Lot 122

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1927 Bugatti Type 38 Roadster

SOLD $264,000


$200,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Believed to Have Been Reconnaissance Car for Elizabeth Junek
Formerly Part of the Peter Williamson Bugatti Collection
Highly Sought After 8-Cylinder Example
In Wonderful Unrestored Condition
Classic Blue with Black Color Scheme

Technical Specs

1,991 CC SOHC Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
Approximately 70 BHP at 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Solid-Axle Front Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Live-Axle Rear Suspension with Reversed Quarter-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this car is titled as 4001, which is a number stamped on its cam box lid. Please also note that the American Bugatti Registrar has clarified that the Registry’s identification and history of the car is based on its engine and rear axle numbers. The Registrar has also confirmed the gearbox is a Type 44 unit.

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Built specifically as a grand tourer, but with exaggerated speed and agility, this 1927 Bugatti not only has an imposing marque pedigree but also an impressive provenance. The first Bugatti eight-cylinder Type 30 models were built in 1922, and, because of the car’s popularity and reputation, the blueprint remained basically unchanged for the Type 38 and its successors.

According to the American Bugatti Registry, this Type 38 was purchased new by Elizabeth and Vincent Junek, the famous Czech motor racing couple. As stated by Automobile Magazine, Elizabeth was considered “the greatest female driver of her era.” The American Bugatti Club believes this Type 38 was Elizabeth’s reconnaissance car, used to scope out the course for the 1928 Targa Florio, which she went on to finish 5th Overall in her Bugatti Type 35B.

This lovely Type 38 Roadster was later acquired by Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson for their world-renowned Bugatti collection. The current owner acquired the car from the Williamson collection in 2008 and has preserved it in a climate-controlled garage, as befits the car’s historical value and prestige.

This delightful unrestored rarity is finished in blue with black leather interior. While not currently in running condition, it is largely complete and perfect for a sympathetic restoration or to be enjoyed as a static piece with a noteworthy provenance and the regal bloodline of the early grand touring Bugattis.