French exotica to sell at Bonhams

| 3 Sep 2012

A 1931 Bugatti Type 54 and a 1911 Panhard et Levassor will cross the block at Bonhams’ Grand Palais sale during Rétromobile week in Paris on 7 February.

The Bugatti raced at Monza in 1931 with Achille Varzi behind the wheel and it features a 4.9-litre, supercharged twin-cam straight-eight – making it the largest capacity Bugatti Grand Prix car ever produced.

The 300bhp machine was capable of 150mph and dominated the Gran Premio Di Monza at the Autodromo di Monza, setting a 102mph fastest lap before two burst rear tyres meant that Varzi had to settle for third.It is expected to sell for €2.5-3.5million.

Meanwhile, the 4.4-litre, four-cylinder 1911 Panhard et Levassor Type X14 25hp Tourer might not have the speed of the Bugatti, but it does have seven seats, coachwork by Achille Vanvooren of Paris and, at an estimate of €2-300,000, a more affordable price-tag.

The vintage wagon comes complete with its original grey paintwork, deep buttoned leather upholstery, original Panhard tools, a comprehensive history and is said to be in a good mechanical condition.

It has been in the same hands for the past 17 years and driven only a few hundred miles in that time.

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