8th Dec, 2023 14:00

Automobilia Auction

  Lot 102



A 1927 BUGATTI TYPE 44. One of the first Bugatti Type 44 to be imported into the UK which was retained by Bugatti Brixton Road, as a mechanical and showroom demonstrator, shown at the Olympia show in October 1927 as an unfinished chassis/engine showcasing the new Type 44 mechanics. The first carriage built on the chassis was black with a Van Vooren Fabric WeyMann saloon body by Harrington & Sons (4 door) Images are available on the Bugatti-trust archive (see images in appendix) The car was test run at Brooklands in 1928 and featured in an article in Bugatti Revive written in 1928 by Edgar Duffield. Then registered by E.Bugatti Automobiles 1-3 Brixton Road, under registration number UC 3082, in February 1928 then used as a demonstrator and first sold to the renowned politician Sir Brograve Beauchamp in April 1929 who owned it for over 30 years. The car is sold with full history and documents. The engine is in running condition, but the car had the cable brakes removed to be replaced, unfortunately, the current vendor became too ill to see this work through. The battery also would need to be replaced, please see the attached video of the car running. The oil leval on the engine is low and we recommend that the engine is overhauled before running.

• Full Known Ownership
• Exhibited at the Olympia Show 1927 & 1928
• Original engine number 17 and chassis number 44305

Sold for £280,000


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