A rare Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix car found mouldering in a Worcestershire garage is to go under the hammer at Brightwells in Leominster on 26 September.
As barn finds go, discovering a GP-winning Bugatti is pretty mighty, and one apparently driven by the exotically named Count Stanislas Czaykowski to victory in the 1931 Casablanca GP is more awesome still.
The car itself was discovered behind a gaggle of 80s motors, having lain unused for nine years in a derelict garage.
There is significant uncertainty as to whether it's the real deal, however, with a Bugatti expert suggesting it might be a replica, albeit one using large parts of an original Type 51 chassis.
Our colleagues on Classic & Sports Car, on whose website we spotted the story, reckon that if it is the real deal it could easily fetch £1.5 million, though they agree that it does seem likely not to be an original. In which case, the swap that previous owner Alan riley made for the Bug - a 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 and a 1954 Maserati 250F - seems liek a pretty poor deal...
Whether it is real or not there has to be an interesting story behind the car and how it came to be hidden. And I imagine that even fake Bugattis are worth a fair bit - at least as long as they're not made of bits of old Marina
The second pic is probably more telling than anything you can find studying the car. That Commodore box (and it's empty and crushed) is pretty vintage, for the 1980's... And if you look at the rest of the rubbish strewn about the garage around the car, it's not rotten, moldy, rusted or visibly degraded. In fact the decay of the visible pieces on the bottom and those on the top is pretty similar, suggesting the pile of rubbish was put down at pretty much the same time... Start putting that sort of story together and it suggests a car that has been placed in a location and had "general debris" piled around it to make it look forgotten. Obviously this may be an original, and that garage condition may be the real result of years of neglect, but it doesn't look like that to me.
Back O/T - the guestimate for a rep like this, should it indeed be a rep, is around £50k...
Have you missed a zero off that? If it is a Bug chassis it's going to be worth a hell of a lot more than that. Look at the price of Pur Sangs, and they're completely replicated.
It does seem low to me too, but that's what they said. I went downstairs and asked them and everything...
I can't believe it. If you look at what it was swapped for, it's going to have the right bits, so the engine, box etc will be bugatti. I doubt he'd have done the deal on something with a Marina engine. I'll eat my Boy's book of Sportscars if it goes for 50K.
Faking marvelous....now think about it for a minute, it's got very unclear provenence, and if it was 100% the real thing; would it be going into a regional auction, or waiting for a big sale to get the £1.5m a real one 'might' fetch??? My guess a smart Bug fakester will buy it anonymously, and re engineer it into a 'more original' car.....that would place it in the middle ground of a parts car; albeit a very expensive one; I'm guessing it will fetch £120k; and a bad deal for the 8C and ferrari swap!!!