The 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix was as important as the Bugatti Chiron is today. After all, it did touch 200kmph back in 1928
One of the biggest names in the automotive collector auctioning houses across the world, RM Sotheby’s is preparing for the next Monterey auction on August 18-19, 2017. Among the stunning classics that have been listed, the iconic 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix deserves a worthy mention. The car that is being offered here at this auction is one of the only five cars ever built by the company to participate at the 1925 ACF Grand Prix at Montlhéry, making it a majestic 92-year-old racer. This car was raced by driven by Giulio Foresti, who took the eighth position in the race that lasted for 9 hours and 49 minutes.
It is interesting to note that this particularly rare 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix still has its original engine number 50. The car’s chassis number is 4571 while its registration number is 9572 J1. After its racing stint was over in 1925, it remained back in Paris and was sold to its first owner who then further sold it to a French industrialist, Edward Meyer of Casablanca a year later. The new owner raced this same car for a victory at the 1928 Moroccan Grand Prix and had also set a world speed record during the 710 kilometer long race from Casablanca to Marrakesh and back, his average speed being 147kmph with the top speed of the car touching almost 200kmph back in 1928!
Meyer also won the 1929 Tangiers Hill Climb on the same car. Then the car went to the next owner and consequently arrived at US shores in 1952 by John E. Rogers of Salinas, California. From then onwards the car had changed a few owners to the last owners in 2011. For those who are interested in this pristine example of automotive racing vintage would have to shell an expected $1,100,000 – $1,300,000 during the mid-August auction. For more information visit RM Sotheby’s.
Photos by Karissa Hosek for RM Sotheby’s