An incredible 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports will spearhead the forthcoming ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ sale at this years Concours of Elegance which takes place in less than three days time at Hampton Court Palace.
Described as the ultimate evolution of the Bugatti Grand Prix car, the mythical Type 59 is both a technical marvel and a masterpiece of industrial automotive art – a model considered by many to be the most elegant and desirable prewar racing car ever.
Bugatti Type 59
Making its debut in 1933, the imperious Type 59 boasted a powerful supercharged straight-eight engine, sophisticated de Ram shock absorbers and the instantly recognisable ‘piano-wire’ wheels; a truly innovative design that draws its heritage from Molsheim itself.
This particular 1934 King Leopold Type 59 (est: £10,000,000) was fitted with engine no. 5 and initially part of the Bugatti works Grand Prix team during the 1934–1935 seasons. Primarily driven by René Dreyfus, it achieved impressive results including 3rd Place at the Monaco Grand Prix and an outright win at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
After withdrawing from Grand Prix racing, Bugatti developed this Type 59 for sports car events, removing its supercharger, fitting a new dry-sump gearbox, revising the chassis and bodywork, and giving it the identity of chassis 57248.
In the hands of Jean-Pierre Wimille, the Type 59 Sports became the fastest sports car in France, dominating its rivals during the 1937 season. The following year, it was repainted black and sold to King Leopold III of Belgium, one of Bugatti’s most important patrons.
Carefully preserved by just four subsequent owners, and presented today in time-warp condition, chassis no.57248 is arguably the most important, original, and coveted of all competition Bugattis. Endlessly fascinating, historic, and romantic, this singular Type 59 embodies the exclusive magnetic appeal of the Bugatti marque, Le Pur-Sang des Automobiles.
Joining the Bugatti trio 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 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.
More information on this Gooding & Co. sale can be found here.