Over 200 Classic Cars Found in Holland

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Talk about barn finds. Or in this case, warehouse and church finds.

CNN reports that 230 classic and/or rare cars have been found in a warehouse and abandoned church in Holland.

Businessman Ad Palmen has been collecting cars for 40 years, and the now 82-year-old is in failing health.

So a local dealership run by two brothers has purchased the collection for an undisclosed sum.

The cars will be auctioned in the Netherlands on May 19.

Some of the cars in the fleet include a Lancia B24 Spider America, Mercedes-Benz 300 S convertible, Ferrari 365, and Alfa Romeo Spider.

The collection wasn't public knowledge until a fire broke out last year. The fire was contained before it could do much damage, but the secret got out.

Other cars include various Maseratis, Jaguars, Aston Martins, BMWs, and Facel Vegas.

Not much is known about Palmen and why he has been collecting cars for four decades, and he's too sick to talk. But it seems obvious the man has a passion for cars, and the money to buy some rare rides.

The condition of the vehicles is unknown but pictures on the CNN Web site show that most appear dirty, dingy, and a bit banged up -- though certainly salvageable if professional restorers get involved.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Add Lightness Add Lightness on Apr 17, 2023

    Sounds Schlumpf-like as he bought whatever he figured was nice, not just 'investments'.

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    • Bobbysirhan Bobbysirhan on Apr 19, 2023

      I was contrasting the guy with 230 cars slowly decomposing to Jay Leno, who maintains and uses his cars.

  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Apr 18, 2023

    According to the linked article, the owner lived in the warehouse where he kept the majority of his vehicles. He is no longer capable of explaining/describing his collection or approach. This is a rather eclectic collection. As @dukeisduke stated "I don't know anything about art, but I know what I like."

  • Rick T. Rick T. on Apr 18, 2023

    Not a perjorative observation, but this - and what most people have of anything - is an accumulation, not a collection. Collections tend to be very focused on something in particular and collectors work to completeness. I don't have a collection of anything but I have a number of accumulations where I buy what I like and can afford.