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$18M Worth Of Classic Cars Discovered In Abandoned French Barn

$18M Worth Of Classic Cars Discovered In Abandoned French Barn

For the average onlooker, it might look like any other scrap yard but the recent find of 100 decaying cards on a French estate has turned into a discovery worth $18,000,0000.

It turns out they were part of a collection that belonged to a wealthy individual named Roger Bailon who had an unbridled passion for rare and exotic automobiles. Amassed during the 1950s to 1970s, his ultimate dream was to restore each car to its original finish and display them in a purpose built car museum.

His eclectic and remarkable collection includes some true gems, like the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider and a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua which are almost worth their own weight in gold.

But it doesn't end there, other noteworthy finds are the Avions Voisin limousine C15, Ballot 8 Cyl limousine, Barré torpédo, Berliet coupé chauffeur, Berliet Type VIGB 10HP Taxi Landaulet, Bugatti 57 Ventoux, Ferrari 308 GTS i, Ferrari Mondial 3.2L cabriolet, Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet Millon-Guiet, Hotchkiss cabriolet, Jaguar type S 3.4 L and the Maserati A6G 2000 berlinetta Grand Sport Frua - that's just a sample from the collection. It's enough to make any automobile enthusiast break out in a hot sweat.

Whilst none of them roadworthy, each would require some extensive work to bring them back up to speed, but in their present state alone the find is worth an astounding $18M.

That's one very expensive "scrap yard" indeed. The Baillon Collection Will Be put up for auction on February 6, 2015 in Paris.

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