It seems too good to be true. A car that was abandoned and forgotten in a garage for decades is discovered -- and it's worth a mint!
Case in point: This supercharged Bugatti was parked in a garage by its then-owner in the early 1960s and, for some reason, simply left there for half a century.
In February, 2009, this unrestored car was sold at auction for $4.4 million.
But how is it possible that a car worth $4 million can go unnoticed for so many years?
In some cases a car that may not seem particularly exciting to its owner at the time is parked in a barn or garage and forgotten about, said Tom Cotter, author of "The Cobra in the Barn" and several other books about this phenomenon. Only later, when a knowledgeable person finally cracks open the barn door, is its true worth revealed.
Then it's known as a "barn find," and it's rare. For car buffs, it's an almost mythical concept. But, unlike Big Foot and Mermaids, barn finds really do exist.
|Make $30 an hour, no bachelor's degree required|
|The Obamacare myth about small business|
|Apple set for showdown on Capitol Hill over corporate taxes|
|Stocks: Focus on Apple and JPMorgan|
|Best Buy's sales spook investors|