British Baron's 1930s Bugatti to Fetch $1.8 Million
A rare 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seater (above) owned by the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan, former Patron and Chairman of the Bugatti Owners' Club and trustee of the Bugatti Trust, is to be sold at Bonhams' Paris sale of Motor Cars on 5 February 2011. The auction will be held at one of Paris' most impressive venues – the Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysees. Lord Raglan, whose great-great grandfather, the 1st Baron, was the General in command of British troops in the Crimean war – and forever associated with the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade – was renowned for his love of Bugattis. "My passion for Bugattis started when I was 18 and I have raced around the world," he once said. Lord Raglan bought the Bugatti Type 51 in 1979 and restored it himself over the next two and a half years, subsequently racing it for the next 20 years. It is now expected to sell for an estimated $1.8 million.