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March 23, 2019
Auction result

Phillips auction, London, March 21

Carlo Bugatti game table and chairs, 1902, Estimate £80,000 - 120,000, sold for: £93,750

March 16, 2019
Works 59/50B Bugatti returning to Prescott after 80 years

A world-famous Works 59/50B Bugatti is set to return to Prescott hillclimb for the first time in 80 years, as part of a special exhibition this summer that celebrates the Bugatti Owners' Club's 90th anniversary.

The car will be on display at the Bugatti Trust as part of its summer exhibition 'Jean Bugatti and Jean-Pierre Wimille – Prescott 80 years ago', which will run until September this year. The exhibition is one of a number of festivities marking 90 years since the founding of the Bugatti Owners' Club, the oldest Bugatti club in the world. The club also owns and operates Prescott, as well as being based there.

This year also marks the 80th anniversary of a remarkable part of Prescott's history. On Sunday July 30, 1939, it held its first ever international meeting, a Bugatti Owners' Club event, and this very returning Works monoposto Type 59 fitted with an 8-cylinder supercharged 4.7-litre type 50B engine Works 59/50B Bugatti not only took part, legendary grand prix driver Jean-Pierre Wimille was behind the wheel.

Jean Bugatti accepted an invitation to attend the 1939 Prescott hillclimb meeting and he brought with him his famous works driver Wimille, who was fresh from winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for the second time.

The 59/50B had without doubt the most powerful engine built by the factory and was fitted with twin rear wheels specially for the Gloucestershire hill climb's challenges.

Motor Sport's report from the event at the time called it "a truly beautiful car".
"So wide was it, twin shod at the rear, that it could not use the return road,” the report continued. "Wimille wore a beret and drove with great care and polish, clocking 46.69sec on his second run, after an initial ascent in 47.50sec, excellent times on this course for such a powerful car.

"Afterwards, Wimille watched other climbs in company with Earl Howe and Jean Bugatti."

Despite the unsuitability of his car Wimille still got the event's second fastest time, shy only of Raymond Mays' ERA which stopped the clock at 46.14sec.

Afterwards Jean Bugatti wrote to apologise for using such an incompatible car for the course and promised to return the following year with one of his new 1-litre machines.

The onset of the Second World War just five weeks later ensured this was not to be; further the 59/50B was only driven one more time, in 1945 again by Wimille at the Coupe des Prisonniers in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.

It was retained by the factory until it was acquired by the Schlumpf brothers for their Cité de l'Automobile museum in Mulhouse, France. It has now been loaned by that collection to Prescott.

This year's anniversary events also include the Bugatti Trust joining the festivities of Prescott's popular annual French and Italian themed 'La Vie en Bleu' weekend, taking place on May 25-26. It is anticipated that over 90 Bugattis will be present at that.

"We are delighted that the Works 59/50B Wimille Bugatti will make an historic return to Prescott," said general manager of the Bugatti Owners' Club, Chris Rogers. "The Bugatti Owner's Club and Prescott Hill Climb have played a significant role in the history of the car and its famous French driver Jean-Pierre Wimille."

Photographs: Jean-Pierre Wimille at the 1939 Prescott hill climb in his Works 59/50B Bugatti
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March 16, 2019
Bugatti Wants to Make a Car That Is … Not Super

According to brand President Stephan Winkelmann, an electric car you can drive every day may soon be in the works.

Bugatti is looking to introduce a second, more affordable model of car to its current multimillion-dollar lineup, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann revealed in an interview.

Winkelmann characterized it not as a mere halo car but as a best-in-segment daily driver with a top-line price to match—and it would be at least partially electric.

“There I would see us doing a battery electric vehicle,” he said of the proposed new car. “There, the balance between performance and comfort is much more important, and it’s about daily usability. This is what I see.”

Face-melting speed in this second car “will be far less important,” he said.

Of course, these terms are all highly relative, considering the US$3-million Chiron comes with 1,500 horsepower and a top speed of 420 km/h. Any new Bugatti will still cost a lot: It stands to reason that even a far “lesser” creation could cost half a million dollars and pack an 800-hp punch.

Winkelmann declined to give more specifics about the cost, chassis, and performance of the potential car but said the company has already begun analyzing the prospect. “Let’s see what we can do,” he said. “I’m hoping for the best.”

