Staggering Barn-Find Discovery With Over 80 Legendary And Classic Cars

You would expect that after all those years, there are no more barns left unchecked but apparently you (we) are wrong as a massive collection of 81 ‘barn-find’ classics were offered in an auction in France, including a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400.

All 81 cars were discovered in varying states of disrepair when their owner, a man called Henry Ruggieri, passed away. Ruggieri parked the cars in five different locations, with some of them found inside barns and others hidden under tree branches. Each car has a missing component, as a way to prevent theft.

Along with the cars, the experts discovered lots of parts and components, including engines, doors and various other bits.

The highlight of this unusual collection is the Lamborghini; chassis no. 3285 is the 118th Miura produced and is described as a matching-numbers example. The odometer shows 77,886km (48,396 miles), so clearly the car was in use up until some point. Even in this state, the Italian supercar managed to fetch 560,000 euros ($636k in current exchange rates).

The collection includes cars from USA, Germany, Italy, UK, and of course France. Among the discoveries there’s a 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A, a Jaguar E-Type, a C3 Corvette, a Lincoln Continental, a Lancia Flaminia, an Alfa Romeo 90, plenty of Citroens and Peugeots, as well as more eclectic choices like a 1947 Hotchkiss.

All cars were auctioned by Interencheres on January 20 in Tarbes, France. Despite its rather sad condition, the 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A was sold for 48,000 euros ($54k) while the 1961 Jaguar E-Type fetched 99,000 euros ($112k). For a complete list of all the cars, see below.

 

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  • Howfarr

    Couldn’t pay extra for a few car covers?
    Bloody french

  • Bill Nguyen

    So who was this dude? Was he just some regular guy or was he loaded? Why did he randomly park his cars in different locations?

    • benT

      don’t know.

    • I have a hunch this guy start collecting cars when they are still cheap. There was a point where Miura is another old car.

  • kachuks

    Plenty of variety in this collection. This is what I call having good taste in cars.

    • mihsf

      Including vans such as a cheap Citroën C15.

  • mihsf

    That Porsche 356 has likely been stored outside for a moment before being stored in the building and protected from the elements.

    • Bash

      My thoughts as well. It’s sad.

      • mihsf

        He probably bought it in that condition. Most of the other cars here are in relatively good condition with a lot of dust.

        • Bash

          You probably right about that he bought it in that condition. I mean the barn owner seems he knows what he is doing.

  • Bash

    Been a while for an article about a barnyard find. This is so interesting and cool. How much I would love to put my hands on a handful of these cars. Specially those late sixties to mid seventies land barges.

  • HE HAD ECLECTIC TASTE. THE MIURA IS BEAUTIFUL BUT SO ARE THE TORONADO’S IN THE BACKGROUND (PIC17). SOME NICE LATE 60’S ELDORADO’S TOO.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Obviously, the hidden gem in this collection is that sweet ’75 Apollo. A few other nice cars, too.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Plenty interesting ones. The Panhards, the Hotchkiss and several others would be worth saving.

  • Stephen G

    Disgusting. Jay Leno has a collection. Collections are cared for and revered. This is a result of a mental illness called hoarding.

  • I hope all those cars deserves proper restoration and running it again.

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