What would you do if you opened a rickety-old barn door, and there, untouched by human hands for decades, was a documented 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge—one of the most collectible coupes in muscle-car history?

We will let you ponder that question for now and tell you that the photos in this feature are real. Here’s the backstory.

Some 25 years ago or more, this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge traded ownership, and its new (and current owner) put it in the safest place on his property he could find—a cow barn. He planned on restoring it, but his out-of-state job was an excuse to procrastinate, and the years passed and passed and passed.

What havoc does 25 years in a cow barn wreck upon a muscle car? According to the owner’s uncle (both men prefer that their names and the location of 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge are not disclosed to the public), The Judge is covered up to the rockers in mud and cow manure, and rat excrement litters both its exterior and interior.

“I hope he will get to it sometime, but I can tell you [it won’t be anytime] in the near future,” the uncle says. So let’s go back to the question. What would you do if you were the first person to discover this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge in its location and in the condition it is in?