WWII TREA­SURE TROVE UN­EARTHED IN QUARRY

Cen­tral France hoard of clas­sics be­lieved hid­den from Ger­man in­vaders

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page -

Acache of clas­sics thought to have been hid­den from oc­cu­py­ing Ger­man troops dur­ing World War II has been dis­cov­ered in the tun­nels of a quarry in cen­tral France.

The oc­cu­pa­tion of France was between 1940 and 1944 and this aban­doned quarry holds the rusted re­mains of more than two dozen 1930s and 1940s clas­sics like the Peu­geot 202, 203 and 204, as well as Citroën Trac­tion Avants, 11s and 7Cs.

Vincent Michel, a Bel­gian PE teacher and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher, says he can­not give away in­for­ma­tion about the lo­ca­tion, but he had heard about the quarry from a friend who is a clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast, and who him­self had heard a ru­mour about the potential trea­sure trove.

His friend wanted him to cap­ture some images of the clas­sics in the quarry. ‘ We didn’t have the ex­act lo­ca­tion our­selves so with a few hints and af­ter a long search, we found the en­trance,’ Michel says. ‘ We think the cars were brought into the quarry to stop them be­ing seized. Af­ter the war, they were sim­ply for­got­ten.’

The ve­hi­cles may have been hid­den from Ger­man of­fi­cers who would req­ui­si­tion lo­cal ve­hi­cles to use as staff cars dur­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion.

The owner of the quarry has re­moved some of the more in­tact ve­hi­cles to sell at auction, but many are too frag­ile to be moved.

Michel is now on the hunt to see if he can find sim­i­lar WWII hoards.

One of the quarry tun­nels in which scores of Peu­geots and Citroëns were found.

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