The Ex-Works, Grand Prix d’Alsace Winning, HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden, Per Larsson, 1926 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix

  • Chassis Number: 4791
  • Engine Number: 86
  • Registration: BF 6700
  • This fabulous example is not only a Bugatti Works Grand Prix winner, more significantly it is the first Bugatti to ever to win a Grand Prix fitted with a supercharger.
  • Wonderfully complete and original, retaining so many of its original components, including chassis, engine, gearbox, back axle and most of the bodywork; this is one of only a few such complete and original examples of these early GP cars left in circulation.
  • As documented in the Factory Records it was removed from the production line by Ettore in May 1926 to form part of a three car team of 1100cc, supercharged cars for the Grand Prix d’Alsace. After winning the race it was returned to its intended 2-litre Grand Prix specification and was driven to the Paris Showroom on the 7th of July 1926 on the Factory issued garage plates, by Mr. Hodel.
  • Registered 5513 RB5, in Paris in early 1929, it was in the ownership of the Gerard family in the early 1930’s as and can be seen in a Fabius set of photographs given to us by Mr. Gerard’s grandson.
  • It was raced at Spa in 1934, winning the 2-litre class in the 10 hour Sportscar race.
  • Purchased, and apparently raced, by HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden in the mid 1930s. He took the car to Sweden and is on the original log book.
  • Also raced on the ice in the 1947 Winter Grand Prix at Rommehen, by then owner Gustav Nobelius, before being uprated to 35C specification, by him, in the late 1940s.
  • Accompanied by a remarkable history file including a comprehensive number of original invoices from Bugatti Automobiles dating back to 1955.
  • With a copy of its original Swedish registration document starting in the name of HRH Prince Bertil in 1939, remarkably 4791’s history is accounted for almost every year of its 98 year life.
  • 4791 has not been offered publicly for sale, as far as we are aware, certainly since 1966.

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