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Contents

  1. the Bugatti revue The worlds first on-line Bugatti focussed magazine!

  2. All back issues of the Bugatti revue

  3. All Bugatti types with technical caracteristics, in a large table

  4. All Bugatti types with very detailed specifications, descriptions and details, one page per type

  5. Bugattis by chassis numbers

  6. Picture Sheets of the Bugattis, per Catagory

    Information on the Bugatti types is also included!
  7. Jacob Munkhammar Bugatti site
    This site was missed since 2001, I put it back on line, thanks to Pascal van Mele, the version is of January 2001!
    Especially the the Hunting for Bugatti Information, "Everything Bugatti" (articles) and the Bugatti cars database are of the most interest, but you will find much more!!!
    However, of course Jacob does not respond to mails anymore, some older links may not work, the Pim Faber books, models and stamps databases do not work, and the Hunting Bugatti Questions are not followed up. As a service, I will post all answers to his existing questions on my pages, new questions will be published on my site also!

  8. Bugatti up to date information / News.

  9. Bugatti Commercial / Merchandise.

  10. Bugatti special garages special pages

  11. Bugatti Clubs over the world
  12. Bugatti Aircraft Association

  13. Bugatti car simulator 2 (Android) (iOS)

  14. Bugatti miniature models

  15. Archive of older articles and information

  16. Other Bugatti links

  17. Bugatti and classic car auto glass replacement and sourcing information.
    Most local windshield repair companies do not offer OEM equivalent glass for automobiles that are older than 1981 and especially for exotic models like the Bugatti.
    The good news is glass sourcing specialists like SunTecautoglass.com can help vintage automobile owners locate the proper fitting OEM product which will ensure a great fit just like the original.


Bugatti news

January 9, 2022
First all electric new Bugatti has a sensational 0.9 hp engine!

As a Bugatti-enthusiast, I am of course proud of the 1000 times difference between the marque's smallest and largest engines: 12.7 CC for the Type 72 bicycle engine, and 12.7 litre for the Type 41 Royale. The difference would be even more if one would count the aero engines. I always wondered if there was any manufacturer that could better that....
However, now it seems that the modern Bugatti makes that difference actually seem small! With their 1850 hp for the Bolide on race fuel and the 0.9 hp for this scooter, the factor is a bit over 2000!
0.9 hp should give quite decent performance, as even a trained cyclest doesn't go much over 0.5 hp.

The following article is more or less official, so, don't expect too much criticism there....

Bugatti Goes Full-Electric With Surprise Bytech Scooter
It would not be an over-generalization to say that many automakers are looking to the two-wheel market as a possible source of profit by offering electrification alternatives for city dwellers against the backdrop of the two-wheel industry boom. Even with this in mind, nothing could have prepared us for this surprise: Bugatti is getting into the two-wheel EV game, and it’s doing it with a scooter, of all things.

Bugatti, one of the most recognizable, exclusive, and luxurious carmakers out there, known for its high-performance, pricey vehicles that are reserved only for the one-percenters, is making an e-scooter of the tamest variety. Before you think the French maker is selling out or playing down, don’t. “One look at the unique aerodynamic design and high-end appearance of the Bugatti electric scooter will tell you that this is not just your average basic scooter,” reads the product’s official webpage.

Developed in partnership with U.S.-based company Bytech, the scooter was formally introduced at CES 2022 (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. A press release was sent out at the same time, though not on the Bugatti official channels. This was a surprise release by all counts and a move perhaps meant to test waters ahead of a proper introduction, down to the fact that the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook handles, @BugattiScootersNA, are still offline. But an official website is up, and it promises a scooter that will put all others to shame.

The Bytech for Bugatti scooter is lightweight and foldable, which makes it a perfect first- and last-mile solution even for owners who live in a high-rise. It weighs just 35 pounds (16 kg) thanks to its frame of magnesium alloy, and it comes with distinctive Bugatti styling, such as the Bugatti logo and trademark color options, Agile Blue, Silver, and Black.

The two-wheeler offers three riding modes, Economy, City, and Sport, with the Sport mode delivering a top speed of 18.5 mph (30 kph). In Economy, it can only go as fast as 9 mph (15 kph), while in City, it tops out at 12.5 mph (20 kph). Power comes from a 700 W (0.9 hp) electric motor paired with a removable 36V, 10 Ah battery that promises a range of 22 miles (35.4 km) in Economy mode. A full charge takes four hours, and the scooter is rated for a maximum payload of 242 pounds (110 kg).

