From The Auction Desk: Bugatti Spring

If you’re interested in Bugattis, this is your spring for shopping.

You’ll need to open up that checkbook, however, to get involved in any real amount of fun.

A few weeks ago, Gooding & Company announced the star car to their Passion of a Lifetime sale coming to London on April 1. The 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports was part of the Bugatti Grand Prix team from 1934–35. The car, primarily driven by René Dreyfus, finished third at the Monaco Grand Prix and won the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

Gooding & Co. catalog copy sums it up as “arguably the most important, original, and coveted of all competition Bugattis.”

It is expected to bring eight figures.

It is also one of three Bugattis at their London sale, with the other two a Type 57S Atalante (estimated at over $9m) and a Type 35 Grand Prix (estimated in excess of $3.9m).

RM Sotheby’s is also a shopping destination for those in search of Ettore’s masterpieces.

They’re selling a star Bugatti lot in Amelia Island on March 7, but it’s not a preserved, patinated old racer. The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet on offer there retains its original engine, chassis and body, according the newly-released Amelia Island catalog.

This one-off Bugatti is the only example built by D’Ietern of Belgium in a sleek three-seat body style. It received a cosmetic re-freshening in 2017, to go along with mechanical maintenance.

RM Sotheby’s devoted six pages to the stunning cabrio in their catalog, sharing the most pages with seven other lots among the 145 consigned.

The company’s estimate comes in at $1.5m–$2m, and the car has been presented at Pebble Beach, Rétromobile, Techno Classica, Villa d’Este and Audrain concours, among others.

Sure, it looks perfect, but where else do you take it?

These are not the only Bugattis coming up for sale over the next six weeks, so be sure to check out the catalog for Bonhams Amelia Island and the rest of RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island selections to make sure you get your Bugatti fix before the summer shows and tours.

Chad Tyson

Chad opted for a more formal education on automotive technology at WyoTech, in Laramie, WY, after tearing into his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro at age 17. A few years later, he wound up at a Ford dealership for a while, specializing in repairing PowerStroke turbo diesels, and enjoying rekeying Focus ignition lock cylinders. Although his early preference was late-’60s GM muscle, he isn’t afraid of oddball and unique engineering. He has a fondness for dreamily searching for cars on eBay Motors and tromping around junkyards. He is a valuable part of getting auction information into the magazine.

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