Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut.

The Type 49 was unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1930 and was produced for four years. It was the last of Ettore Bugatti’s 8-cylinder, single-camshaft touring cars.

The Labourette-bodied roadster being offered at the Bonhams sale is chassis No. 49534, was sold through Paris dealer Lamberjack and has been owned by the consignor since 1995, Bonhams said. The car has gone through a multi-year restoration and, according to the auction house, “presents a rare opportunity for connoisseurs of the finest pre-war coachbuilt automobiles.”

Greenwich will feature Bugattis, including children's-sized vehicles
Greenwich will feature Bugattis, including children’s-sized vehicles

The 22nd Greenwich concours takes place June 3-4 on the waterfront in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, located 30 miles from New York City. The concours is actually two events with Concours Americana on Saturday for American cars and motorcycles and Concours International on Sunday for imported vehicles.

Both days will feature a circle of supercars from automakers around the world. Also featured this year will be the concours’ first hot-rod class, a display of children’s cars, and on Sunday, a group of race cars from the Lime Rock Historic Festival.

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Concours organizers also promise a showcase of yachts at the Delamar Hotel docks.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.