Bugatti Atalante joins docket for Bonhams auction at Goodwood

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1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante faux cabriolet from the collection of the late Barry Burnett heading to Goodwood auction | Bonhams photos

A 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante faux cabriolet from the collection of the late Barry Burnett heads a list of six cars from his collection that will be offered for sale at Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction scheduled for September 14 in England.

“The Atalante is one of only very few surviving ‘Atalante’ fixed-head coupés,” Bonhams said in its announcement. “Having spent its early life in France, the Bugatti crossed the Atlantic in 1957, when purchased by an American collector, before returning to Europe in the 1980s.

“Barry encountered the Atalante when it was in the possession of another notable collector, Peter Rae, who had had the car completely restored, although, unusually, it retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox and body, all with matching numbers.

“Barry acquired it as a straight swap for a Delage, adding its registration ‘DYF 4’ which once appeared on the Type 57S Atlantic of Sir Malcolm Campbell.”

The car, in black and cream colors, is expected to sell for £1,000,000 to £1,500,000 ($1.2 million to $1.825 million).

Burnett, who lived in Britain’s West Country, had an extensive collection launched with the purchase of a Corsica-bodied 1931 Daimler Double Six, which in 2006 won Best of Show honors at Pebble Beach for a later owner, Robert Lee.

In 2009, Bonhams sold 28 cars from the Burnett collection at its Beaulieu sale.

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In addition to the Atalante, cars from the Burnett collection consigned for the Goodwood sale includes a 1938 1938 Lagonda V12 “Le Mans Replica” Tourer that was a pre-production prototype and factory press car which, with Earl Howe at the wheel, set a national “100-miles-in-the-hour” record at Brooklands in 1938.

Also, a 1963 1963 Facel Vega Facel II, 1936 Lagonda LG45 Tourer, 1936 Talbot-Lago T23 Le Mans Replica and a Jaguar D-type replica.

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 ClassicCars.com, 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.

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