What would you do if you had more money than you could possibly know what to do with? We all like to daydream about winning the lottery and how we would spend it all. Personally, I would buy a yacht and spend a year or so sailing the world. Of course, I know that this would never happen, so it’s never been more than just a fantasy.
One fortunate family in the United Kingdom, however, just had that fantasy become a sudden reality. A brother and sister got word that their uncle had passed away and left them something in his will. Their uncle was a recluse and a bit of an eccentric, so they didn’t quite know what to expect. Needless to say, the end result was a discovery that would change their lives forever.
When Dr. Harold Carr died at age 89, he left everything he had to his surviving relatives. Dr. Carr had lived a solitary existence for most of his life, so when his family went to his property, nobody was sure what they were going to find.
When the brother and sister entered their uncle’s garage, they discovered an old car gathering dust inside. But, on closer inspection, they realized this wasn’t any ordinary car.
The car resting inside was a Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, one of the most rare and valuable luxury vehicles in the world.
Dr. Carr’s nephew said, “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.”
The discovery of the car was only the first shock, the second came when the family looked up the value of the dusty car sitting in their uncle’s garage.
After doing research online and consulting with experts, the family found out the Bugatti was worth around $8.5 million.
Why is this car so valuable? It was manufactured in 1937 and was one of just 40 of its kind ever made.
Dr. Carr’s particular vehicle was even more valuable because it once belonged to a very notable member of English society. Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, was a member of British Parliament and the original owner of the dusty Bugatti found in the garage.
After cycling through a few more owners, it wound up in the hands of Dr. Carr, who purchased the luxury vehicle in 1955. It would stay in his possession until the time of his death, when it was passed on to his family.
According to the family, next to the Bugatti in the garage was a stack of letters from elite businessmen and politicians trying to persuade Dr. Carr to sell the car to them, all of which were ignored.
Eventually, the family put the car up for auction, where it sold for around $4 million. The profit was split amongst the family members and they each walked away with a very healthy chunk of change.
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