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Make Bugatti
History          
Year 1936
One of rare Atalante, equipped with a roll-back type roof. The top slides back into the trunk providing an open driving experience. With the roof rolled up it looks like a regular Atalante including the split rear window. Behind the seats there is a hidden compartment, designed to fit a set of golf clubs. It is accessible both from the inside and from the outside through a small hatch behind the passenger door. Delivered new in 1936, has had a very active life. Its first owner underlined the racing pedigree of this luxurious coupe by taking it out in the 1938 running of the Monte Carlo and Liege-Rome-Liege rallies. It survived the hostilities of the 1940s remarkably well. After the War it went on an African adventure to the Congo. In 1988 it was completely restored, using all of its original parts and the original coachwork. Today 57432 still has the same paint-scheme that it wore when it was first delivered. After its last change of hands in 2001 at the Bonhams Nurburgring auction, it will be offered once more at the Christie's auction at the Paleis 't Loo Concours d'Elegance in the Netherlands on August 31st. Christie's estimate it will sell for 500,000 - 700,000 Euros. 2003 European Concours d'Elegance it won the best in class award. Sold to Kees Janssen of the Netherlands.
Model T57 Atalante
Chassis No. 57432
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours Cream over black
           
Registration Numbers
References Photos care of Ultimatecarpage.com
 
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Make Cadillac History          
Year 1956
Owned by Lloyd Clarke, driven out of the Congo when the uprisings occurred there. The car still has bullet holes in the bodywork
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers ABO-7443/ZIM
References
 
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