Rare Bugatti Type 55 Roadster Heads To Amelia Island

Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Bugatti Type 55 Roadster

A rare and exquisite Bugatti Type 55 from the Dean Edmonds estate will head to Amelia Island auction with a staggering £5,000,000 – £7,300,000 estimate attached to the remarkable classic.

One of the true icons of automobile design and originally delivered to Victor Rothschild, later 3rd Baron Rothschild, the Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster has resided in the Edmonds collection for 35 years.

Edmonds was best known for his outstanding work as a physics professor at Boston University but also had a passion for collecting incredible automobiles.

The car has been cherished throughout its life, from day one when it was ordered by none other than Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild. The Rothschild name is closely connected with the marque as a number of family members were owners of Bugatti’s machines, and Victor as he was known, who was a mere 22 years of age at this point would later in the 1930s own one of the famed Atlantic Coupes.

Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Bugatti Type 55 Roadster – Images courtesy Bonhams

Dean Edmonds, July 1986:
“I have waited for this particular car for 30 years so that a life-long ambition was realized at Armoury House last December”

“Many people consider the Type 55 with the Jean Bugatti bodywork the most beautiful sports car ever built, and I agree as evidenced by the fact that I fell in love with this particular car about 40 years ago and followed it through a string of owners”

The car has been in Edmonds’ collection for over 30 years since he acquired it at auction and set a world record for a Bugatti at 440,000, in 1985. Under Edmonds’ stewardship, the Type 55 won 1st in Class at Pebble Beach and successfully completed the Mille Miglia.

Rupert Banner, Bonhams VP of Motoring:
“Bonhams is delighted to present these dozen exceptional automobiles from this discreet collection. Many of them are genuine icons of their eras and the ex-Rothschild Bugatti Type 55 particularly represents a truly generational opportunity for collectors.”

12 cars from the Edmonds Collection will join the dune buggy and Rolls-Royce that Steve McQueen drove in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair at our Amelia Island Auction on 5 March.

More information on this auction can be found here.

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