Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut. Continue reading

‘Bugatti Queen’ at Arizona Concours women-in-racing seminar

Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice poses on a Bugatti grand prix car | Miranda Seymour archive
Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice poses on a Bugatti grand prix car | Miranda Seymour archive

It’s not every day you get to drive a million-dollar Bugatti. Author Miranda Seymour remembers well the day when Bugatti restoration expert and preservationist Tim Dutton let her have a chance behind the wheel of a sought-after 35S model.

“Tim took me out in one on the open road, told me it was being sold for a million the next day, and then he let me drive it,” she recalled excitedly. “The feeling of exhilaration is like no other, especially if you are out on the road, ducking between trucks and trying to get the hang of having a gear shift outside of the car.” Continue reading

Arizona Concours seminar to focus on famed women in racing

Anne Rose Itier at the wheel of a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A | archive photo
Anne Rose Itier at the wheel of a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A | archive photo

The history of motorsports usually revolves around men who became heroes behind the wheel. But this year’s Arizona Concours d’Elegance features a panel discussion that looks into the exciting lives of women who raced professionally since the 1920s, and made their marks in a man’s world.

“Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing” is one of three panel discussions that take place Saturday, January 14, on the eve of the Arizona Concours on Sunday. Both the discussions and the fourth annual Arizona Concours will be at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, once again leading off the Scottsdale/Phoenix area’s famed Classic Car Week of auctions, parties and events. Continue reading

Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece, the 1936 Type 57SC Atlantic, to star at Arizona Concours d’Elegance in January

The Bugatti Atlantic on display at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles | Scott Dames / Arizona Concours
The Bugatti Atlantic on display at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles | Scott Dames / Arizona Concours

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of fine automobiles at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort, has announced that the magnificent 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe from the Mullin Automotive Museum will be shown at the Concours on January 15, 2017.

One of the greatest automotive jewels of the Art Deco era, the Bugatti Atlantic will star in a special class of Bugatti automobiles, adding its elegant form to the Art Deco ambiance of the Arizona Biltmore, which was completed in 1929. Continue reading

Stunning 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster set for Gooding auction

The highly desirable 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster was designed by Jean Bugatti | Gooding & Company photos
The highly desirable 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster was designed by Jean Bugatti | Gooding & Company Photos by Mathieu Heurtault

One of the most-beautiful cars at Pebble Beach this year, a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, won’t be seen on the grass at the famous concours d’elegance but at the nearby Gooding & Company auction tent.

The Bugatti, which competed in Italy’s iconic Mille Miglia in 1932, is among the leading stars of the top-end Gooding auction. The sleek roadster, described as being in immaculate restored condition, naturally commands a towering price tag, in this case a pre-auction estimate of $10 million to $14 million. Continue reading

Nuvolari-raced Bugatti Type 51 on Bonhams’ Quail sale docket

Fazio Nuvolari at the Brooklands in Lord Howe's Bugatti Type 51 | The Brooklands Society photos
Fazio Nuvolari at the Brooklands in Lord Howe’s Bugatti Type 51 | The Brooklands Society photos

Unseen in public for more than 20 years, a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix two-seat racer, originally owned by Lord Earl Howe and driven by Tazio Nuvolari has been consigned for Bonhams’s annual Quail Lodge auction during Monterey car week in August.

Never previously offered for public sale, the car has had only two owners since the 1950s. Its current owner has had the car for more than 30 years. Continue reading

One-off 1937 Bugatti readied for Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction

The Bugatti 57 SC Sports Tourer is valued by Bonhams in the eight figures | Bonhams
The Bugatti 57 SC Sports Tourer is valued by Bonhams in the eight figures | Bonhams

Certain to be a star at the Amelia Island, Florida, collector car weekend next month is this pre-war gem, a 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer with one-off coachwork by Vanden Plas. The car will be auctioned March 10 by Bonhams.

The supercharged straight-8 Bugatti 57SC, chassis 57541, is valued at $11 million to $13 million for what is considered one of the greatest pre-war sports and competition cars, according to Bonhams, with this example wearing an exceptionally handsome and unique body. Continue reading

Iconic Bugatti Atalante to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in NYC

The 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante was first shown at the Paris World’s Fair | RM Sotheby’s photos
The 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante was first shown at the Paris World’s Fair | RM Sotheby’s photos

One of the world’s most famous and exotic pre-war cars, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe, goes to auction December 10 during RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale, bringing yet another legendary automobile to the New York City event. Continue reading

Old guard rules as Duesenberg, Bugatti win at Concours of America

1929 Duesenberg and 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atalante judged best in show at Detroit's concours | Kevin A. Wilson photos
1929 Duesenberg and 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atalante judged best in show at Detroit’s concours | Kevin A. Wilson photos

Pebble Beach may have been ready for a break with tradition last year when it awarded its coveted best of show award to a post-WWII Ferrari, but that hasn’t marked a sea-change in the classic car hobby so far. Earlier this year, the Amelia Island show gave its top awards to a 1932 Alfa Romeo and a 1930 Cord and Sunday the judges at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, re-affirmed that the old guard still dominates. Continue reading

Pre-war classics dominate Bonhams sale at Greenwich

1938 Bugatti 57C Stelvio convertible sells for $1.595 million at Bonhams Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos
1938 Bugatti 57C Stelvio convertible sells for $1.595 million at Bonhams Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Heavy rain did not deter attendance last weekend as Bonhams staged its eighth annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction, where sales totaled nearly $8 million. Continue reading