A highly original, one-of-three Bugatti Type 23

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What makes this 1920 Bugatti Type 23 “Brescia Modifie” Roadster special? Sure, it’s just one of three surviving Diatto-Bugattis, but it’s also very original as the seller states that “there are no replica parts whatsoever to be found upon it.”

According to noted Bugatti expert David Sewell: “This is a remarkably original car in the sense that there are no replica parts whatsoever to be found anywhere upon it. Whilst it is conceded that it lacks its original front axle and gearbox, its replacements have evidently been in place for very many years, probably since prewar times, so have become a significant part of its history. Furthermore, its coachwork, although sourced from another Type 23, is completely original and of the correct period and moreover it blends in perfectly well with the rest of the car … It will certainly be regarded as a particularly attractive example of the early 16-valve Bugatti, of which only a tiny proportion of those manufactured have survived to the present day and more specifically one of only three surviving Diatto-Bugattis from the fifty or so built.”

Factory records state this chassis, No. 968, came with engine No. 502, which you can find currently in this car. Although the Bugatti’s history between 1920 and when it was purchased in 1989 remains unknown, it is known that the car was bought complete in 1989, but lacking coachwork. This car sports a roadster Baer body from another Type 23.

Find this 1920 Bugatti Type 23 up for auction from H&H Classics, with an estimated winning bid of 200,000-250,000 Pounds (approximately $240,000-$300,000).

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