CLASSIC CARS.

Unbelievable in Holland: 230 classic cars hidden, some stored in a deconsecrated church

An unknown collection of 230 classic cars at an unknown location in the Netherlands. It is hard to imagine such a large collection of cars, from Lancia Aurelia Spider to Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster and from Alfa Romeo 2600 SZ to various Facel Vegas.

The collection - now named after its sole owner - is located in Dordrecht, having been housed in three different locations, two buildings and a deconsecrated church. 

It is a story of passion and a touch of mystery that surrounds Dordrecht, a town of 120,000 inhabitants located in the province of South Holland.

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A striking discovery in the Netherlands
An unknown collection of 230 classic cars in an unknown location in the Netherlands: unimaginable. They were housed in three different locations, two buildings and a deconsecrated church. It is a story of passion and a touch of mystery that surrounds Dordrecht, a town of 120,000 inhabitants in the province of South Holland. Ferrari first and foremost, but also Maserati and Alfa Romeo, Bmw, Mercedes, Jaguar, Ford, Chevolet, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce.
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But whose are these beautiful classic cars?
It sounds incredible but they belong to one person, a Dutchman whose surname is Palmen and who started collecting cars 40 years ago with a yellow Lancia B20. The cars have been preserved in good condition and have stood the test of time very well. The collection has been seen by very few people.
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The neighbors were intrigued
Even the neighbours in the industrial area had no idea what could be seen inside: 'We have been at this place for about fifteen years and regularly asked the owner if we could have a look inside, but he never revealed anything and we never saw anything.
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But then...
After several ambushes followed by some tips from locals, two men from Gallery Aaldering, a classic car dealership based in Brummen (Netherlands), managed to unearth the three buildings inside which priceless museum pieces were kept.
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They will all go to auction
Gallery Aaldering will sell the collection through a major international online auction. 'This collection by Barnfind is truly a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts and collectors worldwide to expand their collection,' said Nico & Nick Aaldering, of Gallery Aaldering.
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The Palmen Barnfind Collection
The large Barnfind collection contains special and beautiful classics. Soon it will be possible to bid on various classic cars from Maserati, Lancia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Aston Martin, BMW, Facel Vega and more. It is unlikely that anyone will ever see a collection of this calibre and in this condition again in their lifetime.
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