Rare Bugatti Type 51 could sell for a record price at RM Auctions

Andrea Divirgilio / August 11, 2010

bugatti type 51 auction

Other than the Diana Dors’ curvaceous 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster, a rare 79-year-old Bugatti Type 51 will be the highlight at the RM Auctions’ Aug. 14 Sports & Classics of Monterey auction. The vintage car raced in 17 European Grand Prix events and is said to be one of the best surviving models of its kind, which comes complete with its original bodywork, engine and gearbox. The iconic car, chassis #51132, is expected to sell for between $3.5 million and $4.5 million. The seller is a British private collector who has already set a world record two years ago when his Type 35 Bugatti was sold for a whopping £2.5 million. Bugatti historian David Sewell cited that the chassis 51132 is a remarkably complete and original car and there is no doubt to its authenticity. If the Bugatti Type 51 goes for $4.5 million, it would be the highest price ever paid for a Grand Prix racing Bugatti.

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