Ultra-rare classic car abandoned in garage for 50 years sold for over £3,000,000

One of the world's rarest cars was abandoned in a garage for nearly 50 years.

In 2009, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S was uncovered in decades of dust and grime at the home of a compulsive hoarder.

The vehicle was stored in the garage alongside piles of medical machinery, 1,500 beer steins, thousands of receipts and a World War Two spy drone.

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Now, the classic car has found a new home after it was sold to its new owner for a staggering £3million.

Compulsive hoarder Doctor Harold Carr died in 2007 at the age of 89.

After his death, his family began to clear through his belongings – a hefty task given his vast collection, according to LadBible.

They were expecting to find some valuable items, but were speechless when they came across the ultra-rare motor.

The Bugatti was originally purchased by racing enthusiast Earle Howe in 1937 – the first-ever president of the British Racing Driver's Club.

Howe kept the car for eight years before selling it. It is understood to have changed hands several times.

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Dr Carr purchased the vehicle from Lord Ridley in 1955 for £895 – the equivalent of just over £30,000 today.

Sadly, the hoarder only drove the car for a short period before it was packed away into the garage, where it stayed unmoved for five decades.

The rare classic car went up for auction at the Bonhams' Retromobile car show and sale in Paris and sold for a staggering £3,043,293.

Speaking to the Daily Mail at the time, a nephew of Dr Carr who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We knew he had some cars, but we had no idea what they were.

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"It was a bit of local folklore that he had a Bugatti, but no one knew for sure.

"It's worth so much because he hasn't used it for 50 years. 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 are delighted and we're going to make sure the money is shared out among the family.

"It's a wonderful thing to leave."

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