Bugattis Break the Bank at Mullin Collection Auction

Here’s the surprising part: even Bugattis that weren’t restored in pristine condition got a lot of love. A super original 1927 Bugatti Type 40 “Break de Chasse” with a unique wooden “shooting brake” body blew past its estimate of $100,000 by selling for a whopping $445,000!

Bugatti’s legendary status as a maker of supercars went into overdrive at the recent Gooding & Company auction. Every single Bugatti from the famous Mullin Automotive Museum, known for its collection of classic French rides, sold for way more than expected. This crazy bidding war by collectors proves that Bugattis are never going out of style and are worth a fortune.

The Mullin Museum, which sadly closed in 2023 after its founder passed away, wasn’t just about Bugattis. It was a treasure trove of French car history, with over 75 pieces of furniture by Carlo Bugatti (Ettore’s brother, cool fact!), Rembrandt sculptures, and the biggest private collection of Ettore and Jean Bugatti cars anywhere. The museum’s crown jewel was probably the 1936 Type 57SC Atlantic designed by Jean Bugatti himself.

Fast forward to the auction, where a bunch of these automotive gems from the Mullin Collection hit the block. The star of the show, hands down, was a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis “Special Cabriolet.” This supercharged beauty, estimated at a cool $2.5 million, smashed the world record for this model, selling for a mind-blowing $6.6 million!

Another record breaker was a Bugatti Type 46 Semi-Profilée Coupe, which went for a whopping $1.1 million, way above its starting price of $650,000. This rare beauty had a stunning replica semi-profilée body and was originally ordered by a Bugatti agent in Prague.

 

Here’s the surprising part: even Bugattis that weren’t restored in pristine condition got a lot of love. A super original 1927 Bugatti Type 40 “Break de Chasse” with a unique wooden “shooting brake” body blew past its estimate of $100,000 by selling for a whopping $445,000!

The auction also saw strong sales for two original-engine, original-body Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux models, along with a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Faux Cabriolet and a 1931 Bugatti Type 40A Roadster. All these beauties found new homes with passionate collectors.

The Selections from the Mullin Collection Auction is a clear sign that Bugatti’s legacy is stronger than ever. From record-breaking restored masterpieces to super original classics, every Bugatti on offer attracted major interest. This love for all things Bugatti means these legendary cars will continue to turn heads and wallets inside out for generations to come.

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