Bugatti was in the news the other day for creating the most expensive car ever – the $2.4 million Bugatti L’Or Blanc. This time around, the French car manufacturer is making headlines for one of its vintage creations. The 1925 Bugatti Type 35B went up for auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The vintage car fetched $692,789 at the auction organized through the Bonham’s Auction House. The buyer remains unnamed for now.
This vintage Bugatti racing car has notched up numerous titles and accolades over the years. The vintage racing car participated in prestigious races such as the Indianapolis race in 1936 and the American National Championship of 1938. The 1925 Bugatti Type 35B is an integral part of racing history. So it is just as well that the Goodwood Festival of Speed auction was attended by the likes of contemporary racing legend Lewis Hamilton.
The 1925 Bugatti Type 35B was discovered by Bugatti enthusiast Jack Perkins in 1930 in an unstable condition. Perkins soon purchased the car, replaced parts, redesigned it in places and brought it back to running condition. It is significant that Perkins went on to race the car until 1988. Following Perkins’ death in 1992, the car was placed on display at the Haynes Motor Museum.
The 1925 Bugatti Type 35B was fitted with a straight 8, 1991cc engine with five roller/ball bearings. The exterior was very vintage, but the advanced engine placed the luxury car a step ahead of its competition. It was also fitted with a hollow front axle and allow wheels, in a deviation from the norm with other cars from its time.