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1928 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet / 44857 Vehicle Information

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

1928 Bugatti Type 44 photograph

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Sold for $335,000 at 2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
This Bugatti Type 44 two-seater Cabriolet was ordered by Swiss agents Blanc and Paiche of Geneva on February 11th of 1928 and delivered to them five days after the order. It wore coachwork by Graber of Wichtrach, listed as a two-seater cabriolet. Its first owner was Mr. Weckmann or Wegmann. Around the mid-1930s, the original coachwork was either updated or replaced by Swiss carrossier, F. Gerber. By this point, ownership had passed to Ernest Maring who showed it at the Concours d'Elegance in Villars in 1935. It remained in the car of Mr. Maring for around two decades before it was offered for sale in the Bugatti Owner's Club Bugantics publication in 1955. Photos of the car at the time show that coachwork to have fender skirts, wheel discs, and a horizontally separated two-tone color scheme.

A short time later, the car migrated to the United States where it has remained ever since. The first American owner was Dr. Milton Roth of California, and it is believed that he had the car repainted to a solid dark olive green hue and likely returned the fenders to their 1920s guise.

The car was later acquired by Bill Harrah for his collection in Reno, Nevada. It remained with the collection until after Mr. Harrah's death and was included in the first dispersal sale in 1984, where it was acquired by Maurice Schwartz of Boca Raton, Florida. It was sold at auction in 2006 and passed briefly to Robert Swarms before changing hands again through Donald Koleman's Competition Motors Ltd. to Dean Edmonds.

Mr. Edmonds commissioned Koleman to modify the car with a shorter panel behind the seat to make it more comfortable to drive. In 2009, it was discovered that the radiator was leaking and the decision was made to have it re-cored in England. Additional maintenance was later performed by Cosmopolitan and Manfred's Automobile Specialties.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020



2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $330,000-USD $360,000 
Sale Price :
USD $335,000

1928 Bugatti Type 44 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
1928 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 44857
Sold for USD$335,000
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1928 Bugatti Type 44 image  1928 Bugatti Type 44 image  
1928 Bugatti Type 44 Tourer
Chassis#: 44721
Sold for USD$327,628
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood
 
1928 Bugatti Type 44 Profilé 'Aérodynamique' par Gangloff
Chassis#: 44784
Sold for USD$380,173
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1928 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 44769
Sold for USD$363,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1928 Bugatti Type 44 image  1928 Bugatti Type 44 image  

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Bugatti Type 44 Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 44
1928 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 44769
Engine Num: 502
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 44
1928 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Gerber
Chassis Num: 44857

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 44
1929 Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Chassis Num: 44311
Engine Num: 254
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 44
1930 Fiacre
Chassis Num: 441342

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 44
1930 Touring
Chassis Num: 44547
Engine Num: 238

1928 Bugatti Type 44

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