There is room to expand, even with the beaucoup business million-dollar cars like the Bugatti Chiron and Divo already provide. The average Bugatti customer has 42 cars at home, according to a Bugatti spokeswoman, and often two of them are Bugattis. More than half of the 250 Chirons made were purchased sight-unseen—an astounding figure considering the astronomical price tag.

In North America and Europe, billionaire populations are are growing by 17 percent and 18 percent respectively, according to Knight Frank’s 2019 Wealth Report. In Asia, there will be 1,003 billionaires by 2023, a 27-percent increase from 2018 and more than a third of the world’s 2,696 total billionaire population. Since 2009, sales of automobiles costing more than $180,000 has quadrupled, according to IHS Markit.

“At the end of the day, the difference of the price in a car is the brand,” Winkelmann said of how the new model may be positioned within the Volkswagen Group. “And this I think will stay the same, fortunately for us. I’m convinced about this.”

Bugatti would hardly be the first classic brand to attempt evolution and relevance via electric and/or halfway practical vehicles. Ferrari and Lamborghini had long eschewed deigning to make less-expensive sportscars and – gasp! – SUVs in volume plays that would bolster their tiny global outputs (formerly sub-5,000 units).

But in the past few years Lamborghini incorporated the Urus SUV into its lineup, and Ferrari executives said last week in Geneva they are working on a hybrid supercar of their own. (Recall, Ferrari introduced the hybrid LaFerrari six years ago.) These moves effected no discernible impact in terms of “damaging” a storied brand.

The real challenge will be to develop an electric vehicle with either significantly improved range or more exotic technology than the much-hyped Porsche Taycan, another sibling in the VW Group family and one that will be on the road before the end of 2019.

Any new vehicle from Bugatti would likely borrow extensively from VW Group hardware such as the Premium Platform Electric architecture to be used by Porsche, Bentley and Audi—but with a badge like Bugatti’s, it better provide an amplified experience.

In the meantime, a lot can happen. Even if Winkelmann gets the green light from Volkswagen AG, the prospect of an underling Bugatti remains far from reality.

He doesn’t yet have approval from the Volkswagen board, which can be difficult to procure. It took years of lobbying from Bentley and Lamborghini to get the go-ahead to make an SUV. (For the record, Bentley “won” that battle: It got the okay to make its Bentayga before Lamborghini produced the Urus.)

If and when Winkelmann gets a yes, it will take another four years of development before a second Bugatti family line hits the road.

Might as well start saving money now.

March 11, 2019

Auction results

RM / Sotheby's Amelia Island auction, March 8-9, 2019

March 11, 2019
Bugatti presents new "Baby"

500 limited-edition junior Bugatti cars built to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary

Molsheim / Geneva, March 11, 2019.
The car that brought Automobiles Ettore Bugatti to fame in the 1920s, the Bugatti Type 35, is generally acknowledged as the most successful racing car of all time. During its long career it won around 2,000 professional and amateur races, averaging more than fourteen per week at its peak. In 1926 Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a half-scale Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son, Roland, on the occasion of his fourth birthday. Now, on the occasion of the company’s "110th" birthday, Bugatti and Junior Classics are reviving the idea of the Bugatti ‘Baby’, presenting the first 3D-printed design model on the Bugatti stand at Geneva International Motorshow.
Note: The image above is still just a digital rendering.

What Ettore and Jean had intended as a one-off car, became an official Bugatti vehicle. The feedback from customers visiting Molsheim had been so positive that it went into production and was sold between 1927 and 1936. The Bugatti ‘Baby’ was born. Cherished by Bugatti enthusiasts worldwide, today no collection is complete without a Baby. However, with only around 500 ever made, they have been the preserve of the lucky few. Until now.

To celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, we are introducing the smallest member of the Bugatti family: the Baby II. A contemporary tribute to Ettore’s masterpiece, the Baby II will be a strictly limited run: only 500 cars will be built. Unlike the original, which was only suitable for the youngest drivers, the Baby II is a three-quarters-size replica of the Bugatti Type 35 so it can be driven by both adults and children. The Baby II will allow automobile enthusiasts from across generations to share the love of driving and of the classic marque of Bugatti.

Launching almost a century after its predecessor, the Baby II has been created using the latest technology, but with the utmost respect for Bugatti’s automotive heritage. Hand-built, the car was designed with the aid of a precise digital scan of an original Type 35, built for the 1924 French Grand Prix in Lyon.

