Incredible French Barn Finds Could Fetch Over $18M


Imagine the excitement and joy of finding a rare classic sitting abandoned in someone’s back yard or shed, just begging for a little restoration work and a stretch of open road. Now multiply that by a hundred and you’ll have an inkling of how it must have felt when the classic car department of French auction house Artcurial first learned of the 100-car collection of the late Roger Baillon.

Although most of the vehicles have been exposed to the elements, an estimate of 60 cars have been confirmed as still having substantial worth in the market, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, and 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua, which are reported to be worth $14.74 million USD and $1.5 million USD respectively.

The cars were found tucked away in a property in the West of France, under makeshift corrugated iron shelters and in various outbuildings. It was pretty obvious the outbuildings and cars have had tens of years of neglect from their owners. Just look at those roofs! If you were to show the picture to one of the top roof repair companies austin texas area, they’d be straight on a flight over to France! They were bought over the years by Baillon, a French transport magnate that hoped to one day restore them and showcase them in a museum. Unfortunately, Baillon was forced to give up that dream due when his business went sour, with almost half of the original 200-car collection sold in the late ’70s.

The remaining cars are now being sold on behalf of Baillon’s family.




Source: Hypebeast