While the scooter doesn’t offer stellar performance – for a Bugatti-branded vehicle, mind you – it does get extra points for safety. It comes with turn lights, a bright headlight, and brake lights, as well as lit sides that create the impression of a floating deck. Because you can’t have a Bugatti without some type of showing-off, you get the “EB” monogram projection logo on the ground behind the scooter. Otherwise, how will people believe you just arrived on your Bugatti?

The other features include a digital display for vital stats such as battery charge, trip, and speed, and a dual-breaking system for enhanced stopping power, with a front left-hand brake lever and rear E-ABS electronic brake.

“Bugatti is at the pinnacle of automotive excellence,” Bugatti International Managing Director Wiebke says in a statement. “Partnering with a company such as Bytech gives us an opportunity to expand our reach in the electric mobility space with an experienced partner and a product that can be enjoyed by consumers around the world.”

There’s a pre-order button on the scooter’s official page, but it’s not live just yet. Pricing for the scooter has not been made public as of the time of press, but it’s safe to say you should expect it to be higher than with a run-of-the-mill scooter. This is a Bugatti-branded product, after all.


January 9, 2022
BugattiPage wins Most beautiful Christmas card competition!

I am proud to announce that my 2021 Christmas card won the competition at PreWarCar, a competition I was not even aware of....

I just sent the e-card to all of my Bugatti- and other personal contacts, a tradition of about 15 years, with a newly designed Bugatti-themed card each year. Now Laurens Klein of PWC sent me an e-mail stating that I was the winner of a pair of PWC socks! See on the right, the socks contain a card with a text which is clearly inspired by one of Ettore's most famous quotes.

For those of you who have not received my e-mail with the card (above): It is a very nice black and white photo, from February 1916. The photograph by Jacques-Henri Lartigue of a beautiful winter wonderland is taken in Paris, in the Bois de Boulogne. It shows a man on skis behind a Bugatti-designed Peugeot Bébé. The text “Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2022!” was added by me.


January 8, 2022
Bugatti - Rimac plans

Mate Rimac presented his plans for 2022, in a short video.

At the beginning of the video, a line-up of cars is presented, with 4 shrouded cars on one side. See above and to the right.

At 27 seconds into the short clip, a sort of timeline formed by cars from the Bugatti and Rimac brands appears. On the left you'll spot classic Bugatti models, namely a Type 35 race car, the Royale, and the Type 57SC Atlantic.

In the center are situated modern cars from Bugatti and Rimac, namely the Veyron and Chiron from Bugatti and the Concept_One and Nevera from Rimac.

To the right are four shrouded cars that Rimac describes as Bugatti Rimac collaborations due in the coming years. One appears to match the silhouette of the Bugatti Type 35, suggesting there might be a continuation model planned, possibly with electric power. There also appears to be a track model of some sort, as evidenced by the Le Mans prototype-style rear wing on one of the cars. It's possible that this model is the production Bolide track car, which Bugatti has promised for 2024.

A third model appears to be a new Bugatti hypercar, as evidenced by a signature horseshoe-shaped grille at the front. It's possible this is Bugatti Rimac's planned successor for the Chiron which is due to end production around 2024. There's also a fourth model, though the video changes to a new scene before the full silhouette can be revealed. Interestingly, none of the cars appears to be a crossover, suggesting that Bugatti Rimac will stick to sports cars.

When might we get a proper look at one of Bugatti Rimac's collaborations? At the 3:12 mark in the video, Rimac says something might be shown as early as this year.

Don't expect the next generation of Bugattis to simply be clones of Rimac models, like Pininfarina's Battista hypercar which uses the same hardware as Rimac's Nevera. Despite partnering with a leading electric-vehicle company like Rimac, Bugatti won't abandon the internal-combustion engine just yet. Both hybrid and pure electric Bugattis are planned within this decade. Rimac, of course, will stick with EVs.

See the video here


January 2, 2022
Auction result

Oldtimer Galerie Toffen - The Swiss Auctioneers, December 29, 2021

  • 1928/2012 Bugatti Type 35B Recreation by Pur Sang, Estimate CHF175,000 - CHF200,000, Not sold


December 25, 2021
The Road Less Travelled

Henk Mooi sent me the link to the absolutely nicest Bugatti in the snow footage I ever saw! Click the link above or Here.

