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For some reason, I've always had this idea that there was sort of a limited but perpetually-renewing supply of amazing vintage cars forgotten about in barns and old garages. This is, of course, absurd, and this recent major find of 60 incredibly valuable, unrestored vintage cars could possibly be the last of its kind.


That's not just me getting all emo because of all these amazing photos of beautifully decayed old cars. That's what Arterial auction house's resident car expert, Pierre Novikoff, said:

"Never again, anywhere in the world, will such a treasure be unearthed."

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That's sort of alarming, but, upon reflection, not really unexpected. I mean, how many more incredible, forgotten collections of amazing 20th century cars could there be out there, really? And this one would be incredibly hard to beat. Check out this lineup of stunning cars stashed away in these barns, some protected under stacks of old magazines, one of the finest car-preservation methods known:

(get ready to scroll, because here's the full list)

Amilcar C6 berline

Amilcar CGS

Ariès coach

Auto Union cabriolet

Avions Voisin C15

Avions Voisin limousine C15

Avions Voisin C7 par Gallé

Ballot 8 Cyl limousine

Barré torpédo

Berliet coupé chauffeur

Berliet Type VIGB 10HP Taxi Landaulet

Bugatti 57 Ventoux

Citroën Trèfle

Delage D6

Delage D8 coach

Delahaye 135 cabriolet Faget Varnet

Delahaye 135 coach Chapron

Delahaye 235 coach Chapron

Delahaye 235 coach Chapron

Delahaye 235 coupé Chapron

Delahaye Type 43 coupé chauffeur

Delahaye GFA 148 L

Delahaye Type 43 camionnette

Delaunay Belleville limousine VL8

Facel Vega Excellence

Ferrari 250 GT California SWB

Ferrari 308 GTS i

Ferrari 400

Ferrari Mondial 3.2L cabriolet

Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet Millon-Guiet

Hotchkiss cabriolet

Innocenti S cabriolet

Jaguar type S 3.4 L

La Buire 12 A

Lagonda LG45 cabriolet

Lancia Thema 8.32

Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 plateau

Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 torpédo par Grumman

Lorraine-Dietrich torpédo

Maserati A6G 2000 berlinetta Grand Sport Frua

Mathis cabriolet

Mathis FOH

Packard cabriolet Super Eight

Panhard-Levassor Dynamic berline X77

Panhard-Levassor Dynamic coupé X76

Panhard-Levassor limousine X72

Porsche 356 SC ex-Sonauto

Renault AX torpédo

Renault Vivastella cabriolet

Sandford cyclecar 3 roues

Singer Cabriolet

Talbot Lago 11/6 cabriolet

Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet

Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet

Talbot Lago Cadette 11

Talbot Lago coach

Talbot Lago T26 coach

Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupé Saoutchik

Talbot Lago T26 Record coupé Saoutchik

Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-Roi Farouk

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By now your pants should be nicely soiled in wonderment. The collection is known as the Roger Ballion collection, and was started in the 1950s. Ballion, among many other things, made one of the first cab-over trucks! Here's what the auction house's press release says about the history of the collection:

His collection was assembled during the 1950s by Roger Baillon, an entrepreneur who ran a transport company based in the west of France. As enthusiast from the early days, he exhibited, at the Paris Motor Show during the 1950s, a roadster that he had built. His dream was to conserve the heritage of pre-war automobiles in museum surroundings. During the 1970s, before he could carry out the necessary restoration work, his dream was shattered when his business suffered a setback. He was forced to sell some fifty cars, and since that time, the rest of the collection did not move until this discovery.

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Since the '70s, nobody knew where the rest of the collection was. Well, they do now, and there's some stunning cars in here: a '61 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider that automotive historians have been looking for for years, one of three Frua-bodied '56 Maserati A6Gs, there's Hispano-Suizas, Matheses, Delahayes, Bugattis, Facel-Vegas — this list reads like a roster of every incredible car that was ever important or significant in Europe. It's astounding.

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So, it's time to sell the last of those old DVDs and dig into that useless retirement account, because the auction will be on February 6, 2015. I'll see you there, in my freaking dreams.

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