50 years out of sight Vintage cars discovered at French farm
Roger Baillon was a very wealthy businessman in the transportation industry who had a dream of collecting the finest pre-war automobiles in the world. Restoring them and placing them in a dedicated museum for the world to enjoy.
The Baillon car collection started at the peak of his success in the 1950’s. He had restored roadster that he would enter in some high-class car shows and his love of fine automobiles only grew from there.
Over the next few years he had acquired over 120 very rare and sought after cars. Some of the cars even had some incredible histories associated with them.
One of the cars (Talbot-Lago T26 convertible) was formerly owned by the Egyptian King Farouk. Another car (the Ferrari 250 GT) was featured in many Hollywood films with actors and actresses such as Jane Fonda and Shirly MacLaine.
The entrepreneur never expected his wealth to expire and his businesses to fail but sadly thats exactly what happened.
He was forced to sell half of his collection and halt the restoration of the remaining automobiles. The other half were stored in purpose built structures surrounding the family farm. The Maserati pictured above is 1 of only 3 in the world.
He was very proud of his collection and made sure that each vehicle was very well documented to preserve its history.
Sadly his passion for these incredible vehicles was not completely shared by his son who let the world forget about this collection of rare cars. Roger Baillon passed away some time ago and his son passed away early last year leaving this collection with an unsure fate.