Bugatti Type 35B race car in auction image

Bugatti Type 35B race car had made its way to the auction at the Bonhams’ annual sale of Collector’s Motor Cars. It has also listed itself for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Automobilia which is about to held on July 1, 2011.

It is the most beautiful looking car, seems like a bullet piercing through the air while running on the road. The 1925 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix two-seater has already draw a pre-sale estimate of £400,000 – 500,000. The owner of this stunning race car is the former director of the Bugatti Owners’ Club and past editor of Bugantics magazine named Jack Perkins. He is the man who discovered this beauty in 1950 at an aerodrome located in Nottinghamshire.

During that time, this vehicle was driven around by the ground staff for fun. Looking at this stunningly beautiful vehicle, he couldn’t resist and finally made a cool deal, bought it for £60. He applied quite a few modification work since he dreamt of making it as fast as possible. With two changes, methanol burning engine and a streamlined single-seater body allowed the vehicle to make its debut at Prescott on May 19, 1954. Prescott is the home of the Bugatti’s Club and the vehicle made its best time of 52.15 seconds.

He continued campaigns until 1988, the last meet at his age 78 when he decided to get retired from the sport. At the May 1981 hill climb, the vehicle made its fastest time in 46.21 seconds. Following his retirement, the vehicle was again received its original specs (two-seater Grand Prix specification) tuned by the historic racing specialist named Rod Jolley. The restoration work was almost completed when Perkins passed away and then soon his widow, Jean decided to showcase this car at the Somerset’s Haynes Motor Museum. After that, this vehicle became the resident of this museum until December 2010.

With this vehicle’s sale, one more sale of the 1926 Bugatti Type 37 Monoposto can be found. It has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £120,000 – 160,000.

By Sunita Mandal