Racing pioneer Helle Nice and the 1927 Bugatti Type 35C

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A dancer and model in Paris during the Roaring 1920s, Helle Nice charmed her way into a pioneering role as one of the earliest women to race at the top level of motorsports, running several Grand Prix and rallies throughout the 1930s. Next month, the car she ran for much of that time will come to auction in Pebble Beach. Read more here.

Helle Nice preparing to drive in the 1930 Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Helle Nice
Helle Nice preparing to drive in the 1930 Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Helle Nice at the 1929 Grand Prix de Feminin
Helle Nice
Helle Nice at the 1929 Grand Prix de Feminin
Helle Nice posing with the 1927 Bugatti Type 35C race car at the 1931 Grand Prix Comminges.
Helle Nice
Helle Nice posing with the 1927 Bugatti Type 35C race car at the 1931 Grand Prix Comminges.
Helle Nice here in Montlhery on Dec.18, 1929 driving a Bugatti 35 C loaned by Ettore Bugatti for a speed-record run. Nice would take the car up to nearly 130 mph.
Helle Nice
Helle Nice here in Montlhery on Dec.18, 1929 driving a Bugatti 35 C loaned by Ettore Bugatti for a speed-record run. Nice would take the car up to nearly 130 mph.
Photograph from the 1936 wreck at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, when Nice's car somersaulted into a crowd, killing several spectators. Nice herself was thrown clear, and lay in a coma for two days; her survival made her famous in Brazil.
Helle Nice wreck 1936
Photograph from the 1936 wreck at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, when Nice's car somersaulted into a crowd, killing several spectators. Nice herself was thrown clear, and lay in a coma for two days; her survival made her famous in Brazil.
The restore Helle Nice 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix which is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million next month at the Gooding & Co. auction in Pebble Beach.
1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix
The restore Helle Nice 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix which is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million next month at the Gooding & Co. auction in Pebble Beach.

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