1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster / 55220 Vehicle Information

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 55 photograph

1932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 551932 Bugatti Type 55
Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55220
Engine #: 21
Sold for $7,100,000 at 2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
Production of the Super Sport Bugatti Type 55 lasted from 1932 through 1935 with a mere 38 examples leaving the Molsheim works. Of those, 14 received the Jean Bugatti Roadster coachwork and currently, 11 retain the original bodywork.

This particular example, chassis number 55220, wears factory roadster bodywork and is powered by a 2,262c dual overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine with a single Zenith carburetor and roots-type supercharger. There is a four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel cable-operated drum brakes, and a semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension in the front with quarter-elliptic leaf springs in the back.

Its English ownership was followed by the single U.S. ownership of Dean S. Edmonds Jr. in 1985, in whose care it has resided ever since. It was originally ordered by Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild who was just 22 years of age at the time. Since it was a British delivery, the Type 55 was ordered through agent Colonel Sorel. It was built as a rolling chassis at the works in May of 1932 and received its factory coachwork to be completed in August that year. The Bugatti was registered for the road with the distinctive road license plate of 'EPF 4'.

One of the vehicle's next owners was R. MacLeod-Carey, who acquired it on April 12th of 1939 from Arthur Baron. In 1940, ownership passed to T.M. Walters who would retain it through to the 1950s. While in his care, the car enjoyed light racing at the Bugatti Owner's Club Prescott Hillclimb certainly as late as 1950.

M.H. Scott purchased the car from Walters who sold it to A.A. Morse, who in turn sold to H. B. Murphie. The car resided in Mr. Murphie's care (and his daughter) for over a decade. During that decade, the windshield was altered to a taller format, the only material change to its appearance during its lifespan. The back axle was changed to a 15x54 ratio at this point, however, it currently retains its original 13 x 54 casings.

The Honorable Artillery Company in London sold the car at auction in 1985 and was purchased by Dean Edmonds. Early auction estimates valued the car at around £70,000 or £100,000, but with interest from several collections and museum curators, the car sold for £440,000, which was a considerable increase over the £270,000 paid a year earlier for the Barnato Gurney Nutting Speed Six, then known as the Blue Train car, as the most valuable car ever to sell in the UK.

Mr. Edmonds entrusted Peter Seferian to perform a restoration. Sadly, Mr. Seferian passed away within a year or so and the work was transferred to Donald Koleman's Competition Motors Ltd. of Salem, Mass for the majority of the work to be undertaken. An exhaustive, but wholly sympathetic rebuild was carried out, during which the windshield was returned to its original height and the dashboard layout to the standard configuration.

After the work was finished, the car made its post-restoration debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1993 where it took First in Class. It then competed in the Mille Miglia and International Bugatti Rally in 1994, and it would later be shown at various events, including Meadowbrook Hall Concours d'Elegance and at Amelia Island in 2001.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020


2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $6,500,000-USD $9,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $7,100,000

1932 Bugatti Type 55 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(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
1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  
1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Chassis#: 55201
Sold for USD$4,070,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Chassis#: 55213
Sold for USD$10,400,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  1932 Bugatti Type 55 image  
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  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55201
Engine Num: 1
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Billeter & Cartier
Chassis Num: 55206
Engine Num: 6
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55213
Engine Num: 10
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55215
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55219
Engine Num: 11
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55220
Engine Num: 21
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55270


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