Huge Stash Of Barn Finds Found In France!

More often than not, haphazard collections of vehicles may contain one or two interesting cars or trucks that drive up interest in an auction, with the remaining vehicles usually a mix of mildly appealing projects. Not so with this recently announced auction happening on January 20th, which will feature an extensive and varied collection of highly collectible assets, including a genuine Lamborghini Miura, as seen here. You’ll find all of the details here on, and an extensive gallery showing every kind of classic imaginable. Special thanks to Hemery P for this tip!

This is an early Porsche 356, a may even be a “bent window” example based on the curvature at the top of the glass. The engine lid is missing and I’m sure the floors are practically gone, but this is a desirable specimen nonetheless. It’s parked next to a gorgeous E-Type coupe, and both cars appear to have been parked for decades upon decades.

An L82-powered Corvette is also in the mix, and its open windows have done the interiors no favors. A key and tag is still in the ignition, and the Corvette appears to be all there despite being relegated to a part of the shop with exposed walls. It’s hard to tell exactly what sort of compound the cars are stored in, but it’s a sprawling complex.

Lots of American classics are stored there, somewhat surprising for a French collection. That includes this dusty Lincoln Continental Convertible, which joins several Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs that up until recently were crammed crudely into place with no sense of order to the collection. It’s hard to capture just how many interesting cars are contained within these concrete walls, so be sure to visit the website if you’re curious.

This Hotchkiss Grégoire caught my eye, simply because I have never seen one before. The listing claims it’s a prototype of sorts, which would be fascinating considering less than 300 were ever made. These featured front-wheel drive and were quite luxurious when new; alas, the high price tag limited their sales success and lead to production being canceled.

The collection has thankfully been organized into a showroom-style arrangement, as the “before” pictures show cars and trucks stored in the weeds outside the facility in addition to being tossed into different sections of the building with no particular order assigned to their location. Once you take it all in, are there any cars or trucks you’ll be hopping on a plane for in order to inspect in person?

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  1. Mark

    Obviously, the European market is different in the American market but I going thru the complete list on the website for the auction it seems like many of the prices are very different from what I would think would be appropriate. Some of them are priced extremely low compared to what I would think would be appropriate. Certainly many of them are in bad condition and would need a lot of work but they are still cars that are hard to find these days.

    Hopefully we will be able to find the results of the auction online to see what the cars actually sell for.

  2. JBP

    Most cars are ready for the crusher. They have stayed out door for over 20 years. Not much for a real collecter. That red lambo they estimate between 400,000 to 600,000€.
    It was on FB. Here arround new year.

  3. Arno

    They are all sold without reserve, so they maybe some good opportunities
    even though many of them appear to good only for parts.
    From what is known, they all belonged to a man called Mr Ruggieri, he seemed to collect (hoard?) them but not drive them.
    The E-Type is a 1961 model, indeed quite rare.
    The Porsche is a 1953 model, very rough with a non original engine
    Many American cars indeed Jeff, but they are popular among collectors here in France. The man really seemed to appreciate them a lot, at least to own them. 3 Toronados in the same collection is not common here…

    • RITON

      Hi Arno,
      Do you know if this Mr. Ruggieri is THE Ruggieri of the fireworks company in Monteux-France?

      • Hemery Pascal

        Hello from France
        no he was not.

  4. Newport Pagnell

    Miura is one of my all time favs.If you have the money,do that car justice and send it here:

  5. Tirefriar

    Maybe its better that this collection is found in Europe. US steel is not that common and does have a small but surprising very dedicated following. Many of the American cars on in the video are only good as planters or pick-part inventory. They do stand a much better chance of being brought back on the road in Europe.

  6. Beatnik Bedouin

    Sadly, I think there are a lot of parts cars in that collection…

    • Beatnik Bedouin

      Now if one of these was in the collection in reasonable condition, I’d be interested…

      • Ralph

        Never underestimate the value of a good shopping cart.

