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Classic Car Found

It is always a celebration when a classic car is discovered, but when it proves to be a rare car as well, the news is brought into the attention of classic car collectors and enthusiasts that can’t wait to take a look at the a new potential piece of their in-progress collection.

One of these moments was the rediscover of a Bugatti with chassis number 57502, a rare French sports coupe that was manufactured by this company in 1937. The classic car found once again in a barn in Newcastle, England after 48 years of being parked in a garage is part of the only 17 cars of this type that were ever built.

Classic Car Found

In 1937 the car was bought by the 5th Earl Howe who after owning it for eight years sold it to another person. The automobile continued changing owners until 1955 when it was sold to Harold Carr, the owner that kept in the garage for 48 years after driving it for a few years. This classic car found in England after the death of Harold Carr was sold at an auction in 2009 by the Bonhams house of auction. Because of its rarity, original condition and low mileage, the car was expected to be sold for around £6 million. But in reality the car’s price tag was of £2,989,495.

2010 was another year when beautiful, rare classic cars were discovered. I’m talking about a rare Chrysler 300 found in Berkley, surrounded by cleaning equipment and covered in a thick layer of dust. But you could not help noticing its intact red, white and blue “300-D” emblem that proved the car was an original, well-preserved 1959 300-E hardtop. In fact, two of these Chryslers where discovered there: a 1958 and a 1959 version.

These Chryslers are gorgeous cars produced by the company between 1955 and 1965 and highly appreciated by car collectors all over the world. And that’s normal, because of the exceptional style, the luxurious interiors covered in leather. Their high demand is also due to the low number of units produced. The car found is one of the 22 hardtop cars produced by the manufacturer with Bendix fuel injection. This fuel injection system proved to cause some problems and all the 22 cars manufactured were recalled and equipped with four-barrel carburetors and send back to their owners. Nowadays, only a few of these cars continue to exist and be part of the automotive history. Moreover, the new owner decided to restore it in order to show it the respect it deserves.

Incredible or not, another classic car found recently is a 1925 Bugatti Type 22 which was actually discovered at the bottom of a Swiss lake, full of rust. Despite its condition, the vehicle was sold for 260,500 Euros in Paris at the 2010 edition of the Retro Mobile classic car show. It wasn’t the most valuable car sold during the Bonhams auction, but its history is impressive. All the money went to a local charity.

This Bugatti’s chassis number is 2461 and the engine number is 879. It is a car built in 1925 and originally bought by a France customer that lived in Nance who later on sold it to a Parisian owner. Although only 20% of the original car is still in good condition, the car’s price tag was still high. The iron and the steel have suffered more damage, but the wood, the aluminum, the brass and the rubber were better preserved and a restoring job, though difficult might save the day! Let’s hope that another beauty will be saved!


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