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Artcurial to sell huge barnfind collection in Paris

A hidden collection of over 60 cars, including a rare Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, is to be auctioned by Artcurial on 6 February next year

One of the biggest and most valuable collections of high-value classic cars has been discovered by French auction house Artcurial, and will be sold off at the 6 February Retromobile auction. Perhaps most exciting and valuable is the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, which was discovered stashed away in a garage underneath piles of old car magazines.

The Bailon collection has an interesting back-story. Roger Baillon, a French entrepreneur with a passion for all things car related, started the collection in the 1950s, and actually exhibited a home-made roadster at the at the Paris motor show during the same time.

His dream was to set up a museum, preserving and celebrating pre-war motoring, however disaster struck when his business fell on hard times – and Bailon was forced to sell over 50 cars. The remaining classics remained in the make-shift sheds outside the family Chateau in western France, until they were recently re-discovered.

The Ferrari is one of the better-preserved cars. Found alongside a Maserati A6G Gran Sports, the 250 California Spider was originally sold to film star Gérard Blain, then passed on to fellow actor Alain Delon. The actor was famously photographed at the wheel of the 250 with Jane Fonda and on the Côte d’Azur with Shirley MacLaine.

There are many that have not survived quite so well, but all of the cars are complete, and in original condition. Among the collection are rarities from Hispano-Suiza and Delage, as well a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux and a number of Talbot Lago T26s with various bodies. French coachbuilders, such as Million-Guiet, Chapron and Saoutchik, all feature numerous times on the list.

To get a taste of the collection, and what it looked like before the cars were removed, watch this video that was shot by Artcurial:

Here’s the full list of cars found in the collection:

Amilcar C6 berline
Amilcar CGS Ariès coach
Auto Union cabriolet
Avions Voisin C15
Avions Voisin limousine C15
Avions Voisin C7 par Gallé
Ballot 8 cyl limousine
Barré torpédo
Berliet coupé chauffeur
Berliet Type VIGB 10HP Taxi Landaulet
Bugatti 57 Ventoux
Citroën Trèfle
Delage D6
Delage D8 coach
Delahaye 135 cabriolet Faget Varnet
Delahaye 135 coach Chapron
Delahaye 235 coach Chapron
Delahaye 235 coach Chapron
Delahaye 235 coupé Chapron
Delahaye Type 43 coupé chauffeur
Delahaye GFA 148 L
Delahaye Type 43 camionnette
Delaunay Belleville limousine VL8
Facel Vega Excellence
Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Ferrari 308 GTS i
Ferrari 400
Ferrari Mondial 3.2L cabriolet
Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet
Millon-Guiet Hotchkiss cabriolet
Innocenti S cabriolet
Jaguar type S 3.4 L
La Buire 12 A
Lagonda LG45 cabriolet
Lancia Thema 8.32
Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 plateau
Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 torpédo par Grumman
Lorraine-Dietrich torpédo
Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Frua
Mathis cabriolet
Mathis FOH
Packard cabriolet Super Eight
Panhard-Levassor Dynamic berline X77
Panhard-Levassor Dynamic coupé X76
Panhard-Levassor limousine X72
Porsche 356 SC ex-Sonauto
Renault AX torpédo
Renault Vivastella cabriolet
Sandford cyclecar 3 roues
Singer Cabriolet
Talbot Lago 11/6 cabriolet
Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet
Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet
Talbot Lago Cadette 11
Talbot Lago coach
Talbot Lago T26 coach
Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupé Saoutchik
Talbot Lago T26 Record coupé Saoutchik
Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-Roi Farouk

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