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Design for a T46 (5 litres) Torpedo Sport from a René Villemer prospectus for special car paints,
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The design for this (Planche 516), and for all others I saw, was signed B.E.A.C. which stands for Bureaux d'Études de l'Auto-Carrosserie.

I acquired this just a few days ago in a small 2nd-hand bookshop in a small village in Belgium. It was one of a whole series they had, this one being the only Bugatti.



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July 29, 2018

Next Bugatti Chiron set to be electrified

Only electrification can improve on the Chiron's current performance, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer says

The next-generation Bugatti Chiron – still at least seven years from production – will have to be electrified to enhance its performance beyond the current car’s record-breaking capabilities, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said.

The Chiron can reach 62mph in less than 2.5sec, despite weighing 1995kg, and has a top speed of 261mph. At its heart is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 configured petrol engine that develops 1479bhp at 6750rpm, giving the Chiron a power-to-weight ratio of 741bhp per tonne. Torque peaks at 1179lb ft from 2000rpm.

“Electrification will happen,” said Dürheimer. “The next car is a long way from being developed, but the way battery and electric motor technology is moving on – as well as regulations – it seems certain that the next car will be electrified in some way. It will still be too soon for a full electric car, I think – but electrification will happen.”

Can electricity give the Chiron an extra edge?

As such, Dürheimer has also declared that there “will probably never be a car with the pure mechanical capabilities of the Chiron” – and, as a result, he is considering buying one. “The fact is that it may never be beaten in pure mechanical terms makes it incredibly desirable,” he said.

In 2016, Dürheimer told Autocar that hybridisation was initially considered as a way of extracting the required power from the W16 to ensure the Chiron eclipsed the Veyron. In the end, though, the power increase was simply achieved by upgrading many of the engine’s components.

Already, the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder have employed hybrid technology to deliver hypercar performance. For instance, the P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine and electric motors, together generating 903bhp. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.8sec, 0-124mph in 6.8sec and 0-186mph in 16.5sec.

Dürheimer also hinted that ongoing plans to introduce a second Bugatti model to the firm’s line-up could delay production of the next generation Chiron, as the firm would possibly switch to a strategy of alternating between new car launches. If that happens, a new Bugatti model could be launched around 2024 and the next Chiron not until 2032.

“We are looking at what customers want if we do something different, and we have some ideas,” said Dürheimer. “But we are not under pressure to decide – production of the Chiron is expected to last for around eight years. We are at the predevelopment phase, preparing technically and asking clients what they expect.”

Dürheimer declined to reference any bodystyles for such a vehicle. The Bugatti Galibier five-door fastback concept was shown in 2009 but did not get the go-ahead for production. However, the concept of a more practical but still standard-setting high-performance vehicle remains a potential target for Bugatti. To date, 280 of the planned 500 Chirons have been sold.

July 28, 2018

Auction result

H & H Auction, Imperial War Museum Duxford, UK, July 26, 2017

1929 Bugatti Type 44 Saloon, Chassis: 44667 / Engine: 191, Estimate: £200,000 - 240,000. Sold for: £196,875

July 18, 2018

Auction result

July 15, 2017, Coys Blenheim Palace Auction, UK

1926 Bugatti Type 37, chassis 37140, maximum estimate £600,000, sold for £650,000

Photo: Coys Auction at Blenheim Palace Andy Mays with 1926 Bugatti Type 37 with only two owners since 1940 Picture by Richard Cave Photography 15.07.17

July 14, 2017

The Finest Auctions - Not so fine at all?

The Finest Automobile auctions See their website is a new auction company, trying to get a piece of the large classic car auction cake. In fact, they are currently organising their new auction, to be held soon.

However, there seem to come some not so fine clouds:
A friend of mine had won the auction of a Bugatti last year (June 11, 2016), but never could take delivery. The "Finest" put up all kinds of problems about payment and collecting the car, in the end not accepting the bid from my friend any more because he had not paid in time, while it was them not answering his questions. The suspection was, that they received a higher bid later, and sold the Bugatti to somebody else...

Now, there are newsreports Read it all here about a series of five lawsuits against the new auction firm allegedly owing half a million to different parties, a small part of the article:

More firms going after Finest Automobile Auctions company by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five East Coast companies are suing the same automobile auction firm that allegedly owes The Snowmass Club over $80,000.

A principal of one company, Kadan Productions, said he and the other plaintiffs are owed over $500,000 from Finest Automobile Auctions for services provided in a separate event.

The defendant recently abandoned its business address in Bedford Hills, N.Y., moving “out in the middle of the night,” said The Snowmass Club’s attorney, Matt Ferguson of Aspen, on Friday. He cited the process server he employed to try to serve the lawsuit, who talked to adjacent tenants and was told, “They’re gone.”

The Snowmass Club sued the company last week, contending they owe for using the venue for an auction in September and for cocktail parties, alcohol, waiters and the like.

