Saturday, September 26, 2009

1912 Bugatti T16 5 Litre

Many who know Bugattis are familiar with the light blue sports cars of the late 1920s and early 1930s. They were engineering specimens which did not use any gaskets...which meant perfectly flat surfaces and airtight engine compartments. This 1912 Bugatti is the oldest known racing Bugatti in existence with all of its ownership well documented. It's tall hood, slender radiator, and long tail are how this car was raced back in the day. The big engine creates a massive amount of torque for the chain-drive, allowing it to cruise at 80-90mph. In 1980, the car was actually clocked at 108mph.
Bugattis are magnificent cars to drive, but this specific one may be the best early example in existence. Anything chain-driven is going to sell for a lot of money, and this car is no exception. Having sold a sister car (created just after this) for over $2.5 million in 2009, Bohnams has the car estimated to go between $2.6 and $3.5 million.

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