When a few British YouTubers entered a seemingly abandoned building, they were rewarded with a very viral discovery. Nearly $1 million worth of classic cars, including one from a former prime minister, stood in the abandoned underground space. The find made for a good video – “absolutely mental!” one host mentioned the inventory – and a solid mystery: what in the world were such unique and expensive cars doing there? Read on to find out.
Ben and Eran, hosts of Lost Adventures on YouTube, have been eyeing a building in their hometown of Surrey, UK, for years. After deciding to explore it, they stumbled upon a million dollar car collection. The daily email reports that the space included a Formula 1 racer and a Bentley, along with original vintage British taxicabs and several prototypes and wooden replicas. Keep reading to see the video.
“I had my eye on it for a few years because it looked so interesting,” Eran told the… Sun. “We set out to explore the abandoned building with no idea what it was. We jumped down and found millions of pounds worth of cars under this place.” It turns out that the vehicles were held there in preparation for an auction.
Among YouTubers’ finds: A Proton Perdana that belonged to Mahathir Mohammad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia. He apparently donated the car to the UK to support research into hybrid vehicles. “You would never see these cars on the road, even if someone bought them. This was a one-time glimpse of these cars,” Eran said. “Those cars are under this thing. This is madness. Absolutely mentally how much money those cars are worth. It’s just crazy.”
David Fletcher, the auctioneer in charge of the collection, said the “fascinating” lot is also “very sad” because it included the last cars produced by British carmaker Bristol. “I chair the demise of the last independent British carmaker, which is a very poignant, historic moment,” he told the newspaper. Sun.
However, Bristol plans to relaunch as an electric vehicle company in time for the brand’s 80th anniversary in 2025. This comes along with news that electric vehicle sales are up 60 percent in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2022. Car and Driver recently speculated may mark a “turning point” toward EVs. It is estimated that by the year 2050, half of all vehicles on U.S. roads will be electric. (Other countries are way ahead: 86 percent of vehicles in Norway are now electric.)