Gooding & Company is the official auction house for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and last year, its m sale total dwarfed all-comers. This year, it looks set to do the same with a selection of important cars going under the hammer. Leading the way is the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe, presented to Ettore Bugatti by the factory’s employees.
Bugattis are big auction news at the moment, with Black Bess and especially Earl Howe’s cars making above estimate money so far this year. Bugatti employees originally assembled the 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe as a birthday present for Le Patron, Ettore Bugatti. It remained at the factory, and during World War Two, the factory went to great lengths to protect the car from damage.
After Ettore Bugatti’s death in 1947, the car continued to be maintained and stored at the Bugatti workshop in Molsheim, France, where it received factory upgrades. These included tailored interior accessories, a unique engine and transmission combination and other subtle technical improvements that distinguished it from any other Type 57. Additionally, the car’s one-off coachwork is believed to be one of the last designs penned by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean Bugatti before his death.
Recent owners of the car have preserved its ex-factory specification and the Type 57 has never been restored. David Gooding, founder and president of Gooding & Company said, ‘Ettore Bugatti’s personal car will undoubtedly capture a great deal of attention during the week and will draw connoisseurs worldwide to our auction.’
On top of that, a selection of historic racing cars from the Don Lyons collection is on offer. From the earliest car, a 1909 Stoddard-Dayton Model K re-creation to the most modern, Mario Andretti’s famous 1985 Lola T900, The Don Lyons Collection traces the history of Indy 500 cars, and highlights include the 1967 Gurney Eagle that made fourth place in the 1967 Indianapolis 500; The Dean Van Lines Roadster in which Mario Andretti competed during his rookie season and the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special; and an experimental, factory-backed Ford Mustang dragster that was one of the most radical racing cars of the 1960s.
‘This significant group of cars is one of the most comprehensive collections of Indy race cars ever to come to auction,’ commented Gooding. ‘The legacy of each of these cars is extraordinary and their sale is sure to be a thrilling complement to any racing enthusiast’s collection.’