But Ferguson said he believes the alleged actions by Finest Automobile Auctions have crossed from a civil issue into criminal acts.

“They came into our town and ripped off a lot of good people,” he said. “Now it’s time to go after these people individually. They’re not just breaching contracts, they’re committing fraud.”

Jay Abrahamovich, partner and co-founder of Aspen-based Premier Party Rental, agrees. He said his company was one of the few to obtain a deposit from Finest Automobile Auctions ahead of the event.

“They don’t owe us that much,” Abrahamovich said. “We got lucky.”

Continue to read here

July 14, 2017

Bugatti T51 best of show at Rodeo Drive Concours 2017

The City of Beverly Hills held its 24th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The Father’s Day tradition on California’s famed thoroughfare featured a superb selection of rare and contemporary automobiles within a three block area between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards.

Over 40,000 people attended the Rodeo Drive Concours 2017, despite the record high temperatures that were in store for the day. The Concours featured dozens of unique vehicles and was curated by car collector and founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Bruce Meyer.

The Rodeo Drive Committee — in conjunction with the City of Beverly Hills, organizes this yearly automotive event on what is arguably one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world. This year’s event featured a wide selection of high-performance sports and collector cars valued at more than $100 million. Examples from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bugatti, Maserati, Jaguar and several others, lined the upscale streets in both directions.

The intersection of Rodeo and Brighton was the show’s featured exhibited area where the unique vehicles displayed included a 1953 Delahaye Type 178 by Chapron from the Margie and Robert E. Peterson Collection, Peter and Merle Mullin’s Pebble Beach-winning 1934 Voison Aerosport, Jim Hull’s 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Vedette Roadster by Chapron and the “Best of Show” winner, the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe from the Nethercutt Collection.

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is the largest single-day Concours in North America, drawing record spectators each year. The event attracts connoisseurs, collectors, tourist and locals who have the opportunity to admire a curated collection of impressive automobiles, all while shopping along one of the world’s most legendary and exclusive shopping destinations.

From Sports Car Digest

July 9, 2017

Overdrive movie

There have been other movies before featuring Bugattis, in period like the 1933 move "Christopher Strong" featuring Katherine Hepburn, but also in more recent times like in the 2012 movie "À l’aveugle" by Xavier Palud and in a much different style, with a very different Bugatti, in the also 2012 movie "Elysium"

However, this is a new movie, with the most Bugatti driving action since Katherine Hepburn driving her T38 in 1933! Check out the trailer on Youtube:

Overdrive is a French action thriller film directed by Antonio Negret and written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. On May 12, 2011, it was announced that Pierre Morel would produce the action thriller film Overdrive. The film stars Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas, and Gaia Weiss. Principal photography began finally on January 4, 2016 in Paris and Marseille, France. The movie was released in the summer of 2017.

The film is all about a gang stealing high - end classic cars, including the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. Though there are a lot of nice action sequences, including that of the Bugatti chasing an AC Cobra, critics are not so very positive. However, seeing the Bug in action would be enough to go see the movie for me! (Out on August 3 in the Netherlands, and already late June in France).

Now of course there is one very serious question to answer:
Which Bugatti did they use for the movie? The car looks very good indeed, with the right dimensions, right wheels and good interior (for as far as visible).

Of course not one of the two originals, but there is a whole series of Erik Koux's replica's that are available, as well as a few other ones. I have had one Jaguar-based Atlantic replica on my website in 2010 that looked quite good (Below, unluckily I do not have better images) though the wheels seem too small, and later there has been another one, or the same but repainted, for sale in Germany.

1937 Bugatti Atlantic

This classic automobile has been hand crafted from the ground up using a combination of modern technology and classic artisan craftsmanship. The car sits on a custom tubular and box steel chassis with integral forward firewall and cowl structure for torsional rigidity. A T 3.8 Litre twin overhead cam straight six motivates the car, while the twin carbs, polished manifold and covers, as well as generous bright work adorn the engine compartment that features an authentic engine-turned aluminum firewall. This exquisite automobile is the result of over two and a half years of construction.

$250,000 , F-40 Motorsports, 464 Portland-Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT, USA

So, anybody knows exactly which one has been used in "Overdrive"? It seems not logical that one of the Erix Koux's replica's was used, as these are a lot more expensive than the 1/4 million for the blue one above.... states the following, is this the same as the one shown above?:
Engine: Jaguar XK150,
Year: 2000,
Licence plate: W-608-EL (F), JJZ 109 (Licence plate in movie only)

So, pay attention to the top image, from the movie-poster. One of the main characters is getting out of the driving Atlantic, opening the door (which of course should be ripped off at such speed), but he is holding on to the rivited flange or spine! Never thought that that was the real reason why Jean Bugatti put it on the outside!

