Bugatti news, 1997

Bugatti news, 1996

October 8, 1997
Bugatti in Peking to Paris

Arriving at Palandoken, Turkey, the Rothlauf / Walter T40 moved down one to 56th place, 12 in class. (after 32 days) They are now 2 days and 15 hours behind the leader.... Impossible task, obviously.

Source: The official website of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 1997

October 7, 1997
Bugatti in Peking to Paris

Arriving at Tabriz, Iran, the Rothlauf / Walter T40 moved to 55th place, 12 in class. (after 31 days)

October 6, 1997
Bugatti in Peking to Paris

Arriving at Hamadan, Iran, the Rothlauf / Walter T40 moved to 57th place, still 13 in class.

The last run through Iran was quite straightforward, with little changes in positions. The Surtees/Bayliss Jeep (No 97) remains in the lead at the end of day 30, making full advantage of the slightly easier schedule laid out for the pre-1950 cars. The Thomas/Zannis, 1950 Ford Coupe (No 23) still lies in second, and less than half a minute in penalties separates the next half dozen cars, so there is still much to play for.

October 1, 1997
Bugatti in Peking to Paris

A fatal accident struck the Challenge: A VW cabrio driven by Josef and Rene Feit collided with a bus, killing both drivers. The Rothlauf / Walter T40 moved to 62nd place.

September 30, 1997
Bugatti in Peking to Paris

The Bugatti T40 of Walter Rothlauf/Fritz Walter from Germany in a 1928 Bugatti Type 40 tourer of 1496 cc is struggling back up the list, after they dropped down on the 14th day, reportedly due to a bend rear axle. A mechanic with a new one was flown over. The results are listed below, with first the day, followed by position, and position in class.
The last result (after 23 days) is from September 28

Day 23: 63   13
Day 20: 65   13
Day 18: 67   13
Day 14: 69   13
Day 13: 39
Day 12: 43    4
Day 10: 45    4
Day  9: 47    2
Day  8:  1    1  (34 cars with no penalty, in first place)
Source: The official website of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 1997
September 30, 1997
Bugatti's sold at Brooks auction in Paris

Two Bugattis were sold at the Brooks auction held in Paris, September 8. Strangely a T57C Stelvio Gangloff was sold for More than a T35 Grand Prix de Lyon 1925! The first was sold for approx. $260,000, while the T35 got $18,000 less

The T57 was extremely original, for the T35 I do not know.

September 24, 1997
Festival Bugatti Molsheim

I attended the bugatti festival of 97 in Molsheim and Dambach-la-ville on the 13th of september.

There were about 20 cars in the show and even the sun came to make it a wonderful day. The cars didn't all race the two passes on the roadbook because of beeing very late after the lunch, which was a bit dissapointing to take the pictures!!!

There was several cars from the area (Alsace) with T35, T37 and a nice T51 if i'm right. There were also two cars from the Netherlands, several from Belgium with a 110 gt and from switzerland and Germany. I also spotted an old T13

I must say I was very pleased to see the cars but also to hear them..really terrific.
Source: Pierre-Louis Mathey

September 1, 1997
Bugatti motoring adventure has finally started!

Finally the Fund race (now called motoring adventure) has started! Bob Meijer and Macko Lacquer started July 31, from Molsheim, for their round-the-world trip. Several Bugattistes came to wish them good luck for their 33.000 km Journey, amongst them Caroline Bugatti, granddaughter of Ettore, in her T35A, accompanied by her friend François Rinaldi.

So, after some delays, the prestigious project is going to start! The two Type 46 "Petit Royale" Bugattis are ready, as are their drivers. The cars, capable of 150km/h, equipped with a tourer body, can take 200 litres of petrol, 50 of oil, two spare tires, tools and parts. The start was from the front of the Schlumpf museum in Mulhouse, the first visit was to Molsheim. From France the trip goes to Holland, where the Bugs will be shipped from Rotterdam, through Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, the most southern city of the world on the Argentinian half of Fireland. From there the voyage will lead through Chile, Northern Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. From there the cars will be shipped to Tokyo and will ride to Hirosjima and Nagasaki (May 1998). Again shipment to Peking, followed by a ride through China to Tibet, Nepal and India, September next year. After a stop for the winter, spring 1999 the voyage will be continued to Pakistan, China again, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbeidjanand Georgia. Finally, fall of 1999, the two valiant T46's will go through the Ukrain, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Baltic states, Poland and Hungary, back to Mulhouse, France, where the "Bugatti Motoring Adventure" will end towards the turn of the century (or Millenium).