It was made by Kidston productions, special Christmas edition!

And don't forget to put on the sound!


December 24, 2021
New book!

The devil drives Bugatti

New book with a very different theme.... See the front and the rear cover with a brief description of the content and some reactions in the images below.

The book is to be published on...

Well, actually the book is not going to appear, at least not in the near future, because somebody has still to write the internals.

Actually, the book is a box, made by my daughter Yamire as a "surprise" present on the occasion of "Sinterklaas", the Dutch holiday on the 5th of December, and the real ancestor of the American "Santa Claus".

If anybody wants to write this book, please contact me, and I will publish it....


December 8, 2021
Auction result

Bonhams Auction, The Bond Street Sale, December 4, 2021

  • 11933 Bugatti Type 46S Two-door coupé By James Young, Chassis n° 46587, Engine n° 16S, Estimate £ 350,000 - 500,000 (€ 410,000 - 590,000) Sold for £ 460,000 (€ 537,364) inc. premium


November 9, 2021
Auctions results

Herbette Auction October 31, 2021

  • 1931 Bugatti T49 Torpedo 4-seater, chassis 49125, Estimate €350,000 - 400,000: Not sold

Artcurial Auction, November 7, 2021

  • 2000 Bugatti T43A Roadster Pur Sang replica, Châssis n° "43260", Estimate €250,000 - 350,000 , sold for €300,000 (apparently without premium ?)


October 30, 2021
Auction result

Artcurial Auction, Automobiles sur les Champs, October 24, 2021

  • 2005 Pur Sang 35B Bugatti replica, Châssis n° BO318, Estimate 180 000 - 220 000 €, Sold for 226 480 € inc. premium


October 12, 2021
Auction result

Bonhams auction, The Zoute Sale, Belgium, October 10, 2021

  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, Chassis no. ZA9BB02EORCD39011, Sold for € 2,242,500 inc. premium

The car was actually sold to a lucky guy in the Netherlands!


September 24, 2021
It's all for the money.....

How far can you go as an automobile manufacturer to get some additional cash? And maybe a bit of publicity?

We know that car manufacturers go a long way in putting their name on the strangest products, nothing to do with automobiles, of course. But what is the connection? If there is any?

Bugatti is one of those, and markets a whole lot of stuff, none of them made by themselves; clothing (probably one of few things you might actually be able to afford), furniture, impressive yachts, perfumes (do they actually, or was that just in the Artioli Era?), HiFi speakers and various other stuff I don't really care to remember.

The Bugatti Billiard (pool table actually, why not Snooker?) shown above has now actually been delivered for some luxurious man cave (probably nothing close to an actual cave, I wonder if the "man" part is correct). High Tech, self-levelling, carbon-fibre and etcetera, for a price like that of a house.

Now, the latest thing introduced carrying the name of our beloved marque is the thing shown below. Apparently it is designed to give you a smooth skin on your chin, and is even heated for more comfort... A brand known for shaving equipment, Gillette, is producing it, and you can get it in the same colour as your Chiron. Or maybe you can buy your Chiron to match the colour of your razor?

Don't ask me where you will be able to buy it or order it on-line, but those desperate enough, will surely be able to find it!


September 16, 2021
Wrong turn

A pretty Bugatti can cost a few million euros. That doesn't bother Thomas Scholz, on the contrary: He buys one sports car after the other - and realizes too late that he is being cheated in the process. The case gives insights into the sometimes crazy world of the super-rich.

By Fritz Zimmermann, First published in the German newspaper "Die Zeit", August 24, 2020

Since ancient times, philosophers have discussed what it means for the identity of a ship to change each of its individual parts. In the end, is it still the same boat? And what happens when you build a second boat with the rejected parts: Which of the two boats is Theseus' ship? What's the original? And what about the copy?

Rain drips from the sky when Thomas Scholz opens the front door to his property with a remote control. The door has no handle, the windows are also without handles, because of the risk of break-ins, the whole building is highly secured. What is behind the front door is too valuable, a few steps down the stairs, in a hall-sized showroom: The Type 35 Bugatti, for example, its value: around two million euros. Or the Bugatti Type 13, around one million euros. These are names that only say something to people who are very interested in old cars. Or have a lot of money. Thomas Scholz, in his early 60s, says of himself that he is "wealthy". He earned his living in the logistics industry. He doesn't want to read more about himself in the newspaper, not even his real name. Scholz is a man who is used to winning. Anonymity is a condition for him to tell the story he calls a "negative life experience".

