The Bugatti Type 57T was one of the most stunning racing cars of the 1930s.
No mean feat in a decade known for the transcendent beauty of its motorcars.
Bonhams has announced its Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais auction in Paris on February 8 will feature a 57T originally built for British racing legend Earl Howe.
The Type 57T will be sold in Paris in February
A hugely successful amateur, the earl kept a stable of cars but particularly favoured Bugatti.
The present lot made its first recorded appearance at the 1935 Ulster TT.
Howe sold it on to a young French up-and-comer named Pierre Levegh in 1937. Levegh would learn the ropes in this car, becoming one of Europe’s most decorated racers.
In 1938 it was shipped out to Australia, where it has remained ever since.
Its triumphant return to Europe is sure to be a major event in the collector car calendar.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams’ head of European motor cars, said: "It is an honour to be offering the Bugatti Type 57T at Grand Palais.
“It has been in single ownership for an astonishing 60 years, and its originality and great provenance from Earl Howe to Pierre Levegh will surely make it one of the most sought-after lots in Paris."
A super rare 1986 Lancia Delta S4 rally car is also set to feature in the sale. Click here to find out more.
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