Sunday, November 21, 2021

Top Cars at auction II

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante. The Type 57S debuted in 1936 with the S standing for “surbaisse,” or lowered. The car was lighter, faster, and more advanced than the Type 57. By using a 3.3-liter twin-cam straight eight with dry sump, Bugatti was able to lower the engine. 42 were made between 1936 and 1938. This was one 17 that had Jean Bugatti’s “Atalante” coachwork. $10,413,374
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Spider California LWB. $10,840,000. The tipo 128D engine had Hi-Lift tipo 130 camshafts, high compression 9.3:1 Borgo pistons, and three 36 DCL3 Weber carbs topped with a cold air intake box and open velocity stacks. This resulted in 253 hp at 7200 rpm, 20 to 30 more than most LWB California Spiders. It also got a competition gearbox, limited-slip diff, Abarth exhaust, and a 36-gallon gas tank.
1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sport. $12,640,550. The car has a compelling motorsports history stretching from GP wins by Rene Dreyfus to ownership by King Leopold III of Belgium. During its racing years, this Type 59 was fitted with a variety of engines and drivetrains. The supercharged “Voiture Moteur No. 5” started out in the 1934 Monaco GP, where it was driven to a third-place podium finish by Dreyfus.
1995 McLaren F1. $20,465,000. The McLaren F1 is the Ferrari GTO of the modern era. It is designer Gordon Murray’s road-going masterpiece. The center-seated, V12-powered supercar is said to have the best balance and feel of any street car ever made.