Bugattis Hold Court at Bonhams Grand Palais Sale


Lot 268 - 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Two-Seat Supersport s/n 55221 Est. €4,000,000 - 7,000,000 · $4,400,000 - 7,800,000 · £3,400,000 - 6,000,000

Lot 268 - 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Two-Seat Supersport s/n 55221 Est. €4,000,000 - 7,000,000 · $4,400,000 - 7,800,000 · £3,400,000 - 6,000,000

 

London, 20th January, 2020

Seven magnificent vintage and historic Bugattis lead Bonhams’ ‘Les Grandes Marques du Monde’ Sale at the Grand Palais, Paris, which opens the international auction house’s European calendar on 6 February. 

The septet represent the golden age of French and indeed world automotive craftsmanship, innovation and performance – and are fittingly showcased in the very venue where they were first unveiled to the world.

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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. He was commissioned by its second owner, French publishing magnate Jacques Dupuy, who entered the Bugatti in the Paris-Nice Rally and the Bois de Boulogne concours d’elegance.

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. Estimate on request.

Lining up alongside the 55 are not one but two examples of the celebrated Type 57– considered the quintessential road-going Bugatti and the first model designed entirely under the direction of Jean Bugatti, featuring advanced engineering including a dual-overhead cam engine and an independently sprung chassis.

The first is a rare 1938 ‘Atalante’ Coupé (one 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 and has an estimate of €1,500,000 – 1,800,000. A similar 1935 Atalante, from the collection of the late Barry Burnett, was successfully sold last year by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival Sale, achieving a final total of €1,693,594 (£1,499,000).

The Atalante’s sale sibling in Paris is a beautiful supercharged 1939 Type 57C ‘Stelvio‘ cabriolet, named after the legendary Alpine pass in Italy, of which only 40 examples were delivered. With coachwork by Gangloff, this was one of the last Bugattis sold before the Second World War and the personal car of Georges Groslambert, prominent industrialist, Bugatti dealer and marque enthusiast. 

The story is that Stelvio was hidden during the war in one of the Groslambert factories but re-emerged in peacetime to enter the 1949 Rallye de Franche-Comté with its enthusiast owner. The car has only had two further owners, covering some 45,000 km in its lifetime. Estimate €1,350,000 – 1,650,000.

The fourth Bugatti flying the French flag is a 1925 Type 39 Grand prix Racing Two-Seater – 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. 

In its debut race, the 1925 Grand Prix de Tourisme, the ex-works car finished third, achieving the same result in that year’s Italian Gran Premio in Monza, while finishing 7thoverall in the Italian Grand Prix. Its finest hour came six years later and 16,000 km away as winner of the 1931 Australian Grand Prix. This car has been more recently exercised on hill climbs and is eligible for the most prestigious international historic race meetings. Estimate: €1,050,000 - 1,400,000.


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

The Bonhams Grand Palais Sale is renowned for showcasing pre-war Grand Marques and this year’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 ‘Sliver Arrows’ racing cars, only 31 Cabriolets were built. 

This example was delivered new to the celebrated French film actor of the era, Henri Garat. In the 50-year ownership of its most recent custodian, the 500K has benefitted from a comprehensive restoration. Estimate is €1,500,000 - 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 (estimate €1,200,000 – 1,500,000).

1935 Delage D8S cabriolet, with special coachwork by the ’master’ of coachbuilding, Henri Chapron, (estimate €800,000 – 1,200,000) and a 1934 Talbot AV105 Brooklands Sports Racer, victor at the celebrated Brooklands circuit in the hands of noted racer Dr Roth and the Talbot’s ace’ works driver WM ‘Mike’ Couper. More recently, the Talbot has campaigned successfully at the 2012 Le Mans Classic and was the overall winner of the 2013 Flying Scotsman Rally. Estimate €800,000 – 1,100,000.  

Approximately 100 lots representing nearly 100 years of motoring history from Edwardian elegance to 21st century supercars will be in the spotlight at the Grand Palais, available to view on Wednesday 5 February (9am to 5pm) and from 9am on sale day, Thursday 6, with the auction starting at 2.00pm.

