They thought that their grandfather left karst, and then peered into one of the garage … An avid collector, a rich man Roger Bailon, collected the cars from 1950 to 1970 and had a plan to restore and expose them in a museum. Unfortunately, he died in 2004. His estate in western France with the world’s most sought after classic cars was succeeded by his son Jacques, who died last year, so everything went to his grandchildren. They did not pay too much importance to rusty cars that were standing beneath the ramshackle barn. However, one day they decided to invite experts to assess how much this is worth a pile of rubble. If anything at all it’s worth.
Experts Matthew Lamor and Pierre Novikof are generally looked sadly ruined cars while noting that most of them can not even be restored. But when they opened one garage with a little better preserved specimens, they were stunned.
“Under a pile of old newspapers was the Ferrari 250 GT SWB “California Spader.” This model worth millions. It is an extremely valuable model that was produced in only 37 copies. Next to him stood Maserati A6G 2000 “Sport Frua”, one of only three of the vehicles ever built. We could not believe” – said Lamor, who with his colleague estimated the entire collection at over €15,5 million ($19 million).
Among the cars is Talbot-Lago, which was owned by the king of Egypt, and several other less valuable Ferrari, Bugatti, Jaguar, etc. The whole collection will be offered on February 6 by the Artcurial Auction House.