Auction Preview: Rare Bugatti headlines Leake’s Dallas classic car auction

A rare 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix from the John Ridings Lee collection will be the star attraction at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas auction Nov. 21-23.

The Bugatti, scheduled to cross the block on Nov. 22, is among 600 vehicles that will be offered at Dallas Market Hall.

Bugatti built only 40 Type 51 automobiles from 1931-34. Lee purchased the car, bearing chassis No. 51153, from the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif., 2½ years ago. It has a twin-overhead cam supercharged straight-eight Grand Prix engine and has been raced at vintage car events at Laguna Seca. It is painted Bugatti Blue with black leather interior.

Documentation includes a Fiva Identity Card, issued to the Bugatti in April 1998; a historical vehicle identity form, issued by Federation International DE Automobile; a letter from David Sewell, independent Bugatti consultant, on Sept. 15, 2003, attesting to facts pertaining to the automobile; and historical reports from Sewell, Donald Koleman and American Bugatti Club registrar Sandy Leith, as well as a feature story by Thor Thorson profiling the car.

Other notable cars to be auctioned:

  • 1919 Packard Twin Six 3-35
  • 1929 Ford Street Rod
  • 1929 Packard 645
  • 1930 Packard 733
  • 1932 Auburn Custom 12
  • 1937 Cord 812
  • 1956 Chevrolet 210
  • 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
  • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie
  • 1963 Porsche 356B S90
  • 1966 Austin-Healey mark III
  • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • 1969 Plymouth GTX Hemi
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6
  • 1986 Ferrari Tesarosa
  • 1988 Ferrari 355 Spider
  • 1993 Ferrari 512TR

Bidding begins at noon on Friday, Nov. 21; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22; and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and military personnel with an ID, and $7 for children under 12.

For a complete list of vehicles, visit For more information call (918) 254-7077.

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