Abandoned £3m Bugatti is dusted off and sold

A car which was left abandoned in a garage for almost 50 years has been sold at auction for £3million.

The 1937 Bugatti Type 57S had sat gathering dust in a Tyneside garage for half a century after its owner abandoned it.

It was only when the reclusive Newcastle doctor Harold Carr died in 2007 that the classic car was discovered by his relatives, in a very dusty state.

After wiping the dust off the car they wiped their eyes in disbelief ... and quickly registered the car for sale with Bonhams.
There were only ever 17 of the Bugatti Type 57S produced and this one was originally owned by Earl Howe - first president of the British Racing Drivers' Club.

It had several owners before Dr Carr bought the car in 1955 - but has still only done 26,284 miles.

After just five years of driving it he parked it up in 1960 and the engine was not even started again until the discovery in 2007.

The car went under the hammer at Bonhams' Retromobile car show and sale in Paris selling for  for 3,479,000 euros (£3,043,293).

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