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Trevor Collett | Dec, 08 2014 | 3 Comments

You may read about barn finds from time to time, but rarely are they as epic as this one.

The doors to several 'barns' in France were finally thrown open three months ago after nearly 40 years of inactivity, revealing between 12-15 million euros (AU$17-22 million) in automotive gold.

Around 100 cars were discovered, with 60 already bound for auction in Paris by Artcurial in February next year.

Artcurial motor vehicle specialists Pierre Novikoff and Matthieu Lamoure stumbled upon the find after receiving a tip-off from a friend of the owner’s family.

The Telegraph in the UK reports models from Chapron, Saoutchick and Million-Guiet were among the cars found, but plenty have been overshadowed by a classic Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider; found under bundles of old magazines.

There’s also at least eight Talbot Lagos, a Grand Sport Aerodynamique coupe, a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux and a Porsche 356.

Photo: Artcurial
Photo: Artcurial

Let’s not forget the three Voisins, eight Delahayes, a Facel Vega Excelllence, a Lagonda LG 45 Cabriolet and a Hispano Suiza H6B.

The oldest car in the collection is a four-cylinder Renault from 1912 and the most modern is a Ferrari Mondial.

The collection’s former owner is said to have amassed 200 vehicles at one point, and even designed his own truck and a roadster that was displayed at the 1951 Paris Motor Show.

A business set-back in the 1970s forced him to sell more than 100 cars from his collection, but that didn’t stop his business from descending into bankruptcy.

The remaining 100 were stored in various ways until today, but 40 have been declared ‘un-restorable’ and will instead be sold for parts.

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