Every car lover dreams of owning a one-of-its-kind car, no matter how many millions it may cost. Recently, this dream came true for a lucky owner when one rare car appeared as a big catch for them, despite the massive check of almost $4 million departed from their account as a payment for the privilege.
The Chance Discovery
Compulsive hoarder Dr. Harold Carr passed away in 2007 at 89 years old. In 2009, when his family went through his belongings for sale, they surprisingly found a profitable discovery in his garage. They found a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, a rare car in its own right. The garage was also full of piled-up medical machinery, thousands of receipts, and whatnot. Yes, Dr. Carr really loved collecting things! But this also means that one of the world’s rarest cars was gathering dust in his garage for nearly half a century!
The Rarest Car
Famed racing enthusiast Earle Howe, the first-ever president of the British Racing Driver’s Club, was the original owner of this extremely rare Bugatti. After its launch in 1937, Howe took control of the car and kept it for eight years in his possession before selling it. After the car had changed hands a couple of times, Dr. Carr came into the picture when he purchased it from Lord Ridley in 1955 for around $1,100, equivalent to almost $37,800 today. But Dr. Carr drove the car only for a few years before it was parked in his garage and was abandoned there for nearly 50 years until his family discovered it after his demise. This rare Bugatti was placed under the auction hammer in Paris at Bonham’s Retromobile car show. The final selling price was a staggering $3,830,182. But the car is undoubtedly worth the price, as it’s one of the original supercars with original gears, left untouched for 50 years.
After not being able to stand on its promise of delivering the fastest production automobile in the world, the Texas-based business, Hennessey, is introducing an even more complex version of its Venom F5. Although the company hasn’t made any big promises and claims this time, this one will definitely be slower at speed than the F5 version already available in the market. Let’s find out why.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Model
The Revolution’s top speed has not been specified by Hennessey, but they are aiming for over 311 mph. That’s because the Revolution has significant aerodynamic changes that are supposed to significantly boost its peak downforce capabilities. With its decorative stars-and-stripes endplates, the new adjustable rear wing is said to be capable of producing over 800 pounds of positive aero assistance at 186 mph and over 1400 pounds at 249 mph. This F5 revolution would actually be fulfilling Hennessey’s promise of a track pack with a higher rear wing. The company has decided to produce only 24 F5 Revolutions that will be available at a cost of $2.5 million. The short supply of the car makes them even more desirable.
The fact that the Revolution sports front and rear diffusers of a sizable amount suggests that the total figure will be considerably more astounding. To help shift the aerodynamic balance forward, the front bumper also features dive-plane components. Although they haven’t really made any changes to the power, the 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged pushrod V-8 engine will be used that powers other F5s. It is mid-mounted and produces 1193 pound-feet of maximum torque at 5500 rpm. A limited-slip differential and an automatic single-clutch transmission will work together to provide power to the rear wheels. Additionally, this model is way lighter than the previous ones, almost by 3000 pounds. Also, more aggressive suspension settings that are intended for use on tougher tracks are promised.