The showroom is located in a slight depression on his property, light falls through the curved glass front, a futuristic building that Scholz had built specifically for his cars. There are a total of 15 cars valued at »easily 20 million«, as Thomas Scholz says. There is also a Colani grand piano and photographic works by famous artists. And then there are the two cars in the center of the hall: the Bugatti Atlantic and the Bugatti Gangloff. He paid a good million euros for both vehicles together. They were his first vintage cars, vehicles from the 1930s. At least that's what he thought when he bought them 14 years ago. He now knows: The Bugattis were copied, they are copies. Scholz is convinced: He was betrayed. "Ripped off," as he calls it. That won't let him rest.

The case of Thomas Scholz is a rare moment in which one briefly gets a glimpse into the otherwise closed world of the super-rich. Where vehicles worth millions are sold as if they were toy cars. In which old sports cars are seen as prestigious investments, they are looked upon in the same way as expensive works of art. And now a dodgy affair bursts like an uninvited guest into a dinner. It revolves around the longstanding head of the historical department at Bugatti. The man conveyed the replica classic cars to Scholz.

It all started with the fastest car in the world. The Bugatti Veyron, 407 km/h top speed, 1001 hp, from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds. A car like from a quartet of cars (known game in Germany especially, the "trump cards"). The new price: 1.1 million euros. The Veyron was the first car Bugatti launched after Volkswagen took over the glorious brand in 1998. The company made only 300 of these. In the spring of 2006, on a sunny spring day, Thomas Scholz bought one of these vehicles. He remembers exactly how he went to Molsheim in Alsace with his wife. In 1910, Ettore Bugatti founded his automobile factory in Molsheim, and today Bugatti's headquarters are located there in a restored castle. Like all buyers, Scholz also had to pay 300,000 euros upfront for his new Veyron. Only then was he invited to the Alsatian castle for a test drive. During the journey, they were stopped by the police, fro driving much too quickly, of course. The Bugatti board member who accompanied him spoke to the police and the journey continued without penalty. Back at the factory, he chose the color and seats of his future car: his first Bugatti. Until then everything went according to plan.

Scholz, who looks rather inconspicuous, sits at the table in his huge showroom and continues talking about the big day back then. The board member said goodbye after the trip and introduced them to the head of the traditional department, who should continue to look after them for the day: Julius K.

He is the author of several standard works on the Marque and he is, for many, the greatest Bugatti expert today. This Julius K. showed them around the plant, they had a meal together, K. showed the couple pictures and miniatures of old cars. “I was amazed by the design,” says Scholz. Then K. said that one could even bring these old Bugattis back to life - and buy them too. You just had to have the right partner to avoid being cheated. He could establish such a contact for them. When they drive home after almost six hours, Scholz is delighted. "I thought: Wow, these are great cars."

You don't get too close to Thomas Scholz if you realize that at that point in time he didn't have the faintest idea of old Bugatti cars. In poker, players who have a lot of money but little idea what they are doing are called dead money. Scholz is easy prey. Three weeks later, says Scholz, there was a second meeting at the Bugatti headquarters. In addition to Scholz and Julius K., a third man had come: Hero A., the owner of a vintage car workshop near Osnabrück. He is the contact that K. had promised. At the turn of the millennium, Hero A. ran Sunburst AG, a dot-com company that promised millions in profits by marketing the brand rights for the Love Parade and Sesame Street, and shortly afterwards went into bankruptcy in a spectacular way.

It is unclear exactly how A. got into the classic car business. However, with the presence of Bugatti expert K., Scholz assumes that he can trust Hero A. They agree to buy two vintage cars that Hero A. is going to build for Thomas Scholz. Purchase price: one million euros. The draft contract has been submitted to ZEIT. Thomas Scholz, it says, commissioned A.'s company to build two Bugattis. And further: »They are replicas of the existing Bugattis of Ralf Lauren. “The Bugattis” will get an H-approval (oldtimer status) ”. "As many original Bugatti parts as possible" will be used for this. In this manner, the cars would meet the criteria of Pebble Beach. Once a year the biggest beauty contest for vintage cars takes place on the west coast of the USA, Julius K. is one of the judges there. The contract further states that K. will be available for advice and will act as an "arbitrator" in disputes. Scholz signs without hesitation. What can possibly go wrong under the supervision of Julius K.?

