Sunday, December 7, 2014

Automotive Goldmine found in France

A team from French auction house Artcurial Motorcars recently discovered a treasure trove of dozens of “barn find” condition cars wearing badges from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati as well as prewar greats like Delahaye and Bugatti.

The whole collection is to be sold by Artcurial at their annual Paris sale early next year.
The specialists at Artcurial regularly traverse France finding cars for sales. This was definitely the find of a lifetime. Sixty collector cars in one place is something special, but the quality of the machinery found is the stuff dreams are made of.

Included are cars from Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lago, Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Delahaye, Delage and Facel Vega as well as coachwork by famous names like Chapron and Saoutchik. Even grimy and neglected, any one of them would be an incredible find on its own.
One car that will likely be a highlight at auction is the Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider. Found under a pile of papers, it is one of just 37 built, and was thought lost by marque car experts.

The last SWB California Spider to sell at auction went for $15 million. Artcurial estimates that this example will do €9.5 million to €12 million ($11.7 million to $14.7 million).

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