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October 22, 2020
Auction results


Carlo BUGATTI ( 1856-1940), Two Frog-style horns

Art-Nouveau style horn, head and legs in nickel-plated bronze on a brass horn body. The exorbitant red tinted glass eyes accentuate the fantastic and caricatural aspect of the animal, which is characteristic of Carlo Bugatti's work influenced by nature, plants and insects, which he interprets to his own taste.

  • Small model, L: 40 cm, Lot n° 5, Sold for 30 380 € (Including premium)
  • Large model, L: 50 cm, Lot n° 10, Sold for 59 520 € (Including premium)

So, I hope we can see one of these (or both) on a Bugatti soon!

September 20, 2020
Auction results

Bonhams' The Bonmont sale, Cheserex, Switzerland, September 20, 2020

  • 2007 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 Coupé, Chassis no. VF9CA15B26M795037
    Estimate: £ 970,000 - 1,100,000: Not sold
  • 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Coupé, Chassis no. VF9SG25252M795032
    Sold for £ 1,559,253 inc. premium
  • 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Targa Coupé, Chassis no. VF9SV25233M795005
    Estimate £ 1,400,000 - 1,800,000: Not sold

The 2007 and 2013 Veyrons which were not sold, say "Amended" on the website, but I believe that is very much the same....

September 19, 2020
Bugatti May Be Sold to EV Maker Rimac of Croatia

Bugatti itself calls it a rumor and refuses to comment .

A report from the U.K.'s "Car" magazine says Volkswagen is in talks to sell Bugatti to Croatian EV startup Rimac.
Media have spoken with CEO Stephan Winkelmann, he commented that it would make sense if a Bugatti model to be developed in the future were all-electric.
Rimac has already built an electric hypercar, the C_Two, with nearly 2000 horsepower, so it's not out of the question that it would look toward Bugatti.

Bugatti is refusing to comment on a report in the U.K.'s Car magazine that the Volkswagen Group is planning to offload its grandest subsidiary to Croatian performance EV maker Rimac. Given that Bugatti's entire portfolio is currently powered by a quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, that doesn't seem like the most obvious fit—but Rimac is intent on producing an even more powerful all-electric hypercar, so there could actually be some synergies. However, the most synergy is for Volkswagen itself, who is very eager to expand it's knowledge on Electric Vehicles.
"This is a rumor, and we don't comment on rumors," a Bugatti spokesperson said. "I can say that we are profitable and have had very positive results over the last two years."

Magazine "Car and Driver" did get the chance to interview Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann at an event in Italy this weekend. That was before this sale story broke, but some of his answers are very interesting in light of this new development.
Winkelmann confirmed that development on what is meant to be Bugatti's second model line has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This might well be an EV—Volkswagen Group insiders have told that discussions have taken place between Bugatti and Rimac on sharing technology—and Winkelmann admits he sees a straight switch from gasoline to electric power as making more sense than hybridization.

"You have to make the right step at the right time," he told us. "I think that a [straight switch] would be the better one, as hybrid brings additional weight and complexity."

What Do Bugatti Buyers Want?
But Winkelmann was also adamant that Bugatti's current buyers are entirely happy with their use of W-16 powerplants. “For the super sports cars for sure, they want internal-combustion engines, and this is also our feeling," he said. Rimac's expertise on performance EV powertrains is world-leading, but it is harder to see how the Croatian brand would cope with the engineering challenges around getting Bugatti's hugely complex gasoline engine through increasingly tough emissions standards.

Other issues with a potential acquisition include the fact that Rimac is working closely with other automakers, several of which already own a stake in it. Porsche has 15 percent of Rimac's stock, with Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, and Koenigsegg all holding smaller shares. Rimac is also working with clients including Pininfarina Automobili, which is planning to use the C_Two’s underpinnings as the basis for its forthcoming Battista megacar. Would it be possible to also use the same architecture for a Bugatti?

Volkswagen made a huge investment in Bugatti when it was controlled by Ferdinand Piëch. Consider that the Veyron project alone cost around $1.6 billion to make 450 cars. So it would seem strange for the larger company to get rid of its prestigious subsidiary just when it has become modestly profitable. Bugatti is still able to sell every car it can produce, and Winkelmann's strategy of creating more dynamically focused models seems to have resonated well with the company’s clientele. To surrender control of Bugatti could potentially bring leadership in the race to produce the high-performance EVs that will ultimately persuade supercar buyers to shun combustion. If so, Volkswagen Group’s leadership could well see it as a price worth paying.

September 6, 2020
Auction results

Gooding & Company: Passion of a Lifetime Auction, Hampton Court Palace, September 5, 2020

  • 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports "King Leopold", Chassis: 57248, Engine: 5.
    Estimate: In Excess of £10,000,000 : Sold for £9.535.000 (€ 10.695.721)
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix, Chassis: 4871, Engine: 139.
    Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000 : Sold for £3,935,000 (€ 4.414.018)
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Earl Howe, Chassis: 57502, Engine: 26S.
    Estimate: In Excess of £7,000,000 : Sold for £7,855,000 (€ 8.811.210)

Prices attained for these three magnificent Bugattis are close to the estimate, or just under (Note that the sold prices are including auction costs, while the estimates usually are not...). Still the best prices paid for Bugattis in the last years (though there were a couple of T55's that reached close to, or over 5 million at the beginning of this year), and logical, for these unique automobiles.

However, the era that Bugattis would attain twice their estimate or even more, has long passed....

August 16, 2020
Auction result

RM | Online Only Auction, Monterey, USA, August 13 - 15, 2020

  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
    Chassis No. 57584, Engine No. 507 , Estimate $550.000 - 700.000: Not sold

August 15, 2020
100 years since Le Mans 1920

Over the weekend of the 29th will be the commemoration of Bugatti's victory at Le Mans. A group of 25 cars are hoping to convene in France to celebrate this event.

The picture was drawn by Richard Wade

August 14, 2020
Auctions results

Bonhams Motoring Auction Bicester Heritage, July 25, 2020

  • 1914 Peugeot Bebe
    Chassis No. 11034, Estimate 66 000 - 88 000 €: Not sold

Gooding & Company, Geared online auction, August 3 – 7, 2020

no location

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet, Coachwork by Letourneur et Marchand
    Chassis: 57644, Engine: 470, Estimate $1,300,000 - $1,600,000: Not sold

July 25, 2020
Auction result

Artcurial Motorcars Monaco auction, July 21, 2020

  • 1939 Bugatti 57 Cabriolet 4 places by Vanvooren
    Chassis No. 57780, Engine n° 546, Frame n° 438, Body n° 2940
    Estimate 600 000 - 800 000€, No reserve, Sold at 500 640€ (Including premium)

June 27, 2020
Auction result

RM | Online Only Auction: The European sale featuring the Petitjean collection , June 3 - 11, 2020

  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57731, Engine No. 527, Estimate €750,000 - €850,000: Sold for €770,000 inc.premium

May 25 / 31, 2020

Take you're chance to acquire your Atla..., sorry, wrong ocean, Pacific!