July 9, 2017

Bugatti Sardinia Rally

Superb first outing for Gentry-restored cars

Bugatti specialists Gentry Restorations were once again invited to provide technical support for the most important event of the Bugatti calendar: The International Bugatti Meeting (5th to 11th June, 2017).

Hosted this year by Bugatti Italia in Sardinia, the rally covered just under 1000kms over five days, during which the participants experienced the most breath-taking scenery, glorious food – and extremely hot weather. The extensive itinerary included visits to the archeological site at Tharros, the castle at Sanluri and the mine at Montevecchio.

Gentry Restorations was asked to provide a support crew for all 103 rally participants - all but two of them vintage Bugattis. A comprehensively-equipped support van with spare parts, tools and equipment was transported from the UK on 31st May. Joint managing director Stephen Gentry, along with head technician Ian Pavely, flew out from Heathrow in preparation for the rally on Saturday 3rd June.

Owing to the number of times that Gentry Restorations has given their help and support at these type of events, the Gentry team already knew most of the rally participants and their cars. Over half of them are previous customers of Gentry Restorations, having either bought parts, contracted routine servicing and maintenance or undertaken complete restorations since the business started 17 years ago. Two of the cars participating have been completely restored by Gentry Restorations recently, and completed the course without a hitch.

Right from the outset it was a very relaxed and sociable rally. The Gentry team were kept reasonably busy and were asked to carry out a total of 41 different jobs on the participants’ cars. The problems ranged from repairing phone chargers and checking tyre pressures, to replacing a broken half shaft on a 1924 Type 30.

Commenting on the rally Stephen Gentry said; “Sardinia is a wonderful island and despite the relentlessly hot weather the rally participants had a really great time. It was a pleasure to catch-up with so many of our customers and it was warming to know that over half of the rally participants have put their cars through our workshops at some point in the past. Just recently, two of those cars have undergone complete, major restorations by us and this rally was their very first outing. In total, we were asked to assist with minor problems on just twelve of our customers’ cars. Needless to say, the two cars that were completely restored recently weren’t amongst them (see photographs below).”

Info and photographs provided by Keith Child, Business Manager, Gentry Restorations Ltd. Email:

However, not everybody was so lucky...
Guy Huet had a very unforunate event, shortly after leaving the ferry on the way to the hotel; the tow bar of his Toyota broke, leaving the trailer with his T43 on it to choose it's own path in life. Of course, without proper guidance this was highly unsuccessful, leading to the trailer being a total loss, and the Bugatti damaged, with at least a fractured steering house and a lot of dents.

Rumours that this accident caused such panic on the other side of the highway that a motorcyclists crashed are not true. Guy did not see anything strange (though a lot of motorcyclists!) near, though an ambulance did pass.

June 28, 2017

Auction Results

RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este auction, 27 May in Lake Como, Italy during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

Osenat Auction, June 18, 2017, Fontainebleau, France

June 10, 2017

Bugatti T57C Atalante wins Best of show at Greenwich Concours d'Elegance

The 22nd edition of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance was held this past weekend June 3/4 at the beautiful waterfront venue in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was an event celebrating both vintage and some of the latest offerings from the auto industry. The event featured the American Classes on Saturday and the International Classes on Sunday. (so there was one best of show for each day!)

Bugatti was one of the featured marques for the Sunday, so not surprising that one of them won the grand prize!

However, there were more Bugattis that received prizes:

Best in show: 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante "Private Collection"
Chief Judge's award: 1932 Bugatti Type 49, Gene Cesari
The Journalist's award: 1925 Bugatti Type 30, Peter Charlap
Preservation award: 1926 Bugatti Type 37, Sarah Rheault
HVA Award: 1931 Bugatti Type 37, Sandy Leith (Photo on the right)
4 people received the Bugatti - BIC award (don't know what that means):
1929 Type 40 Grand Sport, Ted and Christina Zamjahn
1927 Type 37A, Maureen Serri
1938 Type 57C Atalante Coupe, "Private Collection"
Type 43 Grand Sport, Richard S. King

For more photographs, go to:

June 8, 2017

Auction Results

Bonhams' Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction, June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017

Permanent memorial for Scotty Wilson in Molsheim

Last week I heard from my friend Daniel Lapp in Molsheim that a permanent memorial for Scotty Wilson, the valiant builder and pilot of the replica Bugatti 100P raceplane who so tragically crashed last summer, has been set-up in Molsheim. Today I received the photographs presented above and below.

The center of the memorial is the actual reduction gearbox from the nose of the airplane, even more impressive because it still has all the marks of the burnt-out airplane. Above the gearbox is a copy of the original drawing for the gearbox, which was designed by Noël Domboy in 1938. A copy of this drawing was presented to Scotty Wilson at the Molsheim Festival in September 2015, a little less than a year before the crash.

