60 Extremely Rare Vintage Cars Worth About $18 Million Found In A French Barn – Auction Is Next February

Alap Naik Desai - Author
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Jan. 3 2018, Updated 2:34 p.m. ET

Every motorcar enthusiast or car collector dreams of opening a barn door to discover hoards of vintage cars parked neatly in row upon row. Well, this dream just came true for a duo who stumbled upon not just a few, but 60 extremely rare vintage cars stored, rather haphazardly, in makeshift cast-iron cages and underneath outbuildings.

Two “motorcar specialists” from auction house Artcurial Motorcars spotted 60 vintage cars in rural western France. However, the conditions in which these beauties were stored was described as quite deplorable and the cars had been sitting in the same location for at least 50 years, laments Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars.

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“This sort of thing doesn’t happen often enough. In our jargon, we speak about ‘barn finds’ as cars that are intact, that have remained untouched for years, and are found again. I have to say that when we arrived here, we found ourselves overcome with emotion.”

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The history of the cars is, indeed, quite fascinating. They were fondly handpicked by French transportation mogul Roger Baillon. When faced with misfortune in the early 1970s, Ballion had to part away with his beloved collection for near throwaway prices for these priceless pieces of luxury transportation. The collector had taken utmost care of his collection and ensured each of the car was in pristine and drivable condition. Hence, when it was time to sell his car collection, Ballion tucked away some of his favorite cars in a far-off farm in rural France.

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