60 lost classic cars found – including Delon’s Ferrari

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Incredible find of 60 dream cars

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Ivy has also spread over the tin.

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Some of the finds are real rarities like this Panhard-Levassor Dynamic X76, all in pretty bad condition.

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Automobile treasures as far as the eye can see: The Baillon collection also includes this Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe.

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Like this Delahaye Coupe Chauffeur….

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…and the Hispano Suiza H6B as a convertible from Millon-Guiet.

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Some of the classics were bought by Roger Baillon over 60 years ago and stored in this shed.

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Little did the heirs know what kind of treasure slumbered in the former haulier’s yard.

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60 lost classic cars found - including Delon's Ferrari-Saoutchik

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That should hardly detract from the value, after all, collectors place the main focus on originality.

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But the collection also includes better-known names like the Maserati A6G from 1956.

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The real sensation is the Ferrari 250 GT Callifornia SWB, which once belonged to Alain Delon.

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Proud finders: Matthieu Lamoure (left) and Pierre Novikoff from the Artcurial auction house.

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The Ferrari and the Maserati as they were found by the two of them.

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The precious items will go under the hammer on February 6, 2015.

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The total value of the collection is estimated at over 15 million euros.

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For more than 60 years, 60 rare automobiles have dawned in a tin shed. A lost Ferrari and a wrong vehicle number led two classic car experts to this treasure.

D.he experts speak of an automotive grail, a find of the century. For decades, 60 classic automobiles had been rotting away under poorly supported wooden beams in a corrugated iron shed, some of them buried under stacks of old automobile magazines. The treasure has now been raised by a team from the Artcurial auction house on a farm in western France. Including the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder from 1961, which once belonged to film star Alain Delon and which alone should be worth a double-digit million amount.

The treasures will be auctioned on February 6, 2015 in Paris.

They belong to the collection of the entrepreneur Roger Baillon, who died more than ten years ago before he could open a car museum. Baillon was a pioneer in automotive engineering. His large trucks were in demand after the war, and as a freight forwarder in the 1950s and 1960s, thanks to a special tank design, he had almost a monopoly in the transport of dangerous goods.

The most beautiful rolling rarities

For three days, parts of Saxony and Thuringia were firmly in the hands of classic car fans. 180 rolling rarities lined the streets and once again caused a rush of visitors.

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He invested a substantial part of his fortune in more than 100 automobile treasures, mainly from French production, with which he wanted to remember the daring constructors, designers and bodybuilders, whose technical innovations were seldom crowned with economic success. At the end of the 1970s he sold part of the precious Delahaye, Talbot-Lago and Hispano-Suiza.

One of three Maserati A6G 200 Berlinetta

Nobody seemed to suspect that the man not only hoarded these treasures and old red trucks from his own production on his premises, but also owned a variety of other dream cars that were built during and shortly after the Second World War.

This Ferrari just makes you happy

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The star of the IAA 1957: the Ferrari 250 GT Cabrio S1. When it made its big appearance in Frankfurt, however, the car was painted white.

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At this fair, the open sports car looked like it was from another planet. At the other stands mainly small cars were presented, for example NSU showed its new one Prince, BMW the "big" Isetta BMW 600.

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The body was designed by Pininfarina. Of the first series, which was built until 1959, 41 copies were made.

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The interior is kept simple and elegant, with a total of seven round instruments, a delicate chrome interior mirror, a beautiful switch plate and …

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… a famous three-spoke wooden steering wheel.

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And the engine is also a work of art with a three-liter displacement, twelve cylinders and three Weber double carburetors

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The car that led the French on the trail of this unique treasure was that Ferrari of the film star Delon, the 250 GT SWB California Spyder Shortwheel Base, of which only 55 were built in Maranello. One copy is currently being traded for more than ten million euros.

The fact that Baillon’s treasure was able to remain undiscovered for so long is probably due to the ignorance of the heirs. They were unaware of the value of the car and the Ferrari in particular. Experts had mistakenly assigned its serial number to a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Lusso. It was not until 2001 that Hilary A. Raab associated the car with the serial number 2935GT with the Baillon Spyder in his legendary “Red Book”.