The "1939" Delahaye USA Pacific (est: $150-200,000) that is... Wow! Will you just look at that. But, as you might’ve guessed looking at RM Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate, all is not as it perhaps seems.

Despite its title, this is a 21st-century tribute to Bugatti’s voluptuous Type 57S Atlantic by Terry Cook. It's wearing a glassfibre body and is powered by a BMW fuel-injected 12-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission, with mod cons including air-con and electric windows.

Nevertheless, it is definitely a head-turner! Imagine driving up to the start of a Bugatti Rally in one of those!

Bidding closed on 28 May, with the top bid being $220,000.

April 27, 2020

These are the 5 most expensive (new) cars in the world

Luxury car manufacturers like to pull out all the stops. The faster and more hallucinatory, the better. However, these cars have a hefty price tag. Owning such a luxury car is often only for the wealthy of the earth. Because there is no harm in dreaming, we have put together a top 5 of the most expensive new cars in the world. In which, as you might expect, the modern Bugatti is somewhat over-represented and classic brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini etcetera do not even appear....

1. Bugatti La Voiture Noire - € 17 million
With an asking price of € 17 million, La Voiture Noire is the undisputed number one. This car is so unique that only one copy was produced which has already been sold. This car was presented in 2019, but will not be finished until 2021. In terms of specs, this most expensive car in the world doesn't really have much extra to offer over the already sufficient 1600HP of the Chiron from which it was derived. The high asking price is mainly justified by the design and the fact that there is only one copy. That exclusivity ensures that the car will only increase in value.

2. Rolls-Royce Sweptail - € 11.5 million
The world's second most expensive car was built at the request of one customer. The car was worked on for four years to meet all customer requirements. The most striking features of this car are the all-glass roof and the recessed cooling system in the center console. With one press of a button, a bottle of champagne and two crystal glasses emerge.

Does the asking price of the Sweptail seem a bit too high? A slightly more affordable Rolls-Royce was launched last year. Maybe this is more within your budget. However, compared with the La Voiture Noire, this Rolls-Royce sure is ugly, especially from the front!

3. Bugatti Centodieci - € 8.1 million
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the 10 buyers who will receive this car next year. More copies will not be produced. This car is based on the current Bugatti Chiron and the EB110 from 1991. The Centodieci has four-wheel drive and 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers. The top speed of this car is limited to 380 km / h. The car reaches 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds, 200 km / h in 6.1 seconds and 300 km / h in 13.1 seconds.

4. Mercedes Benz Maybach Exelero - € 7.3 million
This car is also a unique example: there is only one. The car was introduced in 2005 but was only sold to rapper Birdman in 2011. It amounted to more than € 7 million for this exceptional car. The Maybach Exelero has a V12 biturbo and 700 hp on board. The maximum speed of the car is 350 km / h. The Maybach Exelero can reach 100 km / h in 4.4 seconds. Nice detail: the car made its appearance in the video clip “Lost One” by by rapper Jay-Z.

5. Bugatti Divo - € 5 million
Only 40 copies of this Bugatti Divo were produced. One was bought by a Dutchman. The Dutch buyer was allowed to assemble the car in detail, but had to take one thing into account: a top speed of 380 km / h. The Divo is based on the Chiron and gets 1500 hp and 1600 Nm of torque from an 8.0-liter W16 engine with 4 turbos. The Divo, like the Chiron, reaches 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds. What is the difference with the Chiron? This car is lighter and more aerodynamic. The rear spoiler of the Divo is also wider than that of the Chiron.

So, I hear you think, after so much dreaming; get back on your feet and realise that compared with some of the classic Bugattis, these are cheap automobiles. Relatively that is. We know that the Type 57SC Atlantic was sold to Peter Mullin and an associate for over 32 million $. If any of the Royales would come to market now, one should think more in the region of 50 million....

On the other side; one does not always need a deep pocket to buy something completely unique. I did last week, it's the last one in existence, which is something that can't be said of most Bugattis!

April 12, 2020

110 years Bugatti; the official view

Of course, this hardly qualifies as "News", as it is more than 110 years ago, and the publication of the document itself was in 1948, so 72 years ago. However, there's not much more news about Bugattis than that at this moment: All rallies, shows and auctions have been either cancelled or postponed... What I do see from the number of parts offered and sold on my website, is that Bugatti owners use this extra time to either make their collection of surplus parts available to those who need them, or to actually use these parts to improve their Bugatti or get further with their project.

The above is an excerpt of a publication by the Bugatti company in 1948, which was mostly a review of the history of Ettore and the Bugatti company in Molsheim. The 4-page document was called "Les 50 Années de Génie Mécanique d'Ettore BUGATTI 1898 - 1948" (The fifty years of mechanical genius of Ettore Bugatti, 1898 - 1948)

It clearly states that the year 1910 was the year that the company started in Molsheim, translated in English it reads:

The year 1910 will always (Take note Bugatti SAS: Always!) count in the destiny of Ettore Bugatti, because that was the year which marked the installation of his first Atelier in Molsheim and the construction of his first 1400cc chassis, the most successful prototype: low, short and light, which would seduce the large crowd of motorists of all countries.

When he started in Molsheim, Bugatti did not have more than around twenty co-workers at his side, conscientious and devoted specialists.

So hopefully this will finally end all discussions and that 2020 is the year that the Bugatti company was founded 110 years ago. Of course I would not mind if any of my readers, in these times that outdoor water activities are banned, dive into their libraries of books and other documents, and see if they can help me find the exact date that the Bugatti company was established in Molsheim!

Lastly: I hope you and your families are all well, with only some computer virus popping up now and again, but not the real desease!

March 21, 2020

Bitten by the Bug - hit by the virus

This first day of spring usually for most of us bitten by the "Bug" marks the start of a season of motoring in the great outdoors, as in the above artwork by Guy Sabran. However, a pandemic of a whole different nature will stop most of us (temporarily) to do so. I haven't heard of Bugatti rallies having been canceled, but they most probably will be.

The entire world is hit by the Covid-19 virus (or Corona in some countries, even called the "Chinese" virus by our friend the president of the USA), and the strict measures in an attempt to control it.
First of all; I hope that all of you, my readers, and your families and relatives are well. I wish you can cope with these difficult times, healthwise of course, but also financially for those in danger of losing thier job, or their business.

