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Excitement builds as the Baillon collection goes on sale at Artcurial Paris

Hailed as the biggest barn-find for more than 20 years, the recently discovered Baillon collection consists of 90 classic cars ranging from the first years of motoring through to the 1970s. The collection includes cars by Bugatti, Delahaye, Hispano-Suiza,  et  and Maserati. 

Some 59 of these vehicles, many historically significant, are being sold by Artcurial at its Retromobile sale on 6 February. 

Important finds in the sale include a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider that once belonged to actor Alain Delon, and two Talbot Lago T26s, one a very rare Grand Sport Aérodynamique and the other an extravagant Cabriolet once owned by King Farouk. 

There is also one of just three Maserati A6G Gran Sports with coachwork by Frua, dating from 1956. 

The collection was amassed during the 1950s-1970s by Roger Baillon, a transport company owner from western France. 

His aim was to create a pre-war classic car museum. However, his business suffered a downturn in the 1970s, so he sold off 50 cars and left the others in various outbuildings and under makeshift corrugated iron shelters for the past 50 years. 

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By Claire Evans

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