Siblings Shocked By What They Find Hidden In Late Uncle's Garage

A brother and sister from Newcastle, England, recently inherited their uncle's old garage when he died at the age of 89. Yet, they did not know that Dr. Harold Carr had a vintage Bugatti in the garage. Known as an eccentric recluse, he had been hiding the car from his relatives. His nephew told the Mirror, “It was a bit of local folklore that he had a Bugatti, but no one knew for sure, and certainly no one knew what it was worth." Although, the Bugatti Type 57S Atalante -- one of the rarest in the world, and estimated to be worth $8.5 million.

The vehicle was just one of 17 ever created of its class, made on May 5, 1937. What they do know of the car is it was originally owned by a member of the British aristocracy. Francis Curzon, the fifth Earl Howe -- a member of Britain's parliament and a car-racing enthusiast -- was the first owner of the Atalante. The earl then sold it to London dealer Car-Mart, where it went to a showroom and was refinished. The car was purchased by Carr in 1955 and parked in his garage from the 1960s until it was discovered in 2007, after his death.

His nephew went on to say, “When he tinkered with his cars ... he wore a piece of rubber tube round his head to stop the oil [from] getting in his hair." The Bugatti eventually sold for around $4.4 million at the Bonhams Retromobile auction in Paris in February 2009. Carr's relatives shared the proceeds.

Photo: Auto Week

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