A COLLECTION of extremely rare supercars worth £30 million has been found in an abandoned garage of a former car firm.
A British urban explorer made the remarkable discovery when searching the underground car park of the Bristol Car Company.
The cars, which had been left gathering dust, were captured on camera after they were found in August 2020.
Colin Smith, 36, made the discovery with his friend Aaron – who is also an urban explorer.
The pair came across dozens of cars, including an incredibly rare Bristol Fighter Prototype worth around £350,000.
Among the supercars Colin and Aaron found there were also a Bristol 409 Bullet Speedster which is valued more than £175,000, a 2008 Bentley and a Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer from the 1950s.
They also discovered thousands of tools as well as numerous original wooden car moulds used to hold the body of the car in place during construction.
The urban explorer from Hampshire – who goes by the name ‘The Bearded Explorer’ on his YouTube channel – said the haul could be worth up to £30 million, with many of the cars being auctioned off.
The cars were left in the garage of the car company after the manufacturer – which was founded 75 years ago, in 1945 – was forced to enter liquidation in May 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Colin, who has posted videos online of his urban exploration for five years, said this was the most spectacular discovery he has ever made.
And he added it is unlikely to ever come across a similar car haul worth so much.
He said: "I have had this building on my list of places to explore for a while now, but when a friend told me there was something very special being stored in the basement I just had to investigate.
"When I finally found a way in, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was almost as exciting as if I had been walking around an abandoned Ferrari garage; the history is just phenomenal.
"Me being a massive petrol head, it was like walking into a dream."
Colin added: “The Bristol Fighter Prototype was the only one in the world, so to be able to see it up close was just incredible.
“These cars are worth so much money and they have just been left in this basement gathering dust.
“Some of these cars must be absolutely priceless to collectors.
“The car company sadly went into administration and all remaining items were seized and are due to be auctioned off, but because of the coronavirus they ended up staying down there a lot longer than planned.
“It’s a shame that a car company with such an incredible history ended up in liquidation.
“Urban exploring is a wonderful hobby, but can be dangerous, so you have to treat it with respect.”
The urban explorer concluded: “I always make sure that I never do anything illegal like breaking and entering.
“Sometimes if a place is locked, you just have to walk away.
“It’s a shame, but part of the game of being an urban explorer.”
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