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1926 Bugatti Type 37

Grand Prix
Gooding & Company goes online for Scottsdale 2021
Monday, 18 January - Friday, 22 January 2021
$935,000
Sale Price
$650,000 - $850,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
22 January 2021
Sold Date
21
Lot Number
#3-
Unrestored original
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 37227; Engine no. 137. Blue over black. 1496/60hp, SOHC 4-cylinder, single carburetor, 4-speed, black wire wheels, single sidemount, single aeroscreen, 2-seat body, Marchal headlights.

Evaluation: Described as the original lower crankcase and believed correct frame, gearbox, and differential. First owned by Rene Bacon who raced it at least once at Pau. Sold to Count Stanislaw Czaykowski but with a limited competition history in period. Sold to Ernst Friderich with other later owners eventually ending up with Tony Award-winning Broadway set designer Peter Larkin in the U.S. who paid $2100 in 1960.

Mechanically freshened in the late 1990s by Don Lefferts. Examined and verified by various experts. Fresh from service by Scott Sargent in 2020. Some updates including electric starting and a modern clutch. Sale from the Larkin family includes Bugatti-related automobilia. Scratched and chipped old paint, worn interior and dull brightwork, but far too good and well-preserved to restore. A landmark of Bugatti history and preservation.

Bottom Line: It was provenance, preservation, and history that brought this result, and it deserved every bit of the respect that the auction company and the bidders showed. Bidding extended twice to reach this result, for a car that should be lovingly preserved and enthusiastically driven and one which will attract plenty of favorable attention even surrounded by trailer queen Bugattis.

by Rick Carey
3 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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