Even in a time most people think that everything in the whole world has been discovered, there are still very valuable hidden treasures waiting to be found. One year ago the grandchildren of entrepreneur Roger Baillon discovered that a collection of 60 oldtimer automobiles from the 1930s to the 1950s left to rust in sheds on the family’s farm in western France. The cars could be worth several million Euros at auction.
The cars were collected from the 1950s to the 1970s by the entrepreneur Roger Baillon, who wanted to restore and display them in a museum. Along with the rare Maserati in this collection, Baillon had intended to build a museum with his collection. Things did not go as expected, however, he had to sell 50 cars. The rest of the collection was forgotten. The family of Baillon, who died around 11 years ago, had no idea the collection was worth so much. Baillon’s grandchildren had also no idea of the extent of the collection, calling in the car specialists Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff of auctioneers Artcurial Motorcars to estimate its value.
And these cars are not just any 1930s vintage automobiles. One Talbot-Lago in the collection had previously been owned by former Egyptian King Farouk. Also a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sports with coachwork by prominent designer Frua, one of just three in the world, which is worth at least 1 million Euros.
But the greatest discovery was that of a 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider with covered headlights, which was hidden beneath piles of newspapers. That car was previously owned by French actors Gerard Blain and Alain Delon, who was photographed in it with Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine, and is expected to attract attention from Ferrari collectors with an estimate of 10 million Euros.
Only 36 of the particular model of Ferrari were ever made, including the one in the barn and another bought by Chris Evans in 2008 for an estimated 6 million Euros.