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Ex-Nicolas Cage Bugatti could make £1.3m at auction

Published 03 September 2015

A 1954 Bugatti 101 that used to belong to actor Nicolas Cage could fetch £1.3m when it goes under the hammer at the weekend.

The car, one of only six 101s built (and the only one featuring this particular Antem-designed coachwork), will be offered at Bonhams’ Chantilly Sale in France on 5 September.

It’s believed that Cage purchased the Bugatti around the time he starred in the film, Gone in Sixty Seconds - a cinematic homage to the allure of rare and beautiful motor cars.

In 1951, Bugatti said it would produce just 50 101s for delivery in July 1952. In the event, Bugatti's other interests took precedence over the revived road car project and only six Type 101s were completed, making it one of the marques rarest models.

Bugatti 101 (2)

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European head of motoring, said the car is ‘exceptionally stylish, with a beautiful black over red colour combination which is reflected in its vibrant red leather interior. Bugatti built two types, the 101 and the 101C, the latter, offered here, equipped with supercharger.’

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