The memorial is at the "Fondation Bugatti", which is inside the Chartreuse museum, open to the public on most days, during the summer season.

Flyer for the Chartreuse museum, with location details and opening times.

June 3, 2017

Earliest Colombo Type 251 drawing presented at Conference!

On May 26 - 28 the First Pan-European Automotive History Conference took place in the Musée National de l'Automobile, collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France.

At the conference John Barton, Englishman living in France, held a presentation on Bugatti 1943 - 1963, and focussing on the many four-cylinder designs that were made, but never fully developed. Interestingly, he brought with him the only surviving person who worked in the post-war Bugatti race department. René Strub worked with Bugatti from 1950 to 1957, in the race department which was fully locked-up; nobody was allowed to enter without permission.

René worked for example on the "turbofrein", a ventilated disk brake with forced cooling pump effect. John Barton, who is the owner of many drawings and patterns from the post-war Bugatti period, built the brake using the original patterns, and brought this with him to the conference also. René, 92 years of age, gave a very lively speach for the complete audience!

Finally, John presented an original Colombo drawing from 1953! (Top Photo, with John Barton and Anders Ditlev Clausager) The drawing shows the outline of the car, and very clearly shows the independent front suspension. In fact the drawing was presented to other manufacturers, who thought it too innovative, before Colombo showed it to Roland Bugatti.

As we know now, both the turbofrein and the independent front suspension were not used on the very unsuccesful Type 251, but Colombo could stay, and was in the race department for one week per month, during the development of the Type 251.

Four views of the Colombo sketched and René Strub designed disk brake, in the last photo René talking about and explaining the brake.

The conference itself was a huge succes, with about 80 people attending. As everybody present was technically oriented and mostly expert in a specific field (be it microcars or a specific marque, coachbuilder or era), the discussions were lively and interesting.

The conference, the first in it's kind, and with a focus on subjects which have a cross-border European interest, was organised by Thomas Ulrich (AHG, Automobil-Historische Gesellschaft e.V., Germany) and Anders Ditlev Clausager (SAHB, Society of Automotive Historians in Britain) from Germany respectively England. There were talks by Richard Keller, with a welcome from the Musée National and Cité de l’Automobile, France, as well as:

Left to right: Entrance to the museum, the audience listening to the welcome speach by Richard Keller, Fritz Schlumpf's Bugatti Type 35B, and John Barton with René Strub in front of the Bugatti Type 73, which, as John explained on several occasions, is uncorrectly identified on the museum's information shield as Type 73A.

On the Sunday the conference was continued in the Volante museum near Freiburg, just over the border from Mulhouse. However, I did not attend that part, as I had already been to the Volante museum in September 2016.
The conference was such a success, that a 2nd conference will be held in about two years time; exact date still to be fixed. This will be held in the Louwman museum, the Hague, the Netherlands.

Some of the photographs were provided by John Barton and Thomas Ulrich, the others were taken with my phone, excuses for the quality....

May 31, 2017

Stolen Type 30 Bugatti found back!

Joe Freeman’s type 30 (4503) has been found. The police have a “person of interest!”

Margaret Puttman who sent the message around, and was a former owner of the car, says the following about this:
A touch of humour in this sad episode. When I owned the car, various friends would often say ‘aren’t you worried about someone stealing it?” My reply was always “If they can start it they can have it.” Guess what – they tried but they couldn’t start it!

May 31, 2017

Auction result

In the recent "Stride & Son" Auction, which was held on May 26 in Chichester, West Sussex, UK, this (scratch built) Model of a Bugatti T59 racing car was offered.
The model is approximately 22" long (55cm), which would make it about 1:12 scale.

I announced the auction on my website, and the miniature was sold for a staggering 1600 pounds! The seller first thought it had gone for 160, but then he noticed the additional zero...

May 18, 2017

Stolen Type 30 Bugatti

A Bugatti Type 30 belonging to the Freeman family has been stolen! (Posted on Facebook first)

I have a most unfortunate piece of news:

Almost immediately after its arrival back in the U.S. from Australia, on the night of May 12-13th my Type 30 (known as “Adelaide”; Chassis 4503; engine 4384) was stolen in a locked and secured trailer parked in the lot of the Phill Reilly Restorations shop, 5842 paradise Drive, Corte Madera CA. In case any parts are sold separately: The engine number is 360 ex 4384, the gearboxnumber is 898.

Officials from several Marin County police units and the Hagerty Insurance crime specialist are already investigating the theft, which we believe might have originated at the dock when the car was unloaded from its container on Friday. Very few other people would have been aware of its return to the States.

I am attaching a picture of the car taken several years ago, although I know many have seen it recently. I am offering a generous reward for any information that leads to the safe return of my beloved car. While I doubt it will head in your direction, I thought you should know.

A truly sad end to our wonderful tour down under

Thanks, Joe Freeman

Below a photo of the unique and extremely practical chokes which Stuart Saunders made for the carburettors of the engine of this Bugatti.