The virus even affected this website; I have seen an increase in visitors over the last week, by about a quarter. Rest assured that this website will remain enitrely virus free; you can access it without mouth protection, can even sneeze at it without risk, and do not need to keep 1.5 meters distance....

So for all of you: Heads up, and if you're feeling bored: You can enjoy yourself for several hours reading all Questions, all news items and event announcements since 1995, and all 62 back issues of the Bugatti Revue!

Jaap Horst

March 15, 2020

News from the past: 2015 Bugatti Atlantic prototype which was never presented

In the past decade, Bugatti SAS has developed more models than they actually produced. Some, like the 4-door Galibier was in fact presented to the public. This "small" front engined V8 Atlantic was not.

However, there were rumours about a smaller Bugatti, and thus it seems now, that these rumours were in fact true!

So what were the characteristics: A front mounted twin-turbo 4-litre V8, in fact the same one which was used by Bentley and produces more than 500 HP there, it might have produced even more in the Bugatti. Other options would have been a fully electric Atlantic, which would have had 4 electric motors. And there were even plans for a roadster!

Pricewise: it would have been "cheaper" than the Chiron, probably around 1 million only.

So what did indeed happen? Achim Anscheidt remembered the Atlantic, though not fully approved for production yet, was tentatively scheduled to make its public debut at the 2015 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The various posters decorating the design studio's walls all reference that date, but the launch was pushed back and the delay proved fatal. The far-reaching Dieselgate scandal fulminated less than a month after the world's wealthiest enthusiasts convened on California's picturesque Pacific coast and sent all of Volkswagen's brands into panic mode. Bugatti worried about its future more than others because it's the smallest and most fragile part of the automaker.

"Our president at the time, Wolfgang Dürheimer, pulled all the strings just to get Bugatti to a black zero so we were at least not costing the group money. We needed to be on the safe side to avoid being sold off from one day to another, because, in the first year, nobody could really judge the dimensions of the coming financial catastrophe. Everything was play it safe. It stayed that way for us for nearly two years," Anscheidt explained.

The Chiron was at a much more advanced stage in the development process so it was too late to cancel it. "We were five months away from the 2016 Geneva Auto Show where we planned to unveil it," Anscheidt explained. He candidly told me executives would have otherwise pulled the plug on the project to save as much money as possible, and they would have put Bugatti in a "freeze frame" while they riddled out what to do with the brand.

"We showed it to Stephan Winkelmann. He said 'I really, really like it, it's super exotic, we would find customers that would be interested in that. But, there's no chance in technical development we can make this fly, we have so many things do to. Can we not create this story, La Voiture Noire, on the base of the Chiron?' That's where it all started," he revealed, referencing the one-off, $19-million coupe unveiled in 2019. The former Lamborghini executive gave Anscheidt the freedom he needed to make the La Voiture Noire a reality, and he played a key role in fast-tracking other projects (like the Divo and the Centodieci) to production.

And my personal opinion; not an ugly car, except for the radiator-grille, which looks like a horseshoe for one of the fattest horses in equestrian history. However, such a small car, would be much more useable than the Veyron or Chiron are. It even has room in the boot to put your crates of beer you just bought at the supermarket!

Below: video by "Supercar blondie", where you can see how annoyingly slow the doors actually open. Though, that may have been faster in the production model.

March 14, 2020

Auction results

Bonham's - Amelia Island Auction, USA, March 5, 2020

  • Ettore Bugatti's personal pasta machine, Estimate € 4,600 - 9,200: Sold for US$ 37,575 inc.premium (€ 33,839)
  • 1925 Bugatti Type 30 Sports Tourer, Chassis no. 4725, Engine no. 418, Estimate € 370,000 - 420,000 Not sold ("Amended")
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet by F. Gerber, Chassis no. 44857, Estimate € 300,000 - 330,000: Sold for US$ 335,000 inc.premium (€ 301,693)
  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster, Chassis no. 55220, Engine no. 21, Estimate € 6,000,000 - 8,800,000: Sold for US$ 7,100,000 inc.premium (€ 6,394,092)
  • A large metal Bugatti sign, Sold for US$ 10,700 inc.premium (€ 9,636)

RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction, USA, March 6 - 7, 2020

  • 1927 Bugatti Type 38A Supercharged, Chassis No. 38470, Engine no. 209, ex 38275, Estimate: $350,000 - $400,000: Not sold.
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D'Ieteren, Chassis No.57589, Engine No.464, Body No.5219, Estimate: $1,500,000 - $2,000,000: Sold For $1,655,000 inc.premium
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57834, Engine No. 103C, Estimate: $800,000 - $950,000: Sold For $797,000 inc.premium

So, apart from the T55 and T57 Cabriolet by D'Ieteren, which both sold quite nicely close to their lower estimates, Pasta machines sell better than automobiles!

March 4, 2020

Bugatti presents new version of the Chiron: The Pur Sport

With a name all too obviously referring to "Pur Sang", The new Chiron Pur Sport should be fast in corners, voracious on country roads.

Flat front end, dynamic design and impressive rear spoiler – it’s clear from the outset that the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport1 yearns for corners and challenging country roads. Pure and unadulterated. A genuine thoroughbred.

Bugatti has been producing sports cars homologated for public roads for over 110 years. In the past, vehicles such as the Type 13 and Type 35 have claimed countless victories at international hill climbs and road races. The Chiron Pur Sport1 is no exception to this long-standing tradition. The new model is an uncompromising hypersports car for exactly those winding roads – a new aerodynamic configuration generates more downforce while the lower weight increases agility. Even travelling at average speeds will stimulate all the senses thanks to a close-ratio transmission, high-performance tyres with a new material mix geared towards extreme grip as well as an agile chassis and suspension setup. By contrast with the Chiron Super Sport 300+, the recordbreaking car that exceeded the threshold of 300 miles per hour for the first time, the Chiron Pur Sport focuses on extraordinary, tangible performance throughout the entire range of speeds.

“We spoke to customers and realised they wanted a vehicle that is geared even more towards agility and dynamic cornering. A hypersports car that yearns for country roads with as many bends as possible. An unadulterated, uncompromising driving machine. Consequently, the vehicle is called Chiron Pur Sport1”, explains Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “By cutting the weight by 50 kilogrammes while simultaneously boosting the downforce and configuring an uncompromising, sporty chassis as well as suspension setup, the Chiron Pur Sport1 boasts incredible grip, sensational acceleration and extraordinarily accurate handling. It’s the most uncompromising yet agile Bugatti of recent times.”