It will be hard to imagine that Bob and Macko will then keep still, probably they will invent something new!

Read the first info from 1996

July 9, 1997
Bugatti Atlantic most beautiful car ever!

The renowned English magazine Classic and Sports car, after having done a top 100 of classics last year, asked many experts for their most beautiful classic, and compiled a list of the best 20 in their August issue. No surprise for Bugattistes, the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, designed by Jean Bugatti and built in 1935, came out Number 1! I quote here the comment:

1 The World's most beautiful car: Bugatti Atlantique

With sweeping natural form and stylish detailing, the sensational Atlantique is Jean Bugatti's masterstroke. Debuted at the l935 Salon de Paris, this swoopy coupé boldly encapsulates 1930s design trends, the elegant age of Art Deco and a new trend for streamlining. The artistic traditions of the Bugatti family, Grandfather Carlo's idiosyncratic furniture, father Ettore's genius for engineering beauty and son Jean's natural eye for form and style are encapsulated in this remarkable design. Originally christened the Aerolithe, the dramatic body of the first car was made of elektron and because of difficulty welding, the sections were riveted together, aircraft style. The exposed seams with button-head rivets ran down the spine of the main body and the curvaceous wings. The doors with distinctive semi-ellipsoidal windows also displayed aviation influence and cut well into the roof to improve access. Only three production Atlantiques were built and, unlike the original Aerolithe, featured V-type Type 57S radiator designs. The practicality of the Atlantique was less satisfactory. Inside the cockpit, conversation was almost impossible over 40mph and the handling was compromised by the extra weight over the rear wheels. The fate of the original Aerolithe remains a mystery but the others survive, two in America and one in France.

Delwyn Mallett Collector "For superimposing machine-age flanges and rivets on what is an outrageous design"
Jack Telnack Designer "Proportion, stance,form, construction details, finish; all perfect"
Patrick le Quement Stylist "The best example of Jean Bugattis flamboyant era, combining aesthetics and originality"

So the tremendous talent of Jean Bugatti is finally accepted worldwide, what would have happened if he hadn't had that fatal accident in 1939??

Number 2 and 3 of the election are the Jaguar E-type and the Alfa Romeo 2900. Of course there is one more Bugatti in the top 20: The T35 ended up at 13, between two Ferraris, the 275 GTB and the 250 SWB. The T35 is called the zenith of functional Beauty. LJK Setright Journalist: " It is relatively easy to make a racing car beautiful (though nobody does now) but I have seen road-equipped specimens that look gorgeous" The T35 by the way finished 16 in the top 100 of classics, published last year in C&SC.

July 9, 1997
Bugatti wins Best of show

"Best of Show" in the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours was the Bugatti Type 55 of Geoffrey and Rita StJohn. Source: Classic and Sports Car, August 1997

July 9, 1997
Dream Bugatti Debuts at concours

The project started off as a written-off Type 57 chassis discovered in Gemany, but nearly 10 years later, the dream Bugatti of John Coombs was presented at the Louis Vuitton Classic at the Hurlingham Club on June 7. Jean Bugatti would surely have approved of this dramatic machine's new body penned by Coombs himself. Its line evoke the bets styling of Ettore's brilliant son, the racy lines of Corsica's custom bodywork for colonel Giles and Bugattis magnificent Type 59. The car has a T59 engine without supercharger, but with 4 Solex carburettors, producing over 200 BHP, more than any blown T59! It also has Piano wire wheels, but has the distinctive T57s V-shaped radiator. Source: Classic and Sports Car, August 1997

July 9, 1997
Bugatti sold at Christie's

A Bugatti type 43 was sold at Christie's auction in Geneva, May 22, for 163.325 pounds Source: Classic and Sports Car, August 1997

May 29, 1997
News about the Bugatti auction in Modena

MODENA, Italy - Fewer than expected fans of legendary Italian racing car maker Bugatti turned out on Friday for a special auction of assets of the crashed company. Some 40 people turned up at a courtroom in the northern Italian town of Modena to witness the sale, but only seven of the 14 lots on offer found a buyer despite 26 sealed bids -- well below the receivers' expectations.

Bugatti Automobili Campogalliano : the 5 of april was the auction that as sold most of the Italian Bugatti magnificent factory.

6 cars were sold to Bugatti international in Luxemburg, and all the rest, chassis, all spare parts...were sold to the Monaco Racing Team! In this lot included the EB 112 project with stamps, toolling to produce and the wole production line.

