Nuvolari-raced Bugatti Type 51 on Bonhams’ Quail sale docket

Fazio Nuvolari at the Brooklands in Lord Howe’s Bugatti Type 51 | The Brooklands Society photos

Unseen in public for more than 20 years, a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix two-seat racer, originally owned by Lord Earl Howe and driven by Tazio Nuvolari has been consigned for Bonhams’s annual Quail Lodge auction during Monterey car week in August.

Never previously offered for public sale, the car has had only two owners since the 1950s. Its current owner has had the car for more than 30 years.

The Type 51 raced four times in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Nuvolari, Howe (right) and Brooklands scrutineer Hugh McConnell

Francis Curzon, the fifth Earl Howe, was the first president of the British Racing Driver’s Club. He was a long-time Bugatti client and his Type 51 was one of the first to be delivered and carries the first chassis number in a series of only 40

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