The stunning ex-Nicolas Cage 1954 Bugatti 101 is incredibly rare. One of only six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular Antem designed coachwork, its one of the most anticipated lots at Bonhams
upcoming Chantilly Sale, taking place in France on 5 September.
Its believed that Cage purchased the Bugatti around the time he starred in the film, Gone in Sixty Seconds. Also featuring Angelina Jolie, the film was a cinematic homage to the allure of rare and beautiful motor cars.
As life imitates art, Cage, like his character, also has a passion for rare and beautiful motor cars, the Bugatti 101 the perfect example.
In 1951 it was announced that the Bugatti factory intended to produce just 50 cars for delivery in July 1952. In the event, Bugatti's other interests took precedence over the revived road car project and only six Type 101s were completed, making it one of the marques rarest models. It is offered at estimate 1,500,000-1,800,000 (£1,100,000-1,300,000).
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: The 101 offered is one of just six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular design of unique coupé coachwork by Antem. Its exceptionally stylish, with a beautiful black over red colour combination which is reflected in its vibrant red leather interior. Bugatti built two types, the 101 and the 101C, the latter, offered here, equipped with supercharger.
BONHAMS NEW CHANTILLY SALE
Bonhams Chantilly Sale is a brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, taking place in Chantilly, France, on 5 September 2015.
Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, an hour outside of Paris, the Arts & Elegance event began last year, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 spectators, taking in the delights of the "Concourse d'Elegance" competition for modern concept cars, and a superb "Concourse d'Etat" for classic cars from around the world. The "Art & Elegance" event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château.