Norbert Schroeder laughs happily over the phone when he hears the story of Thomas Scholz' alleged Bugatti classic car. Because there is a question behind it that he has had to answer almost every day for years, and yet again and again: What exactly is it, an original classic car?
Schroeder is head of the Classic Cars department at TÜV Süd in Düsseldorf. If it goes to court or if there is any other dispute about the identity of a car, then Schroeder is responsible. An oldtimer is considered original, explains Schroeder, if it still has the original vehicle frame, the original axles, the steering wheel, the engine and the transmission. The so-called rolling chassis. The body, on the other hand, i.e. what the layman perceives as a car, can easily be renewed. In the reports, says Schroeder, the aim is to determine "the degree of originality": how much is left of the former car. It is the question of Theseus' ship. Reviewers like Schroeder have to answer this in the age of cars.

In the case of Thomas Scholz's two Bugatti oldtimers, says Schroeder, the situation is clear. The "replicas" of the Bugatti from Ralph Lauren described in the sales contract with "as many" original parts as possible are just that: replicas. They would never get an H-license plate for oldtimers from him in the TÜV, as it was promised in the contract. The orientation on the criteria of Pebble Beach is irrelevant, because it is only about the appearance of a car (This seems to be incorrect in the original article, Pebble Beach only accepts original cars, in principle), Ed.. A specialist would have recognized immediately that the contract could not be adhered to. "From today's perspective, I would not sign the contract because it is pure fraud," says Thomas Scholz. From today's perspective. Scholz describes the time after the purchase as a frenzy. He flies to autoshows in the UK and to the contest in Pebble Beach. Julius K. takes care of the admission tickets. In emails, K. offers him other vintage cars, Bugatti miniatures, books and an old Bugatti wristwatch. ZEIT has some of the e-mails. A 1:8 scale model costs 6500 euros. The watch is 159 euros. He buys the book Bugatti La Gloire for 550 euros. Julius K. wrote a dedication to him in one of his books: "You may be the only one who came to Bugatti through me." Scholz says he bought accessories for a total of around 20,000 euros, he often paid in cash, so he almost never has any receipts. "We were hungry," says Scholz. “And K. wanted to sell.” Even before the agreed cars are ready, Scholz orders three more Bugattis from Hero A.'s workshop. He seems obsessed with cars.
During this time, Scholz was given access to a reality that was new to him. The only admission ticket: your own Bugatti. Bugatti owners meet regularly in Germany. There are rallies in which only Bugatti drivers can take part. There are exclusive events at the castle in Molsheim, where the pianist Lang Lang played a concert a few years ago. And there were the so-called 400 drives, where owners of the Veyron could drive faster than 400 km/h on a test track under supervision and then have their name immortalized on a plaque at the company headquarters. For people who can buy anything, a Bugatti is a way to stand out from the crowd.

For Scholz, however, it soon becomes clear that Bugatti can also cause problems. The two Ralph Lauren Bugattis are still not ready two years after the order was placed. The test drive is delayed several times. When the time finally came, in summer 2009, he traveled to the Black Forest to drive his cars for the first time at a Bugatti meeting. The test drive becomes a disaster. From the beginning, he recalls, the car vibrated unusually strong, and after a few kilometers a wheel came loose when braking and overtook him. Hero A. will later write to him in an email that "at no point in time" was there any danger. A few months later, Scholz had his supposed classic cars delivered anyway and placed them in his showroom. They have been there to this day, for more than ten years.

The classic car market has changed. “It's no longer just enthusiasts who are interested in cars. There are also speculators,” says Norbert Schroeder from TÜV Süd. Prices have been rising for years, and payments are often made in cash or from foreign accounts. And so the industry also becomes interesting for a third group: the fraudsters.
Last summer it became known that the Aachen public prosecutor was investigating a workshop operator who is said to have sold more than 30 fake Porsche sports cars. Old models believed to be lost were suddenly considered "barnfinds" or "heirlooms" turned up again and sold for millions.

It is the first major investigation in Germany to pursue fraud involving vintage cars. "We are still at the very beginning in this field," said the investigating public prosecutor Jan Balthasar to the ZEIT. One of the anomalies during the investigation: Many of the owners are reluctant to be listed as victims in the proceedings.
Norbert Schroeder also says that he regularly experiences that clients of his appraisals withdraw their order if it becomes foreseeable that their car is not an original oldtimer. It's about hurt vanity, but above all about preventing the vehicle from depreciating, he says.

