Something to thrill you as you drink your morning coffee:
"Today, a French auction house revealed a discovery it called the King Tut of barn finds; a treasure trove of 60 European cars, including a rare Ferrari missing for decades, that had been slowly decaying in western France.
The Artcurial auction house says the cars belonged to a shipping magnate, Roger Baillon, who collected fine vehicles in the 1950s as part of a plan to build his own museum. When his business faltered in the 1970s, he sold off roughly half of his cars and simply left the rest parked in various states of exposure; some were in fully enclosed garages, but many were slightly protected from the elements by corrugated tin lean-tos.
"This was somewhere between a metallic graveyard and a museum," said Pierre Novokoff, a senior specialist at Artcurial. "Nature had taken a hold, over the years. Ivy had invaded a car and entirely covered its wheel, while weeds had taken root in a passenger compartment as easily as in a greenhouse. In places, the sheets of corrugated iron were resting directly on the cars.
And about those cars. The most valuable is the one that's also been the most sheltered, albeit covered in books and papers — a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder that once belonged to actor Alain Delon. Only 37 were built, and a well-cared-for example fetched $15 million in August at Gooding & Co.'s sale in Pebble Beach. Parked nearby was a Maserati A6G Gran Sports with coachwork by Frua, one of only three made. Baillon's tastes ran to other high-end models — Talbot-Lago, Hispano-Suiza and Bugatti — often picking cars with custom coachwork and other amenities.
Artcurial will sell the cars on Feb. 6 at its Retromobile sale, and while many will need extensive restoration judging by the photos provided above, many will likely find buyers willing to spend a multiple of what they will likely pay at auction bringing them back to life. When the Egyptians buried King Tut, at least they knew they were locking him up with rooms full of treasure." by Justin Hyde at Motoramic.
You will enjoy the video at the link below--and perhaps book your flight to France for early February 2015!
Message from Jack Griffiths:
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Latest Granite Banner Newsletter
The Fall 2014 Granite Banner newsletter is now available and has great articles including a wonderful account of Willy's experiences at Hershey this year, another entertaining article by Bob Haight and several accounts of club events.
For earlier editions, see the archived newsletters.
Great Hemmings article on the auction of John Moir's "Alphabet" collection.
Granite Region AACA member John Moir's fabulous collection of cars that cover the alphabet from A-Z was auctioned off at Hershey last weekend. There's an excellent article in the Hemming's blog describing some of the wonderful cars. It's nice to see these cars, but sort of sad to see the collection go. Good luck, John!
Update on the Granite Region scholarship project
The Granite Region has offered a scholarship to a graduating high-school student since 2010. Our objective was to assist a new generation interested in pursuing higher education in the automotive field. The discussion at the annual meeting on June 7, 2014 noted that funding for this was based upon income-generating events that we do not participate in currently, and the treasury cannot bear this expense after this year. To mark its temporary retirement, we are awarding two scholarships in 2014. The details are recounted in Sue Griffiths' notes from the annual meeting. Perhaps we can ressurect this worthwhile program soon.
Membership in the Granite Region of AACA has its pleasures and one annual pain--the 2014 dues were due on April 15th, a date selected to defer your ire toward the other payment due that day. Apparently 24 recent members are still inhibited from renewing; please reconsider.
The membership/dues renewal form is in the recent Granite Banner and is also available for download here (PDF or MSWord). However you get it, please complete it and return it to John Pernokas at P.O. Box 150, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 with your check payable to: Granite Region of AACA asap.
This is time to update and renew classified ad information on the website to make it more useful to members. Please check your listings there and notify the webmaster of any changes asap.
The Summer 2008 newsletter contained specific information about the long-rumored NH inspection exemption for 1948 and older vehicles that have not been modified. It would be wise to carry a copy of the statute on each eligible, uninspected vehicle.Click here for a printable copy of the statute summary.
A new web project is to upgrade the "Links" connection to have a set of useful web links for members to use to access specific marque information and other resources. Please send any web links you think would be useful to the members to the webmaster for inclusion here. Thanks!