Extraordinary design
The Chiron Pur Sport’s concept has been geared towards agility in every sense of the word. The Design Development department’s focus was to lend the Pur Sport* a confident appearance. As a result, the front end is dominated by an intentionally dynamic expression. Very wide air inlets and an enlarged horseshoe panel at the bottom serve as perfect radiator air outlets. The vehicle’s striking splitter generates maximum downforce by protruding considerably at the front while also making the vehicle seem wider. Primary lines run across the air outlets on the front wing like tendons on a muscle, radiating the design image of a well-honed athlete.

A new optional split paintwork design has been developed for the Chiron Pur Sport. The entire bottom third of the vehicle features exposed carbon fibre to make the vehicle seem even lower. From the sides these dark surfaces merge with the colour of the road surface and make the Pur Sport* appear even flatter.

The rear of the Pur Sport proudly carries the vehicle’s rear spoiler spanning 1.90 metres to generate serious amounts of downforce, and the striking diffuser also significantly boosts the vehicle’s aerodynamics. In this process, angled wing mounts form a large X in conjunction with the rear apron, a feature that is inspired by elements of science fiction and motorsport . The design is rounded off by the extremely lightweight and highly temperature-resistant exhaust tailpipe made of 3D-printed titanium. This production method gives the components very thin walls, thus helping to save weight where it really matters.

The vehicle interior is deliberately sporty and raw, and has been reduced to the absolute minimum. Large surfaces have been upholstered with Alcantara to save weight. Dynamic patterns have been lasered into the Alcantara door trim panels featuring contrasting fabric highlights with a metal look. Alcantara guarantees an ideal grip on the steering wheel and improves the side support on seats – even at extreme lateral acceleration levels. All trim and controls are made exclusively of either black, anodised aluminium or titanium. Contrasting cross-stitching adds colour highlights, as do the steering wheel’s 12 o’clock spoke and the blue centre spine.

Sophisticated aerodynamics and exhaust system
A large diffuser and fixed rear spoiler generate plenty of downforce at the back end, while also helping to boost agility. At the same time, doing away with the hydraulic component of the otherwise automatically extending spoiler reduces the weight by ten kilogrammes. Rear wing mounts and diffuser form an aggressive and sporty X-shaped design. “We focussed particularly on the agility of the Chiron Pur Sport1. The vehicle generates more downforce at the rear axle while the large, front splitter, air inlets, wheel-arch vents featuring optimised air outlets and a reduced vehicle height strike a clean balance at the front”, Frank Heyl, Head of Exterior Design and Deputy Head Designer at Bugatti, explains.

New wheel design
Frank Heyl and the Technical Development department teamed up to devise a magnesium wheel design featuring optional aero blades for the Pur Sport. Arranged in a ring, the blades guarantee ideal wheel ventilation while also boosting aerodynamics. While the vehicle is in motion the rings fitted to the rim extract air outwards from the wheel where it is immediately drawn towards the rear. This invention prevents adverse turbulence in the wheel area and also improves the flow across the side of the vehicle. A special cover on each of the five wheel nuts minimises turbulence and adds a final visual touch to the wheel’s design. Cutting the weight by a total of 16 kilogrammes results in a lower unladen weight and also reduces the unsprung masses of the already ultra-light Bugatti wheels. “All of the modifications make the Pur Sport’s handling more accurate, direct and predictable. Lower unsprung masses result in improved grip because the wheel maintains contact with the road surface more easily. Anyone behind the wheel will immediately feel its lightweight character through bends”, Jachin Schwalbe, Head of Bugatti Chassis Development, adds. An accomplished interpretation of “form follows performance”.

New tyre development
Bugatti and Michelin developed the new and exclusive Bugatti Sport Cup 2 R tyre in 285/30 R20 dimensions at the front and 355/25 R21 at the rear to match the new Aero wheel design. Thanks to a modified tyre structure and a rubber mix that creates more grip, this combination boosts the vehicle’s lateral acceleration by 10% to additionally increase its cornering speed.

Uncompromising chassis and suspension setup
Bugatti specifically configured the chassis and suspension to be uncompromising on winding roads – without any detrimental effect on comfort. A new chassis setup featuring 65% firmer springs at the front and 33% firmer springs at the rear, an adaptive damping control strategy geared towards performance as well as modified camber values (minus 2.5 degrees) guarantee even more dynamic handling and added agility in bends. Carbon-fibre stabilisers at the front and rear additionally minimise roll. “This setup makes the Chiron Pur Sport steer more directly and accurately through bends and maintains the grip levels for a very long time – even at high speeds. In conjunction with 19 kilogrammes of weight reduction of the unsprung masses the Pur Sport almost glides across roads”, Jachin Schwalbe explains. In addition to the wheels’ weight reduction totalling 16 kilogrammes, titanium brake pad base panels cut the vehicle’s weight by a further two kilogrammes while brake discs strike yet another kilogramme off the total weight. “These 19 kilogrammes fully contribute towards the performance. Less weight results in more grip and tangibly more comfort, as adaptive dampers are forced to deal with lower masses to thus be able to maintain the wheels’ contact with the road surface more easily”, Jachin Schwalbe adds. Engineers have guaranteed more direct contact with the road surface by making the connection between chassis, suspension and body 130% firmer at the front and 77% firmer at the rear.

Apart from the four familiar EB, Motorway, Handling and Sport drive modes, the Chiron Pur Sport[1] features the new Sport + drive mode to make this enhanced performance more emotionally tangible. In contrast to Sport mode, the traction control system kicks into action on dry race tracks at a significantly later point in the new mode aimed at more skilled cornering experts, making it possible for drivers to change their personal driving style even more than before from razor-sharp ideal lines to drifts, also through fast corners.

New transmission development
A new transmission featuring an overall gear ratio that has been configured 15% closer together guarantees even more dynamic handling and further improves the power distribution of the 8.0-litre W16 engine generating 1,500 horsepower and 1,600 newton metres of torque. The vehicle now unleashes its full power at 350 km/h. “We were forced to reduce the speed as a result of the vastly increased downforce, generated by the new rear spoiler”, Schwalbe explains. 80% of the transmission has been revised while the entire gear set including four shafts and seven forward gears has been adapted to the new conditions. “We reconfigured each gear and calibrated new ratios despite this iconic engine boasting an abundance of power. The gears are closer together now to enable shorter gear jumps and also benefit performance. Most of all when coming out of corners the Chiron Pur Sport1 accelerates even more aggressively in conjunction with the added grip as well as the more direct chassis and suspension”, Gregor Gries says as the Head of Major Assemblies at Bugatti. At the same time Bugatti has increased the maximum engine speed of the W16 unit by 200 rpm to 6,900 rpm. In conjunction with the closer overall gear ratio this creates significantly better elasticity. As a result, the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 60 to 120 km/h almost two seconds faster than the already lightning-fast Chiron.
All in all the elasticity values are 40% better compared with the Chiron.

