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Exquisite Vintage Sports Cars and Roadsters Headlining Huge Auction

Stefan Andrews
1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC 2.0
1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC 2.0

On January 16, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona the air will go super-hot after hosting an outstanding collection of American and European vintage automobiles at the annual Scottsdale Auction organized by Worldwide Auctioneers.

The exquisite offer of vehicles consigned for the auction promises to really warm the temperatures up.

Headlining the auction is an outstanding 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix, an iconic pre-war racing car. When this Bugatti model was first presented in 1924, it was clear it would be an ultimate Grand Prix racing piece for years to come.

1925 Bugatti Type 35A. Photo courtesy Worldwide Auctioneers

1925 Bugatti Type 35A. Photo courtesy Worldwide Auctioneers

Car aficionados would further praise it for its stunning visual appeal. In fact, many consider this model to be one of the most beautiful race cars ever created.

The model had its debut on the race track at the 1924 French Grand Prix, hosted that year in Lyons, but the Bugatti team ended 7th. The team struggled with tire problems, however, very soon the world would learn about the real powers of this dream machine.

Bugatti Type 37 (left) and 35 (right) cars at the Cité de l’Automobile Museum, Mulhouse. Photo by Gabriela Ruellan CC BY-SA 3.0

Bugatti Type 37 (left) and 35 (right) cars at the Cité de l’Automobile Museum, Mulhouse. Photo by Gabriela Ruellan CC BY-SA 3.0

The 1924 Bugatti Type 35, which did not even need supercharging to speed up thanks to its super engine, would log 351 victories and nab more than 40 records within the first two years of its production. Successive models, visually tweaked from the original, continued appearing until the early 1930s.

At the January 2019 auction, a wonderful example of 1925 Bugatti Type 35A sits at Lot number 55. The hammer is predicted to fall somewhere between $1.9 and $2.4 million.

Bugatti Type 35C in racing trim. Photo by Helicop~commonswiki CC BY-SA 3.0

Bugatti Type 35C in racing trim. Photo by Helicop~commonswiki CC BY-SA 3.0

The model in question is “documented by the American Bugatti club, with a roster of former keepers that includes Louis Chiron’s patron, Fred Hoffman,” according to the Worldwide Auctioneers.

Also, it was “raced in period by Bugatti concessionaire, Jean Ollivier, with competition history that includes the Provence Grand Prix,” therefore it will be no wonder if all eyes get fixed on it once the preview and sales begin in mid-January.

Its meticulous documentation includes all details of its restoration, and further proof the vehicle is super functional is that it journeyed some 4,000 miles around Europe in 2017.

1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport.

1958 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport.

Those not so into Bugatti racing models have the opportunity to peek-a-boo at other remarkable machines consigned for the 2019 Scottsdale Auction.

One of the many other gems includes a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, estimated to hit at least $1 million on auction day. With only three previous owners, it is preserved almost in its full authenticity, both on the outside and on the inside.

1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC 2.0

1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC 2.0

Though this Mercedes-Benz model saw its debut in Switzerland some six decades ago, it still stands as one of the most prominent sports cars ever devised. Its appearance is avant-garde and timeless and its performances stand well even by today’s standards.

This is due to the 300SL Roadster refined technical configuration, which among other parts includes its “SOHC, a fuel-injected 3.0-liter engine and improved fully-independent suspension,” writes Worldwide Auctioneers.

1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC 2.0

1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC 2.0

Less than 2,000 such Mercedes-Benz sports models were released between 1957 and 1963, and ever since this car has remained an epitome of the era. As noted by the auction house: “It is one of few cars ever built that from no matter where you stand, every angle is pleasing to the eye.”

Equally if not even more pleasing to the eyes of auction-goers will also be Lot number 15: a 1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Roadster, deemed as one of the best accomplishments of the Packard automobile company.

The Packard automobile company released new car models that paraded the world from 1899, the year the company was founded, until 1956 when the last Packard concept car was conceived in their base in Detroit. The luxurious-looking, quiet yet powerful 840 Deluxe Roadster of their palette is expected to reach at least $300,000 on January 16th.

And in case none of this catches the attention, which would be a very dull thing to say, auction-goers can opt-in between an array of other classics. Brands include vintage Alfa Romeo, Bentley, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Chevrolet and Jaguar models among others.

“We are thrilled by the breadth and sheer quality of this year’s offering and very excited that some of the most significant of the many outstanding motorcars slated for the sale will be offered entirely without reserve,” said Principle and Chief Auctioneer Rod Egan in a statement.

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All vehicles will be available to preview ahead of the auction, which begins at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019. Those in the mood for some bidding can register with an administration fee of $150 that includes two seats and a catalog for the sale. It will be a hot winter day in Arizona, for sure.