Grand Prix car of 1931; developed in response to the trend towards larger engines for longer race courses, the Bugatti Type 54 was the powerful and heavy race car with twin overhead cam, supercharger and 4.9 liter engine that developed 50 percent more horsepower than any previous Bugatti Gran Prix car. Intended to serve as a replacement for the successful Type 35, only 4 or 5 example of the Type 54 were created. Now, one well-known example of the ex-works Bugatti Type 54 that actually raced at Monza on 6th September 1931 in the hands of Achille Varzi will be the highlight of the Bonhams Paris 2013 auction scheduled to be held on February 7th during Retromobile collector-car festivities in Paris, and is expected to fetch $3.2 million to $4.4 million. However, we have also earlier seen that Lord Raglan’s cherished Bugatti Type 51 was sold at Bonhams’ Paris sale of Motor Cars on February 5, 2011.
SOURCE: Born Rich