Thank goodness I didn't rack up my credit card and buy it! It looks like a real hassle next to one of them electric SUV's. And them electric SUV's is faster anyhow and save the planet!
In all seriousness, fantastic photos of a fantastic car. Great write up, too.
"Now," as in today, in yours above, Lex, is the key word. In the '60s, the holy grail of auto collectors still brass Simplex, Locomobile, Chadwick, Lozier "speed cars." Duesenbergs, Marmon 16s and other ponderous "Classics" from the '30s still second tier; in the late '40s, early '50s, such could often be found languishing on the back row of any big city used car lot because there was no source of tires for these white elephants.
The Type 41's hood ornament was an elephant. Ettore Bugatti preferred his Packard Eight for long, fast business trips over his own products.
The answer to such questions dependent on which generation in charge, how much they know, the range of their knowledge. Which is why some of us are more interested in why and how a given car was built, not anything transitory as price.