The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219
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The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff
1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon
£160,000 - 200,000
US$ 210,000 - 260,000

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The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219 The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff,1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon   Chassis no. 46219
The ex-Col.Sorel, Col.Giles and David Scott-Moncrieff
1930 Bugatti Type 46 5.3 litre Weymann Sportsman's Saloon
Registration no. GC 8581
Chassis no. 46219
*The road test car for The Autocar and The Motor magazines in 1930 and 1931
*The subject of David Scott-Moncrieff's book 'Escape from Peace'
*Just two owners since 1949
*Current family ownership for 42 years

Footnotes

  • Bugatti's 'piece de resistance' for 1929 was not a Grand Prix racing car but a sensational eight cylinder, 5.3 litre, luxury car chassis, designed to take the finest and most sumptuously equipped coachwork, providing the ultimate in flexible motoring with exceptional road manners. This was the Type 46 which earned the sobriquet 'La Petite Royale'. Not that there was much petite about the 5,350cc engine or the substantial chassis which weighed some 1,150kg., however the car shared many similarities with the Royale, including the three speed gearbox in the rear axle and the long stroke engine, (130mm), of the later Royales. Of the larger Bugattis the Type 46 ranks most highly and offered impressive top gear flexibility. At a time of world recession it found a ready market with production numbers exceeding 400, unlike the hugely expensive Type 41 Royale which was really an anachronism at a time of world-wide financial crisis.

    Road tested by The Motor magazine in 1930, the Type 46 was described in the following glowing terms:-"A really solidly built, beautifully sprung, comfortable saloon car with exceptionally rapid acceleration through its speed range; that is the 32.5hp or "5 litre" Bugatti. It combines the luxury of a large limousine, the flexibility and top gear performance of a thoroughbred town carriage with the perfect road holding, the speed and acceleration of the best type of sports model...... It will creep through traffic at 3 or 4mph in top gear, will climb practically any main road hill without there being any need to change down, and will accelerate, whenever the opportunity occurs, with surprising rapidity".

    It was indeed this car, chassis no. 46219, which was road tested by The Motor in April 1930 and again by Autocar magazine in May 1931. It was one of a batch of 35 chassis ordered by London Bugatti agent Colonel Sorel on 14th January1930 and delivered later that month. This car, fitted with Sportsman's Coupe coachwork, built to C.T. Weyman patents, was first registered on 7th March 1930 and was clearly used by Sorel as the London demonstrator.

    Subsequent owners included Messrs Drummond, McKinnon and C. Dear and in 1934 it was bought by Flight Lieutenant John G.H. Carter who drove it 30,000 miles in one year. His exploits with the car are described in a two page article in Bugantics in 1946. In 1942 it passed into the ownership of Bugatti aficionado Col. Geoff Giles, changing hands for the proverbial song and being christened 'Fanny II'. In a subsequent less glorious phase of its life it was pressed into service to tow a trailer pump for the Auxiliary Fire Service in World War II – one wonders if this was a ruse to obtain those precious petrol coupons. In 1946 46219 was sold to Rodney Clarke of Continental Cars Ltd. from whom it passed quickly to dealer Leonard Potter who in turn sold it to motoring connoisseur and bon viveur, David Scott-Moncrieff, well known 'purveyor of horseless carriages to the nobility and gentry'. Scott-Moncrieff, with his wife and infant son, were to use this car in the immediate post-war years for an eighteen thousand mile European tour taking in Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle and south of the Tagus in Portugal. The story of this colourful adventure is covered in his book 'Escape from Peace' – a story of two light-hearted people and a Bugatti in the Baltic, published in 1949. In 1948 46219 was sold to George Forman of Ayton, near Scarborough in North Yorkshire, who in turn sold it to motor dealer Ernest Wilkinson of the Prospect Engineering Co. of Newby, near Scarborough. Wilkinson clearly had a penchant for Bugattis - at one time he maintained no less than five Type 46 models which he had sold to different owners in nearby Scalby, as well as several Bugattis which at various times belonged to Cynthia Turner from that same village – a friend of Wilkinson and also a frequent visitor to and friend of the Bugatti family.

    Wilkinson was to keep this Type 46 for 26 years and on his death it was bought from the estate, passing into the current family ownership where it has remained for the last 42 years. Sharing a motorhouse with several other significant motor cars it has seen only occasional use during that time but on its various outings has proven itself to retain the qualities so fully described in the contemporary motoring journals.

    46219 is well presented and generously furnished as a fine touring car. Quality equipment includes Marchal lighting, a Bosch horn, two rear mounted spare wheels, a fold back top, matching rear view mirrors, twin petrol fillers, running board tool box, adjustable front seats, interior courtesy lights, opening windscreen, Le Nivex and Jaeger dashboard instrumentation and a Malleanto rear trunk – every comfort indeed for Scott-Moncrieff's epic motor tour.

    The colourful history of this exceptional motor car is well documented in many Bugatti reference books and registers, particularly in the standard work 'The Bugatti Type 46 – La Petite Royale' by Klein, Saunier and Jansen. 46219 is offered with an old style buff log book from 1948, a current V5C registration document, a copy of Scott-Moncrieff's book 'Escape from Peace', a FIVA Identity Card from 1986 and other interesting correspondence and photographs.
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