A prestigious sale took place this weekend in South West London. The star of the sale was a Bugatti Type 59 which belonged to Leopold III.
Mercedes-Benz, BMW, etc. The Belgian royal family has always had a special history with the automotive world. This weekend, it was King Leopold III's Bugatti that was auctioned for £ 9.5 million (around € 10.7 million).
In detail, the selling price was 8.5 million pounds to which must be added the commission of the auction house Gooding & Company.
The sale took place on Saturday evening, in Hampton Court Palace on the left bank of the Thames in southwest London where a Concours d'Elegance was taking place. A total of 14 cars were sold for the sum of 34 million pounds. A great operation for Gooding & Company which claims to have already sold more than 2 billion dollars of classic cars since its creation.
The first prize, the Bugatti de Leopold III which had already had 4 owners, set a world record, as did 5 other cars sold that evening.
This model excelled among non-standard racing cars from before WWII. This car was part of the Bugatti team for the 1934-1935 Grand Prix automobile season and, with René Dreyfus at the wheel, won the Grand Prix at Spa.
The Alsatian brand then transformed the racing car into a sports car, with a new gearbox as well as a more suitable chassis and bodywork, and painted it black before selling it, in 1937, to Leopold III, who was passionate about the brand.