Production output and cost
2020 will be a special year for Bugatti. The French manufacturer based in Molsheim will be delivering the first Bugatti Divo vehicles this year, a creation showcased at Pebble Beach in 2018, as part of a limited small-scale series totalling 40 units. Production of the Chiron Pur Sport will start in the second half of 2020. Limited to 60 units at three million euros excluding VAT. “With the Chiron Pur Sport we are showcasing an outstanding vehicle that makes your heart race shortly after having started the engine to push the limits of driving physics even further to the limit than any vehicle ever has done before. This means we have come full circle, back to the good, old Bugatti tradition”, Stephan Winkelmann adds confidently.

March 1, 2020

Auction result

Artcurial Sale Racing, Flying & Yachting Auction, February 8, 2020

  • D'apres Rembrandt Bugatti 1884-1916, Petit éléphant dressé, circa 1920-1930, Sold at €33,800

Silver sculpture, old lost wax cast bearing the stamp of the founder Valsuani. According to a model created in 1904 and chosen by Ettore Bugatti to serve as mascots for the radiator caps of the Bugatti Royale produced in the workshops of Molsheim from 1926

Model similar to that auctioned on July 5, 2009 during the sale of the Estate of Madame Fritz Schlumpf by the house of Gasser Audhuy in Strasbourg.

Provenance: sale June 16, 2013, Châlon auction house, SVV Dessaut, lot 100.

February 27, 2020

110 Years of Bugatti and 25 Years of BugattiPage Contest results

On January 9, I published the 110 Years Bugatti Contest. I can't say that I was overwhelmed by the number of reactions I received, but there were interesting and beautiful ones.

To start with, the "Bugatti Chassis number contest" only received one reaction. Ulf Kossenjans had 12 out of 18 of the Bugattis (one of which appeared twice) in the 5 collages correct. So he is the deserved winner. Congratulations Ulf!

The correct answers were:

1.1: #50123
1.2: #40748
1.3: #38470
1.4: #40810
1.5: #46293
2.1: Veyron 16.4 GrandSport Vitesse Black Bess (Les légendes)
2.2: La Voiture Noire
2.3: Divo
3.1: #2180
3.2: #2628
3.3: #44646
3.4: #38470
4.1: #37140
4.2: #4843
4.3: #51153
5.1: #57596
5.2: #57748
5.3: #57731
Luckily there were a lot more contestants for the "Bugatti Artistic contest", 10 in total, most of them sent in more than one artwork, different styles, different qualities, different subjects and of course there were miniatures, stories, paintings and digital artwork.

After long deliberations amongst the team of judges, considering quality, originality of the subject and of course also the important matter of taste, the winners are Nik Levecque and Geoffrey Severin.

Nik sent in an original short story, The Bordoli Bugatti, though in the meantime he is also competing in another category...

Most of us know the original Bugatti drawings by Francois Chevalier, as collected in his book "Le petit Bugattiste Illustré" from 2003. There are loads of fantasy Bugattis in the book (see on the right), some of which Geoffrey turned into 3D miniatures, the one at the top of the article, as well as the one shown below. He also made some of his own fantasies in 3D though! Well executed and original! Congratulations Geoffrey!

The winners will be asked to take their pick of the available prizes (I'm sorry to say, but I never did receive a reaction from Mr. Winkelmann). All entrants for the contest, from the winners and all other esteemed contestants, will be available soon in a special issue of the Bugatti Revue.

January 9, 2020

Contest! 110 Years of Bugatti and 25 Years of BugattiPage.

As promised, I present to you the 110 Years of Bugatti and 25 Years of BugattiPage contest! Such a festive year, 2020, does need something special!

So, what do we have?

In fact there are two contests, one for the mathemagicians amongst the Bugattistes, the other for the Artistic ones!

Bugatti Chassis number contest
The first contest is an easy one for those who enjoy Bugatti chassis numbers, know them by heart for 95% of the existing Bugattis, and probably know all the owners of these Bugattis from new until now as well.
What you have to do is easy, there are 5 collages here of Bugattis, for the classic Bugattis you give the chassis numbers for all Bugattis visible in each of them. That's 4 collages, the last one is of the modern Bugattis, all you have to do here, is to give the specific type and/or name. Chassis numbers not needed.
The photographs are just cut and put together, all have been on my website in the last few years, or still are, and they are not changed in any other way (though I may have mirrored one or two images, just to make the nose of the car point in the right direction). There is the one collage above, and four below. Each can be clicked on to view a larger size image. In total there are 18 parts of Bugattis in these collages, the Bugattiste with the most correct answers will win.

Bugatti Artistic contest
As all of us know, the chassis number approach is one way to be a Bugattiste, but there are many more. I am in fact one of those who does not know many chassis numbers, I'm also interested in the artistic side of Bugatti, both the automobiles as well as the furniture, paintings and statues. Following in the footsteps of the famous family, you are requested to make some artistic contribution for this contest.
This may be a nicely written story, either an anecdote of an event that really happened, or total fantasy. Other contributions can be drawings, paintings, photographs, collages (better than mine!), miniatures (preferably not a standard built kit, anyone who feels tempted to build a collage in 3D?), websites? or something which I have not thought of yet but has an artistic side to it, and Bugatti related of course.

So, what is it that you can win? I'll have to ask Mr. Winkelmann if he has a spare Chiron (or just an old Veyron) laying around in the workshops, which he has to get rid of. Probably not, so prizes are a bit more down to earth..

  • Eternal fame and respect from fellow Bugattistes (for all winners!)
  • A copy of the famous Bugatti 100P Record plane book. Signed by the author.
  • An approximate 1:15 scale Bugatti Type 59 (the box says 1:18) by Bburago, the wing-less version in yellow.
  • Peter Vann, 6 photographs folder
  • Erwin Tragatsch, Das grosse Bugatti buch

There is no first prize, the number one winner for each contest just gets first pick.

The jury consists of only Bugattistes. The number of jury members can be one or more, depending on how schizophrenic I feel at that moment.

Please send your contributions, the list with chassis numbers and the three types/names of the modern Bugattis, or your artistic contribution by e-mail to me ( before February 10 (which will give you about a month). That way the jury has some time to do it's (his) judging duties, and also prepare the webpages for the answers to be given, the winners to be announced, and the artistic contributions to be prepared and published in a special edition of the Bugatti Revue on February 27, 2020, exactly 25 years after the start of BugattiPage.

