1929 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster / 40748 Chassis Information

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 401929 Bugatti Type 40
Roadster
Chassis #: 40748
Engine # 772
Sold for $375,000 at 2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey.
This Bugatti was built in 1929 and would remain at the factory in Molsheim for the following seventeen months. Just prior to being sold, the chassis was upgraded by the factory to the Type 40A specifications by the addition of a 1625cc block with twin plugs per cylinder. The chassis was also clothed with Jean Bugatti Roadster Luxe bodywork with Dickey Seat.

This Bugatti was sold new on June 19th of 1930 to Alistair Leveson-Gower. The new owner drove his Bugatti to Paris with the able assistance of Louis Chiron as co-driver.

Little is known about this Bugatti's Parisian life. The car does have a Dominique Lumberjack tag attached to its body, so it was undoubtedly owned by him (the Parisian agent) at some point. It remained in France during the war. It came to the United States after the war and was later discovered in southern California. The car was purchased by Rudi Van Daalen Wetters on July 20, 1961. At that time, the car had the French license plate 69 JG 75, but it was subsequently registered in California as UBK 795.

After Rudi Van Daalen Wetters passed away in 1999, the Type 40A was inherited by Ria Van Daalen Wetters, his wife. She has continued to own the car until it was offered for sale in 2016 at The Finest auction at The Elegance of Hershey.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016


2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$425,000-$500,000 
Sale Price :
$375,000

2016 1
2015 2
2013 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$375,000$375,0001
2015$356,033$464,8002
2013$420,029$420,0291

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Bugatti Type 40A Roadster
Chassis#: 40748
Sold for $375,000
  2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey
1929 Bugatti Type 40 image  1929 Bugatti Type 40 image  
1929 BUGATTI TYPE 40
Chassis#: 40810
Sold for $464,800
  2015 Keno Brothers : NY Auto
 
1929 Bugatti Type 40 'Grand Sport' Roadster
Chassis#: 40780
Sold for $247,265
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1929 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster
Chassis#: 40845
Sold for $420,029
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1929 Bugatti Type 40's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Bugatti Type 40407192019 Artcurial : Retroobile $100,000$130,000
1929 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport6812015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars $220,000$280,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 401929 Boattail Roadster
Chassis Num: 40496
Engine Num: 403
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 401929 Roadster
Chassis Num: 40748
Engine Num: 772
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 401930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Thomas of Czechoslovakia
Chassis Num: 40832

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