Inside the £6million Bugatti

14 Jan, 2009 3:54pm Will McManus

A week ago, it made headlines as the secret wreck worth a fortune. Now, we reveal super-rare Bugatti in all its glory.

it’s the £6million photoshoot – so no wonder these two car fans can’t stop grinning.

This stunning Bugatti spent nearly 50 years gathering dust in a garage, but as these exclusive Auto Express pictures show, it’s now ready to roll again. Nick Banwell – who has prepared the car – and James Knight from auctioneer Bonhams expect the Type 57S Atalante to become the most expensive production vehicle ever sold when it goes under the hammer next month.

The Bugatti is one of only 17 ever made, and due to its low mileage and top-drawer ownership pedigree, it’s been predicted to fetch as much as £6million in the sale.

It was bought new in 1937 by Francis Curzon MP, and Newcastle-based doctor Harold Carr became the owner in 1955. But in 1960 he garaged it – still with its original drivetrain, chassis and body. There the 26,284-mile two-seater remained until Carr’s death last year, when relatives inherited it. Knight, who’s in charge of Bonhams’ motoring department, told us: “This is one of the last great barn discoveries, and one of the ultimate roadgoing sports cars from the golden era of the Thirties.”

The sale takes place at the auction house’s Retromobile event in Paris on 7 February.

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