1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix - Estimate: $2,600,000-$3,200,000
This Type 35 Grand Prix, chassis 4487, was sold new in Paris to American Standard Oil heir, Wallis C.
Bird. Mr. Bird garaged the car at his famed “Farnsworth” mansion in Long Island, New York, which he had
recently purchased. He raced the Type 35 on several occasions in ARCA events on the East Coast (Mr.
Bird’s ARCA racing plaque is still affixed to the dash) before passing away in 1941 in an aviation accident.
The Bugatti sat among his stable of exotic automobiles until 1961, when his wife, Marjorie Winifred Bird,
passed away. Following her death, the Bird estate held the "Car Auction of the Century" where 4487 was
purchased by pioneering collector, Henry Austin Clark. The current owner purchased the car from Clark over
35 years ago and has been in his loving care ever since. With just three owners from new and in exemplary
condition, 4487 represents the purest expression of the original Type 35 Grand Prix. Finished in French
Racing Blue, it is a sensational example retaining its original chassis, bodywork, engine, and distinctive
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Grand Sport Cabriolet - Estimate: $2,250,000-$2,750,000
This striking Alfa Romeo, chassis 10814377, is a 6C 1750 Series V “Grand Sport” with lovely Figoni
Cabriolet coachwork. Born in Italy, Giuseppe Figoni established a successful coachbuilding firm in the
suburbs of Paris that become synonymous with quality, innovation, and style. Figoni bodied some of the
finest sporting cars of the 1930s, including several Alfa Romeos that were sold new through the firm’s French
distributor. Records indicate the first owner of this 6C 1750 might have been Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, of the
famed Louis-Dreyfus commodity trading company. A genuine example of a sporting Alfa Romeo, and the only
Figoni-bodied Grand Sport Cabriolet known to survive, this car retains its original French chassis and radiator
badging that separate it from its Italian brethren. Recently restored by highly regarded specialists and
presented today in its original white and black livery, this elegant Alfa Romeo has yet to be debuted at major
1928 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Open Tourer - Estimate: $1,100,000-$1,400,000
By 1926, Bentley saw a need for a new four-cylinder model. The result was a lightweight 3 Litre chassis with
the added power of a larger 4 ½ Litre motor. With the new 4 ½ Litre, the Bentley Boys quickly amassed Le
Mans and Grand Prix victories and the public took notice. Many enthusiasts flocked to the dealerships to
purchase the sporting new Bentley model with handsome coachwork by Vanden Plas. These Bentley
enthusiasts campaigned the 4 ½ Litre cars privately throughout Europe and they quickly gained a reputation
as the best handling Bentley in the model range. The car presented here, chassis FT3221, retains its original
chassis, engine, and elegant open Vanden Plas bodywork that has been beautifully restored in British Racing
Green. This superb example is offered today with an extensive history file from new and is an ideal entry for
touring and vintage rallies.
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