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The Switzerland-based Pearl Collection is owned by enthusiast Fritz Burkard.
These are the latest additions to the line-up for September’s event at Hampton Court Palace.
The one-of-six 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix racer is one of the Pearl Collection’s star cars – and it featured in the November 2008 issue of Classic & Sports Car.
It was later rebuilt with sports-car racing in mind and passed through several owners, including King Leopold III of Belgium.
It will line up with a 1936 Bugatti T57S Atalante, while both will be joined at Concours of Elegance by an 1897 Prinetti & Stucchi tricycle, which represents another key moment in Bugatti’s history.
A young Ettore Bugatti developed the racing version of the modest three-wheeler early in his career.
The aforementioned 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Monza, registered to Scuderia Ferrari, is another highlight of this collection that’s coming to the UK this September.
Tazio Nuvolari drove this straight-eight-powered racer in the Monaco Grand Prix, in the hands of Antonio Brivio it won the Swedish Grand Prix in August 1933, and it was campaigned at hillclimbs, the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio.
More recently it’s been used in historic motorsport, including a race-winning appearance at the Goodwood Revival in 2012 – it was driven to and from Germany for the meeting.
It’s not the only historic Italian car from the collection heading to Concours of Elegance.
A 1939 Maserati 4CL Monoposto prototype used by the works racing team will be on display, too.
Driven by the likes of Carlo Felice Trossi and Maurice Trintignant in period, more recently it has contested Vintage Sports-Car Club events and it was acquired by its current custodian in 2019.
A significant British classic coming to Concours of Elegance 2023 from the Pearl Collection is a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental that was exhibited at that year’s Olympia Motor Show.
The eye-catching, record-breaking 1960 Abarth 1000 ‘La Principessa’, bodied by Pinin Farina, is another of the collection’s cars confirmed for the Hampton Court Palace event this September.
“We at the Pearl Collection love quirky and unusual models. We show them, we race them and we use them,” said owner Fritz Burkard.
“From Ettore Bugatti’s first-ever racing machine to its 2022 Centodieci spiritual successor, the selection of vehicles Fritz has chosen to exhibit at the Concours of Elegance embodies British and European automotive history both on-road and on-track,” added James Brooks-Ward, Concours of Elegance CEO.
The collection will join almost 1000 other vehicles on display across the weekend when the event returns to Hampton Court Palace on 1-3 September 2023.
Check out our highlights from last year’s edition here.
Images: Concours of Elegance/Tim Scott/Fluid Images/Dino Eisele
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