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Bracing herself, she lifted the garage door open with a creak. She knew that her grandmother hadn’t had it cleaned for 20 years, so she expected spiders and maybe even rats. Shuddering at the thought, she peered in. The
light scattered through the floating dust motes, and when they settled, a shape began to emerge from the darkness, and she jumped with a start. But it wasn’t a spider’s outline she saw, it was something much bigger than that.
An Interest In The Unusual
Eriegin is a Reddit user and is based in the US. She has a passion for street food, especially Asian cuisine, and has traveled extensively through Asia. She frequently posts images of
the unique fare she finds while traveling abroad and has an interest in collecting unusual experiences. However, not even she was prepared for what she found lurking in her grandmother’s garage
One day, the intrepid Redditer was asked to come and help clean out her grandmother’s garage. Her grandfather had passed recently, and it was time to get his estate in order. Other
Reddit users have dedicated entire threads to the oddities that they have found in their grandparents’ houses, but all of these trinkets were nothing compared to what this Reddit user found that day.
Eri was struggling financially. She was studying relentlessly and was finding it hard to make ends meet. Her stomach clenched every time a new bill arrived, and she was afraid she would be unable to pay it on time. She
had now also taken on the long and tedious process of tying up loose ends in her late grandfather’s estate. Little did she know, she was about to discover something about her grandfather that would change her life forever.
If only Eri had known that her life was about to be changed forever by what was behind grandma’s garage door, amid the dust and chaos. When she was asked to come and help clear the garage out, she never could have imagined what her grandfather had kept hidden from the rest of the world.
Eri found the process of dealing with her grandfather’s estate time-consuming. Each day, she and her grandmother would sit together and go through each document painstakingly, and she would go to bed each night with
the numbers and equations imprinted on her retinas. Her anxiety grew when she thought about the preparations that had to be made for her grandmother, and sleep would not come. The numbers were not looking good.
The Dreaded Day Arrives
As the entire picture of her grandmother’s finances came slowly into view, she realized that she may have to go into an assisted living facility. She hadn’t told her grandma the news,
yet. She dreaded each day and tried to be as useful as possible. But she knew that she couldn’t keep the news from her for much longer. Then the terrible day arrived.
A Heavy Heart
Eri awoke that morning with a terrible feeling of heaviness. Today was the day she would have to break her grandmother’s heart. She dressed and walked down the stairs. Her grandmother was suffering the loss of her husband, but she
put on a cheery face for Eri when she greeted her. They sat at the lonely table in the big, empty house, and ate breakfast in silence. Then her grandmother broke it by asking Eri to start clearing the garage.
Lifting The Tarpaulin
Eri’s grandfather had been a secretive man, and the garage had been his domain. When Eri opened the door, she never had ever expected what had been lurking inside all along. Could it be? she
thought as she saw the lettering on the back of the piece of metal, just peeping through. There, underneath a dusty tarpaulin, was a masterpiece that had been secreted away and forgotten. Until now.
Masterpiece Lost In Time
What Eri found in her grandmother’s garage that day left the internet in a flurry. There, in the corner, was a 1982 LP500S Lamborghini Countach, one of the rarest supercars in the world. Only 321 of these cars were ever made! It had been there for decades, gathering dust. But that wasn’t the only hidden gem that she found that day…
A Second Supercar
Tucked away at the front of the Lamborghini was a faded Ferrari 308, and although not as impressive as the Countach, it was an incredible find! Eri was amazed when it dawned on her that it is the same iconic car that was used in Tom Selleck’s Magnum, P.I. and is highly sought-after by collectors. What an amazing windfall!
A Rare Find
The Lamborghini Countach Eri had stumbled upon in her grandmother’s garage turned out to be a 500S model. The supercar packs a 4.8-liter V12 engine and could have fetched between $400,000 to $500,000 in its peak. Even in their decayed condition, the Daily Mirror estimated that the Lamborghini and Ferrari could still be worth around that amount together.
Hidden For Decades
After speaking with her grandmother, it was revealed on Reddit that Eri’s “late grandpa bought [the Lamborghini] for his exotic car rental business in 1989, but after insurance costs became too high for him to operate the company, he kept the cars in leaky garages for 20+ years instead of selling them.” And she is very glad that he did!
Interest Quickly Grows
interest quickly grew on the Reddit thread when Eriegin revealed her incredible find, with many users wanting to buy the cars and “rescue” them from life in the garage. One user wrote: “There should be a Child Protective Services you can call for cars…I’d adopt that baby and put some blood, sweat, and tears into making it a new good life.”
Hidden Gems In Garages All Over The World
What one Reddit user found when she opened the garage door changed her life forever. She and her grandmother were struggling financially and had no idea what kind of goldmine they were sitting
on the entire time. Next time you’re asked to help Grandma, I’m sure you’ll scramble to help. Who knows what other gems are hidden all over the world in garages, gathering dust and forgotten.