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Abandoned Classic Vehicles That Time Forgot

At first glance, there doesn't appear to be anything spectacular about a piece of land containing 60 broken-down vehicles.  However, get a closer look into the vehicles that are being described as "sleeping beauties" by the Artcurial auction house in Paris.  These vehicles are expected to bring in over $22 million at auction.  But what's so special about them?

These are no ordinary cars, including storied brands like Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Delage, Delahaye, and many more, some of which are dated back to before the Second World War.

The cars were mostly collected by entrepreneur, inventor, and car enthusiast Roger Baillon between the mid 1950's and 60's.  He designed and built his own car, the Bluebird, in 1947.  He bought the farm land that the vehicles currently sit on back in 1953, intending to convert it into an automobile museum.  However, his business struggled and he abandoned the plans, selling off about 50 of the vehicles and leaving the rest behind.

"A collection like this can't fail to arouse the passions of those who love automobiles, as well as art and history enthusiasts," stated Matthiu Lamoure, managing director of Articular and one of the discoverers of the cars.  "Never again, anywhere in the world, will such a treasure be unearthed."

Photos by the Articular Auction House
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