This 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix car has its original body and chassis. Mounted under the bonnet is a factory-works-prepared 35B racing engine formerly in chassis number 4939. This car is chassis number 4817, though it is currently badged and titled as chassis number 4939. This assignment was based upon the chassis number originally associated with the engine.
This car, chassis number 4817, was sent to Louis Chiron and first registered in the name of Marius Giraud. By 1929, the third owner, Roger Morand, was in possession of the car. It would be in his care until 1936, a period of time that was recorded in history as having many racing adventures. One of the races was the 1933 Grand Prix Lwowa in Poland. History does not record that this was the car that raced; what is known is that a Type 35B was raced by Roger Morand during this period of time. There is record of chassis 4817 being driven in the Klausenrennen Hillclimb in 1934.
Several other owners cared for this car during the years. It was acquired by Dr. Milton Roth and later brought to the US where it was purchased by Bob Hammel. Hammel had the car restored and used it regularly touring the Southern California countryside, making grocery runs and transporting the family from place-to-place.
In 1964, the car was purchased by Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson. During the 1970s, the car was carefully and accurately restored, and finished in black with red leather interior. There are proper eight-spoke alloy wheels, large integral brake drums, full road equipment, cycle fenders, Marchal headlights, Scintilla taillight, dual aeroscreens, a single side-mounted spare wheel and tire, and an instrument-panel-mounted Jaeger clock.
The engine is a 2.3-liter inline eight-cylinder unit fitted with single overhead camshafts, a single Zenith carburetors and a Roots supercharger.
In 2008, this Type 35B Grand Prix car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. The car was estimated to sell for $1,100,000 - $1,600,000 and offered without reserve. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the car had sold for $1,457,500, including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :