Incredible find of the year: $18 million classic car collection was rusting in a 100-year-old French barn image

You’re not a true classic car aficionado if you never dreamed of stepping over an amazing location that had tucked away for years a gorgeous collection of perfectly preserved classic cars.

While pristine is not exactly the word to describe this particular incredible find – as two “motorcar specialists” from the auction house Artcurial Motorcars found – the reality sometimes meets dream. Impersonated by rural western France, 60 collectors’ automobiles had been rusting away tucked in makeshift, cast-iron cages and underneath outbuildings. “This sort of thing doesn’t happen often enough,” commented Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars. The “barn find” left them all emotional – and they should be, considering the worth of the cars after put through the restoration process.

But here’s the story behind the gorgeous find, which includes a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, which alone could fetch as much as $14.74 million. Or the one of only three ever made 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua – expected to secure around $1.5 million. The cars were part of a much more comprehensive collection of French transportation mogul Roger Baillon – he was hit by years of harsh times in the 1970s and sold his car collection. Only he did not part with all of the prized possessions, tucking away some of them in the French barn – where the faded out of memory.

Via Business Insider