In 1925 the production of the 35 is divided into two variants, the Type 35 Grand Prix and the Course Imitation 35A. The 35A is less powerful but also more robust and much cheaper than its racing counterpart. Impossible to differentiate visually from a 35 Grand Prix, the 35A seduces the lovers of high-speed tourism.
On January 16 in Scottsdale, Worldwide Auctioneers sells as lot 55 a Bugatti that has kept a level of correctness rare for a vehicle of that time. It was built in September 1925 as a 35A with several improvements. Its engine was rebuilt during a restoration according to the 2.25 liters standard matching the variant 35T of 1928-1930.
At the time of the 1926 Grand Prix de Provence, this car belonged to an industrialist based in Marseille who was encouraging Louis Chiron, hitherto specialized in hill climbing. It was probably driven by the young Monegasque champion in this Grand Prix which was his first circuit racing experience.
Continually maintained in working order, it transported in 2016-2017 its owner and his wife on a European tour, traveling nearly 7000 km in 16 months and once again testifying to the long time robustness of the cars built by Bugatti. It is estimated $ 1.9M.
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