1927 Bugatti Type 40 Convertible Coupe / 40490 Chassis Information

1927 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 40 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 401927 Bugatti Type 401927 Bugatti Type 401927 Bugatti Type 40
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 40490
Engine # 390
This 1927 Bugatti Type 40 has a two-seater body with a blue exterior with dark blue wings and tan upholstery. It is powered by a four-cylinder engine with a single overhead camshaft, twin Weber carburetors, displaces 1496cc's, and is capable of producing 70 horsepower.

The early history of this vehicle is unknown. It was purchased by Bugatti's Paris agency in late July of 1927 as a rolling chassis. It was brought back to the factory in the late 1950s and rebuilt. In the early 1960s it was brought to the US and into Michigan with a black and yellow boat-tail two-seater body. From then it passed through several owners and even spent some time in storage.

The coachwork is old and the modifications done by the factory in the 1950s are still evident. Its paint, leather, and most other components are 'worn' and in need of a refreshing or restoration. In many respects, it is an original and mostly complete Bugatti Type 40. It was offered for sale at the 2007 Christie's Auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It had an estimated value of $150,000 - $200,000 which is very fair considering the cars condition and the rarity of the vehicle. The buyer agreed with the estimated value and was willing to part with $165,000, including buyers premium, to purchase this vehicle.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport
Chassis#: 40661
Sold for $362,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1927 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster
Chassis#: 40445
Sold for $239,063
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Bugatti Type 40's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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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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