February 14, 2019

Auctions results

(Descriptions of most of the classic Bugattis that were on auction in the Retromobile period in Paris can be found here)

Worldwide Auctioneers Riyadh auction, November 23, 2019

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe Chassis no. 57641, Coachwork by Gangloff: Not Sold

RM - Sotheby's Arizona Auction, January 16-17, 2020

  • 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Chassis No. VF9SA25C78M795066, Sold For $1,105,000 incl. premium

RM Sotheby's - PARIS Auction, February 5, 2020

  • 1925 Bugatti Type 23, Chassis No. 2400, Engine No. 898: NOT Sold
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff, Chassis No. 57737, Engine No. 50C: NOT Sold
  • 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Chassis No. VFSG25282M795011: Sold for €1,523,750 (including auction costs)

Bonhams Auction, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais, Paris, February 6, 2020

  • 1913 Bugatti Type 13 Sports, Chassis no. 13 506 R, Estimate € 190,000 - € 240,000: Sold for €184,000 inc.premium
  • 1922 Bugatti Type 23, Estimate € 500,000 - € 600,000: Not sold
  • 1926 Bugatti Type 39, Chassis no. 4607, Estimate € 1,050,000 - € 1,400,000: Not sold
  • 1927 Bugatti Type 40 'Grand Sport' Roadster, Chassis no. 40273, Estimate € 350,000 - 450,000: Sold for € 333,500 inc. premium
  • 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster Figoni, Chassis no. 55221, Estimate €4 - 7 M: Sold for € 4,600,000 inc. premium
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupé, Chassis no. 57633, Estimate € 1,500,000 - 1,800,000: Not sold
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet Gangloff, Chassis no. 57836, Estimate € 1,350,000 - € 1,650,000: Not sold

Artcurial Retromobile Auction, February 7, 2020

  • 1927/28 Bugatti 37/44 monoplace, Châssis n° 37334 , Estimate € 380,000 - € 460,000: Not sold
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet par Vanvooren, Chassis no. 57162, Estimate € 450,000 - € 650,000: Sold for €500,640 inc. premium
  • 1935 Bugatti 57 torpédo "Paris-Nice", Chassis n° 57300 , Estimate € 420,000 - € 560,000: Not sold

One may consider the estimates for some of the classic Bugattis rather on the high side, fact remains that the majority did not sell. Of the 12 Bugattis on auction only 4 were sold! The ones that did sell were of course the fabulous Type 55 Figoni (though that one only just touched it's lower estimate) and a few others, as well as the modern Veyrons, the latter always seem to sell at auction.

One thing I had missed, and which sold for €2550 at the Bonhams Auction, was a rather special Mascot by Bugatti (and stamped Bugatti!), the "Oiseau de Vitesse" or "Speed bird".

It is nickel-plated brass, stamped with Bugatti emblem to underside and with stamped number 37 to underside of tail, of simple form (or one could say, a cubist approach to a flying bird) and believed to be a mascot design for Bugatti Type 37A, 21.5cm long. Apart from the famous Royale Elephant, it is the only mascot by Bugatti that I know of.

An example of this mascot was fitted to the Comte Souza Dantos "La Cage a Mouche" ("The Fly Cage") Type 37A Bugatti with coachwork by Million-Guiet.

February 14, 2020

Bugatti Presents "La Maison Pur Sang"

Tradition is one of the core pillars of Bugatti. Bugatti is launching the new “La Maison Pur Sang” program to enable even better care for the historical vehicles in the future. For the first time, the French luxury brand presented the new offer for the certification and restoration of classic Bugatti automobiles at the Rétromobile Motorshow in Paris, the annual international exhibition of classic vehicles.

The New "La Maison Pur Sang" Program
“Bugatti vehicles have always been special automobiles. Exceptional design, outstanding performance and the latest technology characterize each Bugatti,” emphasizes Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “In order to allow owners to experience and enjoy the outstanding technology flawlessly, we have decided to provide intensive support in our factory with the “La Maison Pur Sang” program.” Luigi Galli, a new specialist for Tradition and Certification at Bugatti, has been in charge of this special task since September. In his role, he is the first point of contact for customers of historic Bugatti automobiles and the various Bugatti clubs.

The program is being rolled out gradually, based on the certification of the authenticity of historic cars. The genuineness of an automobile is determined by Luigi Galli and his team of experts through intensive research of all available information - historical documents, admission registers, photo documents, or even the comparison of certain component numbers. After successive stages of expansion, the restoration of historic automobiles from Bugatti will also be carried out in the future.

“Tradition and history are a great privilege, but also a great responsibility for us. We are always faced by it. We’re conscious of our 110+ years of tradition and want to enable many of our historical vehicles to continue to drive perfectly on the road or to be in collections even after decades,” explains Stephan Winkelmann. "With 'La Maison Pur Sang' we offer an official framework for these automotive treasures. It is very important to protect and preserve Bugatti's tradition and heritage, as well as the existing knowledge of the brand. ”

Bugatti Veyron Turns 15 - with a New Loyalty Program
Fifteen years have passed since its world premiere - and yet the Veyron is as fit as ever with appropriate maintenance. It is not for nothing that Bugatti offers a loyalty program for the Veyron, which makes it possible to extend the guarantee. This makes Bugatti the only manufacturer to offer a warranty on its vehicles even after more than twelve years. Regular, annual maintenance at the authorized Bugatti contract partner is required. Preventive measures and comprehensive service can ensure that the hyper sports car is guaranteed to bring its inner beast to the road in a controlled and reliable manner. The best thing: technical solutions and shorter service times with regular maintenance reduce the total cost for the customer by half.

If you want to give your Veyron a fresh new look, you can do so in the future. In the first step, reconfiguration and restoration is offered for the Bugatti Veyron, followed by recertification. Specially trained technicians in Molsheim examine the vehicles closely and record every detail. Then they combine the results in an extensive booklet. Measurement taking as part of the loyalty program and “La Maison Pur Sang” will further support the positive performance of the Bugatti Veyron in recent few years.

January 25, 2020

Stephan Winkelmann – “Bugatti has some surprises in store for 2020”


Several outstanding models, a world record and a great 110th (109th) anniversary celebration. 2019 was an eventful year for the French luxury manufacturer of hyper sports cars. Bugatti celebrated its 110th anniversary in this year, making the company one of the oldest hyper sports car marques still in existence. Bugatti also developed several exclusive Edition models in what turned out to be a record year in all respects.

