A Bugatti Type 55, first raced by Louis Chiron and owned by the same family for 56 years, is up for auction and expected to fetch £3.5 million.
You can, just about, buy yourself a Bugatti Chiron for £3.5 million, but you could spend twice as much on a Bugatti Divo or almost three times that on a Bugatti Centodieci if your pockets are ridiculously deep.
But what if you want a very special Bugatti, a Bugatti almost no one else has and one which is far more likely to increase in value in the years to come, and cost you a lot less to keep working properly too?
Then, because it’s much more appealing and far cooler than a brand new Bugatti, you need a rare classic Bugatti. And this, a Bugatti Type 55, one of just 29 known to exist, is one to covet.
Raced at Le Mans in 1932 by Louis Chiron – the man whose name adorns Bugatti’s current hypercar – it shuffled through a handful of owners over the next thirty years before ending up in the UK in 1962 with the late Geoffrey St John – a well-known Bugatti Connoisseur – where it’s stayed ever since. Until now.
With a 2.3 litre twin-cam eight-pot engine, the Type 55 was seriously quick in period, getting to 60mph in 13 seconds and on to 115mph, this Type 55 – with a body by Giuseppe Figoni – has been twice restored, once in 1966 and again thirty years later, and is now being offered for sale at Bonhams Grand Palais Sale in Paris in February.
And if you want a ‘Chiron’, this is the one to buy.