The auction houses in Scottsdale, Arizona are gearing up for the annual automotive auction in January 2017. The latest rumours are that the Gooding & Company will display a line-up of rare pre-world-war vehicles for the event.
The show-stopper among the line-up is the Bugatti you see here. The car bearing chassis number 4487 is a 1925 model year, Type 35 Grand Prix Racer - one of the most significant cars in racing history.
Bugatti made the car for Wallis C. Bird, who raced the car extensively on the American East Coast. The car remained in his collection until he died in an aviation accident in 1961. The car was then passed on to his widow.
Later, the Bugatti was sold along with the rest of his collection in what was known as the "Car Auction Of The Century." The car was purchased by renown car-collector, Henry Austin Clark, from whom the current owner purchased it 35 years ago.
Preserved in pristine condition, and repainted in French Racing Blue shade, the Type 35 is roughly worth $3 million (Rs 20 Crore) when it hits the auction floor in January 2017.
Alongside the Bugatti will be a 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Grand Sport Cabriolet. The car features a white and black Figoni coachwork and is expected to be valued at $2.5 million (Rs 17 Crore).
We'll be looking forward to seeing what Gooding and their rivals will showcase at the auction at Arizona.