The Monaco Racing Team sold to a German compagny called Dauer Racing a large part of the spare parts for them to create a service center.

All the 112 project was brought back to Monaco and the 112 bordeaux was shown as a pace car at the grand prix of monaco in the last days.

6 EB 112 have been built : one was destroyed by crash test, one complete and running is the preproduction prototype(one at half by Giugiaro and half by me) and 4 chassis to be finished which were the only one to be production cars.
Info: Gildo of the Monaco Racing Team May 15, 1997

Bugatti's sold by Christie's

In their auction in Tarrytown on April 26, 1997, a 1927 Bugatti T35B was sold for $486,500.

April 11, 1997
Bugatti Auction

April 4 was the auction of the Bugatti factory at Modena, the factory and some of the remaining cars were sold for 4.7 billion lira (5.3 million guilders, approx. $ 3 million), which was more than the estimate, which was 4.7 billion Lira.

A frim from Luxemburg bought the remaining cars for 1.3 billion lira (approx. $ 0.8 million). The remaining parts were sold to a firm in Monaco. Most machines and tools also found new owners, but another auction will be needed to sell all.

Not for auction was the Bugatti name, which is still owned by Romano Artioli's Luxemburg based firm Bugatti International. This firm also is under suspension of payment, so... maybe the name will also be auctioned when Bugatti International goes bankrupt.??

March 19, 1997
Various about Bugatti Automobili SPa.

According to published information (Chicago Tribune's Auto News) Bugatti Automobili S.p.A.'s creditors are going to hold an auction on April 4th at the Modena factory to sell off the remaining assets of the late supercar maker. Among the items up for sale include some unfinished EB110's as well as a few unsold (or at least undelivered) EB110's, the physical plant/factory building, tools, spares, jigs, and so forth. One item not up for sale is the Bugatti trademark name.

While a number of highly reliable sources say the factory has been cleaned out for some time, it appears that those items carted off (by creditors assumably) will be trucked back for this auction.

One rumor that has some credibility is that FIAT will put in a bid for the Bugatti factory (but not for the rights to resurrect the EB110 line) and then *if successful* will make it a Maserati assembly facility. That certainly sounds credible as Maserati has been looking for room to grow with the success of the Quattroportte sedan and buying a $60 million US facility for perhaps under $15 million is good economics.

Other news that shows that Bugatti's last attempts to stave off the enevitable has ended is that the EB112 sedan is said to be just weeks away from being bought and eventually resurrected by Lamborghini Automobili SpA.

The US publication AutoWeek reported this in their last issue. They said that Lamborghini will not use the Bugatti name whatsoever nor the EB112 designation. Obviously the car will now use a Lamborghini V-12 if the deal goes through. Again the buying of a generally finished and uniquely (not necessarily beautifully) designed car line for a fraction of the development costs makes good economic sense. It remains to be seen if such a product will make profitable sense for the Indonesian controlled firm. Info: Peter Millen

February 4, 1997
Robert Aumaître passed away

Thursday, January 11 died Robert Aumaître in Molsheim, at the age of 93. "Le Grand Robert" as he was known, was one of the last who had worked for Bugatti. He came to service in 1930 and was mechanic to Jean Bugatti. He experienced Jean's last moments, when he was killed in an accident, the night of August 11, 1939. A traumatic experience that affected Aumaître so deeply that he, shortly before his dead, he told that he still dreamed about this. After WWII he technically assisted French race driver Jean Monneret and was involved with various record attempts using Vespa's on Monthléry. Also he designed a Vespa-engine driven catamaran, that crossed the channel in 1947, and was early involved in a rally for bicycles with engines from Paris to Alpe d'Huez. After his retirement as manager with a big Cognac company he spent his last years in Molsheim, where he also has been burried.

January 17, 1997
Bugatti EB110 for sale

Normally I do not put EB110's for offer, but I wanted to make this exception:

EB 110 for sale.

> >Please write if you need more info
> >my E-mail is
> >the car has only 1000km's
> >It will be in Western Canada about the end of Febuary
> >By that time i will have endless amounts of Digital Photo's available.
> >Price: about $198,350.00us

January 9, 1997
Bugatti's sold by Coys

In their auction at The Royal Horticultural (New) Halls, London SW1 on Tuesday, 3rd December 1996.
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Not Sold
1936 Bugatti 57c Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff 120000 pounds
1929 Bugatti Type 44 Torpedo Sport 63225 pounds

Source: Coys of Kensington

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