The 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster is one of the most sought-after classic sports cars of all time. Only 38 of the world-class model were ever designed by Jean Bugatti as he blurred the boundaries between road and race car. The Type 55 incorporated the same chassis as the 16-cylinder Type 45 and 47 Grand Prix cars, and under the hood, a twin supercharged eight-cylinder engine pumps produce 130 bhp — when the car debuted at the 1931 Paris Auto Show it was clearly one of the most advanced cars in the world.
What makes this auction even more special is the fact that this particular Type 55 is the first one ever built — in short, it’s one of the most valuable Bugatti’s ever to grace a road. Owned by renowned Bugatti collector Dr. Peter Williamson for over four decades it was eventually restored by a specialist in 2012. The model still boasts its original chassis 55201 and matching-numbers engine. Bidding for this timeless automobile starts at $4 million dollars over on Gooding & Co.’s website.
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