As with works of art, the value of a classic car is measured by how valuable people think it is. If the illusion is destroyed by an appraisal, the vehicle is only worth as much as the price of its individual parts. There are dozens of oldtimers, perhaps more, that are still admired at rallies, but which are little more than a pile of not-so-expensive sheet metal.

Thomas Scholz says he is quite strict in this. Such people should be stopped. That's why he accepted the depreciation of his classic cars. He sued in court against Julius K. and Hero A., among others, and demanded repayment of 1.3 million euros. He never received the last three vehicles he had ordered. But the court found that Julius K.'s involvement in a "joint fraud" was not apparent.

Hero A., however, was sentenced by the judges to repay around 750,000 euros to Thomas Scholz. But Hero A.'s workshop went bankrupt. In the bankruptcy documents, Scholz found an invoice written by Julius K., the Bugatti Pope. For the "acquisition of customer Mr. Thomas Scholz", it says, K. received a fee of 20,000 euros from the company. ZEIT has the invoice. Further documents show that K. also received monthly payments from the workshop. The "arbitrator," as he was called in the contract, was bought.
Thomas Scholz finally filed a criminal complaint against Julius K. and Hero A. for fraud. But the public prosecutor's office closed the investigation after a few weeks. The allegations were partly statute-barred, says Scholz. In any case, there is often testimony against testimony, many of the multi-million dollar agreements were made orally.

Scholz also turns to the Volkswagen ombudsman. Bugatti's parent company then started internal investigations, at the end of which the employment relationship with the head of the historical department Julius K. was terminated.

The ZEIT would have liked to talk to Volkswagen and Bugatti about the background to Thomas Scholz's case and the involvement of their colleague Julius K. But the company declined a request for an interview from ZEIT on the subject, as did several former Bugatti top managers who were familiar with the case. Julius K. and Hero A. also do not want to comment on ZEIT's request. The industry is silent.

One last phone call last week. Thomas Scholz talks about his Bugattis again. He now owns eleven. He's going to sell his collection, says Scholz suddenly. "I don't want to have anything to do with a scene like this," he says. His lifetime is too good for that. He has offered all of his Bugattis to a dealer, he only wanted to keep one. The rest is for sale.

Only: what are they worth?

The Bugatti Atlantic is one of the most expensive passenger cars in the world, when it's real....


September 14, 2021
Obituary: Bart Rosman

On September 8, after a very short and sudden illness, our friend, Bugatti enthusiast and "Master of the engine rebuild" Bart Rosman died, aged 83.

I got to know Bart over 2 decades ago, when I was a young Bugatti enthusiast with no Bugatti, and was admitted to the world of the Bugatti Club Nederland. Bart was one who accepted everybody with a true Bugatti interest, regardless if you owned a Bugatti or not. It was the enthusiasm that mattered. Bart was also an esteemed member of the Bugatti Aircraft Association, just because he was interested in the technology, and was present in various BAA meetings. The only time when he was less friendly, was when the subject came to replica Bugattis, of which many exist these days. He was fiercely opposed to these "look alikes"!

Bart was more of a race driver than a slow classic-rally participant. In 1975 he was Dutch touring car champion (<2500cc class) racing an Alfa Romeo 2000GTV. Later he switched to classic racing, in his Ferrari 250 SWB and later his 275 GTB, both recognizable by their colour: Bugatti Blue. He also raced his Bugattis, first a Type 37, later a Type 35C, in International classic races. Most famous his participation in Monaco, somewhen in the early 2000's, when he kept racing while his car had caught fire.

Bart did all of his maintenance and preparation himself; I once visited him while he was busy assembling his T35C's (roller bearing) crankshaft, a very precise operation indeed!

On the top photo from a Dutch rally in 2016, Bart and his life-companion Tubien Wisse, who died in 2018. After Tubien died, we unfortunately saw him less often.

Bart, we will miss your friendly and enthusiastic presence! I hope heaven will have a special place for the Bugattiste, preferably a race track!


September 9, 2021
Brescia Centenary 8-9-2021

Kraig Mycock is in Brescia for the centenary and sent me some photographs.
In Brescia are present (amongst others) David Sewell, Franco Majno and Patrick Friedli.