      • Tom Member

        Now that IS a Big Block !

      • Mike Werner

        The shopping cart!!??

  7. local_sheriff

    The 56 Lincoln Continentals are vehicles that should be interesting for restorers on both sides of the pond though…
    Being a collector I’m struck by how many regular models this guy has dragged home, and also the lack of shelter these cars have suffered from.Some of these might have been to some use when they were brought to his collection,now the majority seems suitable for parts only…truly sad

  8. Kenneth Carney

    Just what is that car B2, I’ve never seen
    one before. If it’s an EV, you’d have my
    undivided attention! Looks like a fun
    little car whatever it is. Looks like
    something I could really use.

  9. James HGF


    The French registration (carte grise) for the 1951 Hotchkiss-Gregoire is an anomaly. 1951? Yes. The Lane museum’s 1951 is chassis no. 519 and the auction car is chassis no. 517.

    I have an original J. A. Gregoire 1947 brochure touting the advances of his new 2 litre prototype which among other design features include air ducted to two separate radiators. The brochure includes Gregoire’s letter which details his approach to design and that the prototype will be presented at the Auto Salon of 1947. The letter’s date is 23 October 1947.

    A link to Lane’s Hotchkiss-Gregoire no. 519:,21317/1951-Hotchkiss-Gregoire.aspx

    If I were to bid my choice would be the 1924 Rolland Pillain although the ungainly and unlikely to be original body would have to go. In 1923 a B22 race #14 finished in 17th place at Le Mans. A Possible Le Mans classic entry for someone.

  10. William Dillon

    Got to wonder what the mindset is to collect so many interesting cars, but put caring for them on the back burner.

    • scottymac

      If I’m lucky, in 15-20 years, you can say the same about me. Bought my old cars when I was working, most expensive was $2250 for a ’73 Riviera. Retirement and an ex escaping with half of everything I owned means few, if any will be restored. For now, I keep them out of the weather, but who knows what the future holds? Bought because I thought they were beautiful, or unique, or I had a extra few bucks in my pocket. Be it a lowly, Loewy coupe×450.jpg

      or an expensive Alfa Romeo show car (and don’t tell me one wasn’t copied from the other)

      beauty is always in the eye of the beholder!

  11. Pascal Hemery

    i’ve sent to Barn Find Staff few days ago the vidéo in french of the cars in their barn when it was discovered, I had no answer about it…
    I’ll be there for the sale of the cars because it’s about 90 milles from my home, yes I’m French, sorry for my poor English.
    I’ll give you the sale price when it will be finish.

    • JBP

      There is nothing wrong with your English writing. That could be cool to know what they sold for. I also wanted to go to that auktion, live in Germany but i found a cool Buick here instead 🙂And that cost 2500$ plus tax to import from west coast.
      And wife think thats enough so. But please let us know.

  12. Jeff

    I’d like to know the history of the collection. The person responsible for such dismal fate for such great vehicles.

  13. Bill McCoskey

    I would dearly love to have the gray 1947 Packard Clipper Deluxe with right hand drive! Sadly, I’ve got too many cars as it is, that all need work.

    • bruce baker

      So this “right hand drive” confuses me. Does that mean driving on the right side of the road with the steering wheel on the left side of the car? Or is the steering wheel on the right side of this car? If i am not misstating France is just like the USA with steering wheels on the left side. I can’t see many of the steering wheels in these photos.

      • Mark

        Right hand drive means history will is on the right side of the car. Left-hand drive means of steering wheel is on the left side of the car. Britain and most of its former colonies are right-hand drive, most of the rest of the world’s left-hand drive.

      • Bill McCoskey

        While the Packard is in France, if you look at the car’s VIN plate photo, you will see it was sold at the London, England Packard Concessionaire [Dealer] Leonard Williams, Ltd. So it was made in Detroit, with right hand drive, for export to England.

