Collection of rare Ferraris, Maseratis, and Rolls-Royces unearthed in incredible barn find 

A total of 230 incredible and rare barn finds have been unearthed in an abandoned church in the Netherlands. 

by | Published on 17th Apr 2023

A total of 230 incredible and rare barn finds have been unearthed in an abandoned church in the Netherlands. 

The collection was started by a man called Ad Palmen more than 40 years ago. 

Mr Palmen started his collection with a yellow Lancia B20, and grew it with more than 200 eclectic cars including the Ferrari 365, the Alfa Romeo Spider, and beautiful classic Rolls-Royce models.

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He stored the collection in an old church and two big warehouses in the Netherlands, starting each car on a regular basis to prevent the engines from seizing. 

Over the years, Mr Palmen rarely showed the collection to anyone, so very few people knew of its existence.

Mr Palmen was so committed to his collection that he actually lived in one of the warehouses. 

He was also responsible for the maintenance of the cars, so no one besides him was coming and going. 

As such, it was one of the best-kept secret car collections in all of Europe.

The secret collection was made public when Mr Palmen decided to sell it due to his ailing health. 

The collection is now up for sale with Classic Car Auctions.

And it’s not being sold as a whole, so you can bid on each individual car.

According to Classic Car Auctions, Mr Palmen especially loved Italian cars like Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and Ferrari. 

But the collection includes cars from right across the globe including British Jaguars, Aston Martins and Rolls-Royces and American classics like Chevrolets, Cadillacs, and Fords. 

The auction will open on Friday, May 19 and close on June 7. 

While you can bid online, Classic Car Auctions is also opening the warehouse up for a number of viewing days throughout May. 



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