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Pebble Beach 2008: The Williamson Bugatti Collection

On a weekend when dozens of extraordinary cars will change hands for tens of millions of dollars at five major auctions, the Williamson auction is the marquee event.

“This is the best private Bugatti collection in the world,” said vintage car expert Ken Gross. “There hasn’t been a sale like this since [the 1960s]. People will come far for this.” (Gooding and Company)
1927 Bugatti Type 35B

“The Bugatti Type 35B is the 2.3-liter supercharged evolution of the Bugatti Type 35 and specifically the 2.3-liter naturally aspirated Type 35T developed for the Targa Florio.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1934 Bugatti Type 57

“This Bugatti Type 57 was delivered to London in September 1934, the first year of Type 57 production and was bodied by James Young as this very handsome four-seat cabriolet.” While this is one of only two Type 57s with Young’s coachwork, 604 Type 57s were built from 1934 to 1939. -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1929 Bugatti Type 44

“As Bugatti’s most popular and successful touring car, the Type 44 was without serious competition. Preferences among the driving clientele leaned toward more comfortable, luxurious and thereby heavier coachwork. Recognizing this trend in late 1927, Bugatti introduced the Type 44 with a three-litre, 80 hp eight-cylinder engine.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

“With dramatically shaped teardrop fenders, a long hood, steeply sloped windshield, kidney-bean side windows, split rear window, headlights blended into the front fenders’ catwalks and the classic Bugatti radiator recessed between the front fenders, the Bugatti Atalante was a symphony of carefully coordinated curves.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1932 Bugatti Type 46

“The 5.4-liter Bugatti Type 46 was developed to fill the marque’s need for a large, comfortable, luxurious flagship. Many of its design elements were traced directly from the Type 41 (Royale), including the deep one-piece cylinder block, which incorporated the main bearing supports and the Type 41’s 130 mm piston stroke.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Galibier Sports Saloon

“This late Galibier four-door sedan supercharged Type 57C was ordered directly from the Bugatti factory by famed author L. Cabot Briggs who wrote such volumes as The Stone Age Races of Northwest Africia and was delivered to him in the US through George Rand’s New York Bugatti agency. It combines the best features of the final Type 57s, including Lockheed hydraulic brakes, rubber-bushed engine mounts and stiffened chassis frame, with the final streamlined version of Jean Bugatti’s Galibier sedan coachwork in a brilliant package for family touring that will leave most sports cars of the 1930s in its dust.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe

“The Type 57S’s advanced styling and construction illustrated how quickly and imaginatively the new Bugatti, under Jean Bugatti’s guidance, could adopt modern engineering practices, while retaining the flavor and traditional layout of Ettore’s Bugattis.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1927 Bugatti Type 38

“The Type 38 was Bugatti’s mainstay in the early years of the eight-cylinder era. It was designed for economy of manufacture with a one-piece crankshaft with three plain bearings and one ball bearing, plain connecting-rod bearings and a pair of carburetors.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1926/41 Bugatti Type 35/Miller V-8

A blend of Bugatti and Miller elements, this vehicle was “raced twice At Indianapolis and twice A Top 12 finisher In the AAA National Championship,” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1932 Bugatti Type 55

“The Type 55 ... signaled Jean Bugatti’s maturity as a coachwork designer. His roadster for the Type 55 has become synonymous with the model. Its perfect visual reflection of the performance, responsiveness, speed and handling of the Type 55 engine and chassis explain why most examples of the Type 55 were ordered with it.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1931 Bugatti Type 35A/51 Grand Prix

“The Type 51 marked the final major evolution of Bugatti automobiles under the leadership of Le Patron ... [T]he Bugatti Type 35 engine was a straightforward conversion to dual overhead camshafts. Placed on the dynamometer, the twin-cam Type 51 delivered a maximum of 187 bhp at 5,200 rpm, an increase of over a third from the 2.3-liter Type 35B.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)
1914 Bébé Peugeot

“Despite its small size and modest performance, the Bébé Peugeot was an immediate success. It continued in production until 1916 and became the largest selling Bugatti-designed automobile. Perhaps more importantly, the Bébé Peugeot inspired other manufacturers in Germany, France and England to recognize the market opportunities of a small, low-priced automobile.” -- Gooding & Company (Gooding & Company)