A stunning Bugatti trio will star in the forthcoming “Passion of a Lifetime” sale at Somerset House in central London on 1 April 2020 featuring an outstanding array of European sports and racing automobiles of the 20th century.
Renowned for their impressive styling and bold statements, the famous Italian marque has always produced everlasting classic examples, but the Bugatti trio of prewar masterpieces in this collection is sure to attract the most affluent of bidders.
Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding:
“Since Gooding & Company’s first event, I have been asked about conducting an auction outside the United States, and I have always said that it would have to be for an exceptional group of cars.
“I can proudly say this is that collection; containing some of the rarest European marques in existence, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. As a passionate automobile enthusiast, this sale is sure to be an unforgettable experience for me, collectors, and car devotees around the world.”
The amazing trio begins with an incredible King Leopold 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports (Estimate: In Excess of £10,000,000). Considered by historians to be the ultimate Bugatti Grand Prix car, the fabled Type 59 is both a technical marvel and the most elegant prewar racing car ever to grace the track.
Mostly driven by René Dreyfus during the 1934-35 season, this car was initially a part of the Bugatti works Grand Prix team during which it achieved an outright win at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa as well as a 3rd Place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix. Shortly after, the Type 59 was developed by the factory for sports car events by modifying the chassis and bodywork.
The Type 59 Sports earned enormous success during the 1937 season, dominating its rivals along the way. Collectively through its racing years, this Bugatti has been driven by some of the most famous and accomplished names of the era starring Robert Benoist, Louis Chiron René Dreyfus, Piero Taruffi, Achille Varzi, and Jean-Pierre Wimille.
In total, this Type 59 Sports participated in an incredible number of Grand Prix and major races across Europe with several victories and pole finishes before ultimately retiring from the sport in 1937. In 1938, the car was repainted black by the factory and sold to King Leopold III of Belgium, an important patron of the marque.
To this day, it remains in outstanding unrestored condition, appearing as it did in King Leopold III’s possession. With Royal provenance and exceptional, unrestored condition, 57248 is widely regarded as the most significant and original competition Bugatti.
1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante (Estimate: In Excess of £7,000,000)
- Incredibly rare and extremely desirable, the Type 57S is one of just 17 examples built with Jean Bugatti’s sensational Atalante coachwork.
- This rich, well-documented Type 57S Atalante was delivered new to famed British racing driver and Bugatti enthusiast Earl Howe.
- An outstanding comprehensive restoration was recently overseen by Bugatti expert Ivan Dutton Ltd to present an incredible piece of Bugatti history.
1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000)
- Bugatti’s two-litre, eight-cylinder Type 35C is one of the finest racing cars of its period and largely viewed to be one of the most enduring designs of all time.
- Chassis 4871 was originally built as a factory works car for the 1928 Targa Florio.
- Driven by its first private owner, Jannine Jennky to an overall win at the inaugural Coupe de Bourgogne, and later, this Type 35C raced in Grand Prix events throughout Europe.
- This Bugatti has been carefully preserved in unrestored condition, with just four owners since 1932.
Full details on this sale can be found via this link.