Rare car may fetch £6m at auction

An exceptionally rare 1930s Bugatti sports car found in a lock-up garage is a multi-million-pound windfall for the family of a doctor who died aged 89 in 2007.

Dr Harold Carr had parked the Type 57S Atalante, one of only 17 ever made, in his garage in Gosforth, Newcastle, in the 1960s, where it remained undisturbed for 50 years.

It could now fetch its new owners as much as £6 million when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams' forthcoming Retromobile car show and sale in Paris in February.

It has the original chassis, engine, drivetrain and body. The car even has what appears to be a remarkably low mileage, with a reading of just 26,284.

The car is being sold by Bonham's on behalf of Dr Carr's family, and will be offered with an extensive file of correspondence documenting its fascinating history.

The Bugatti was originally owned by racing enthusiast Earl Howe, who was the first president of the British Racing Driver's Club, and bought by Dr Car in 1955.

He drove the car for the first few years, but in the early 1960s it was parked in his garage where it remained for nearly 50 years until his death.

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