Every car lover dreams of owning a one-of-its-kind car, no matter how many millions it may cost. Recently, this dream came true for a lucky owner when one rare car appeared as a big catch for them, despite the massive check of almost $4 million departed from their account as a payment for the privilege.
The Chance Discovery
Compulsive hoarder Dr. Harold Carr passed away in 2007 at 89 years old. In 2009, when his family went through his belongings for sale, they surprisingly found a profitable discovery in his garage. They found a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, a rare car in its own right. The garage was also full of piled-up medical machinery, thousands of receipts, and whatnot. Yes, Dr. Carr really loved collecting things! But this also means that one of the world’s rarest cars was gathering dust in his garage for nearly half a century!
The Rarest Car
Famed racing enthusiast Earle Howe, the first-ever president of the British Racing Driver’s Club, was the original owner of this extremely rare Bugatti. After its launch in 1937, Howe took control of the car and kept it for eight years in his possession before selling it. After the car had changed hands a couple of times, Dr. Carr came into the picture when he purchased it from Lord Ridley in 1955 for around $1,100, equivalent to almost $37,800 today. But Dr. Carr drove the car only for a few years before it was parked in his garage and was abandoned there for nearly 50 years until his family discovered it after his demise. This rare Bugatti was placed under the auction hammer in Paris at Bonham’s Retromobile car show. The final selling price was a staggering $3,830,182. But the car is undoubtedly worth the price, as it’s one of the original supercars with original gears, left untouched for 50 years.