May 18, 2017
Watch out for this scammer.

I get reports from a Bugattiste that a scammer is on the loose; he (He uses the name Chris Blake, e-mail: offered 5 Type 51 wheels on However, the same wheels, using the same photographs and exactly the same advert text, were offered two years ago (and still on my site, as nobody asked me to remove them, I did this only now), and are now in the Bugattiste's garage...

Apparently, this guy "Blake" offered some other parts on PreWarCar as well, plus he offered parts directly to Bugattistes.

Thus: Always be careful, whenever buying parts from the Internet, and when in doubt, ask me (for adverts on my website) if I know the seller or not.

May 11, 2017

Auction results.

Osenat Auction, Obenheim, France, May 1, 2017.

April 19, 2017

Rembrandt Bugatti Sculptures on auction

Estimate EUR 300,000 - EUR 500,000 (USD 319,864 - USD 533,107)

Estimate EUR 60,000 - EUR 80,000 (USD 63,973 - USD 85,297)

The auction will be Christie's Design Vente Du Soir, 16 May 2017, Paris, France

Rembrandt Bugatti is of course most famous for his animal sculpture, but he did quite a few very attractive sculptures of humans, most of them (luckily!) nude females.

April 19, 2017

USA specification rubber extensions are back - on the Chiron

The dreadful bumper protrusions are back! The US-spec Bugatti Chiron put on display at the 2017 New York Auto Show has the exact same rubber extensions as seen on past European imports.

Apparently, the Bugatti Chiron bumper extensions are solely for insurance reasons and have nothing to do with any kind of federal regulation. Jalopnik had a quick chat about the odd Chiron bumper with a Bugatti executive. According to the spokesman, the insurance company requires the vehicle to have low-speed bumper protection and hence the protrusions.

Editor: I have two questions:

April 4, 2017

Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic wins the category “Classics of the 1920s and 1930s”

The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the French traditional brand’s most impressive masterpieces and one of the most valuable automobiles in the world, has been chosen by readers of the motoring magazine Motor Klassik as the best car of the 1920s and 1930s. At this year’s “Motor Klassik Award” ceremony, the design icon from Molsheim took first place in the category of “Classics of the 1920s and 1930s.” The award ceremony was held yesterday evening at Schloss Dyck.

“We are very pleased about this award, which honours one of the world’s most famous and most valuable classic cars,” said Julius Kruta, Head of Tradition at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., who received the award in person. “The Type 57SC Atlantic is a superlative automobile and is certainly one of the most impressive designs of Jean Bugatti. This is the fourth time that the Motor Klassik Award has gone to the pre-war supercar, which was the clear winner against five competitors in its class, with 32.6 percent of the votes cast.

In 1936 to 1938, only four examples of the 57SC Atlantic were built. Nowadays, only two of these cars still exist in entirely original condition. The Atlantic is the most famous variant of the Type 57. With the SC model (“SC” stands for “supercharger”), Jean Bugatti, son of company founder Ettore, wanted to offer a sports racing variant in addition to the standard version. The sports coupe was equipped with an in-line 8-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3,257 cm³ which developed about 200 PS. The vehicle could reach speeds in excess of 200 km/h.

Jean Bugatti, who had already proved his talent for special body designs with the Type 41 Royale, the Type 55 Roadster and the Type 50, designed an extremely lightweight, aerodynamic body for the Atlantic. Aluminium was used for the body panels. The result was the distinctive design feature of the Atlantic, a clearly accentuated dorsal seam running from the windscreen to the rear bumper. This is a riveted joint that holds the two halves of the aluminium body together and can still be seen clearly on the new Bugatti Chiron1 as a characteristic design element of the brand. The wheels stand out from the body and are accentuated by huge wings. Viewed from above, the beautiful, elegant shape of the Atlantic becomes especially clear, with the extremely long bonnet running into the round rear, forming an oval.

During the annual survey held by Motor Klassik, a motoring magazine published by Motor Presse of Stuttgart, readers are asked which classic cars they especially appreciate and which modern vehicles could become coveted classics or recent classics in a few decades. There are six categories based on the year of production and six special categories.

Editor's comments:

Of course I agree 100% with the T57SC Atlantic winning this survey, but they did a few things wrong:

Of course a photograph of an original Atlantic should have been displayed with the article, not a replica.

The prize should not have been given to VW-Bugatti, who just bought the name. It should have been given to members of the Bugatti family, like one of Ettore's living children Therèse and Michel or his granddaughter Caroline, who seems to be most involved with the family tradition nowadays.

April 4, 2017

Very unknown post-war Bugatti T102 surfaces

Through an advert on Prewarcar/postwarclassics this project for a T102, with original parts, only recently surfaced.

Your opportunity to build this unique Bugatti!

