This weekend, a true perfect storm of rarity and desirability will descend upon the Bonhams auction event in Chantilly, France in the form of a 1954 Bugatti Type 101 C, once belonging to none other than Nicholas Cage.
This Bugatti Type 101 is just one of just six Type 101s ever built, using the same 3.3-liter inline-eight that powered the Type 57. The “C” suffix denotes the presence of a roots supercharger, boosting output from 135 HP to around 190.
Moreover, every Bugatti Type 101 is unique, as each of the six chassis produced were bodied by different coachbuilders. This 1954 Bugatti Type 101 C was bodied by Antem, and is without a doubt the most desperately gorgeous of the bunch. Both the exterior and interior are finished in a two-tone red-and-black scheme, and although the car is some 60 years old now, the leather adorning the interior doesn’t look a day over 10.
This exquisite Bugatti Type 101 C will go under the gavel on September 5th, and is expected to fetch between €1.5 and €1.8 million (about $1,670,000 to $2,000,000). We can’t help but wonder whether it ought to be sold; truthfully, it belongs in a museum.