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14. 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Roadster
Sale Price: $3,800,000
Auction: Bonhams
This 1931 Bugatti was the first in a series of 40 cars and was purchased in April of 1931 by aristocratic British owner/driver Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon, the fifth Earl Howe. It was just a few days later that Earl Howe participated in the 1931 Monaco Grand Prix with his new automobile. This Bugatti has had a rich racing heritage and has been completely restored. Under the hood lurks a 2.6-liter V8 with a Roots-type supercharger putting out 180 horsepower.

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