“We designed some outstanding hyper sports cars in 2019,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. These included the Chiro “110 ans Bugatti”, a homage to the French homeland. There was also the “La Voiture Noire”, for Bugatti enthusiasts the most exclusive, beautiful and valuable Gran Tourismo there is. It’s the haute couture of automotive engineering – elegant, powerful and unique. Since the summer, Bugatti has also referenced the Italian intermezzo of the Bugatti marque with the “Centodieci”. At the same time, this is a nod to the Bugatti EB110, the super sports car of the 1990s.

“Although we’re proud to look back on our past, we’re looking forward to the future with purpose and pleasure. In 2019, we were again able to increase our production and also deliver more customised Chiron vehicles to our customers. This year, the first Divo model will leave our studio in Molsheim,” explains Stephan Winkelmann. With the Divo, Bugatti has extended its longstanding tradition of coach-building, which involves placing specially designed bodies on an existing chassis. This is a concept which has received great interest. The small series, limited to 40 cars, is sold out even before the official world premiere. Moreover, production of the Chiron is planned through to the end of 2021, and fewer than 100 of the 500 hyper sports cars are still available.

Stephan Winkelmann promises further highlights in the model series for 2020. “We’re living in a revolutionary era. We will present further high-performance vehicles in 2020, because Bugatti remains true to its philosophy of developing the best cars in the world.” At the same time, Bugatti will retroactively make its locations worldwide and the kilometres driven by Bugatti vehicles CO2-neutral from 2018. “By doing this, we’re taking responsibility for generations to come and placing Bugatti in a sustainable position for the future,” says Stephan Winkelmann.

La Marque is followed by continuing speculation. Rumours revolve around new models and bear witness to the enormous passion of Bugatti enthusiasts worldwide. However, Bugatti will not reveal its plans for the year. “All I can say is this: we’ll be presenting a few interesting surprises in 2020. We have several ideas and are continuing to work on the future of our traditional marque,” promises Winkelmann.

January 21, 2020

Fake Type 37A being offered!

A friend of mine sent me a series of photographs, including photographs of the original old registration papers, of a Bugatti T37A. The car allegedly was completely original, original paintwork, first hand. Only 1.8M Euro. Chassis number 37186.

However, the paintwork directly rang a bell in my head, I had seen this exact type of paintjob before, a kind of leather-look never before seen on a GP Bugatti.

So, it is certainly not original, I saw this exact same car at Retromobile in February 2018, on the stand of Pur Sang, see: Scroll down quite a bit...

Since I saw it on Retromobile, some more instruments have been added to the dash, as well as some ornaments to the front. They stuck a pair of "old" licenseplates to it and tried to make the car look old. They also found documents from somewhere, which maybe the original documents of the real 37186 (the chassis of which is now in another Bugatti). Or if not, they are convincing fakes. They also stamped the number 37186 in the engine (using the wrong type of numbers). I communicated with another friend of mine in the Bugatti world, he also knew about this car being offered, though for € 450k in that case.

So, this car, how original it may look, is a full replica, with Pur Sang origins.

I'm afraid the owner has an asking price which is a factor 10 too high (I'd value it at around 150,000 euro in this shape, if you get it registered in the country you live in. This is usually difficult for a replica these days...
Below, various details of the car now, and how it was at Retromobile 2018.

Left, in 2018, the right two photographs as it is now. Added reflectors and number plate. Ugly number plate illumination.

Original front of the T37A, and as it is now. Many details added, and the Pur Sang badge replaced by a Bugatti one. A lot more corrosion also...

Dashboard in 2018, and as it is now, two years later. Some instruments added, and a whole lot of emblems which try to give the car an appearance as if it has lived 92 years. However, it is much too clean around these instruments and badges; the edges are always where you can not clean or polish.
The "Pur Sang" type recognisable distributor cap has been replaced by something which does look more period correct. Maybe one of few original parts on the car?

Not many changes to the engine compartment. Spark plug holder added and some other parts. Everything looks rather new. Look at that shiny waterpump!

The strange paintjob, which triggered me. If the paint would have been some faded blue, I might have believed it was original. Not this way. The upholstery (Photo on the right) was done again with old leather.

The fake number 37186 (Typeface which Bugatti never used) on the engine, and the very convincing document.

January 1, 2020

110 Years of Bugatti and 25 Years of BugattiPage !

"110 Years of Bugatti?" I can see the questionmarks on your forehead, "Wasn't that last year?"

No, it wasn't. 110 Years of Bugatti is now, 2020. Did Bugatti SAS make a mistake? Yes they did, the same as what they did in 2009, when they said it was 100 years of Bugatti. Of course they had to continue that error of 11 years ago last year.

But what is the truth about this? In fact yes, Bugatti was talking with investors about starting for himself, already in the summer of 1909. Some sources state that Ettore Bugatti and Ernest Friderich were in the Hardtmühle in Dorlisheim painting the walls of the building towards the end of that year, while another source (Steinhauser) states that it was Friderich alone who was in Dorlisheim during Christmas of 1909, to make preparations to the building, and also was looking for new staff for the company.

However, the official papers to register the company were signed not earlier than Januari 1 (or 2, depending on the source), 1910. While (again Steinhauser) states that Bugatti did not come to Molsheim / Dorlisheim before January 13, 1910.

Thus, the conclusion is, that the Bugatti company was founded not before January 1910, and that the exact date of the start of the company changes a bit depending on the source you are using, ranging from January 1, to maybe the 14th of January, 1910. And thus, 110 years of Bugatti can be celebrated the whole year 2020!
Of course, if anybody has any proof that Bugatti started in 1909, I'd be happy to see it!

Luckily, the exact start of the BugattiPage is better known. It started on February 27, 1995, as can be read in the "birthday" article of one year later. In 1996, I also started the Bugatti Revue, on April 1, 1996.

The oldest save of this website (at the then address which I could find was from January 19, 1997, see below. These old versions of a website (any website in fact) can be found on the "Wayback machine", at
I started in a time that the Internet was still a domain for enthusiasts, with promises of absolutely open and democratic free communication between people all over the world. In part this did become a reality, see my BugattiPage, but largely the Internet became the domain of Ultra commercial companies like Facebook and Google who know all your most intimate details, Fake news and Russian and Chinese hackers....
My website however remained largely the same, basically non-commercial, with only a very limited amount of adverts....

On the occasion of 25 years BugattiPage, I plan on organising a contest again, like I have done in the past. The last one was back in 2008, and was a writing contest. The ones before that were in 2005 (a photo contest) and in 2002 (General contest of art, stories, miniatures). Results of these past contests can be seen in the "past issue" part of the Bugatti Revue.

