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Williamson's Bugatti Collection, will be sold at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach

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Santa Monica, California. July 16, 2008

The Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson Collection, the world’s finest collection of Bugattis, will be sold at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction on August 16 and 17 in Monterey, California. This monumentous sale, expected to raise more than $15 million, marks a rare opportunity for bidders to compete to buy some of the world’s most valuable automobiles. The majority of the proceeds from the sale of this incredible car collection will be donated to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School in honor of the late Dr. Peter Williamson.

Dr. Williamson was globally recognized as a leader in the fields of epilepsy and neurology. His pioneering work granted him the opportunity to become founder and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Transforming Medicine Campaign for Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which is raising more than $250 million for research initiatives.

Away from the hospital, one of Dr. Williamson’s other passions was the Bugatti automobile. He amassed the most significant private collection of Bugattis in the world, twelve of which will be sold at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. Each of these prized Bugattis features a distinct history and all are in exceptional condition. Several of the highlighted vehicles include the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, 1928 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix and the 1931 Bugatti Type 55 “Jean Bugatti Roadster.” Ettore Bugatti and his son, Jean are the only automobile manufacturers to build the finest sports, racing and luxury automobiles at the same time. All of the cars in the Williamson Collection uphold the highest standards of design and performance for which Bugatti is so well known.

“Bugattis are considered to be some of the world’s most coveted and collectable cars, and this is the most extraordinary collection ever to come to auction,” said David Gooding, founder and president of Gooding & Company. “The sale of these Bugattis will further benefit Dr. Williamson’s goals for medical advancement.”

The most exceptional Bugatti in the Williamson Collection is the Type 57SC Atalante Coupe. A stunning result of the 1937 collaboration between Ettore and Jean Bugatti, this automobile is wonderfully original and drives exceptionally well. Finished in two-tone shades known as London Fog with tan leather interior, it is sensual, graceful and beautiful. It is one of the most coveted automobiles of its time with groundbreaking design.

Another distinguished car in the Williamson Collection is the 1928 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix. The Type 35 forever defined the look of Bugatti’s Grand Prix cars and the Type 35B, powered by the 2.3 liter version of Bugatti’s overhead camshaft, eight cylinder, supercharged engine, set new standards of performance. Dr. Williamson’s 1928 Type 35B was originally owned by the great Louis Chiron in France, used in competitions around Europe by various drivers, and powered by a factory-prepared supercharged racing engine. Ultimately acquired by Dr. Williamson from Bob Hammel who for years drove it in Southern California as his only car, it was restored with full road equipment some years ago by Don Lefferts to very high standards and runs extremely well.

Another significant car in the collection is the 1931 Bugatti Type 55 “Jean Bugatti Roadster.” One of the most important and memorable of Bugatti sports cars, the Type 55 is the road-going version of the 2.3 liter supercharged Type 51 Grand Prix car. This particular car, chassis 55201, was the first Bugatti Type 55 and is a racy two-seat roadster displaying coachwork styling inspired by Jean Bugatti. This design established the talents of its designers. Sleek, majestic and reliable, this was Dr. Williamson’s favorite car for tours and events.

These three cars, along with nine other Bugattis, will be featured on the auction block at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. The majority of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a nationally ranked academic medical center located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. It serves northern New England and is comprised of several hospitals and clinics in the surrounding areas.

Dartmouth Medical School focuses on educating and preparing leaders to transform medicine and science. The school aspires to be the best in the world at expanding medical knowledge and its students are committed to the challenges of discovery and innovation and their application to health care.

Gooding & Company’s collection of Pebble Beach auction cars will be on display and open to the public on Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 17. The auctions will be held on Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, commencing at 6:00PM. Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auction catalogs are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auction. General admission to the viewing and the auction can be purchased at the tent for the price of $40 per person. Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are available on To consign your classic car to the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction, please call (310) 899-1960.