Barn-find Baillon Collection smashes all estimates


The eyes of the motoring world were fixed on Paris today as the Roger Baillon Collection – which was discovered last year on a French farm – went under the hammer at Artcurial's Rétromobile sale. 

The two star lots were undoubtedly the ex-Alain Delon Ferrari 250GT California and an equally well-preserved 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua, which was shown at the 1956 Paris Salon.

It was the ex-Delon Ferrari that stole the show, the excitement in the sale room palpable as it crossed the block for a staggering hammer price of €14.2m – comfortably surpassing its €12m pre-sale upper estimate. 

The Maserati was close on its heels, exceeding its €800-1,200,000 estimate in just 10 seconds of furious bidding, going on to sell for an impressive €1,720,000.

The success story continued for the more affordable metal, with dozens of the 60 lots doubling and trebling their pre-sale upper estimates, with a number of cars achieving more than 10 times the figure predicted by auctioneers. 

It took just over an hour for the first car to break the one-million mark, with the stunning – yet heavily damaged – Saoutchik-bodied Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB selling for €1.45m – well above its €4-600,000 estimate. 

It was followed by another Saoutchik-bodied car, this time a T26 Record Fastback Coupé, which sold on estimate at €350,000.


The third Saoutchik car in the sale was a 1948 T26 Record Cabriolet, which sold for €625,000 (estimate €120-150,000).


A 1927 Amilcar CGSS Biplace Sport was one of the best performers of the day, sailing past its €5000 upper estimate and on to a staggering €46,000. 

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57 with Gangloff bodywork also did well, fetching €250,000. 

Click here to see our full report of the Rétromobile show.





The display Artcurial put on of the ghostly cars was amazing. Well worth the effort to get in to see them. Not easy, required a lot of persistence and involved purchasing catalogues. All very French.

Watching the Euros flicker by - in the case of the Delon Ferrari - in millions it struck me how many champagne corks must be popping all over the Home Counties as car restorers would be seeing their incomes thoroughly boosted. Good luck to you all.

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