An exceptional barn find with Talbot and Delahaye

Barn finds will always be fascinating. The Pierre Heron collection, which was created between 1965 and 1973, includes a number of quite sublime French cars and a Spanish coupé from the 1920s. Heron, a French engineer, is said to have had a passion for automobiles at the age of 14 years old, after visiting the Paris Motor Show for the first time. The video at the top of this page features a tour of this amazing barn find.

Among the classics present, the rarest (and probably the most expensive) is the 1954 Talbot Lago T26 GSL. Bearing the chassis number 111007, only 15 Talbot Lago T26 GSL coupés were made and this example is one of them.

Several Delahaye models are also in the collection. One of them, with chassis number 800833, is the Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet “El Glaoui” by Figoni & Falaschi from 1948, which is one of 18 convertibles built.

The 1928 Hispano-Suiza Type 49 coach is the only non-French vehicle in the lot. Coupé of entirely Spanish construction, this chassis number 8013 is still entirely original and has not undergone any restoration process.

Unlike the ultra-rare Delahaye 135 Competition which auctioned off for millions in 2018, the cars featured here aren’t as expensive if you’re interested in buying one. Asking prices were relatively low (the most expensive capped at 200,000 euros) since they are not in excellent condition and therefore require extensive restoration before they can hit the road.

That said, 24 copies from this huge Pierre Heron collection will be auctioned by Artcurial in July 2022 as part of Le Mans 2022, from lot 101 to lot 124.

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