1953 Original Bugatti Project

More info

Thanks to Mark Hofman

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October 15, 2016 - permanent Icons at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Australia

Have you ever explored a museum exhibition and wondered, "how do they know which items are worth collecting?" — I have.

So when I talked to Jacqui Strecker, the head of curatorial at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, it was one of the first questions I asked.

She had just pieced together a new exhibition entitled Icons at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

It is a kind of "best of the best" exhibition of the more than 500,000 items in the News South Wales collection.

The 70 rarely-displayed items, chosen by Dr Strecker, have been put together to challenge the traditional stereotype of an icon.

"Traditionally, we've associated icons with religious paintings that have a special spiritual power, that draws us to those items as an object of worship or admiration," she said.

"Now we understand icons as digital icons that help us navigate our way around computers and smart phones.

"What I've done with this exhibition is really gone through our basement, our extraordinary collection, and I've chosen my favourite objects that I think tell an interesting story and are really worth looking at and challenging the viewer to think about what constitutes an icon today."

The items range from Aboriginal pottery; a silver, brass and wooden crucifix worn on a necklace; a 1928 Bugatti racing car (so valuable Dr Strecker would not tell me how much it was worth); Australian performer Johnny O'Keefe's red suit and the Olympic torch Cathy Freeman used to light the cauldron at the Sydney Olympics.

Photo: 1928 Bugatti driven to victory by Arthur Terdich at the 1929 Australian Grand Prix.

October 23, 2016 - ??? Art of Bugatti exhibition - at the Petersen museum Los Angeles, USA

I get a report from Terry Cook that it is really a breathtaking display!

From the "Carscoops" website:

The Petersen Automotive Museum will host the ‘Art of Bugatti’ exhibition, one of the most complete lineups of the Bugatti family ever, showcasing the most important creations of the company.

The exhibition will open to the public on October 23 and will remain on display for a year.

The purpose of the exhibition is to give visitors an inside look at the history of one of the greatest art dynasties of the last two centuries, starting with the patriarch Carlo Bugatti and his path through the arts, including his mastery of painting, furniture design and manufacture and silversmithing. It then details the work of his two sons, Rembrandt and Ettore before ending up to the latter’s children.

“The Bugattis were an incredibly fascinating family and their history, like all families, is filled with both triumph and tragedy,” said Peter Mullin, chairman of the board of directors for the Petersen. “Their incredible aptitude for art and engineering is unparalleled by any family before or since and their legacy is worthy of celebration. It’s a great honor to share these works with the public and I’m so pleased that we could bring this exhibition to the Petersen.”

The vehicles on display include the Type 41 Royale, Type 57 Atalante, Type 35 and Type 46 along with modern Bugattis like the EB110 and the recently unveiled Chiron, with the assemblage representing the entire span of Bugatti, featuring cars designed by both Ettore and his son Jean Bugatti.

“The Art of Bugatti is a show unlike any other and the Petersen is so pleased to be able to share it with our patrons,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry Karges. “The quality and variety of the art and automobiles on display is incredible and it truly gives a unique insight into the history of a fascinating and talented family.”

Link to the Petersen museum website

August 5, 2017 Défilé d'Élégance Automobile Golf club Valescure, St Raphaël, France

Maybe some Bugattis will show up...

More info on the site of Pierre Vieuille

August 18 - 19, 2017 Gooding & Co Pebble Beach Auction Pebble Beach, USA

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet
Coachwork by Letourneur et Marchand

Chassis: 57841
Engine: 109C

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August 18 - 19, 2017 RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction Monterey, USA

1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix

Chassis no. 4572, Engine no. 50, Gearbox no. 20
Estimate: $1,100,000 - $1,300,000

The Bugatti Type 35C offered here is believed to be one of at least four Grand Prix Bugattis driven out of the factory under this same chassis number for tax reasons, all of which were owned and raced by the legendary Elizabeth Junek.

While the car’s earliest history remains to be positively identified, it has been known in its current form since its acquisition by the renowned collector J.B. Nethercutt on 4 November 1959, from John E. Rogers of Salinas, California. Mr. Nethercutt paid $1,800 for the car, which was in rough condition but intact, running, and in its current form and configuration at the time, including the present chassis number and engine, as documented by period photographs. It was recorded as being in the same order in 1962, when listed in Hugh Conway’s now-famous Bugatti Register of the same annum.

Subsequently the car passed to the famed “Bugattiste,” Overton Axton “Bunny” Phillips, from whom it was acquired in 1972 by American Bugatti Club past president, Dr. Richard Riddell. In Dr. Riddell’s ownership the car appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1979, then ran at the Monterey Historics no fewer than 12 times over the next 30 years! It was then acquired in 2011 by the current owners, themselves longtime Bugatti enthusiasts on the West Coast, who have continued to enjoy it in the manner for which it was built.

