First ever Bugatti Type 55 at Scottsdale
How much will one of the most important Bugatti cars ever made sell for? And what about the Gullwing, the Aston, the Ferraris...
The first ever Bugatti Type 55 is to be auctioned at Gooding and Company’s sale at the Scottsdale auctions, held in Arizona, USA, on 19-20 January 2018.
The model is one of the most desirable pre-war sports cars produced. Using the same chassis as the Type 47 Grand Prix car and the 16-cylinder Type 45, the Type 55 used a DOHC supercharged straight-eight producing 130bhp.
Originally shown at the 1931 Paris Auto show, this car spent 40 years in the collection of noted Bugatti expert Dr Peter Williamson (it's said to have been his favourite Bugatti for road use). Restored in 2012, it retains several unique features not seen on later production examples of the T55, including the extra louvres cut into the top of the hood (bonnet). Not only does the car retain its original engine and chassis, but it won the French Cup at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance following its restoration. Estimate is $4,000,000-5,000,000.
If firsts aren’t your thing, Gooding and Co will also be auctioning one of the final 100 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadsters at the same sale. Finished in its original Weissgrau with black leather, it uses the later, lighter engine with 50kg shed for better weight distribution. These alloy-block cars, the last 269 built, were also the only 300SL Roadsters to have four-wheel disc brakes. The 1963 car is estimated to fetch $1,600,000 to $1,800,000.
Those working to a six-figure budget may be interested in an outstanding example of the original James Bond Aston Martin; the DB MkIII. The Drophead Coupé, one of just 84, is estimated to sell for $650,000-$750,000. It is one of 14 left-hand drive Dropheads to feature the triple-carburettor DBD engine, and has spent over 30 years in a private collection. With four owners from new, it comes complete with restoration and maintenance records by marque expert Kevin Kay.
Other cars include a 1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe (estimate: $900,000–$1,300,000)...
...and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS ($2,000,000–$2,400,000).
A full list of available vehicles will be published on the Gooding and Co website. Vehicles are still being consigned – we'll update you as more come along.
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