So stay tuned to this page where the announcement for the next contest will be published soon!

Bugatti news, former issues

Bugatti events

October 20, 2020 Osenat Auction: AUTOMOBILES DE COLLECTION, AUTOMOBILIA Fontainebleau, France

Carlo BUGATTI ( 1856-1940), Two Frog-style horns

Art-Nouveau style horn, head and legs in nickel-plated bronze on a brass horn body. The exorbitant red tinted glass eyes accentuate the fantastic and caricatural aspect of the animal, which is characteristic of Carlo Bugatti's work influenced by nature, plants and insects, which he interprets to his own taste.
It can be compared to the knife holders in Mr. and Mrs. Lesieutre's collection.

A similar model (not nickel plated) at the Louwman Automobil Museum in The Hague, The Netherlands.

"Das Automobil in Der Kunst 1886- 1986", by Peter Stepan, Prestel publishing house in Munich 1986. Work presented under number 110 of the catalogue.
"BugattiPage 2016, opening photograph", by Jaap Horst. Link: The unplated version at theLouwman museum looks much more aggressive.

The small "Angry Frog" horn

Census: As far as we know, apart from the item in the Automobil in der Kunst catalogue which belongs to a well-known Swiss collection and the one in the Louwman Museum, there is another in the United States in Memphis.

The large "Angry Frog" horn

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October 23 - 24, 2020 RM / Sotheby's "The Elkhart Collection" Auction Elkhart, Indiana, USA

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October 30, 2020 Bonhams Auction: The Golden Age of Motoring Sale '1886-1939' London, England

1929 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport Tourer, Chassis no. 40764
  • Delivered new to the UK
  • Outstandingly original and authentic
  • Present family ownership since 1957

    Introduced in 1926, the Type 40 Bugatti succeeded the Brescia types, being built on a longer wheelbase and equipped with a more powerful engine. Virtually identical to that used in the Type 37 Grand Prix car, the latter was a four-cylinder unit displacing 1,496cc and incorporating an all-plain-bearing bottom end with five mains. A single overhead camshaft operated three valves per cylinder (two inlets, one exhaust) and the Type 40's maximum power output of 45bhp or thereabouts was transmitted to the rear wheels via a separate four-speed gearbox. A total of 790 Type 40s had been made when production ceased in May 1931, with a further 40 Type 40As completed with the 1,627cc engine by the end of that year. It is estimated that fewer then 200 survive today.

    Bugatti Type 40 number '40764' was purchased by the late Tony Clark in August 1957 having been seen advertised in The Autocar. The car belonged to the son of the owner of an engineering company, C J Driver, in nearby Great Barr, Birmingham. In Tony's own words: "I drove it for a few miles and realised it needed a lot doing to it. It spent the next 12 months under a sheet on the front drive until I had another garage built. I then decided to take it apart. The body was taken off and stored at work for 10 years. I did a lot of restoration work myself although the engine was rebuilt by experts. The car was mostly original apart from the electrics and I didn't expect to find Lucas lamps and starter on a French car. Over the years I managed to locate everything I needed which was the part I enjoyed. I eventually got the body back home and brush painted it myself which turned out well. It took another 10 years to complete and take out for the first time. It has a crash gearbox, i.e. no synchromesh, which takes a little getting used to. It handles very well and the brakes, although cable operated, are very good.

    "It has a hood and side screens which do their best to keep the rain out. I have driven it all over England and taken it on rallies to Italy and Alsace. Apart from the ignition switch breaking it has never let me down. It cruises at 60mph with a maximum speed of 80mph."

    'MT 4870' started life in Southport, Lancashire and some photographs have recently been found of its early days. From emails received recently, and a stereoscopic colour transparency, the first owner's initials have been established as A. J. F. Unfortunately, their name is not known. The earliest photographic record of the car dates from 1936 and depicts it in the Southport area with A. J. F. at the wheel, seemingly about to embark on a lengthy journey. The old-style continuation logbook lists the following subsequent owners:

    • J A Macdonald, Haydock (1947)
    • Kenneth Atkinson Lord, Southport (1950-1952)
    • Maurice John Richards, Churchstoke (1953)
    • Arthur John Churchley, Edgbaston (1953)
    • Peter M Driver, Gloucester (1954)

    The car remains remarkably original, with all removed parts retained and any original parts required located from the UK and overseas. Described as in good condition, running well, the engine was started regularly up to the end of Tony's life, and fired up at first time of asking in July 2020 when the car was moved for storage. The chassis is said to be sound, with no rust, and the bodywork to be in excellent condition. The hand-painted finish has the charming patina of an older restoration, with only one or two minor marks reflecting its age. The black leather interior likewise has an excellent patina. There are no known problems associated with the transmission, and the electrics are said to be in good working order. A tonneau, hood and side screens in black canvas are included in the sale.

    Tony Clark (1927-2019)
    Tony Clark was born on 2nd April 1927 and passed away on 16th December 2019 aged 92. Tony was always interested in things mechanical and his first car was a 1939 Morris Eight two-seater. After serving in the Royal Navy during WW2 he went to run the family firm of W Clark & Co in Birmingham's jewellery quarter. On 2nd August 1957 Tony spotted an advertisement in The Autocar for a 1929 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport 1.5-litre four-seat tourer and managed to purchase it. Driving the car a few days later he realised that it needed quite a bit of work and so a new garage was constructed to house it. The body was removed and would spend the next ten years in storage while Tony undertook the Bugatti's restoration, although he sent the engine away to be rebuilt by experts.

    Tony was a member of the Morris Minor Club, the Bugatti Owners' Club, the Riley Register, the American Bugatti Club, and the VSCC, which he joined in 1957. The family recalls outings to Silverstone, Curborough, Madresfield and Prescott, always enjoying wonderful picnics whatever the weather. Tony loved all forms of transportation, especially anything steam driven - regular and narrow gauge railways, traction engines, etc - and also took his family to the Isle of Man TT races and on boating trips. After renovating the Bugatti, he and his wife Joan took part in rallies in Italy, France, Germany and Holland. Beautiful and reliable, 'MT 4870' gave many hours and days of delight, and over the years many close friendships were formed all over the world. The car was also entered in many local events including the Birmingham 'Round the Houses' run.

    When Joan sadly passed away on Tony's 90th birthday, his family and friends supported him in the continuance of his active life. He continued to enjoy driving his beloved Bugatti until the end of his days.

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    June 14 - 20, 2021 International Bugatti Meeting Germany 2020 Bavarian Alps, Germany

    Before the IBM, there will be the Prologue „Crossing the Alpes“, from June 11 to 13

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