‘Passion of a Lifetime’ Sale At Concours To Include Amazing Bugatti Trio

Passion of a lifetime - Concours of Elegance
The exclusive ‘Passion of a Lifetime‘ sale will be held at Concours of Elegance 2020

The exclusive ‘Passion of a Lifetime‘ sale which was to be held at Somerset House in central London on 1 April 2020 and succumbed to the pandemic, will now be held at this year’s Concours of Elegance in September.

Gooding & Company will present the ‘greatest’ classic car auction of the year at Hampton Court Palace 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.

Passion of a Lifetime – Bugatti Trio

The sale will include a stunning Bugatti trio of prewar masterpieces beginning 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.

King Leopold 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports
King Leopold 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports
David Gooding, President and Founder, Gooding & Company, said:
“It is our great honour for Gooding & Company to present ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. Car enthusiasts from around the globe have been anticipating this event since we announced in December of 2019. The world is eager to witness the bidding as these exceptional motorcars find their new homes.”

Joining the trio is an incredibly rare and extremely desirable 1937 Bugatti 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.

Bugatti Type 57S Atalante
Bugatti Type 57S Atalante

The Type 57S, which debuted in 1936 was the pinnacle of the marques road car production with its “S” designation standing for surbaissé or lowered. Radical by its looks, the 57S took inspiration from the Type 59 Grand Prix and was developed as an uncompromising high-performance machine – lighter, faster, and more technically advanced than the already superb Type 57.

This particular car, chassis 57502, is one of only 17 examples originally fashioned with Jean Bugatti’s sensational Atalante coachwork. Upon completion in May 1937, it was delivered to Earl Howe, the legendary racing driver and president of the Bugatti Owners’ Club (BOC).

Lastly and by no means least is one of the finest racing cars of its period and largely viewed to be one of the most enduring designs of all time – a remarkable 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000).

Other Star Lots

Another addition to the exclusive list is a one-of-19 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, the sole example finished in Peony Red and considered to be one of the very best, most original DB GT Zagatos in existence. The Gooding & Company sale will also include further Aston Martins, Bentleys, Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Lancias, a Rolls-Royce, and a Vauxhall.

This year’s displays also include a line-up of the McLaren F1 GTRs that triumphed at Le Mans in 1995, a display of championship-winning Formula One cars in celebration of 70 years of F1 and – as ever – a hand-picked collection of the world’s rarest cars. In total, nearly 1,000 cars will be on display across the weekend.

James Brooks-Ward, Concours of Elegance CEO, said:
“From our venue to our cars to our sponsors, we hand-pick each and every aspect of the Concours of Elegance. Really, there can only be one auction house with the global renown necessary to host an auction at our event, and it’s Gooding & Company.

“David Gooding has been an active member of our Steering Committee and a great supporter of ours and we’re delighted to be able to bring 2020’s greatest auction to Hampton Court Palace. It’s the latest development in what will be an astonishing event, at a time when many of us need it most.”

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are available to buy now from this link.

Complete List of ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ lots:

  • 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (Estimate: £7,000,000 – £9,000,000)
  • 1955 Aston Martin DB3S (Estimate: £3,000,000 – £4,000,000)
  • 1935 Aston Martin Ulster (Estimate: £1,600,000 – £2,200,000)
  • 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet (Estimate: £450,000 – £600,000)
  • 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer (Estimate: £350,000 – £450,000)
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports (Estimate: In Excess of £10,000,000)
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante (Estimate: In Excess of £7,000,000)
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000)
  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Speciale (Estimate: £1,600,000 – £2,000,000)
  • 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT (Estimate: £400,000 – £550,000)
  • 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America (Estimate: £700,000 – £900,000)
  • 1959 Lancia Flaminia 2500 Sport (Estimate: £400,000 – £500,000)
  • 1924 Lancia Lambda 3rd Series Torpédo (Estimate: £320,000 – £400,000)
  • 1919 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer (Estimate: £1,000,000 – £1,400,000)
  • 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE-Type Wensum (Estimate: £800,000 – £1,200,000)