The first Bugatti Type 55 Roadster joins a 1956 Jaguar D-Type, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale and around 160 other cars for Gooding & Company's Scottsdale auction
Gooding & Company will offer the first ever Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, a red 1956 Jaguar D-Type and a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale at its Scottsdale auction on 19-20 January. In a line-up of more than 160 classic and modern performance cars, it’s one of the first major US auctions of the year, and takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona in the USA.
1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster – $4,000,000–$5,000,000
The 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, which comes with an estimate of $4,000,000–$5,000,000, was the first of only 38 Type 55 examples ever built. Jean Bugatti developed the sensational Type 55 Roadster as a world-class sports car as a means of satisfying Bugatti’s more discerning clients.
Under the elegant body, produced in-house by Bugatti, lies the same chassis utilised in the 16-cylinder Type 45 and Type 47 Grand Prix race cars. Fitted with a twin overhead cam eight-cylinder engine, the single Roots-Type supercharger helped the Bugatti to produce power of around 130bhp at 5000rpm.
Being the first model of its kind to be built, classic 55201 has unique features not seen on later examples, such as the Grand Prix-style hood with shortened louvers on the side, and diagonal louvers cut into the top of the hood.
It’s a well-documented example, and has been the subject of an award-winning restoration by Marque specialist Sargent Metalworks. Winner of the 1947 Rallye des Alpes, the car has spent 45 years in the Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson Bugatti Collection for 45 years.
1956 Jaguar D-Type – $10,000,000-$12,000,000
Next up is one of only two Jaguar D-types originally delivered in red. Bought by privateer British racing driver Peter Blond in 1957, XKD 518 was raced by Blond until he sold the car in 1957. Notable results include a fifth place finish at the Aintree 100, a top 10 finish in the Goodwood Trophy as well as an outright win at the Snetterton National Race.
Other former owners include famed racer Ms. Jean Bloxham and Led Zeppelin band manager Peter Grant. It was sold to American collector George Stauffer in 1982, and has remained in the US ever since. Offered in its original colour, and with correct E2028-9 stamped 3.4-litre engine, it’s said to have been relatively inactive over the course of the current owner’s previous ten-year custodianship.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale – $8,000,000–$10,000,000
Glance at chassis 06437, and you might not immediately notice this particular 275 GTB’s significance. Start looking a little closer, and the fact that this was the only one built by Carrozzeria Pininfarina (opposed to Scaglietti) becomes clearer
Primarily a show and display car for the company, as well as occasional personal transportation for Battista Pininfarina, the Speciale features numerous bespoke interior and exterior parts that make this a genuinely unique car. The interior is particularly special, with one-off seats, electric windows, and Heuer Rally-Master stopwatches.
Painted in Acqua Verde Metallizzato, chosen by Pininfarina from Alfa Romeo’s colour catalogue, the outside of the car got more prominent front indicators, recessed side marker lights, a special grille, unique headlamp covers with no chrome surround and custom-built window frames.
Other traditional classic highlights include a 1959 Aston Martin DB Mk III Drophead Coupe (estimated at $650,000-$750,000), 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster ($1,600,000-$1,800,000) and 1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe ($900,000-$1,300,000).
Also on sale is the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, which comes with an estimate of $2,000,000-$2,400,000. This machine was the epitome of mid-1960s GT styling - a successful update of the popular 275 GTS. This particular 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS is a matching-numbers example of only 99 models to have been produced, making it a very special car indeed.
There is not the space here to detail every machine at the Scottsdale Auction, but other examples on sale include the 1959 Aston Martin DB Mk III Drophead Coupe - estimated at $650,000-$750,000 and the 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, which is estimated at $1,600,000-$1,800,000.
At the modern end of the spectrum, Gooding will offer a 2015 McLaren P1 (£1,800,000-£2,000,000) as well as 2014 Pagani Huayra ($2,200,000-$2,600,000) and 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder ($1,800,000-$2,200,000). There’s a slightly older 2004 Porsche Carrera GT too, estimated at $650,000-$800,000.
The Scottsdale Auction takes place at Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 on January 19 at 11:00am and Saturday, January 20 at 11:00am.
All images: Gooding & Company/Brian Henniker/Mathieu Heurtault