A rare surviving 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Faux Cabriolet will spearhead head a beautiful sextet of cars collected by the late Barry Burnett, which will be offered in the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale on 14 September.
Beginning its life as a French tourist, the ultra-rare surviving ‘Atalante’ fixed-head coupé ventured across the Atlantic in 1957 after being bought by an American, then returned to Europe in the 1980s.
Renowned motor car collector, Barry encountered the Atalante when it was in the possession of another notable collector, Peter Rae, who had had the car completely restored, although, unusually, it retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox and body, all with matching numbers.
The car is dressed in a striking black and cream overcoat and carries an estimate of £1,000,000 – 1,500,000.
Mr Burnett most famously possessing a Corsica-bodied 1931 Daimler Double Six – the first car he ever purchased – which in later life went on to win the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2006.
Other eclectic offerings at Goodwood include:
1938 Lagonda V12 ‘Le Mans Replica’ Tourer
A pre-production prototype and factory press car which, with Earl Howe at the wheel, set a new national ‘100-miles-in-the-hour’ record at Brooklands in 1938. The Lagonda has been in the Burnett family since 1989. Estimate: £200,000 – 300,000.
1963 Facel Vega Facel II, Estimate £200,000 – 300,000.
One of just 26 right-hand drive versions of the French luxury grand tourer, advertised at the time of production as the fastest 4-seater coupé in the world and driven by a host of notable owners including Pablo Picasso, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Princess Grace of Monaco and Stirling Moss.
1936 Lagonda LG45 Tourer. Estimate £120,000 – 160,000.
1936 Talbot-Lago T23 Le Mans Replica. Estimate £100,000 – 150,000.
Jaguar D-Type Replica. Estimate £40,000 – 70,000.
Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars Department Director UK, commented:
“We are delighted to have been entrusted to offer another bespoke selection from the Burnett stable at this year’s Goodwood Revival Sale. It reflects Barry’s expert eye for quality and his passion for classic and vintage motor cars.”
More information on this sale can be found here.