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5th Dec 2014, 19:14
... it's not good either.


Treasure trove of classic cars worth £12M found on French farm after 50 years | Daily Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2862095/Now-did-park-60-cars-Incredible-treasure-trove-rusting-classics-worth-12MILLION-languishing-French-farm-garage-50-years.html)

A £12million treasure trove of 60 rusting classic cars left languishing on a French farm for 50 years has gone up for auction.
The haul of motors, which includes dozens of vintage sports cars, was found gathering dust under piles of newspapers in garages and barns on a farm in western France.
Among the vehicles up for sale are a Ferrari once sat in by Jane Fonda and a Talbot-Lago previously owned by extravagant Egyptian King Farouk.

5th Dec 2014, 19:23
What a find! Crazy that the deceased owner's family didn't realise that there 'might' be some cars of value in all that metal ? I'm sure that most of the rust is superficial, at least on the body work and if what they do on all those restoration programmes on TV is true :rolleyes: ,there should be plenty to work with for skilled craftsmen.


5th Dec 2014, 20:23
For a minute, I thought this thread was about my son. I have no idea just how many cars and other types of vehicles he owns.

Last time I asked him, he had to think about it for a while.

However, Iím pretty sure they are not worth 12 million Pounds. :(

5th Dec 2014, 20:26
a Ferrari once sat in by Jane Fonda

Does the "improved value" of having Jan Fonda sitting in a car alter depending on whether she was nude or clothed ? And how does one know ?

5th Dec 2014, 20:30
OOH! A Renault Dauphine and an Austin Maxi. Those other cars must be worth a lot to make up for those!

Nervous SLF
5th Dec 2014, 20:33
a Ferrari once sat in by Jane Fonda

Does the "improved value" of having Jan Fonda sitting in a car alter depending on whether she was nude or clothed ? And how does one know ?

Probably it would depend more on whether it was before or after her Vietnam sortie. On a personal level I can't
afford that car but if I could I wouldn't touch it, or any other car that she had been associated with.

Effluent Man
5th Dec 2014, 20:35
I know what you mean,it looks a bit Maxi-ish,but I don't think it is.Maybe a 70's Renault estate?

5th Dec 2014, 20:36

This may also apply:


5th Dec 2014, 21:13
Some of the cars are more interesting. Shame how they could be let go like this.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/12/05/23C3FABB00000578-2862095-King_Farouk_was_known_for_his_extravagant_lifestyle_which_in clud-a-115_1417783104511.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/12/05/23C3F9E800000578-2862095-Auctioneers_and_classic_car_experts_Matthieu_Lamoure_left_an d_Pi-a-124_1417783104597.jpg

5th Dec 2014, 21:23
Meadowrun, Yes, but at least they still exist. There's nothing a good panel beater couldn't put right (curved rear window on the top one excepted).

Any ideas what those two are? I love the style of both, particularly the bottom one.

5th Dec 2014, 21:30
How does one know?


The Ferrari 250 during the filming of Les Felins in 1964 which starred Shirley MacLaine and Jane Fonda (right), as well as Alain Delon (left)

and, of course, it's the Mail and so it has to be true.

5th Dec 2014, 22:29

Dunno about the bottom one - looks French.

Top one is a Talbot-Lago, probably a T26.

6th Dec 2014, 00:33

6th Dec 2014, 01:38
Fifty years ago I was visiting a new friend in France, near Paris, and he had a collection of old vehicles in a field. I remember identifying a WW1 Delage truck, a Delahaye with a wind down windscreen and a V8 Tatra and those were just the ones I remembered from about fifty. He, also had a collection of Jaguars, D types etc.

6th Dec 2014, 02:47
I'm sure the estate car in first pic is a Peugeot 304 estate.


6th Dec 2014, 02:56
OOH! A Renault Dauphine and an Austin Maxi.I don't think it's an Austin Maxi, because the OSR window is the wrong shape, but the rear light cluster is very similar. I reckon it's a Peugeot 204 Estate. The clincher is the chrome external hinge at the top of the tailgate, which is just visible when the photo is enlarged.

6th Dec 2014, 06:44
I'm sure that seat that Fonda's keister was in can be recovered to get rid of the stench and stains.

Effluent Man
6th Dec 2014, 12:29
Yes I think you are right it's a Peugeot.The estate version of Columbo's old ragtop. One of which (The cabrio) I was once given by a main dealer who I cleared out of all his trade ins. I gave it to my mechanic both free and gratis.

6th Dec 2014, 13:02
Columbo's Peugeot was a 403 Grande Luxe Cabriole, the estate version of which was the 403 Familiale. Different rear lights to the pic, and the taligate hinged from the left. The 204/304 estate seems most likely.