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1932 Bugatti Type 55

Chassis number : 55219

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This Bugatti Type 55 was ordered in February 1932 by the Swiss Bugatti agent Bucar of Zurich on behalf of their client Edmond Reiffers a notary in the city of Luxembourg. The completed chassis, numbered 55219 with engine number 11, was delivered by a Bugatti employee who drove the car fitted with temporary seating and the plate number 1655 WW5 from Molshiem to Luxembourg in early April 1932. Reiffer's son Earnest immediately began racing the bare chassis with success in events organized by the Automobile club of Luxembourg. In October 1932 Reiffers commissioned the Belgium coachbuilder Pritchard and Demollin to build a four-seat cabriolet body for chassis 55219. With this new body fitted the car continued to be used by the family for sporting activities including rallies and hunting expeditions.

By the late 1950s the car was in the possession of a Belgian Bugatti dealer who offered the car to American clients. The car was purchased by Bob Estes of California who used it as a parts car for two other Type-55s he also owned. The dismantled and incomplete car was sold to Ray Jones of Michigan who rebuilt the car using available components and re-bodied the car as a Jean Bugatti Roadster. Efforts were made to locate cars that contained the missing original parts of 55219 and bring them back together. The only exception was to retain the roadster body.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1932 Bugatti Type 55 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 55

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster
Chassis#: 55220
Sold for USD$7,100,000
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Chassis#: 55201
Sold for USD$4,070,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
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1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Chassis#: 55213
Sold for USD$10,400,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1932 Bugatti Type 55 cabriolet
Chassis#: 55204
Sold for USD$1,309,919
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1932 Bugatti Type 55
Chassis#: 55201
Sold for USD$1,760,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  

Bugatti Type 55s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1932 Bugatti Type 55's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet552062012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $5,000,000$6,500,000

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1932 Bugatti Type 55 Profiles

1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55270
1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55201
Engine #: 1
1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Billeter & Cartier
Chassis #: 55206
Engine #: 6
1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55213
Engine #: 10
1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55219
Engine #: 11
1932 Bugatti Type 55 vehicle information
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55220
Engine #: 21