An outstanding 1929 Bugatti Type 44 Tourer with Coachwork by Harrington will go under the hammer at Goodwood in The Beaulieu Sale 7 Sep 2019.
Well throughout Bugatti circles, chassis number ‘44923’ is described as ‘a very fine touring Bugatti’, capable of seating 4/5 people and equipped with full weather equipment (hood and side screens).
Coachwork detailed by coachbuilder Thomas Harrington Ltd who has been bodying cars as early as 1905, it has been restored and retains original details such as the twin side-mounted spare wheels; the central air vent on the top of the scuttle; the scuttle side vents; and the two-piece opening windscreen with side deflectors.
Bugatti Type 44 Tourer – Originality
Originality is of the highest order with restoration including the main body’s fabric covering being carefully replaced, some of the original fabric survives on the underside of the passenger-side rear door. These samples show the original colour to have been maroon, subsequently over-painted black. Thus, the fabric used in the body’s restoration has returned the car to its originally specified maroon colour.
Original Ash Frame Body Structure
Another remarkable attribute of the car is the original ash frame body structure and original floorboards, all of which appear in remarkable condition. Nicely appointed with red leather trim, both front door openings retain their original Harrington nameplates, while a period-correct Jaeger instrument panel and Marchal-Vaucanson switches adorn the dashboard.
A rare Schebler choke cable pull is fitted to the left of the setting column, while the ignition advance/retard lever and hand throttle are to the right of the steering column, with a Bosch horn button alongside. A battery master switch is mounted on the driver’s side below the bodyline.
An outstanding car which is well detailed and is accompanied by its original coachwork fittings intact, ‘44923’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire a practical and very usable example of Bugatti’s vintage-era 3.0-litre eight-cylinder touring car. Affording the fortunate next owner the opportunity to enjoy open-top touring in unmatched pre-war style, this wonderful Bugatti is also eligible for many of the world’s most prestigious historic motoring events.
The Bugatti Type 44 Tourer has an estimate of £200,000 – 300,000 (€ 220,000 – 330,000).
Details of the auction can be found here.
Full details of the Bonhams sale can be found via this link.