In a letter on file, marque specialist and historian David Sewell noted that all of the car’s major components are authentic period Type 35 and 35C pieces, with the exception of the bodywork, replaced by the talented Mr. Phillips in the late 1960s, and the chassis plate, which is a Bugatti Owners Club replacement issued by Hugh Conway in 1985. Other documentation includes the car’s appearance in Beverly Rae Kimes’ seminal 1990 book, The Classic Car.

This authentic supercharged Type 35 is ready to be enjoyed as it has been for decades, under its own abundant power, at events all around the world. Among West Coast enthusiasts, there are few more well-known examples, and few so-proven on Laguna Seca’s twists and turns.

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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Chassis no. 57156, Engine no. 48
$1,200,000 - $1,500,000

Photograph of 57156 at the 1946 Ostende Concours d'Elegance, with a very unusual mascotte.
Photograph was sent to me by Anton van Luijk (found on Flickr) and identified by me as 57156.

The records of French Bugatti historian Pierre-Yves Laugier note that Type 57 chassis number 57156 was assembled in June 1934 for Belgian customer, mill owner, and sportsman Frederic Deflandre, with engine number 48. This rolling chassis was bodied by Bugatti as their Galibier, a four-door sedan, on 29 June 1934, and delivered through Parisian agents Bucar the same day.

In 1936 the car was rebuilt for Mr. Deflandre by the factory, with a new, updated second-series frame of the same number, 57156, still noted as retaining engine number 48. This car remained with Mr. Deflandre until April 1938, at which point it is believed to have been traded to the Belgian coachbuilders d’Ieteren toward a new body for his new Bugatti.

A local Belgian coachbuilder then produced a new two-passenger cabriolet body for 57156; the identity of the shop has never been conclusively established, although it may well have been d’Ieteren themselves. Dutch Bugatti historian Kees Jansen attributes the work to Paul Nee, as does the current owner, but no documentary proof has been found. It is important to note that at this time the car was also upgraded to the latest and best specifications, including the installation of hydraulic brakes.

The car remained in Antwerp for many years, then was acquired by the famous Bugatti dealer Jean de Dobbeleer, still on a 1930–40 Belgian registration 154486. Mr. de Dobbeleer claimed that the car had been traded in by a priest, Abbé Dubois de Sévry, to whom it had been donated by a Mr. Cadans. Inspection of the car’s numbers by Mr. Laugier indicates that the rear axle and gearbox are both original and authentic replacements from other Type 57s, likely dating to de Dobbeleer’s ownership.

The Bugatti was subsequently exported to the United States in 1955 by Gene Cesari for Porsche dealer Jack Fritsche, passing next to Al Wall and, in 1958, to Joseph Fine of Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Fine began restoring the Bugatti but in the 1960s was distracted from the work, and the dismantled car was stored on his property until his death in 2003. It was then sold by his widow and acquired by the consignor, who elected to have it fully restored by Alan Taylor Company of Escondido, California.

As part of the restoration, the car was redesigned with new fenders, door skins, hood, and trim, beautifully hewn in aluminum by Mr. Taylor’s employee Edouard de Valcorbeil, as well as numerous other improved details, such as the addition of a wine basket and beautifully crafted fitted luggage, which stow vertically behind the seats, and a Type 57C-style dashboard. The finish of the leather, woodwork, and paint is all spectacular and a tribute to its restorers’ craftsmanship.

The cabriolet has been proudly exhibited at several concours d’elegance, including several times at Amelia Island; the annual La Jolla Concours, where it was judged Best of Show Pre-war in 2013; and Keels and Wheels, where it received the People’s Choice award in 2014. Further, it has been a First Prize winner (no. 3176) in Classic Car Club of America National judging. It is presented in beautiful condition and is still ready for further concours appearances as a stunningly restored machine and surefire crowd favorite.

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August 25 / 26 and 26 / 27, 2017 Mondorf Grand tour AND Classic Days & Concours d'Elegance 2017 Mondorf les Bains, Luxemburg

Mondorf-les-Bains Concours d'Elegance & Luxembourg Classic Days is Luxembourg's most prestigious motor event. The event is organised by Gentlemen Drivers Club ASBL & MAW Events SARL. All proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Luxembourg Asbl.

There is a specific Bugatti Class for the tour and there will be a specific Bugatti exhibition showing in a World Premiere:

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September 10, 2017 Bonhams Chantilly auction Chantilly, France

Bugatti Torpédo Grand Sport 1928

Châssis n° 44366 (see text), the original anouncement stated T43 Bugatti Torpédo Grand Sport, now removed
Estimate: €500,000 - 700,000

By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track; the world's greatest racing drivers enjoying countless successes using the Molsheim factory's products and often choosing them for their everyday transport.