 

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Lot

Description

S/N

Estimates

Result

201

1943 BMW 745cc R75 Military Motorcycle Combination

765988

€18,000 - 24,000
(NR)

€32,200

202

1964 Lamborghini 2R Tractor

15610

€22,000 - 27,000
(NR)

€14,950

203

1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop

AHSL44421

€25,000 - 35,000
(NR)

€14,950

204

1985 Mercedes-Benz 280 GE

WDB46023217
063144

€30,000 - 45,000
(NR)

€39,100

205

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Cabriolet

WDB1070411A
063870

€20,000 - 30,000
(NR)

€25,300

206

1960 Jaguar Mark 2 3.8-Litres

213489BW

€30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

€29,900

207

1969 Porsche 911E 2.0-Litre Targa

119210415

€75,000 - 95,000
(NR)

€97,750

208

1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2

17217

€70,000 - 80,000

Not Sold

209

1959 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé

101.362

€150,000 - 200,000

Not Sold

210

1963 Lancia Flaminia Sport 2.8-Litres 3C 'Double Bubble' Coupé

82413-3741

€250,000 - 300,000

€247,250

211

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Coupé

AR101 2000551

€70,000 - 100,000

€86,250

212

1959 Citroen DS19 Prestige Saloon

61964

€60,000 - 90,000

€74,750

214

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Coupé

20795

€140,000 - 170,000

€128,800

215

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Roadster

87845

€170,000 - 210,000

Not Sold

216

2001 BMW  Z8 Roadster

WBAEJ11041AF
79478

€140,000 - 170,000

€151,800

217

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

27889

€60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

€43,700

218

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce

AR 1495 10183

€50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

€55,200

219

1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.8-Litre

217687

€180,000 - 200,000

Not Sold

220

1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback Prototype

V-1471

€250,000 - 350,000

€209,300

221

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II DHC

AM300/1101

€370,000 - 420,000

Not Sold

222

c.1958 Devin D Porsche Spyder

DRF 55519

€80,000 - 120,000

€92,000

223

1956 Facel Vega FV2 Coupé

FV2 56056

€140,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

224

1958 Porsche 356A Speedster

84294

€230,000 - 300,000

€241,500

225

c.1922  Trencar  Trailer by Labourdette

 

€18,000 - 24,000

Not Sold

226

1913 Brasier 16hp Saloon

212

€60,000 - 90,000

Not Sold

227

1913 Bugatti Type 13 Sports

13 506 R

€190,000 - 240,000

€184,000

228

1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost

9AD

€250,000 - 350,000
(NR)

€253,000

229

1928 Lancia Lambda Long Chassis Torpedo

21286

€90,000 - 140,000

€92,000

230

1935 Talbot Lago T120 3.0-Litre Baby Sport Cabriolet

85216

€120,000 - 160,000

€126,500

231

1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Convertible Phaeton

11392

€325,000 - 450,000

€333,500

232

1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type Low Chassis Sports 'Scout'

S75

€1,200,000 - 1,500,000

€1,610,000

233

1935 Delahaye 135 Coupe des Alpes

46081

€180,000 - 220,000

€230,000

234

1934 Talbot AV105 Brooklands Sports Racer

AV35499

€800,000 - 1,100,000

€879,750

235

1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Replica

12069

€150,000 - 200,000

€143,750

236

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre Touring

9113600214

€550,000 - 650,000

Not Sold

237

1938 Delahaye 135 M Three-position Drophead

48721

€200,000 - 300,000

€235,750

238

1922 Bugatti Type 23 Torpedo Sport

1573

€500,000 - 600,000

Not Sold

239

1927 Bugatti Type 40 'Grand Sport' Roadster

40273

€350,000 - 450,000

€333,500

240

1949 Bristol 402 Cabriolet

402706

€200,000 - 250,000

Not Sold

241

1935 Delage D8S Cabriolet Special

39332

€800,000 - 1,200,000

Not Sold

242

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

123779

€1,500,000 - 2,000,000

€1,610,000

243

1993 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Cabriolet

WVWZZZ15ZPK
011967

€25,000 - 35,000
(NR)

€12,075

244

1968 Porsche 911T Coupé

11825126

€60,000 - 90,000
(NR)

€32,200

245

1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible

B24 1231

€250,000 - 300,000

€227,500

246

1925 Bugatti Type 39 Grand prix Racing Two-Seater

4607

€1,050,000 - 1,400,000

Not Sold

247

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SZ Coupé

AR 1900C.02062

€750,000 - 1,000,000

€724,500

248

2016 Zagato Mostro Coupé

YA9VZ3S00F
0169036

€600,000 - 900,000

Not Sold

249

1955 Elva Mk1/B Sports Racer

100/B/41

€90,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

250

1976 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Coupé

829 ARO 001 611

€400,000 - 500,000

Not Sold

251

1988 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale

ZLA038ARO
00000026

€550,000 - 650,000

Not Sold

252

1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8V  Group A Rally Car

ZLA831AB
000417884

€280,000 - 320,000

Not Sold

253

Ferrari Dino 206S/SP Racing Prototype

022

 

Not Sold

254

2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

151959

€75,000 - 95,000
(NR)

€89,700

255

2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

145751

€50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

€51,750

256

2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

163729

€175,000 - 200,000
(NR)

