February 15, 2008 –The Worldwide Group, auctioneers of some of the world’s finest automobiles, has announced the procurement of an array of stunning vintage European road and race cars, set to join the exclusive line up of vehicles to be sold at the Houston Classic Auction, on May 3rd, 2008.
The auction will offer the sophisticated collector the opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable sports cars of the 20thcentury, when a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato Spyder goes under the hammer in Houston. Jointly produced by two of the most charismatic names in Italian automotive history and one of only four hundred built, this rare and pristine example is a two time winner at Pebble Beach and winner also of 2007 Quail Lodge Best in Class.
Joining the Alfa on stage will be two legendary French race cars, a 1934 Bugatti T59 Supercharged 3.3 liter Grand Prix and a 1928 Bugatti T37A Grand Prix. The T59 was the ultimate evolution of Ettoire Bugatti’s racing dynasty, with only a handful ever built. Major parts for this automobile were obtained from the Bugatti factory shortly after its closure and the mechanical components, chassis and body shell were meticulously reassembled, using exact Bugatti specifications and original factory drawings. The result is a rare and magnificent vehicle, which is race prepared and which would be welcomed at any vintage race event in the world.
Rod Egan, Managing Partner of the Worldwide Group, said.”Few of us could ever dream of owning a Bugatti, much less two as outstanding as the examples presented here. Both are in absolutely pristine condition and are fully race prepared. They are without doubt, two of the finest. I think that had he still been with us today, Ettoire Bugatti himself would be impressed”.
The Houston auction will also feature one of arguably the most beautiful Rolls Royce ever built, a 1914 Silver Ghost Skiff, bodied in the style of the Paris coach building firm of Henri Labourdette. This example is holder of multiple best in show awards, including winner of the Most Elegant Open Car at Pebble Beach.
With the further addition of a remarkable 1929 Bentley 4.5 litre touring, with original engine, chassis and coachwork by Thrupp and Mabberley, the Houston Classic Auction should offer the connoisseur and discerning collector the opportunity to acquire some of the finest automobiles ever built. John Kruse, Managing partner, said “We are honored to offer such an important group of automobiles as these and very much look forward to another fantastic auction this May”.
For further details on any of these vehicles, or a full list of current consignments, please contact John Kruse or Rod Egan on 1-866-273-6394, or go to www.wwgauctions.com
Held in conjunction with the annual Keels & Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction is on Saturday May 3rd at 11a.m, at the Lakewood Yacht Club, in Seabrook, Texas, with preview on the evening of May 2nd. The full color catalog is available in advance, for $50, to include auction admission for two and limited seating. Please contact 1-866-273-6394, or visit us online at www.wwgauctions.com.