1927 Bugatti Type 38 Roadster / 38385 Chassis Information

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

1927 Bugatti Type 38 photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: 38385
Engine # 4001
Sold for $198,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $264,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours.
The Bugatti Type 38 chassis was basically a Type 35 Grand Prix fitted with a straight-eight engine that had a one-piece crankshaft with three plain bearings and one ball bearing, plain connecting rod bearings and a pair of carburetors. The engine produced 60-70 horsepower and with the addition of a supercharger, resulted in even more power and the new name - the Type 38A.

This 1927 Bugatti Type 38 Roadster is believed to have been purchased new by Elizabeth and Vincent Junek, the Czech racing couple who exchanged it for their Type 29/30 Strasbourg Grand Prix car. Elizabeth, who had been racing seriously since 1923, was one of the best female drivers in Europe. Her list of accomplishments in the sport included several hill climb victories, a second in the Klaussen climb in 1926, and winning the two-liter class at the Nurburgring.

It is believed that this Type 38 Roadster was used as a reconnaissance car by Elizabeth in the 1928 Targa Florio. It was used to inspect the course and to learn the route. Being fully prepared, she drove her Bugatti Type 35B fifth overall. Her racing career would come to an end a short time later after her husband was killed in a racing accident. After this tragedy, she withdrew from the sport.

It is believed that the car was imported from Prague by Ed Jurist's Vintage Car Store and was acquired by Fred Beddiges and later by Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson.

This car is currently unrestored and finished in blue with black leather interior. It has a pair of SU carburetors, Type 30 radiator, an electric fuel pump, silver-painted wire wheels, Marchal headlights, rear-mounted spare wheel and tire, and a pair of Scintilla tail-lights.

In 2008, this Series E Bearcat was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. It was estimated to sell for $80,000 - $120,000 and offered without reserve. Those estimates were smashed as the lot was sold for $198,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009

2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$200,000-$250,000 
Sale Price :
$264,000

2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$80,000-$120,000 
Sale Price :
$198,000

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2015 1
2013 1
2012 1
2008 1
2007 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$440,000$440,0001
2015$264,000$264,0001
2013$715,000$715,0001
2012$495,000$495,0001
2008$198,000$198,0001
2007$220,000$220,0001
2003$106,480$106,4801

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Bugatti Type 38A Grand Sport
Chassis#: 38470
Sold for $440,000
  2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey
1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  
1927 Bugatti Type 38 Roadster
Chassis#: 38385
Sold for $264,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  
1927 BUGATTI TYPE 38 FOUR SEAT OPEN TOURER
Chassis#: 38243
Sold for $715,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  
1927 Bugatti Type 38A Tourer
Chassis#: 38444
Sold for $495,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  
1927 Bugatti Type 38
Chassis#: 38385
Sold for $198,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  
1927 Bugatti Type 38
Sold for $220,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  1927 Bugatti Type 38 image  
1927 Bugatti Type 38 Tourer
Sold for $106,480
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Bugatti Type 38's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 381927 Touring Car
Coachbuilder: Lavocat and Marsaud
Chassis Num: 38240
Engine Num: 151
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 381927 Touring Car
Coachbuilder: Lavocat and Marsaud
Chassis Num: 38243
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 381927 Roadster
Chassis Num: 38385
Engine Num: 4001
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 381927 Coupe Fiacre
Chassis Num: 38428
Engine Num: 332
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 381927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 38444
Engine Num: 12 (ex. 38142)
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 381927 Grand Sport Boattail
Chassis Num: 38470
Engine Num: 209


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