His earlier efforts notwithstanding, the foundation of Bugatti's not inconsiderable repute was his family of eight-cylinder cars, the first of which – the Type 30 – appeared in 1922. The Type 30 shared its chassis, axles and gearbox with the later four-cylinder Type 13 Brescia model and was powered by an inline eight displacing 1,991cc. Developments of this superb engine, with its single overhead camshaft and three valves per cylinder, would go on to power the Type 35 Grand Prix car, the Type 38 tourer and Type 43 sports car.

Introduced in 1927, the Type 43 was, in essence, a road-going version of Bugatti's most successful Grand Prix racing car, the Type 35. The Type 43 used the 2,262cc engine, complete with Roots supercharger, introduced on the Type 35B, which was installed in a new chassis similar to that of the Grand Prix racer. Type 35 wheels were used, together with the larger radiator and brakes also found in the Type 38. Not surprisingly, considering its Grand Prix derivation, the Type 43 proved immensely successful in sports car racing, being campaigned by the factory and a host of private owners.

This Bugatti Type 43 has been built on a recent chassis to the original pattern. It incorporates three major in-period components: the front axle, gearbox, and rear axle, while the engine has been built by France's foremost Bugatti Specialist: Ventoux Moteurs in Carpentras. Needless to say, with such a pedigree this car will perform better than an entirely original example.

The chassis plate is of the 'Alsace' type (correct for the period) and is numbered '44366'. This number corresponds with a brown Type 44 Torpedo, sold new to minister Achille Fould in April 1928. The plate was given to the owner by his friend, François Chevalier, and comes from a vehicle scrapped in the South West of France.

The chassis had been built in 1990 for Laurent Rondoni and is of the correct wheelbase (2.97m) for a Type 43. A Bugatti specialist, Laurent Rondoni had accumulated many of the parts needed to build a Type 43. As it happened, he did not have time to complete he project, which was purchased by the current vendor.

Of the mechanical parts: the rear axle is original while the gearbox is a Type 44 (number '255') from a car produced in Spring 1928. It was supplied by the UK's foremost Bugatti specialist, Brineton Engineering of Walsall, West Midlands. The front axle (number '707') comes from a Type 44.

The 2.3-litre engine is entirely the work of Ventoux Moteurs in Carpentras, and has been assembled by Laurent Rondoni. The clutch is the classic Bugatti type. The radiator has been overhauled and an additional oil tank fitted beneath the passenger's seat, as on the Bugatti racing cars. The fuel tank comes from a touring Bugatti.

The aluminium coachwork was fabricated in France towards the end of the 1990s by the specialist, Patrick Barrier. Torpedo in style, it is similar to that of the three Type 43 Bugattis entered in the RAC Tourist Trophy in August 1928. There is only one door (on the driver's side) while the Type 57S seats have been cut down to fit the Torpedo body. The dashboard boasts original SEV instruments, a period-correct Jaeger 8-day timepiece, a Ki Gass pump, and pressure gauges supplied by Vintage Restorations in Kent. Weighing approximately 1,040kg, this particular car is some 10km/h faster than the original model, with a top speed of around 170km/h.
In conclusion: this car has been built with many original Bugatti parts, most of which come from Type 44, a model very similar to the Type 43. Serviced regularly by Ventoux Moteurs, it is in generally excellent condition and makes an amazing sound thanks to the very special exhaust. Accompanying documentation consist of a French Carte Grise and a detailed report compiled by Bugatti authority, Pierre Yves Laugier.

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September 15 - 17, 2017 Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

The only event which always takes place in the birthplace of Bugatti.

September 16 - 17, 2017 Two wonderful BUGATTI days Campogalliano, Italy

On this occasion will be presented the Avanti Bugatti Type 2 by Race of 1901 "1st COPPA OF MILANO 10 MAY 1901"

Programma e Iscrizione alle giornate nella Motor Valley del 16 o del 17 settembre tra memorie,amici e auto da sogno

SEPTEMBER 16, 16 Settembre:
Departure for the “Blue Factory”
Aperitif and lunch in the historic Bugatti headquarters
For You Movie projection of the Blue Factory

Incontro a Campogalliano
aperitivo e pranzo nella mitica “FABBRICA BLU”. Sarà poi proiettato l'omonimo film di Davide Maffei.

SEPTEMBER 17, 17 Settembre:
Visit to the “Land of Legendary Motors”
That is the place that saw the birth of the legendary EB110 and we will let you know this cradle of mythical autos .

Visitiamo la "Terra dei Motori Leggendari"
Questo è il luogo che ha visto la nascita della leggendaria EB110 e la culla di miti automobilistici poi tutti a tavola con le ricette della tradizione.

PARTICIPATION QUOTA €.100,00 per person for one day
QUOTA DI PARTECIPAZIONE €.100,00 cad. persona cad.giornata

Elisabetta Masini cell +39 3475844727
Cristina Guizzardi cell +39 3913221138

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