        The first 4 digits of the VIN also provide the basic info on the car too: 2112 breaks down as:
        21 = 21st series cars [1946/47 model years]
        12 = Deluxe Clipper Eight touring sedan.

        It’s interesting to note this car was an eight cylinder car, most Packards exported to Europe at that time used the smaller 6 cylinder motor, due to the expensive yearly road tax that was partly based on the displacement size of the engine.

      • bruce baker

        So Mark, do you know if Packard Motors Inc. even made their cars back in 1947 to 1956 with the steering wheel on the right hand side for the British or the Japanese or anywhere else? I ask this question because of a proud British man, owner of a BapGeon Auto Parts Store in SoCal back in 1975. My father followed my barely running 1972 GT 6 MKIII Triumph to this store with his 1955 green Packard Clipper 352 V-8 in case i broke down. The British man came out front to checkout my dads car as it looked brand new. He told us that “the reason Packard went out of business was they didn’t sell cars to Britain, & Japan”. My dad, & i found that hard to believe as we both thought Packard had worked on projects with Rolls Royce back in WWII. My Triumph has it’s steering wheel on the left side, hope to have it running again next month. My dad sold his two clean Packard’s 7 years later. I wish i could find his 1956 374 dual Quad Caribbean Convertible that went to a New York car collector. White with lite blue, & dark brown side paint.

      • bruce baker

        @ Bill, thanks for the info. This sounds like a great car to restore as i already have a love for Packard’s. Yeah at one time we had 3 at my house because my grandfather had no garage or paved driveway. But my Uncle Donny inherited the beautiful new dark, dark blue 374 V-8 1956 Patression 4 door sedan from my grandfather. So it was never owned by my dad. My dad got the restored 1956 Caribbean that had the Brady Bunch kids in it with my grandparents for the 1971 Hollywood Christmas parade. The 1955 Clipper my dad bought cheap with a froze up 352 engine. He soon found two new Packard crate engine blocks in Compton Ca., that Mr. Clayton (a nice blind old black man) had no plans for them. One being a 352 for the Clipper. The other was the “Jackpot 374” that my grandfather had tracked down to LAX but got to sick to search on for it. The Caribbean’s original once rebuilt (1969) engine had a small crack in it’s block that my dad had successfully nickel welded up in 1969. But the Packard Club judges kept knocking off points because of the hammered up weld. The best time i had in that car was at 120 MPH on Ontario Motor Speedway’s main track. This was a Packard Club Meet as my Grandfather had a rare “need for speed” that day as that weld held.

  14. Roy L Fuchs

    The shipping would kill you.

  15. Hemery Pascal

    shipping cost France to USA is around 2000$, the nearest port to ship is Marseille.

  16. Bill McCoskey

    Bruce Baker,

    If you’ve still got the serial number of the Caribbean, it’s likely the car survives, and the Packard Club should be able to put you in contact with the current known owner.

    As for RHD Packards, Having visited England for over 30 years, I have found several RHD Packards there, all of them factory built as RHD. England was a small but profitable country for Packard sales.

    In 1992 I saw a 1949 Packard Super limousine rotting in an old leaky shed [of course not for sale] just north of Southampton, it was RHD. I know that the US Embassy in London had an identical vehicle, so I believe it’s likely the same car. Went back in 2008 and the car, shed, & house were gone, replaced with a petrol station.

  17. pat gill

    Does anyone have any information of the 1923 Rolland Pilain B22 models, there is almost nothing on the web and what there is seems vague, some list it as OHC but it is OHV, is the B22 referring to the engine type or the chassis frame? some list it as 2300cc some as 2000cc, all very confusing,

  18. pat gill

    and any info on the 1923 B22 race cars?

  19. Pat Gill

    I cannot see the gearbox in the pictures of the Rolland Pilain, but I can see the whole starter ring gear! as I have found no good pictures or any decent info on these cars I suspect finding a spare gearbox would be almost impossible! I will place a bid but with 21% on top plus shipping to the UK not sure I want to even go to half the estimate…..

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