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Treasure trove in dusty locked garage [1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante]
Dvorak Uncensored ^ | Jan. 1, 2009 | Dvorak

Posted on 01/01/2009 7:42:19 PM PST by smokingfrog

A classic Bugatti car, which gathered dust in a Tyneside garage for almost 50 years, may fetch up to $4.35 million when it goes under the hammer.

Relatives of reclusive Newcastle doctor Harold Carr found the 1937 Type 57S Atalante in a garage after he died. Now the classic car, thought to be one of just 17 built, is to be sold by Bonhams in Paris next month.

Dr Carr, a former army surgeon, left the contents of a lock-up garage to his family when he died in 2007.

As well as the Bugatti, his nephew also discovered a classic Aston Martin, and a Jaguar E-type in the lock-up.

The nephew, an engineer from Newcastle, said: “We just can’t believe it. Of course we’re delighted and we’re going to make sure the money is shared out among the family. It’s a wonderful thing to leave.”

Wow!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: antique; bugatti; cars; collectable

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1 posted on 01/01/2009 7:42:20 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

What a great car!


2 posted on 01/01/2009 7:45:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smokingfrog
Nice car... needs dedusting. ;o)

Doesn't come near the aesthetic smooth shape of the Shah's 1939 Bugatti 57C though.


3 posted on 01/01/2009 7:48:57 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: smokingfrog

looks like the same car that was featured on, Chasing Classic Cars, last season. is this a recent find and story?


4 posted on 01/01/2009 7:49:37 PM PST by devane617 (...And to the Republic For Which It Stood...)
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To: mylife

Wow.


5 posted on 01/01/2009 7:51:00 PM PST by Lurker ("America is at that awkward stage. " Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: smokingfrog

6 posted on 01/01/2009 7:53:06 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: SolidWood

That’s the shiznit! What is that?


7 posted on 01/01/2009 7:55:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TigersEye

neat cars


8 posted on 01/01/2009 7:55:38 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: smokingfrog
It aint Bugatti but...
9 posted on 01/01/2009 7:58:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smokingfrog

5-1 odds this end up in Jay Leno’s garage!


10 posted on 01/01/2009 7:58:45 PM PST by OL Hickory (Where is the America I knew as a boy?)
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To: mylife

The Crownprince of Iran (who became the last Shah) who married in 1939 Egypt’s Princess Fawzia, was a passionate speedaholic and car collector. The French Government presented him this special Bugatti 57C as a wedding gift.
When the mullahs took over in 1979/80 they intended to scrap this car (along with hundreds of other four-wheeled beauties the Shah collected), but instead it was sold for a low price. It was brought to the US, where it is now in private ownership.

http://www.fravahr.org/spip.php?article236
http://www.supercars.net/cars/2546.html


11 posted on 01/01/2009 8:03:03 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: smokingfrog

From the looks of the floor it looks like someone threw baby powder all over it to make it ‘dusty’. ?


12 posted on 01/01/2009 8:04:18 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: mylife

I LOVE the 1937 and 1938 Buick sedans!


13 posted on 01/01/2009 8:04:51 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: SolidWood

Very cool!


14 posted on 01/01/2009 8:09:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: devane617

It was in today’s news, but the guy that owned it died in Oct. 2007, so probably a slow news day or something.


15 posted on 01/01/2009 8:16:59 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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To: SolidWood

Thank God the towel heads didnt ruin it

What a classic car


16 posted on 01/01/2009 8:17:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: pandoraou812

Sweet!


17 posted on 01/01/2009 8:18:36 PM PST by TigersEye (I threw my shoe at Mohammed and hit Allah in the butt.)
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To: smokingfrog
I welded up a cracked block on a 37 La Salle with some nicad wire when I was kid.

I hope that thing is still running about.


18 posted on 01/01/2009 8:28:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Nichrome


19 posted on 01/01/2009 8:29:08 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SolidWood

20 posted on 01/01/2009 10:20:17 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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To: smokingfrog

WTH is that?


21 posted on 01/02/2009 12:35:19 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: SolidWood

Looks like a wooden car.....something Fred Flinstone might power.


22 posted on 01/02/2009 5:09:27 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Guns don't kill people; abortion clinics do.)
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To: smokingfrog
here is a link to the show i was referring to:

http://turbo.discovery.com/automobiles/automobiles.html

there is a video on the right side of the page about the car wayne found.

23 posted on 01/02/2009 5:13:42 AM PST by devane617 (...And to the Republic For Which It Stood...)
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To: SolidWood

Wow, beautiful.

That thing looks fast just standing still.


24 posted on 01/02/2009 10:20:33 AM PST by martin_fierro (Rest in Peace, Marshall T.)
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To: SolidWood
WTH is that?

click on the picture

25 posted on 01/02/2009 4:38:17 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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To: devane617
I believe that one is a 1938 coupe, found in upstate NY. The one in the posted artical was found in northern UK.

AP Story

26 posted on 01/02/2009 5:11:23 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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To: smokingfrog

You are correct. I remember the TV show host, “Wayne Corrini (sp?)” tried to buy it at auction for a bid close to 800k, and lost the bid. Although, he is the guy that recovered the car.


27 posted on 01/02/2009 5:29:10 PM PST by devane617 (...And to the Republic For Which It Stood...)
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To: martin_fierro; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
thought to be one of just 17 built
I had four of these when I was a kid. A few years after I moved out, my mom threw them out.
28 posted on 01/02/2009 7:10:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hate when that happens.


29 posted on 01/03/2009 8:30:18 PM PST by ValerieTexas
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