A collection of extremely rare supercars thought to be worth £30 million was discovered gathering dust in an abandoned underground garage.
Urban explorer Colin Smith, 36, made the incredible find while searching a car park of the former Bristol Car Company.
Many old and rare cars had been left gathering dust underneath the firm’s headquarters after it entered liquidation in May amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Colin, from Hampshire, and his urban exploration partner Aaron were stunned when they entered the car park and found dozens of cars, including an incredibly rare Bristol Fighter Prototype worth around £350,000, a Bristol 409 Bullet Speedster which is valued at upwards of £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 vehicle in place during construction.
According to Colin, who goes by the name ‘The Bearded Explorer’ on his YouTube channel, the haul could be worth up to £30 million, with many of the cars being auctioned off over the autumn and winter.
After five years of posting videos online of his urban exploration, Colin said it is his most spectacular discovery so far.
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.
“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.
“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.”