Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

1931 Bugatti Type 54 expected to fetch £3 million

HERO 1.jpg
HERO 2.jpg
HERO 3.jpg
HERO 4.jpg
HERO 5.jpg
HERO 6.jpg

If we were offered a car that had no seat belts, heating, wipers or even a roof, we'd be out the door quicker than you can say Swiss Toni.

But then again, if it was this exceptional Bugatti Type 54 we might be persuaded to consider it.

Worth £3m, the winning car from 1931 is set to become one of the most expensive racing cars in the world when auctioned by Bonhams on 7th February.

The car won the 1931 Grand Prix at Monza in its first season and is one of only a handful of racing Bugatti's left in private hands, hence its astronomical asking price.

The 'Unlimited' 5 litre, 8 cylinder monster propelled its driver at speeds up to 160 mph around the rudimentary circuits of the day.

At that time drivers didn'’t wear a seatbelt as the theory was you were most likely to survive a crash if thrown clear of the wreckage. However, its owner, Czech Prince Georg Lobkowicz, wasn'’t so lucky and was killed while racing the car in 1932.

(Image: Rex Features)

Related

rain man 1.jpg

Rain Man car goes up for auction

1.jpg

BMW Makes Over The Computer Mouse

HERO4.jpg

Porsche unveil World's Largest TV

Comments

More

Someone is selling a zoo for less than the cost of a shed in London

The shed, to be fair, is *much* closer to a Tube station

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Apr 2017

Danny Wallace: one humorous email and a heap of remorse

Another life lesson from our award-winning columnist

24 Apr 2017

'Shocking' Kinder surprise toy raises a lot of questions

Where do you even begin with this?

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

Man completes marathon alongside stranger who helped save his life

A genuinely heartwarming story

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

London Marathon runner stops to help another 'guy in need' finish

Life-affirming stuff

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Apr 2017

Donald Trump’s interview was literally and repeatedly unintelligible

If they can't hear what you said, they can't pull you up on it

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

Meet the UKIP candidate who finds gorillas 'very attractive'

Colleagues later claimed she was joking - but wait til you see her other opinions

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Apr 2017

12-year-old arrested after trying to drive solo across Australia

You have to admire his ambition

by Tom Victor
24 Apr 2017

Sam Smith's pubs have banned swearing

Fuck off, mate

by Emily Reynolds
21 Apr 2017

Ugo Ehiogu leaves behind a musical legacy as well as a footballing one

He helped set up a big-name record label

by Matt Tate
21 Apr 2017