Expensive 1937 Bugatti supercar found in Newcastle garage
A very rare 1937 Bugatti, one of only 17 made in the world, has been found in a garage in England and is expected to fetch millions of pounds when it is auctioned in Paris next month.
Experts believe the Type 57S Atalante car could be worth up to £6 million ($8.7 million).
Dr. Harold Carr, a surgeon, apparently dumped the exceptional supercar in his garage in northeastern Newcastle after buying it in the 1950s.
His nephew, who does not wish to be named, told the Daily Mirror: “We just cannot believe it was there.
“No-one had any idea what kind of cars he had parked in there.
“We knew he had some cars, but we had no idea what they were.
“It was a bit of local folklore that he had a Bugatti, but no-one knew for sure, and certainly no one knew how much it was worth.
“It’s amazing really. It’s worth so much because he hasn’t used it for 50 years. He just left it parked up.
“It was one of the original supercars. When it was built it could reach 130mph at a time when other cars could only do 50mph.
“Of course we’re delighted and we’re going to make sure the money is shared out among the family. It’s a wonderful thing to leave.
“He was a very eccentric old gent – I suppose you could call him a mad doctor. All the children would laugh at him in the street when he tinkered with his cars because he wore a piece of rubber tube round his head to stop the oil getting in his hair.
“But he was always such a generous man. Because he kept himself to himself no many people knew that, but we all knew how amazing he was.”
The Bugatti 57S was originally owned by British aristocrat and racing enthusiast Earl Howe, who was the first president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
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