Brightwells to sell barn-find Bugatti


A Type 51 Bugatti that was believed by a previous owner to be Count Stanislas Czaykowski’s 1931 Casablanca Grand Prix-winning car will be auctioned at Brightwells on 26 September.

The car – which has being lying unused for 9 years – was discovered hidden behind 1980s youngtimers in a Worcestershire garage that was blocked off by trees.

The racing car’s previous owner Alan Riley acquired it in 1987 – trading it for a 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 and a 1954 Maserati 250F.

Research into its history is ongoing, but an initial inspection by a Bugatti expert suggests it is a skillfully executed replica, though a substantial part of the chassis may be from Czaykowski’s car.

The car will be sold at Brightwells’ Leominster aution.




This is a staged photo. Anything left for even a year would be covered in dust and faded. Why?



Well Sara, it wasn't hidden away, the car has been known about for many years, so it's not a 'barn find' in the true sense of the term.  What's open to question is the amount of true Bugatti parts it contains - possibly not known fully until it gets stripped down, something that I imagine its next owner will understake with interest.

The Bugatti forums have rather more expert comments which you might wish to read.



Wonderful! This is a nice post. We know old is gold. I like all
cars. All cars are so nice. My grandfather has that kind of car. Now I
am looking for buying a new car.


There is something iffy about the whole story, and certainly the claim it has been unused for the last 9 years is irrelevant - the value of any Bugatti T51 in 2003 would have been enough to ensure nobody was going to bury it in rubbish, and the arrangement of said rubbish for the photo is obviously faked.

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