of amusement for Jay Leno when the monstrosity appeared on his Jay Leno’s Garage. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the motorhome (aside from the sky bridge) are the rear windows, built into the rear steps. It’s insanely ugly at first glance but once you get up close and really check out the handiwork, one can’t help but start to adore the oddity for the unique work of art that it really is. Leno loved it, and we kinda do to…kinda.
8 Legacy Hot Rod: Always Sick
We don’t have to tell you what this is; the 1932 Model is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable classics in the world and it’s the quintessential “hot rod” to many and an unobtainable conquest for most. There’s too much history to regurgitate here but the car is legendary amongst hot-rodders, whether you’re a Ford guy or not! Barry Weiss is just a wheels guy; it doesn’t matter if it’s a Ford, Chevy, Harley, or Honda (ok…maybe not Hondas) and if it rolls, he’s about it. As wild as his tastes can be, Barry is an astute style-master and even he knows better than to throw some tacky mods on something like a Model A!
7 Beatnik Bubble-Top: Junk
It started life as a 1955 Ford but it will ultimately end life as an aluminum can. In the interim, it’s a one-of-a-kind custom cruiser, slammed lower than the depths of the places they warn you about in Sunday school and about as pompous as the Kardashians. The all-steel body is completely hand-fabricated and carved with the care of a watchmaker. It really is a beautiful work of art. As far as cars go, however, it looks like a concept that should have stuck to the Hot Wheels lineup. As ugly as it is, it does have a towing capacity and Weiss does have a trailer to haul to auctions when he needs a little extra load capacity.
6 Burton Bat: Sick
You may remember Barry driving this thing on an episode of Barry’d Treasure and you may remember it getting “dinged” up as well (to the horror of many cave-dwelling bat lovers). Whether or not you remember Barry playing with it, you remember it. It is the most iconic Batmobile of our era. Sure, the Tumbler is a road-warrior like no other and the OG Futura is the one that kicked it all off but the Burton Bat is what most people think of when they think Batmobile. Kids these days may never cherish it so dear to their hearts but they never got to experience it firsthand, either.
5 Cowboy Cadillac: Junk
Barry is addicted to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other “things” (as it should be blatantly clear by now). They don’t have to look good to anyone else and they don’t have to fit within guidelines of acceptability to other collectors, they just have to resonate within Barry’s brain. It’s really hard to tell what mathematical formula is a positive resonator for the oddball collector but the Cowboy Cadillac is one such harmonic device. While the chopped and sectioned 1947 Cadillac features enough power to spin the rear wheels at will, something about the headlight design perturbs us past the point of acceptability; there’s just something going on here that just should not be!
4 Bugatti 57S: Got Away
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no two beholders are alike. The former owner of this forgotten 57S Bugatti made sure his beauty was well-hidden, having tucked it away until his final day. The car was long-forgotten, and luckily so: the super-rare automobile is nothing short of a unicorn in collector circles and with less than 1,000 examples built, it’s more out of your reach than a Veyron—and much more expensive, too! Although Barry would never have the opportunity for such a rare storage find, it’s a perfect example of the treasures that can be hiding in storages across the globe at this very second!
3 1958 Gilera 250cc: Junk
More oddball styling is piled up in Weiss’s garage than in a road-going circus and it’s likely packing more personality than the man himself, which is difficult to even fathom. One walk through the vehicular catacomb would probably unearth some rides that we’ve never seen before. His Gilera racer is another dustbin classic from the days when motorcycles were learning the hard way that broad-sided profiles and crosswinds didn’t mix with encouraging results for the rider. This variation even has illegal fairings that extended far aft of period regulation, making it that much more unique. Although it’s cool, the tiny 250cc powerplant is smaller than our ride-on mowers—and that’s not something we take kinship with!
2 Guzzi V7 Racer: Sick
While we initially didn’t like the Guzzi V7 on account of, well, many reasons, by contrast to other dustbin racers, it’s actually a rad bike. Maybe it’s the professional photography, maybe it’s the way the rivets line the sleek fairings around the shell but looking at it from this angle makes us just want to ride it! That’s probably why Weiss was so attracted to it in the first place—he saw it in just the right lighting (and next to an uglier bike). That theory can’t be true, however, as Weiss has plenty of ugly hardware in his garage. If you were to ask him, however, he’d say that all of his rides are beautiful—even the chicken coop!
1 Wet Nelly: Got Away
She’s not called Wet Nelly because she’s a submarine, although that would be a valid guess. (She actually very well might be one day, thanks to none other than Elon Musk.) But Wet Nelly is of the “wet sub” variety, meaning she’s not a real submarine, by your standard conception of what a submarine should be. Wet subs do not seal the occupants from the surrounding water. (Battlefield players know about wet subs.) Rather than ride the submarine like a pony, Wet Nelly was designed, for film purposes, to give the impression of a dry sub. She was soon lost in storage until a $100 dollar bid released her to her new owners! You KNOW Barry wishes he was there for this one because it’s totally up his alley!
Sources: Triumph Rat, Bonspeed, Bike-Curious, Classic Motorcycles, and Hemmings.