The building on the original photo on the right, is now a Trattoria!


Left: Franco and Patrick, Right: The British Brescia's in August at Prescott


September 7, 2021
Auction results

Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn auction, September 3/4, 2021

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe Chassis No. 57659, "57641", Estimate: undisclosed: Not sold

Witnesses report that the car did not reach it's reserve during the auction, but was sold after the auction
Worldwide Auctioneers state on their website that it was sold for 1.765 M$ (including costs, apparently), they tried to counteract the various reports about the false identity of the car, as reported on this website and others, by disclosing a David Sewell report from 2000, as well as various documents with numbers on various body panels. That action did not help to convince buyers to actually bid...
In 2000, not as much was known about the car as it is now. The details were disclosed in the American Bugatti Register and Data Book, 2018.


August 22, 2021
Bugatti models collect multiple awards and set auction records at Monterey Car Week

The timeless luxury, design and performance of Bugatti’s past creations has once again received expert endorsement, as the marque sets yet more auction records and receives yet more awards at the most prestigious automotive gathering in the world.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has long been a showcase for Bugatti’s engineering excellence, stretching back to 1956 when the 1930 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix secured the marque’s first outright win with a ‘Best of Show’ accolade.

In 2021, Bugatti’s trophy cabinet welcomed further prizes, collecting two highly prestigious awards, granted by world-leading experts. Moreover, two auction records for individual Bugatti models were set at the Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby’s Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction.

The renowned ‘Chairman’s Trophy’ is granted each year to a Concours d’Elegance entrant personally selected by long-standing chairwoman, Sandra Button. This esteemed award is granted only to the most deserving winner, which this year was the iconic Bugatti Type 35 B Grand Prix from 1929. Am I the only one to think this is strange? This particular car was at auction! Or was it some additional free (?) publicity? Ed.

The Type 35 B Grand Prix is globally recognized as one of the most successful racing cars of all time. An engineering marvel of its era, the Type 35 dominated races throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with this particular example - Chassis 4938 - winning the 1929 French and Spanish Grand Prix at the hands of racing legends Louis Chiron and William Grover-Williams.

With the automobile’s outstanding provenance and status as an icon of early Grand Prix racing, this Type 35 B was offered at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction and set a new record sale price for the model at $5,615,000, significantly exceeding the estimated auction value.

Fast-forward 65 years from 1929, and a pristine 1994 example of the Bugatti EB110 Super Sport also set a new model record at this year’s RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction. As the definitive super sports car of the 1990s just 39 examples of the EB110 Super Sport were ever produced, making this 610PS, 351 km/h titan an ultrarare offering. As the first super sports car with carbon fiber bodywork, all-wheel drive and quad-turbochargers, this specific example set the new model record at $2,755,000.

Joining the Type 35 B Grand Prix as a 2021 Concours d’Elegance award winner was the magnificently presented 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Drophead Coupé, which secured the top prize in the ‘European Classic Sports’ J-1 class. Jean Bugatti’s iconic Type 57 design was further advanced with the arrival of the Type 57S in 1934, featuring a re-engineered and sportier chassis powered by a re-tuned 3.3-liter inline eight-cylinder engine, resulting in a 40hp increase in output to 175hp.

The model was key to solidifying Bugatti’s prominence as the definitive luxury and performance automobile manufacturer of the period, as the Type 57S was able to reach a top speed of 120mph – the fastest French production car of the time. Proving itself on track, Type 57S derivatives would secure three Grand Prix victories alongside the overall 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1937 and 1939.


August 22, 2021
Auctions results

RM Sotheby's Monterey auction Monterey, August 13/14, 2021

  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet, Chassis No. 57156, Engine No. 48: Sold for $665,000
  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, Chassis No. ZA9BB02E0RCD39015, Engine No. 107: Sold for $2,755,000
  • 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Serial No. 066, Chassis No. VF9SA25C78M795066: Sold for $1,545,000

Gooding & Co Pebble Beach auctions, August 14/15, 2021

  • 1928 Bugatti Baby, "chassis" 358 A, Estimate $100,000 - $125,000, Sold for $125,000
  • 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix, Chassis 4938, Engine 192T, Estimate: $3,500,000 - $4,500,000, Sold for $5,615,000
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier, Chassis 57224, Estimate $200,000 - $225,000, Sold for $179,200


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December 29, 2021 Oldtimer Galerie Toffen - The Swiss Auctioneers Gstaad, Switzerland

  • 1928/2012 Bugatti Type 35B Recreation by Pur Sang, Estimate CHF175,000 - CHF200,000

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January 28-30, 2021 The Motorcar Cavalcade Concours d’Elegance Miami, USA

Coming January 28-30, the inaugural Motorcar Cavalcade will be held at the illustrious JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa. This Lifestyle Concours event will bring together our incredibly vibrant car community in celebration of the passions we share and the automobiles we covet.

