BUGATTI TYPE 51 RACER TO GO TO AUCTION
...but is this barn-find Bugatti real or a rep?
The car itself was discovered behind a gaggle of 80s motors, having lain unused for nine years in a derelict garage.
There is significant uncertainty as to whether it's the real deal, however, with a Bugatti expert suggesting it might be a replica, albeit one using large parts of an original Type 51 chassis.
Classic & Sports Car, on whose website we spotted the story, reckon that if it is the real deal it could easily fetch £1.5 million, though they agree that it does seem likely not to be an original. In which case, the swap that previous owner Alan riley made for the Bug - a 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 and a 1954 Maserati 250F - seems liek a pretty poor deal...