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Ghostly Images From Paris – The Roger Baillon Collection

The auction of The Roger Baillon Collection was held three weeks ago at the Retromobile Salon in Paris, France. The collection of close to sixty automobiles was sold by Baillon’s grandchildren as the cars were found following as long as fifty years of storage in untouched condition. Parts of the sale have already been covered here, but we are sharing a dozen more new photos taken at the preview by Pavel Novitski of Novitsky Classics.

Articurial Motorcars, who auctioned the collection, choose to display the automobiles in an artistic manner in a darkened section of the hall. Each car was highlighted only by small floodlights at each corner and one white light inside. The effect was ghost-like and dramatic. We planned on waiting until now to share these images with you, but if you are new to the story you can look back at our extensive coverage of the Roger Baillon Collection here.

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9 responses to “Ghostly Images From Paris – The Roger Baillon Collection

  1. A good friend who lives in London attended the sale and viewed the cars. He said the whole place was draped in black and although it set a great mood and atmosphere for the cars he also mentioned it was very difficult to see the cars thus, although it was clear that all needed extensive restoration work , it made it even more difficult to determine how much that may be.

  2. I have to ask..What about the spiders, snakes and varmints living in these relics? Were the cars fumigated before being brought to the museum?

  3. So many, such incredible, extremely rare and historically significant cars to be found this late is to me simply fascinating.! I am still drawn toward any good coverage of them. I hope most of the cars do get high end quality restorations, And I hope to see hundreds of photos of the process and the finished products.

    Interestingly, I made some comments to a friend yesterday concerning a model T that he just got. Many people have been encouraging him to “restore” it as a “preservation” car.
    Part of what I wrote to him;
    ” While I think that way too many cars were being restored for many years, cars that definitely SHOULD have been preserved. And all those hundreds (thousands?) of cars can never go back to being original. I also believe that there is a point where not enough of the really original is left, and a car should be fully restored. In my opinion, your new project is on that fence-line. Whether you chose to make it a beautiful car as you have shown such ability to do, or preserve what you can with enough restoration to make it usable? You will work wonders for that car and make it something special. ”
    Much of that also applies with these cars. Most of them have passed the point where there is not enough true original worth being preserved.
    If enough paint, upholstery, top, solid metal and wood bodywork, and mechanics have not survived in good displayable and usable condition, and truly original condition at that, the originality is gone. Whether that originality is gone because of poor caretakers doing bad or unnecessary restoration, or because of the reality of the weather and time, it does not matter. Once that impossible to draw line has been crossed? Provided that there is enough value there to justify it, the car should be well restored back to as close as it was when it was original. Or even better.

    My opinion. Whether we are talking about early Horseless Carriages? Cars from the true Classic era? Or muscle cars? Cars that have been well kept in garages, and have most of their originality, paint upholstery, etc, intact and truly original, should be preserved, not restored. Cars that have been damaged, worked on, or badly aged where the real originality has been lost, by one means or another, should be restored.
    In all the photos I have seen of the Roger Baillon collection? There may be six to eight cars to seriously consider being cleaned up and preserved as “unrestored” originals. And those, only if the interiors are better than I expect they are. All the rest (in my opinion) should be restored and brought back to the beautiful works of art they were when new.
    Just my silly opinion.
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  4. Magnificent Rust.

    What make / model / car is at the top of the list – the one with the second “wheel” above the steering wheel ?

  5. Hello. I would love to know if there is a photographic book of the Baillon Collection. Please let me know. Thank you. Pippa

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