Nearly 50 Years Surgeons in UK Parked Rare Bugatti Cars

Bugatti Aatalante

On 2 January 2009, British media reported that a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe was found in the garage of a British doctor. A month later, on February 7, the car was sold at a Paris auction for about $4.4 million.

Citing History, Saturday January 2nd, this black two-seater car is one of 17 57S Atalante Coupes ever made by Bugatti.

This car has been owned by a British orthopedic surgeon named Harold Carr since 1955. Carr bought this car from Earl Howe, a famous British race car driver.

Carr, who died in 2007, has parked this rare sports vehicle in his garage since the early 1960s and hasn't driven it in five decades. The car was made in May 1937.

Since the original equipment is still intact, this rare car can be restored without relying on replacement parts. This rare car is even more valuable because its first owner, Earl Howe, was also the first president of the British Drivers' Club and the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"It has all the best attributes any expert collector could look for in one of the finest street sports cars of the golden era of the 1930s," said James Knight, head of the international automotive department at Bonhams.

Knight and a small number of Bugatti fans know about the possession Carr is most proud of, but not the eight relatives who have inherited Carr's legacy.

The orthopedic surgeon, who died at the age of 89, was described by relatives as an eccentric hoarder who never threw anything away.

He also left behind an Aston Martin which had been sold and a Jaguar sports car which had been disassembled due to its poor condition.

When built, the 57S Atalante Coupe was capable of reaching speeds of over 120 miles per hour at a time when the average car could not go more than 50 miles per hour.

The car was also noted for its low frame and V-shaped radiator. At the time of auction, Carr's car was said to be in good condition and had an odometer of 26,284 miles.

The Bugatti car company was founded in 1909 by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti (1881-1947) (1881-1947) in Molsheim, France. Bugatti is known for producing expensive and cutting-edge sports cars and race cars. From its founding until the 1940s, the company made fewer than 8,000 cars.

After the death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947, the company went into decline and changed hands several times. In 1998, Volkswagen bought the rights to make a car under the Bugatti name.

In 2009, the company introduced the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, a convertible sports car capable of cruising at about 253 miles per hour and priced at over $2 million. The Veyron can reach 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.

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