Saturday, January 3, 2009

Rare 1937 Bugatti supercar found in English garage. Could bring $4 million+ at Paris auction . . .

In this undated image released by Bonhams, an extremely rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, is seen in a garage in Gosforth, England, where it was found by relatives after the death of the owner, an elderly doctor who last used it around 1960. The Bugatti, one of only 17 ever made, is expected to draw a record price when it is auctioned in Paris next month. (AP Photo/Bonhams)

LONDON – It was the equivalent of finding an old Picasso or an unknown Beatles tape hidden away in your uncle's attic.
Relatives of Dr. Harold Carr found an extremely rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante — a Holy Grail for car collectors — as they were going through his belongings after his death. The orthopedic surgeon, who died at age 89, was described by relatives as an eccentric hoarder who never threw anything out.
The dusty two-seater, unused since 1960, didn't look like much in the garage in Gosforth, near Newcastle in northern England.
But only 17 were ever made, and when it's cleaned up and auctioned in Paris next month, experts believe it will fetch at least 3 million pounds ($4.3 million) and possibly much more.

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Joanne said...

Wow, another great find! It really is the equivalent of a Picasso in worth. It's amazing the things people quietly store in their homes.

Michele said...

I just Googled the story and there are already 457 related articles to this amazing find. Unbelievable! Why can't I have relatives that keep interesting things in their garages?

eddieross said...

OMG what a find!!! Happy New Year!