A classic Bugatti car which gathered dust in a garage for fifty years has been sold for £3million at an auction in Paris.
The car hit the headlines last year when relatives of reclusive Newcastle doctor Harold Carr found the 1937 Type 57S in a garage when he died. The first owner of the car was aristocratic racing enthusiast Earl Howe. Dr Carr acquired it in 1955 and drove it for five years, then left it in his garage. The car has a remarkably low mileage with an odometer reading of just 26,284.
The hammer price of £3,043.293 at Bonham’s in Paris failed to beat the £4.7 million paid for a 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe in 1987 which is still the record price for a car at auction.
The Bugatti 57S is a highly coveted car by collectors, with at least four thought to belong to the Musee Nationale de L'Automobile in Mulhouse, France. Others remain in the hands of private collectors.
Eight relatives of Dr Carr will share the proceeds of his investment.