This unique Concours d’Elegance will host and judge specially curated and themed displays of exclusive, iconic, legendary and simply awe inspiring cars – ranging from the dawn of motoring to the most advanced hypercars in the world – all in an incredible Miami inspired garden party setting.

Interesting are the v ery different categories, in which the cars can be entered:

  • Doors: Gullwing, Pocket, Suicide, Scissor, Canopy
  • Glass: Curved, Split, Monocle, Flat
  • Sound: From Antique to Muscle to Hypercar
  • Dashboard: Switches, Gauges, Binnacles, Clocks
  • Lights: Stacked, Adaptive, Tilt-ray, Halo, Projector, LED, Acetylene
  • Cockpit: Seating, Consoles, Steering Wheels
  • Utility: SUV’s, Safari, Working, Offroad
  • Paint: Remarkable Colors and Combinations
  • Finish: Bare Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Exposed Carbon Fiber, Wood
  • Power: Gasoline, Diesel, Steam, Hybrid, Electric
  • Engine: 3 cylinder through 16
  • Mirrors: Flying, Racing, Fender, Wing
It seems that there will always be some category you can fit your Bugatti in, except when you show up with the 2-cilinder Type 0 of course..

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February 2, 2022 RM Sothebys Auction Paris, France

  • 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT France, Chassis n° ZA9AB01S0RCD39095

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February 3, 2022 Bonhams Auction, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais Paris, France

Over the last month / weeks continuously Bugatti's have been added to the cars to be auctioned by Bonhams in Paris. Adding them one-by-one made this announcement rather strange over time... The cars to be autioned are:
  • 1926 Bugatti T40 Torpedo Sport, Coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud, Chassis no. 40169, Estimate € 280,000 - 350,000
  • 1935 Bugatti T57 VanVooren cabriolet, Chassis NO. 57287, Engine NO. 213, Estimate € 700,000 - 800,000
  • 1936 Bugatti T57C Ventoux streamline, Chassis no. 57335 Engine no. 340, Estimate € 1,600,000 - 2,000,000
  • 1938 Bugatti T57C Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis no. 57678 Engine no. C41, Estimate € 800,000 - 1,200,000
  • 1996 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis NO. ZA9AB01E0PCD39050, Engine NO. 00050, Estimate € 1,100,000 - 1,300,000

    Below some more photographs of the classic Bugatti's in the list.

  • 1926 Bugatti T40 Torpedo Sport, Coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud, Chassis no. 40169, Estimate € 280,000 - 350,000

  • 1935 Bugatti T57 VanVooren cabriolet, Chassis NO. 57287, Engine NO. 213, Estimate € 700,000 - 800,000
    More info

    In 2006 Chassis 57287 was completely destroyed by fire, see: bugattipage.com/2006news.htm, newsitem of October 31, 2006. Apparently this car was completely put back together again. I wonder how many new parts are in it....

  • 1936 Bugatti T57C, Chassis no. 57335 Engine no. 340, Estimate € 1,600,000 - 2,000,000
    Ettore's personal car.
    More info

  • 1938 Bugatti T57C Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis no. 57678 Engine no. C41, Estimate € 800,000 - 1,200,000


  • March 16 - 20, 2022 Retromobile Paris, France

    After finally cancelling the 2021 edition, this one will be brilliant again, and of course with quite a few Bugattis, as usual!

    The event was postponed, again, until March. Expectations are that the pandemic will then be "history", and hopefully life returns to normal.

    More info


    May 7 - 8, 2022 Vintage Revival Monthléry France

    Vintage Revival including parts market. According to the photo (when was that?) quite some Bugatti parts for your project!

    More info


    July 16 - 17, 2022 100 years commemoration of Grand Prix de l'ACF, Strasbourg Duppigheim, France


    Bugatti events from the past

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