If you live anywhere near France, you should be in the town of Fayence today. There’s a huge auction happening in that historic town that was somehow not picked up by the mainstream media – which is surprising considering how popular barn finds have become and how significant this sale is. All the cars may be in project form, but just look at the photo above to get an idea of what was sitting in the owner’s backyard. Can you make out the lettering on the trunk lid? Yep, it’s a Lamborghini Miura S! Can you believe it? One of the world’s most iconic supercars is just sitting out there rotting away!
You may have spotted another special car sitting behind the Lambo. That’s an Alfa Romeo Montreal! It came with V8 power and was more expensive than a Porsche 911 when new. Hopefully, an Alfista is already preparing to drag it home and start the painstaking process of restoring it.
The owner of these vehicles wasn’t just into Italian cars either. Here’s one of a few Lotus Elans I spotted in the photos. These were lightweight sports cars with excellent handling. The fiberglass body may look solid in the photos, but there’s obviously a lot of moisture in this part of France so hopefully the frame isn’t too far gone.
With all this exotic metal laying around, it surprising to see a humble Camaro sitting in the trees. The owner of all these cars must have been a major car guy with varied tastes. Just take a look a the full lot list for proof. How on earth did these all wind up in one person’s backyard though?
Now, let’s move inside one of the buildings to see what’s stashed in there. Most of us American’s get excited when we see this body shape because we think of the Shelby Cobra. Well, it’s not one of those, but a 1958 AC Bristol is still something to get very excited about! It was the car that provided the body for the Cobra and was very respectable in its own right. What else do you think could be in here?
Since we are in France, there’s got to be a few French cars, right? Well, this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a Alpine A210 Prototype and it raced in the 24 Hours of Lemans three times! This may be one of the most significant cars in the whole bunch, but there are a few other surprises yet to be seen. We will let you look through the lot list and find them yourself though.
What kind of person accumulates so many rare and valuable cars and then just leaves them to rot in their backyard? Well, there’s actually been lots of men who have done the very same thing, but few rival Gerard Gombert. See, Gerard was once a high flying rally driver who even owned his own specialty garage at one point. As life slowed down, he obviously wanted to hang onto the good memories. He once said that all of his cars would be crushed when he passed away, but it looks like someone changed his mind before that happened. Classic Driver did a story on him back in 2012 that you can read here. This was an incredible collection and we hope that all of Gerard’s treasures find good homes!