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  Bugatti Type 54 Grand Prix
 

  Article Image gallery (58) Chassis (2) 54201 Specifications  
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Country of origin:France
Produced in:1931
Numbers built:at least 6
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 05, 2013
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Chassis: 54201
Featured is Bugatti Type 54 s/n 54201; Archile Varzi's Works racer and the first of four or five examples produced. This example underlined the Type 54's ominous nick-name of 'widow-maker' when its first owner Prince Jiri Lobcowicz of the Czech Republic lost his life in it at Avus. The car was shortly after rebuilt with a roadster body by Uhlik dubbed 'Praha' after the Czech Republic's capital. In the early 1970s the body was removed in favour of a body similar to the original, but still with fenders for road use. The Uhlik body was saved and later fitted on a Type 55 chassis.

Recently acquired by a Dutch Bugatti and Lotus enthusiast, it has now been brought back to its Monza debut configuration. A brave man, he has since raced the car in historic events, most notably at the Goodwood Revival, where the big car was a regular in the heat for pre-War Grand Prix machinery. The current owner has now decided to part with the car and it will be offered by Bonhams in their February 7 Grand Palais auction. The pre-sale estimate for this, the most original of all surviving Type 54s, is a hefty EUR 2.5 - 3.5 million or $ 3.3 - 4.7 million.


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2016 Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2015 Interclassics Brussels 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 Retromobile
2014 Goodwood Revival 2014 Interclassics and Topmobiel 2014 Interclassics and Topmobiel 2013 Retromobile
2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Revival
2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2010 Goodwood Revival
2010 Goodwood Revival 2010 Goodwood Revival 2010 Goodwood Revival 2010 Goodwood Revival
2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 Goodwood Revival 2008 Goodwood Revival 2008 Goodwood Revival
2007 Goodwood Revival 2007 Goodwood Revival 2007 Goodwood Revival 2007 Goodwood Revival
2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2006 Goodwood Revival 2006 Goodwood Revival 2006 Goodwood Revival
2006 Goodwood Revival 2006 Goodwood Revival

  Article Image gallery (58) Chassis (2) 54201 Specifications