Three extraordinary Bugattis found new buyers at record prices at the auction of Gooding & Cie during the Concours d'Élégance at Hampton Court Palace in London on September 5, including the most expensive Bugatti ever sold in public sale, a 1934 Type 59 Sports, ex-king – Leopold III of Belgium, sold for $ 12.6 million.
Bugattis are maintaining the coast, occupying the top five most expensive sales markets since the start of the year. The 1934 Bugatti Type 59 was the latest evolution of the Molsheim manufacturer's Grand Prix cars. Winning the Belgian Grand Prix in 1934, the car was modified for the road and sold to the King of the Belgians in 1938, repainted in black. Leopold III was an important client of Ettore Bugatti. Since then the car has not undergone any modification, always in this black trim with yellow stripes.
New price records per model were recorded during this sale, notably for a 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix priced at $ 5,233,550 and for a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, priced at $ 10,447,150.
It was the first sale outside the United States organized by the house of Gooding & Cie, based in California. This Hubert Fabri collection, for sale exclusively, was made up of the rarest and therefore the most coveted cars. Some were acquired over 30 years ago, becoming cars that are otherwise ‘unobtainable’ today, including these record-priced Bugattis for example.
Other record prices were recorded for a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV at $ 4,265,310, and a 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Type Wensum for $ 1,658,510.
The Bugatti Type 35C for sale raced in the Bugatti factory name just like the King's Type 59. Its first outing was for the 1928 Targa Florio. The 35C is the epitome of the Bugatti brand, the racing car that has won the most auto races of any car of any brand of all time. It is still today completely "in its original condition, as aficionados say, never restored or modified since it left the factory." His profile represents the image of ‘La’ Bugatti in the minds of the world.
These results appear significant in the context of the evolution of the pre-war vintage car market and in the context of the apparently harmful effects of CV – 19. Apparently the demand for rare pre-war parts such as postwar period remains and is even progressing. It should be noted that this sale at Hampton Court is the first major auction to be held in front of bidders, and not purely 'online', since the beginning of March of this year. Fifteen cars on offer, 14 of which were sold for a total amount of $ 45,285,037, also a record for the average price of cars sold in such a sale, that is, $ 3,234,645.
The other Bugattis sold at high prices this year are both the Type 55 Super Sport roadsters, by the hand of Jean Bugatti, the prodigy son of Ettore, who tragically died behind the wheel of the Bugatti T57G, victorious at Le Mans in 1939. , during road tests in September of the same year. These Type 55 Roadsters, both sold by the British house Bonhams, one at RétroMobile in February for $ 5,061,380, and the other in the United States at Amelia Island in March for $ 7,100,000, go to the most popular collections. important to the world. The list of owners of the 38 Bugatti Type 55 never built reads like the Who's Who of vintage cars: Arturo Keller, Peter Mullin, François Cointreau, Oskar Meier, Rober Bishop, Bill Pope and Miles Collier, to name a few than those.
The National Museum, Schlumpf Collection, has no less than eight of these Bugatti Type 55s among the 38 cars built between late 1931 and 1934. By recognizing the value of these cars today, we see that we can rest easy knowing that the heritage of the State flourishes.