King Leopold III’s Bugatti auctioned for record price

A 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports that was still owned by the Belgian King Leopold III, fetched 8.5 million pounds (about 9.53 million euros) at an auction in Great Britain on Saturday evening.

That offer must include the commission for the auction house Gooding & Company, which brings the total cost for the buyer to 9.535 million pounds (about 10.7 million euros). According to the auction house, this is a new world record for a Bugatti.

The Bugatti is of the ‘mythical’ type 59. This model not only excelled in technical ingenuity, it is also considered one of the most elegant racing cars of the Second World War.

The car was still part of the Bugatti Grand Prix team in the 1934-1935 racing season. With René Dreyfus at the wheel, he finished third at the Monaco GP and also won the Belgian GP in Spa that year.

Bugatti subsequently converted the vehicle into a sports car, with a new gearbox, modified chassis and body. It was painted black and sold to King Leopold III in 1937. The late King Baudouin’s father was a lover of Bugatti.


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