Up to 8 million euros for a Bugatti

The chassis of the four-seater from 1937 comes from Alsace. The Bugatti is not the only classic car to go under the hammer on Friday.

The chassis of the four-seater from 1937 comes from Alsace. The Bugatti is not the only classic car to go under the hammer on Friday.

(AP) – A rare Bugatti from 1937 with an estimated value of up to eight million euros comes under the hammer in Great Britain. The Bonhams auction house announced on Tuesday that it is the last known model of a Bugatti Type 57S from the body manufacturer Corsica Coachworks. The classic car has been owned by a British engineer and car enthusiast for the past 51 years. The car is the culmination of an auction of “Legends of the Road” this Friday, when a total of six classic cars will be offered.

The Bugatti Type 57S is nicknamed “Dulcie” because of its license plate “DUL 351”.

The chassis of the four-seater was built in Molsheim in Alsace and then shipped to England. There the car was completed according to the wishes of the buyer Robert Ropner, son of the German-born shipping magnate Robert Ropner Sr. Bonhams emphasized that only 42 of the Bugatti Type 57S were manufactured in Molsheim.


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Also on offer are a 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Coupé – estimated value up to 2.1 million euros – and a Ferrari 275 GTS Convertible from 1965, which is valued at up to one million euros. Classic cars are coveted collector’s items. The most expensive car in the world is a red Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta from 1962 – it was sold in 2018 for 48.4 million US dollars (currently 40 million euros).

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