Wherever you live, you probably see abandoned cars in the street that are simply covered in dust. It always makes you wonder about that car's previous life, who it was owned by, and why it's been left neglected for such a long time. However, usually, those cars are not rare, classic, or supercars. Why would anyone leave such prized possessions behind? Well, believe it or not, it does happen. Did you know that a Ferrari that was only produced 37 times was found in a French barn?
When these cars are found, they are usually put up for auction after being restored, fetching astronomical sums. For instance, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider was sold for a whopping $16.2 million. We bet that made one happy collector. For more amazing cars found covered in dust, keep reading! You will be absolutely amazed at some of these beauties left neglected!
19 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona In Japanese Garage
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4, which is more commonly known as the Daytona, is the only aluminum-bodied car in the world that is street legal. Only five were made with lightweight alloy parts, with four of them produced for endurance racing, while the fifth Daytona was made street legal.
18 Ferrari 250GTO In Ohio Trailer
It's difficult to understand how this amazing Ferrari 250GTO was left sitting in a field of long grass for years. It was not in the best condition, as the chassis tubes were rusted through, it was full of leaves, and the side windows weren't there. Today, it goes for $30 million.
17 Porsche 901 In A Brandenburg Barn
The Porsche 901 is so rare that the Porsche factory didn't even have one in its collection. It was never even officially sold to the public. One was found in a Brandenburg barn, and although it had both front wings missing and a lot of damage, Porsche got their hands on it for €107,000.
16 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona In Alabama Barn
A man in Alabama found an extremely rare 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona rusting under a layer of grime in a barn. However, it was still in one piece. This vehicle is one of only 503 ever produced, and it only had 20,553 miles on the odometer. According to Mecum Auctions, it's worth around $165,000.
15 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider In Baillon Barn
This extremely rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider was found in a rural French barn. The car is only one of 37 ever produced, and it was recently bought at an auction for a whopping $16.2 million, a higher price than expected. This makes it the thirteenth most expensive car ever sold.
14 1937 Bugatti Type 57S In British Garage
A 1937 Bugatti Type 57S was found after spending 48 years gathering dust in a quiet garage in Tyneside, Britain. It has an estimated value of $4.35 million. It was only produced 17 times, and this particular one was driven a couple of years by Dr. Harold Carr after parking it in this garage in 1960.
13 Lamborghini Huracan In Dubai Parking
The Lamborghini Huracan, the replacement for the Gallardo is equipped with a 5.2 liter V10 engine that can produce 631 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 2.9 seconds. Somebody didn't mind leaving his $300,000 car in an underground parking in Dubai gathering dust.
12 1937 Bugatti Type 57 In Baillon Barn
The 1937 Bugatti Type 57 is an extremely rare car that was only produced 719 times. This vehicle was nicknamed "Tank", and it won Le Mans in 1937 and 1939. Ironically, the man who designed the car died behind the wheel of a Type 57 in August, 1939, only months after it won the race.
11 Bullitt In Mexican Junkyard
The Mustang that featured in the famous Bullitt film was thought to be lost for a long time, but it was found rusting in a Mexican junkyard. It was barely recognizable, and it didn't have an engine or transmission. However, they knew it was the famous Bullitt due to the holes drilled in the body for filming.
10 Ferrari 166MM In The Arizona Sun
The Ferrari 166MM is one of the first Ferraris ever made, and only 25 were ever built. A man called Reg Lee Litton bought the car, but something broke and he left it rotting and victim to the Arizona elements for years. It was eventually discovered and sold to a man in California for more than $1 million.
9 Lamborghini Miura In New York
A red, rust-free Lambo Miura was found parked in New York and it had been sitting there for almost 30 years. It was discovered when a man saw an ad for a "one off 1967 Lamborghini SS". It was then displayed in an art gallery before going for auction in Hollywood in 2018.
8 Horch 83 BL In The Texas desert
Horch later became Audi, and they specially built a 830 BL in 1953 for Dr Richard Bruhn who ran Auto Union. Later, it was owned by a US soldier stationed in Germany, and at the end of his mission, he shipped it back to Texas where it was left rotting in the desert.
7 Lamborghini Miura In An Athens Car Park
A1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S with custom interior and bolted-on fog lights was left at the parking of the Athens Hilton for around 30 years. It was gifted to Greek singer and rally driver Kokotas by multimillionaire Onassis. In 2012, it was put up for auction with Coys in London.
6 Michelotti-Bodied Jaguar XK140 In Belgian Barn
In 2018, this car was revealed by a Belgian car enthusiast. It is a one-of-a-kind Michelotti-bodied Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé. Four were made in total, but only one with this unique coachwork. It was once owned by famous French actress Brigitte Bardot, but she sold it for a mere £22,000.
5 Porsche 911S In Philadelphia
The 911s was first produced in 1967, and until today, it is one of the most sought-after versions of the 911. In 2015, one was discovered in a Philadelphia barn. It had been bought way back in 1972 and used for a long time before it was stored and only discovered twenty years later.
4 BMW M1 In Italy
In the late 1970s, BMW commissioned Lamborghini to design a road car for racing, and the BMW M1 was born. Only 453 were ever produced, and it came equipped with a 3.5-liter engine that can produce 273 bhp. In 2016, one was discovered stashed in an Italian garage after 34 years.
3 Mercedes-Benz 300SL In A Cuban Garden
In 2005, photographer Michael E. Ware heard about this Mercedes-Benz 300SL left neglected in a Cuban garden, and he traveled to the island and found the car. It was missing an engine, but he still wanted to purchase it. However, due to strict export laws, this was impossible. It was later rediscovered by Miguel Llorente.
2 Land Rover #1 In A Northumberland Barn
This is the first-ever Land Rover produced for public consumption, making it a pivotal vehicle in the brand's history. A couple of years ago, it was rescued from a Northumberland barn and changed hands in late 2017. Only 48 pre-production Rovers predate this one.
1 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB Saoutchik In Baillon Barn
The 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB Saoutchik is often considered one of the most beautiful closed cars ever built and a chef-d'oeuvre of French coachbuilding, with an elegant three-piece grille. It was featured in The Ex Geneva show in 1950 and the Ex London Motorshow in 1951.
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