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Seven magnificent Bugattis came full circle from 1932 to auction in Paris

Nalynn Dolan Caine ▼ | February 3, 2020
Seven magnificent vintage and historic Bugattis lead Bonhams' Les Grandes Marques du Monde Sale in Paris on February 6.
Cars   Bugattis are showcased in the venue where they were first unveiled
The septet is showcased in the very venue where they were first unveiled to the world, The Grand Palais.

In pole position is one of the most important sports models of the marque's golden era, a 1932 Bugatti Type 55, which started life as a works entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by two of the era's most celebrated racing drivers, Louis Chiron and Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart.

One of only 29 known surviving Type 55s of a total 38 produced, this car is noted for its striking and unique coachwork configured as a two-seat drophead with highline doors designed by Parisian automotive designer Giuseppe Figoni.

This 55 is now offered for the very first time at auction, following an incredible 56 years in the ownership of one discerning British family. Price: Estimate on request.

Lining up alongside the 55 are two Type 57s considered the quintessential road Bugatti.

The first is a rare 1938 Atalante Coupé, e of only 34 examples, regarded as the most sporting derivative of the car, styled by Jean Bugatti himself. This example is finished in rakish period two tone black and purple paintwork. Price: estimated €1,500,000 to 1,800,000.

The Atalante's sale sibling in Paris is a beautiful supercharged 1939 Type 57C Stelvio cabriolet of which only 40 examples were delivered. With coachwork by Gangloff, this was one of the last Bugattis sold before the Second World War. The car has only had two further enthusiast owners, covering some 45,000 km in its lifetime. Price: estimated €1,350,000 to 1,650,000.

The fourth Bugatti is a 1925 Type 39 Grand Prix Racing, identical to the most successful racing car ever, the Type 35, but fitted with a smaller 1.5 litre engine to comply with 1925's new racing regulations. This car has been more recently exercised on hill climbs and is eligible for the most prestigious international historic race meetings. Price: estimated €1,050,000 to 1,400,000.

The other Bugattis to grace the Grand Palais are: a highly original 1922 Type 23, estimate €500,000 to 600,000; a 1927 Type 40 'Grand Sport' Tourer, first owned by a friend of Jean Bugatti, estimate €350,000 to 450,000; and the first Molsheim built model, a Type 13 Sports, estimate €190,000 to 240,000.

But there is more. After Bugattis, you could take a look and maybe you'll be interested in 1935 Mercedes Benz 500K Cabriolet A.

This year Bonhams's edition offers the finest of the era including the supercar of the 1930s, a 1935 Mercedes Benz 500K Cabriolet A.

Designed by the in-house coachworks Sindelfingen and engineered by Hans Nibel, who created the chassis for the first legendary 'Silver Arrows' racing cars, only 31 Cabriolets were built. Estimate is €1,500,000 to 2,000,000.

Lining up with the 500K is a trio of sports cars, which are all eligible for the most prestigious historic races and concours:

A 1931 Invicta 4.5 litre S-Type Low Chassis Sports with unique sport cabriolet coachwork by Carbodies and the nickname Scout which has campaigned at the Le Mans Classic. Price: estimated €1,200,000 to 1,500,000).

A 1935 Delage D8S cabriolet, estimate €800,000 to 1,200,000, and a 1934 Talbot AV105 Brooklands Sports Racer are also on sale. Estimate €800,000 – 1,100,000.

When: February 6, 2020

Where: Paris, The Grand Palais