A French car auction house says it has discovered some of the world’s most sought after classic cars rotting away in a barn in western France.
According to the Artcurial Auction House the European cars — including a rare Ferrari missing for decades — belonged to a shipping magnate, Roger Bailon, who collected the vehicles in the 1950s with the hope of eventually establishing his own museum.
In the 1970s, in light of financial issues, Bailon was forced to sell roughly half the cars.
The remaining vehicles were left around his estate, some in fully enclosed garages others out in the open. Their discovery could mean big money for the auction house, who plans to sell the cars on February 6th.
Many of the cars will need extensive restoration and require substantially more to get running than they will cost at auction.
The most valuable vehicle is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder that is rumored to have once belonged to actor Alain Deion. Thankfully, it was the most protected car found in the lot. Only 37 of the Ferraris were ever built. In August, a well cared for model was sold for $15 million at an auction in Pebble Beach.
A rare Maserati A6G Gran Sports with coachwork by Frua was also found in the Bailon collection. It is one of only three of the vehicles ever built.
Whoever ends up landing one of these cars, car enthusiasts around the world are lucky that these were discovered.