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    Default F/S Bugatti Type 35B.....


    $6 million Bugatti up for auction

    It's a slice of motor racing history and it could be yours for an expected $6 million.

    A 1928 Bugatti Type 35B is rare enough, but chassis number 4914, which goes under the hammer at Britain's famous Goodwood Revival sale in September, is something special. With the legendary British racing driver William Grover-Williams at the wheel, 4914 won the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929. Grover-Williams, sporting the latest in safety gear, which included a dustcoat and a natty cloth cap worn rakishly backwards, outpaced a field of 16 to complete the 100-lap, 318km event in three hours and 56 minutes.


    Belgium's Georges Bouriano in a Bugatti Type 35C was second with German ace Rudi Caracciola's 7.2-litre Mercedes-Benz SSK leviathan, the race favourite, third.

    Grover-Williams who won acclaim as a war hero and spy in WWII before being captured and executed by the Gestapo never again drove the GP-winning Bugatti, which was campaigned into the early 1930s.

    Sold into private ownership, it spent the war years in Ernest Friderich's Bugatti showrooms in Nice and was then acquired by a wine merchant, who encountered financial difficulties about 1950.

    His property was seized and remained in storage until it was auctioned four years later, when the current owner purchased the car for 120 Francs (about $50).

    Since then the "Williams" has been jealously preserved in completely original, yet fully working, order. The Monaco GP's British Racing Green livery was replaced soon after the race with a Bugatti blue but traces of the green paint are still visible underneath. Part of the extensive file on the car, which constitutes part of the auction lot, are letters from renowned Bugatti collectors, Hans and Fritz Schlumph.

    In them, the Schlumphs pleaded to be allowed to acquire the historic car. There is also a record of the 4914 being used as a course opener for the 1965 Monaco Grand Prix, when it was driven by the Monegasque star driver (and contemporary Clerk of the Course), Louis Chiron.

    For the past decade, the Bugatti has been on display in the late Prince Rainier's celebrated motor museum and, prior to being shipped to Bonham's London auction house, had never left the continent.

    The Daily Telegraph

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    There is some conjecture, by the way, that Grover Williams lived into the seventies or eighties...

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