Only three years ago, a well-known English dealer is said to have tried to acquire the car from the Baillon descendants. Negotiations failed, but the trail that Artcurial found in the west of the country was thus laid.

What that dealer obviously did not suspect and what Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff, the car specialists at Artcurial, discovered, may in fact be considered a sensational find. In addition to the Ferrari, the second highlight is a 1956 Maserati A6G 200 Berlinetta Grand Sport Frua, one of only three examples worldwide, for which experts estimate 1.2 million euros. The two Italians are in a comparatively acceptable condition compared to the rest.

Oldtimer complete, but ramshackle

The cars of the brands Avions Voisin, Delage, Delahaye, Hispano Suiza, Lagonda, Packard or Singer, on the other hand, are true rarities, the names of which are known only to a few enthusiasts. Apparently they meet the condition for which the term barn find is characteristic: complete, but dilapidated.

Renault Supercinq – the fastest among the little ones

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Hello, it’s me, the Renault Supercinq! – In September 1984 the second generation of the Renault 5 was presented and given the nickname Supercinq. From the first genesration, more than five million vehicles had been built.

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Marcello Gandini, who had previously designed vehicles for Lamborghini and Maserati, was responsible for the design.

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The small car was still offered as a three- and five-door model.

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The top version was the Renault 5 GT Turbo with 115 hp. With this motorization, the small car won …

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… numerous racing titles. However, the 408 hp Renault 5 Turbo 2 Maxi, with which Ragnotti took first place in the Tour de Corse rally, had even more power.

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The cockpit looked quite futuristic at the time. A floating screen covered the instruments.

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In 1990 Renault presented the successor to the R5 with the Clio, but the small car was built in Slovenia until 1996. In the rest of Europe, Schluss.

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But this condition is worth just as much money to some buyers because of its authenticity. In 2013, at a Bonhams auction, an Aston Martin DB6 barn find fetched almost the same price as a freshly restored one: over £ 100,000, more than € 130,000.

The great advantage of the Baillon vehicles is that they are complete. Spare parts are hardly available, especially for pre-war cars that were once built in two or three-digit numbers. Removing damage to the stand, processing fenders or upholstering the original seats and the time-consuming reconditioning of almost destroyed individual parts is worthwhile.

The big brands that Baillon collected are not blue chips, but rather unusual old-timers – something for the true connoisseur.

Nine vehicles alone bear the Talbot trademark: some people are still familiar with the brand as an attempt by the French PSA Group to upgrade the vehicle range of the Simca company acquired by Chrysler in the 1970s. But the image transfer failed.

Talbot Lago from King Faruk

Only 36 examples of the Type 26 Grand Sport with a short wheelbase were built between 1947 and the mid-1950s. They were used for the construction of individual coupes and convertibles, but also as the basis for racing cars that competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Three of them are in poor condition at Baillon. A Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe tailored by the legendary French coachbuilder Saoutchik. And a T26 Record Coupe from the same forge.

The bevel doctor at work

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Peter Pohl at a milling machine in the basement of his house, but here he is not machining a vertical shaft motor, but the block half of a Steyr-Puch motor.

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But of course there are also vertical shaft motors in Pohl’s workshop, such as this type 587/3 for a Porsche 904 GTS.

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Pohl himself still has four vertical shaft Porsches, including this wonderful convertible …

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… 356 A Carrera 1600 from 1958.

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But it doesn’t always have to be Porsche: Here the engine expert controls a Steyr-Puch TR from 1968, the body unmistakably comes from the Fiat 500.

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The third model is a Saoutchik convertible with a prominent previous owner. The car once belonged to the Egyptian King Faruk. This will be a colorful facet for the prose in the auctioneers’ exposes.

It is difficult to estimate how high the prices will be achieved by the three cars. In the last decade, these models have changed hands for half a million euros. Racing cars with the same chassis, which took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, are said to have been well over a million.

This is what makes these cars so complicated and unpredictable for the auctioneers from the perspective of a prospective buyer: because no two cars are the same, the prices are almost incalculable.

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