Paris, December 9, 2014
The year is 1977: workers of bankrupt textile factory Smurf discover on the premises the fabulous collection of the two owners: Around 500 vehicles, including many Bugatti, which later form the basis for the National Automobile Museum in France. Also in 1977 has to give up in the west of the country, a certain Roger Baillon his transport company. With the monopoly on the transport of liquid chemicals Baillon came to money. Enough money to design their own car build ( the " Oiseau bleu" in 1947 ) and a collection vehicle for a museum. In 1977, he mentioned needs to sell about 50 cars. Everyone thinks, so is the collection of Baillon history. Until recently, Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff by the company Artcurial make an incredible discovery.
Buried under old car magazines dormant for decades 60 dream cars in front of him. It is the rest of the Baillonschen collection. Plated with lots of patina, not free of rust, but still always be stored dry, the car care at Lamoure and Novikoff open mouths. Because in front of them rather than any old VW Beetle or Renault 4, but treasures of Bugatti, Delahaye and Talbot-Lago on Ferrari. Many of the vehicles were also dressed by coachbuilders like Chapron or Saoutchik. One of them is a Talbot-Lago T26 Cabriolet, which was built for the former Egyptian King Farouk.
In a sense, the Barn Star is one of only 37 built Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. The copy of 1961 with headlight covers once belonged to the famous actor Alain Delon. Sub-brand experts was the car with chassis number 2935 to be lost forever. Other eye-catchers include a Maserati Gran Sport A6G Frua of the 1956th
Auction in February 2015
As it is now with the finds further? They are carefully brought to a warehouse and individually photographed in studio. Then on the classic car show in Paris Rétromobile it comes on 6 February 2015 great auction: For Delon Ferrari euro is expected with 9.5 to twelve million, the Maserati is located from 800,000 to 1.2 million euros. However, other vehicles should already start at 500 euros. What the future owner will do with their cars, is open. Lamoure and Novikoff would want a mix. Some cars should be restored, others remain in their original condition, in order to preserve the unique history . (rh)