These are stories to stand up to.
Since what has become known as the Baillon affair, there is not a person who has not dreamed of knowing such a fate and of making a happy discovery which brought in the equivalent of a super lotto.
During 2014, Céline Baillon cleared the barn of her deceased father.
It's his lucky day.
She came across a convertible Ferrari from the 1960s that turned out to be a 250 GT Spyder California.
Stored for forty years, under a pile of sheets and old magazines, this car had become the obsession of historians of the Italian brand and of treasure seekers.
In addition to being the absolute Holy Grail for many enthusiasts, the California, listed under chassis number 2935 GT, has a golden pedigree.
It belonged to Alain Delon.
Céline and her brother decide to auction it with the grandfather's cars, mainly French models from the golden age of bodywork, abandoned in makeshift shelters for sixty years.
Contacted by the Baillons, Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff, the tandem at the head of the Motocars department of the Artcurial house, do not believe a single word in what they are told.
Are you sure?
Isn't it more like a Pinin Farina convertible? ”Hear the salespeople.
The epilogue was written on February 6, 2015, as part of the Rétromobile show.
After three months of a worldwide buzz, Artcurial disperses the 59 pieces of the Niort collection for an amount of more than 21 million including 14.2 million euros (excluding fees) for the famous California.
Beyond its scope and result, this historic sale has shown that in the age of continuous information, social networks and drones, many classic cars are still lurking here and there.
Fans love it because these barn exits, marked by faded bodywork, ruby spoke rims and the wrinkled leather of sagging seats, feed fairy tales.
Whether hidden away during the war to escape German requisition or forgotten, these cars dot family albums.
The same year as the Baillon sale, Me Osenat auctioned off a vis-à-vis Dion Bouton who had always been in the same family since 1901. The seller said that this ancestor of the automobile had been torn to pieces by his great-grandfather during the Second World War and walled up in the basement of the family home.
Two weeks ago, another Ferrari reappeared.
Me Osenat sold a 330 GT 2 + 2 from 1966 stored for more than forty years in the barn of a village in southwestern France.
The car had not changed family since 1967. Its owner, an original, flea dealer from Saint-Ouen, no longer wanted to use it since the first speed limits came into effect in 1974. A few years passed. and her two children draw her with the short straw.
The boy who inherited it never rode with it.
Despite the substantial repair costs to be expected, the Italian berlinetta has appreciated well above its price, € 244,200!
The source of barn exits never seems to dry up.
At the beginning of December, the Artcurial house sold € 369,520 for an AC Bristol, the cream of English roadsters from the end of the fifties.
His moving journey is worth a film.
The AC has only known two owners, two best friends, Marcel Perier and a certain Guerineau.
The latter, professor of physical sciences and chemistry in Rennes had won the first ten prizes of a competition organized by the newspaper Ouest-France thanks to the answers which had found his friend.
He had hastened to resell the prices to afford the beautiful AC.
In 1971, he gave it to his friend Marcel.
This one hardly used it, his wife hardly tasting the convertibles.
Remember: even wrecks are worth gold.
In 2010, the remains of a Bugatti Brescia found at the bottom of Lake Maggiore where it had been plunged 73 years earlier were sold for 260,500 euros.