A decaying barn yard in France, owned by a local wealthy business man, has unearthed a collection of cars ranging from the 1950s to the 1970s estimated to be worth at least £12 million pounds.
Car enthusiast Roger Baillon collected 60 cars with the idea of opening a museum, over 50 years later they were discovered by a French auction house and today it was announced the whole lot will be auctioned off.
Some of the cars are extremely rare, one such in Baillon’s collection includes the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California, only 36 were ever made and in mint, restored condition could fetch up to £5 million pounds on the open market.
Most of the collection of cars have taken a battering from the elements as their barn yard surrounds slowly yielded to the weather, the most valuable were stored in better conditions and have remained relativity untouched.
Roger Baillon’s business went into a decline and thus he was unable to proceed with his grand museum plan, the collection has remained in permanent storage for 50 years until now.
Baillon died around 10 years ago after which the collection came into the possession of his son Jacques who passed away last year. Only a few people in the business knew about the “secrets” of the barn yard.
Jacques Baillon’s children subsequently inherited the cars and didn’t know about the full extent nor the true value of the collection until they called in specialists.
The entire collection is expected to draw wealthy car enthusiasts from around the world, a Bugatti is one of the main draws and also a rare 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sports one of only 3 ever made.
Rarity has a value and when the auction commences next February in Paris, the bids are expected to go through the roof.