Can you imagine what it must be like to discover one after another classic cars that have remained hidden from the public’s view for many years. Well, that is what happened on a farm in western France recently.
Apparently, a gentleman by the name of Roger Baillon started to collect the cars back in the 1950s. They were in a variety of conditions some of which he restored. Over a period of time he collected in excess of 100 cars. He had a transport business that got into financial difficulty so he sold about 50 of the cars and retained 60 of them.
Mr Baillon died many years ago and the cars passed to his family. It was only when auctioneers were brought in to look at the cars did it become apparent just how valuable they could be.
They were stored in numerous outbuildings in fields on the farm.
It is believed that the classic cars are worth in the region of £12 million. One of the cars is a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB dating back to 1961. It was owned by the actors Alain Delon and Gerard Blain. Only thirty six of these cars were ever made so that is likely to be worth a considerable sum of money – in fact it is estimated that it could sell for around £9.5 million. There is also a Maserati A6G Gran Sports Frua. Only three of these were ever manufactured. There is also a Talbot-Lago T26 Cabriolet that was once owned by the Egyptian King Farouk.
We are sure that you will agree this is a most interesting discovery by the two auctioneers. They must have been thrilled to bits with their find.
If you are interested in buying any of these cars they are being auctioned in Paris in February next year.