Thursday, June 15, 2017

The 'barn find' Cars of Roger Baillon

A team from French auction house Artcurial Motorcars discovered a treasure trove of “barn find” condition cars, five dozen cars from the Roger Baillon collection in western France in late 2014. They wore badges from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati as well as prewar greats like Delahaye and Bugatti.The whole collection was sold by Artcurial at their annual Paris sale.
The specialists at Artcurial regularly traverse France finding cars for sales. This was definitely the find of a lifetime. Sixty collector cars in one place is something special, but the quality of the machinery found was the stuff dreams are made of.

Included were cars from Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Delahaye, Delage and Facel Vega as well as coachwork by famous names like Chapron and Saoutchik. Even grimy and neglected, any one of them would be an incredible find on its own.


One car that was the highlight at auction was the 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider. Found under a pile of papers, it is one of just 37 built, and was thought lost by marque car experts.

The last SWB California Spider to sell at auction went for $15 million. This example made $18,586,482.
The cars were amassed by shipping magnate Roger Baillon in hopes of one day opening a museum. Some of the cars were bought in the 1950s by Baillon who dreamt of restoring them to their former glory.
1936 Panhard et Levassor Dynamic X76.

Talbot-Lago T26

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB
A Frua-bodied Maserati A6G 2000 brought $2,280,550. Two Saoutchik-bodied Talbo-Lago T26s from the collection also found spots in the top ten with a 1949 Grand Sport SWB bringing $1,938,467.

A 1948 Record Cabriolet sold for $849,504.

1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berinetta