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Houston Classic Auction – Worldwide Group

The Worldwide Group has announced the procurement of an array of stunning vintage European road and race cars, set to join the exclusive line up of vehicles to be sold at the Houston Classic Auction, on May 3rd, 2008.

The auction will offer the sophisticated collector the opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable sports cars of the 20th century, when a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato Spyder goes under the hammer in Houston. Jointly produced by two of the most charismatic names in Italian automotive history and one of only four hundred built, this rare and pristine example is a two time winner at Pebble Beach and winner also of 2007 Quail Lodge Best in Class.

Joining the Alfa on stage will be two legendary French race cars, a 1934 Bugatti T59 Supercharged 3.3 litre Grand Prix and a 1928 Bugatti T37A Grand Prix. The T59 was the ultimate evolution of Ettore Bugatti’s racing dynasty, with only a handful ever built. Major parts for this automobile were obtained from the Bugatti factory shortly after its closure and the mechanical components, chassis and body shell were meticulously reassembled, using exact Bugatti specifications and original factory drawings. The result is a rare and magnificent vehicle, which is race prepared and which would be welcomed at any vintage race event in the world.

Rod Egan, Managing Partner of the Worldwide Group, said, “Few of us could ever dream of owning a Bugatti, much less two as outstanding as the examples presented here. Both are in absolutely pristine condition and are fully race prepared. They are without doubt, two of the finest. I think that had he still been with us today, Ettore Bugatti himself would be impressed.”

The Houston auction will also feature one of arguably the most beautiful Rolls Royce ever built, a 1914 Silver Ghost Skiff, bodied in the style of the Paris coach building firm of Henri Labourdette. This example is holder of multiple best in show awards, including winner of the Most Elegant Open Car at Pebble Beach.

For further details on any of these vehicles, or a full list of current consignments, please contact John Kruse or Rod Egan on 1-866-273-6394, or go to

Held in conjunction with the annual Keels & Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction is on Saturday May 3rd at 11am, at the Lakewood Yacht Club, in Seabrook, Texas, with preview on the evening of May 2nd. The full color catalogue is available in advance, for $50, to include auction admission for two and limited seating. Please contact 1-866-273-6394, or visit online at

Highlighted Offerings:

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato Spyder – estimate $1,150,000 – $1,350,000

1934 Bugatti T59 Supercharged 3.3 litre Grand Prix – estimate $1,200,000 – $1,600,000

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S Sox and Martin Race Car – estimate $240,000 – $340,000

1914 Rolls Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Skiff-Torpedo – estimate available upon request