Bugatti for decades will be sold at auctionJanuary 30, 2019
The owner until recently rejected all offers to buy cars
At the Artcurial’s Rétromobile 2019 auction, three Bugattis will be sold, having stood for several decades in the garage of the Belgian sculptor August Tomassen. He has repeatedly received offers to buy cars, but until recently he rejected them.
According to daughter Tomassena, who spoke with journalists from the newspaper De Telegraaf, her father is a longtime fan of the French brand. He bought cars in the 50-60s, because he liked the design and technology. Type 49 Berline 1932 and Type 57 Cabriolet 1937 for many years used by the sculptor for daily trips. For the third car – the Type 40 of 1929 – Thomassen even wanted to create his own original body.
Daughter Thomassen says that when the family had difficulties with money, the father refused to sell the car. Instead, he locked them in his studio barn, and the entrance was filled up with sandbags. Three “Bugatti” stood there until last year, until someone entered the room. After this, the 95-year-old Avgust Tomassen, who can no longer drive, decided to sell the cars. According to experts, their total cost may be about one million dollars.
1932 Bugatti Type 49 Berline 2/4 portes Vanvooren was estimated at 150-200 thousand euros, 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet par Graber – 400-600 thousand euros, and 1929 Bugatti Type 40 – at 100-150 thousand euros.
Earlier in France found a collection of 81 cars. Most of the collections are cars produced in the 1960s and 1970s, but there are also cars from the early 20th century, for example, the convertible car of the French brand Rolland-Pilain, which appeared in 1905.
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