Classic Cars Sat for 50 Years, Going on Sale

Roger Baillon collected sports cars in the 1950s and ’60s. In the 1970s, a financial reversal led him to sell off about 50 cars, but the remaining 60 were left at his property in western France, where they sat untouched until earlier this year. Baillon died, and his son Jacques, who inherited the cars and did not know their value, died last year. The collector’s grandchildren have decided to sell cars. The Baillon Collection includes models like a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder and a 1956 Maserati A6G 2000. Matthieu Lamoure of Artcuriel Motorcars is excited about the upcoming auction.

Mr. Lamoure said the sale will be a no-reserve auction, adding that Artcurial has not yet announced presale estimates for most of the cars. He did, however, have estimates for two of them. The Ferrari California, which he said once belonged to Alain Delon, a French actor who had been photographed in the car with the actress Jane Fonda in 1964, was expected to sell for $11.7 million to $14.8 million. The Maserati A6G 2000, he said, was expected to sell for $985,000 to $1.5 million.

The cars will go up for sale from Artcuriel during Rétromobile 2015 in February. See more pictures at Laughing Squid

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