A pair of YouTubers discovered £1million worth of classic cars, including one belonging to a Malaysian Prime Minister, in an abandoned underground bunker.
Video shows the moment Ben and Eran, who run the Lost Adventures YouTube account, ventured into a building in Surrey – after having eyed it for several years – and ‘stumbled across’ a vintage car collection.
The ‘fascinating collection’ of vintage cars included a variety of British classics including a Formula 1 racer, Bentley and Bristol Cars. They also found retro taxis, several prototypes and multiple wooden replicas.
The explorers revealed the vehicles were in the bunker as owners prepared the collection for auction.
The pair called the underground car park an ‘incredible place’ and said they had ‘never seen cars like this on the road.’
‘I’d had my eye on it for a couple of years, as it looked so interesting,’ Eran said.
‘We set out to explore the abandoned building with no idea what it was. We jumped down, only to find millions of pounds worth of cars underneath this place.’
They found the collection of vintage cars – some models so old that Eran said he ‘didn’t even know half of what I’m looking at’ – and assorted parts and signs.
Most notably, they found a Proton Perdana that had previously belonged to Dr Mahathir Mohammad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia. He had allegedly sent to the car to the UK to aid in hybrid fuel research.
‘You would never see these cars on the road, even if someone bought them. This was a one-chance glimpse of these cars,’ the explorer said.
‘Those cars are underneath this thing. This is madness.
‘Absolutely mental the amount of money those cars are worth. It’s just crazy.’
David Fletcher, the auctioneer tasked with selling off the collection, estimates the total value is somewhere around £1million.
He told The Sun the ‘fascinating collection’ was also ‘very sad’ because it represented the end of independent car manufacturer, Bristol Cars.
The bunker that Ben and Eran explored had been used as a storage facility for the company’s leftover stock, Mr Fletcher confirmed. He said most of the cars in the garage had been brought in from the firm’s Kensington showroom.
‘I’m presiding over the demise of the last independently-owned British car manufacturer, which is a very poignant, historical moment,’ he said of the auction.
It is unclear when the car sale will take place as neither Fletcher nor his employer, Wyles Hardy & Co, immediately responded to Mail Online’s request for comment.
The Bristol-based company was formed after World War II, as part of Bristol Aeroplane Company, and became independent in 1960. All of its vehicles were made by hand as the low-volume manufacturer did not mass produce.
Bristol Cars, which were favoured by wealthy car-lovers, amassed a ‘cult following’ before it went out of business in 2011.
The company resurrected in 2015 and announced a new car, The Bristol Bullet, but the vehicle never made the market for sale.
Bristol Cars collapsed again in 2020 and the majority of its assets were sold. However the company is continuing to trade under the name Bristol Cars 8.0.
The firm has announced a plan to revive the brand as a ‘British Electric Vehicle company’ ahead of its 80th anniversary in 2025.