1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster / 55201 Chassis 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 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

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Roadster
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 55201
Engine # 1
Sold for $1,760,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $4,070,000 at 2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az..
This 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster is chassis number 55201 and engine number 1. It is the prototype Type 55 car and the only example to have louvers on the top of the bonnet. The first owner was Duc de la Tremoille who took possession of the car in October 1931 after the Paris Salon. Later in the cars life, it was given Figoni-style fenders and a removable tonneau.

In 1951, the car was imported from France to the United States by Otto Zipper. Recorded owners include Odabashian, Dr. R. Vann and Mrs. Bowers. In 1960, Edsel Pfabe purchased the car from Mrs. Bowers for the sum of $1,200. At this point in the cars history, it was not running, and was partially assembled and may have even been without its coachwork.

In June of 1963, the car was sold to Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson, and the ongoing restoration was continued. A re-creation of the Jean Bugatti Roadster body was made for the car, which it still wears today. The restoration was completed around 1964 and finished in cream with black fenders and body accents, a red coach-line and a brown leather interior. The car rides on eight-spoke alloy wheels with integral brake drums, Marchal headlights and a raked folding windshield.

This is the first Type 55 built, one of only 38 Type 55s produced, has its original engine and chassis, and one of the most coveted prewar sports cars. In 2008, this Type 55 Roadster was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $1,400,000 - $2,100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for $$1,760,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009

2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$4,000,000-$5,000,000 
Sale Price :
$4,070,000

2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,400,000-$2,100,000 
Sale Price :
$1,760,000

2018 1
2016 1
2015 1
2008 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$4,070,000$4,070,0001
2016$10,400,000$10,400,0001
2015$1,309,919$1,309,9191
2008$1,760,000$1,760,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
Chassis#: 55201
Sold for $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 $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 $1,309,919
  2015 R√©tromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1932 Bugatti Type 55
Chassis#: 55201
Sold for $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: 55219
Engine Num: 11
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 551932 Roadster
Chassis Num: 55270


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