One-of-Five 1946 Bugatti Type 73C Heading for Auction
This is a Bugatti, believe it or not. The absolutely stunning Type 73C Grand Prix Monoposto is coming up for auction through Bonham's as a part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed sale. It is one of only five ever produced, and it's expected to fetch an appropriately mind-boggling price. According to Bonham's, you can expect to pay between $380,000 and $450,000 if you're planning on adding this rare Bug to your collection. The Type 73 was first hinted at by Jean Bugatti in 1939 as a car with a 1.5-liter model built for the road and the track. RELATED: See Images of the 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
The difficulties of producing a car after World War 2, especially with the destruction of the Molsheim factory, scaled back Bugatti's plans. The car made its debut at the 1947 Paris Motor Show as an empty chassis with examples of the proposed single-cam and double-cam engines on display. The project was never completed and the parts were stored until 1960.
Jean de Dobbeleer then acquired the first 73C chassis and fitted a monoposto body based on the original 1945 coachwork. A total of five were built and chassis 004 is now up for auction. It was tested on the track in 2014 and is ready to race. It's time to place your bid.
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