€155,250

257

1937 Horch 853 Spezialroadster

853177

€600,000 - 700,000

€563,500

258

1937 Maybach SW38 Special Roadster

1834

€500,000 - 650,000

€517,500

259

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B

169367

€650,000 - 750,000

Not Sold

260

1928 Auburn Model 88 Boattail Speedster

88 1306

€200,000 - 300,000

€241,500

261

1952 Jaguar  XK120 Coupé

680421

€90,000 - 110,000

€85,100

262

1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon

AM300/3/1566

€275,000 - 325,000

€253,000

263

1952 Delahaye 235 Cabriolet

818022

€210,000 - 260,000

€207,000

264

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 'Flachkühler' Cabriolet

111.027-12-
004473

€300,000 - 350,000

€299,000

265

1966 Porsche 911 2.0-Litres 'SWB' Coupé

303509

€130,000 - 160,000

€149,500

266

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint

AR1900C 10481

€180,000 - 200,000

Not Sold

267

1973 Maserati  Bora 4.9-Litre Coupé

AM117 556

€150,000 - 220,000

€155,250

268

1931 Bugatti Type 55 Two-Seat Supersport

55221

€4,000,000 - 7,000,000

€4,600,000

269

1985 BMW 635CSi Automatic Coupé

WBAEC8403F
0610664

€30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

€18,400

270

1996 Ferrari  F355 Spider

106427

€60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

€51,750

271

1954 Miller Shooting Brake

GPM/1/1954

€35,000 - 40,000

Not Sold

272

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé

111.026.10.
000849

€60,000 - 90,000
(NR)

€46,000

273

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor'

876469

€140,000 - 160,000

€138,000

274

2009/2019  MAT  New Stratos Coupé

ZFFKZ64B000
166472

€700,000 - 900,000

€690,000

275

1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé

LSAE499

€350,000 - 450,000

Not Sold

276

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

198042-10-
003245

€1,300,000 - 1,500,000

€1,033,333

277

1954 Jaguar  XK120 Drophead Coupé

677447

€90,000 - 110,000

Not Sold

278

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 3.5 Limousine

108058.10.
006511

€60,000 - 90,000

Not Sold

279

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

57836

€1,350,000 - 1,650,000

Not Sold

280

1952 Pegaso Z-102 2.8-Litre Cabriolet

0102-153-
0171

€800,000 - 1,200,000

€713,000

281

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupé

57633

€1,500,000 - 1,800,000

Not Sold

282

1965 Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupé

27321

€95,000 - 120,000

€103,500

283

1991 Porsche  964 Carrera RS

WP0ZZZ96ZNS
490908

€140,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

284

1995 Porsche  993 Carrera RS

WP0ZZZ99ZTS
390135

€230,000 - 300,000

Not Sold

285

2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica

146669

€220,000 - 300,000

€244,375

286

Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione A1/IMSA Specification

33275601/
AR  026

€120,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

287

2008 Toyota  TF108 Formula 1

TF108-05

€60,000 - 80,000

€82,800

288

1934 Invicta 12/45 Tourer

L239

€60,000 - 80,000

Not Sold

289

1960 Alfa Romeo  2000 Spider

AR 10204
02062

€90,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

290

1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster

UD1S210876

€110,000 - 140,000

€103,500

291

1987 Porsche  928 S4 Coupé

WP0ZZZ92ZHS
862464

€25,000 - 30,000
(NR)

€23,000

292

1934 Buick Series 50 Coupé Chauffeur

2757770

€70,000 - 100,000

Not Sold

293

1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S 'Ponton' Cabriolet

180.030.N.85.
12564

€150,000 - 180,000

€143,750

294

1982 Porsche 911 Type 930 3.3-Litre Turbo

WP0ZZZ93ZDS
00023

€90,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

295

1975 Porsche  911S 2.7-Litre Coupé

911410276

€80,000 - 100,000

Not Sold

296

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible

113.044.12.
001789

€90,000 - 120,000

Not Sold

297

1993 BMW 850CSi Coupé

WBSEG91020CC
00537

€65,000 - 85,000

Not Sold

298

1960 Steyr-Puch  500D 'TR II' Sports Saloon

5116384

€20,000 - 24,000
(NR)

€17,250

299

1967 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 1200 Cabriolet

147474750

€30,000 - 40,000

Not Sold

300

1972 FIAT/Autobianchi 500 Giardiniera

120 274604

€12,000 - 18,000
(NR)

€8,050

301

1983 Alfa Romeo  GTV 2.0 Coupé

ZAR116360
00063252

€12,000 - 18,000 (NR)

€12,650

302

1984 Volkswagen Golf 1600 GL Cabriolet

WVWZZZ15ZEK
009841

€4,000 -
6,000
(NR)

€5,750

303

1965 Volvo L3314-H-T 'Laplander'

3391

€20,000 - 40,000
(NR)

€19,550