Gallery: The Baillon Collection 'barn find'

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3 Delahaye GFA 148 L et Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet par Guillore, Collection Baillon 3 Delahaye GFA 148 L et Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet par Guillore, Collection Baillon
Abri 1 with Facel Vega Excellence and Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-Roi-Farouk, Collection Baillon Abri 1 with Facel Vega Excellence and Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-Roi-Farouk, Collection Baillon
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1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua, Collection Baillon 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua, Collection Baillon
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB and Maserati A6G 2000 berlinetta Grand Sport Frua, Collection Baillon Ferrari 250 GT California SWB and Maserati A6G 2000 berlinetta Grand Sport Frua, Collection Baillon
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Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe u Saoutchik Photo: Remi Dargegen Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe u Saoutchik Photo: Remi Dargegen
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Panhard Levassor Dynamic coupe U X76, Collection Baillon Panhard Levassor Dynamic coupe U X76, Collection Baillon
Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-King Farouk,Collection Baillon Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-King Farouk,Collection Baillon
Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe U Saoutchik, Collection Baillon Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe U Saoutchik, Collection Baillon
Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe U Saoutchik, Collection Baillon Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupe U Saoutchik, Collection Baillon
Delahaye coupe U chauffeur, Collection Baillon Delahaye coupe U chauffeur, Collection Baillon
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Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet Millon Guiet, Collection Baillon Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet Millon Guiet, Collection Baillon
Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff in front of their discovery Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff in front of their discovery
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, Collection Baillon 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, Collection Baillon

Discovery of a forgotten treasure of sixty old and classic cars in rural Western France...

Gallery: The Baillon Collection 'barn find'
Gallery: The Baillon Collection

 

The Baillon Collection

Deep in rural western France, sixty old and classic cars have been discovered in the sheds and barns of a family farm.

As with most Barn Finds, the back-story is as interesting as the cars themselves: a trucking magnate and life-long enthusiast, Roger Baillon, took twenty years to assemble his dream collection and was about to build his own museum, when his industry took a beating in the 1970s and he was forced to sell almost half the collection.

What remains includes cars from Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Panhard-Levassor, Maserati, Ferrari, Delahaye, Delage and Porsche. Of particular value are two Italian cars: one of just three Maserati A6G Gran Sports with coachwork by Frua, from 1956 and beneath piles of newspapers, a Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider, with covered headlights. It was bought new by French actor Gérard Blain, then sold to fellow actor Alain Delon, who was often seen at the wheel of this machine, including in 1964 with Jane Fonda and on the Côte d’Azur with Shirley MacLaine. One of 37 examples, this Pininfarina-designed cabriolet, its whereabouts unknown to marque historians until now, is bound to attract the attention of collectors of important historic Ferraris.

The entire collection goes under the auctioneer’s hammer on February 6. Read all about the entire collection in a forthcoming copy of Unique Cars magazine.

 

 

 


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