Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix Heads To Concours Of Elegance

Passion of a lifetime - Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix
Passion of a lifetime - Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix

In less than two weeks the Concours of Elegance takes place on the gardens of Hampton Court Palace and will include some of the most visually spectacular classic vehicles ever to grace the UK including an amazing Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix.

With approximately 1000 cars being showcased in total, the Concours of Elegance welcomes a collection of 60 of the rarest, most beautiful and most innovative cars ever built to compete in the prestige competition – all hand-picked by a committee of global motoring experts.

Joining the event, Gooding & Company will present the ‘greatest’ classic car auction of the year as part of the Concours of Elegance event. It will also be the first time the leading auction house has ever held an auction outside of the United States of America.

The incredible sale will include a Bugatti trio especially brought together for this ‘Passion of a Lifetime‘ sale. The prewar automotive masterpiece collection includes a King Leopold 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports (Estimate: In Excess of £10,000,000), which is 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.

King Leopold 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports
King Leopold 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports

Type 35C Grand Prix

Another remarkable addition to the Bugatti assemblage is a beautifully preserved and original Type 35C Grand Prix – the dominant racing machine of the late 1920s (Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000).

The Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix is by definition of its automotive styling, the most recognisable and enduring early racing car of its period. This particular example, chassis 4871, is a Type 35C – the factory’s designation for a two-litre, eight-cylinder model fitted with a Roots-type supercharger.

Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix

According to Bugatti historian Hugh Conway, it was originally equipped with engine no. 139 and served as a works entry for the 1928 Targa Florio. In the hands of its first private owner, the entertainer-turned-racer Jannine Jennky, the 35C captured an overall win at the inaugural Coupe de Bourgogne and then continued to race in European Grand Prix events under its second owner, Jean de Maleplane.

In spring 1932, Ricardo Bernasconi, an Italian living in the Champagne region of France, acquired 4871, had it repainted red and campaigned it in various hill climbs and circuit races, including the Gran Premio di Monza. The Bugatti remained his prized possession, seeing limited use, until 1958, when it was sold to Captain Jean Ooms of Belgium.

The final Bugatti is a desirable 1937 Type 57S Atalante (Estimate: In Excess of £7,000,000), which is one of just 17 examples built with Jean Bugatti’s sensational Atalante coachwork.

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