Just like the original Baby, the Baby II has a rear-wheel-drive battery-powered electric powertrain. Unlike its predecessor, the Baby II features removable lithium-ion battery packs, a limited slip differential and even regenerative braking. The junior car will come with two selectable power modes for drivers of different statures: a 1kW ‘child mode’ with the top speed limited to 20 km/h, and a 4kW ‘adult mode’ with the top speed limited to 45 km/h. In addition, for those enthusiasts who crave even more pace, an optional ‘Speed Key’ upgrade is available (just like the Speed Key for its big brother, the Chiron!), which allows power of up to 10kW and disengages the speed limiter.

There willl be some more 21st century updates: so what was the fuel pressure pump once upon a time is going to be the forward and reverse switch, the charge cable goes in where the petrol used to, and battery packs now reside where the Type 35 engine once did. But the handbrake on the outside stays, which should work nicely in conjunction with the most powerful drive mode. There are nods to more modern Bugattis as well, with a solid silver badge like a Chiron (albeit weighing just 50g, not 140g as in that car). And while not complete just yet, the interior will feature dials by Swiss Instruments and a removable steering wheel.

The cockpit of the Baby II features Bugatti’s signature turned aluminium dashboard, a leather seat, a scale recreation of the Type 35’s distinctive four-spoke steering wheel and custom Bugatti instruments. The exterior of the car is painted in traditional French Racing Blue, although buyers will be able to order in a range of alternative colours. The signature eightspoke aluminium alloy wheels are scale replicas of Ettore Bugatti’s ground-breaking 1924 design, and house modern brakes on each wheel. Finally, powerful headlights (not shown on Geneva Motor Show images) light the way ahead for drivers young and old, whether you’re exploring new landscapes or lapping the local karting track.

Despite being the smallest member of the Bugatti family, the Baby II has a lot in common with its bigger brothers. Proudly displayed on the nose of the car is Bugatti’s famous ‘Macaron’ badge, made of 50g of solid silver, just like the Chiron. Each car comes with a limited-edition numbered plaque and cars ordered in 2019 will also incorporate a badge to commemorate Bugatti’s "110th" anniversary.

Prices start at 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery) and production starts in autumn / fall 2019. Join the exclusive club of Baby owners and help write the next chapter in the prestigious history of Bugatti.

Reservations for build slots open at 9am today, 11th March 2019 via:

Well, this makes sense, the average owner of a Veyron or Chiron will have a bigger lawn than that of a Type 43 or 44 owner back in the 1920's, so a baby Bugatti which is 50% bigger than the original is probably needed.

And, at 30000 and over it really is an expensive toy!

Now I wonder, having this "unlimited speed" mode with sufficent power, we only have to wait for a special series of races to be organized, as was the case in the first half of the former century.

March 9, 2019

Auction result

Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, March 7, 2019

1923 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia Three Seater Torpedo Sports

Chassis no. BC002, Engine no. 892 (ex-2526), Estimate: US$ 300,000 - 400,000, Sold for: US$ 200,000 (€ 178,221) inc. premium

Seems like someone got a bargain here, or are prices really going down?

March 5, 2019
Bugatti presents special one-off: "La voiture noire"

Bugatti presented the one-off version at the Geneva motor show, which started with the press day today. Not that it came as a surprise, Bugatti had been feeding the hype on the hypercar for several weeks already, showing first the 4 versions of the T57SC Atlantic, and then a series of teasers, showing only a few details of the car.

This most expensive new Bugatti so far, at 11 million euro (before taxes), was specially built for Ferdinand Piëch, who of course was the initator for VW - Bugatti. There are no details given, but the car stands on the Chiron - platform, though it seems to have more visual similarities with the Divo, and thus is a quite expensive body conversion.
The main designer was Etienne Salomé, artist as well as car-designer. He can be seen on one of the photo's below, alongside his artist' impression of the Atlantic.

Do I like it? I don't really know; I do prefer the original "Voiture Noire" T57SC Atlantic. They did go into the trouble to mount the Bugatti registration number 9219-NV2 on the replica Atlantic photographed alongside the new one. This number was used on this Atlantic, but also on a load of other cars, as it was a Factory registration number.

The car has only a few details which could link it with the Atlantic; of course the ridge over the roof which is like a shadow of the fin which the real Atlantic has. Bugatti itself will argue that the roof line is copied from the Atlantic, but one would need some imagination to see that. Furthermore the 6 exhaust pipes, and of course the colour.
The car has some surprising details, like the wheels which continue (visually) into the tires. The interior is not shown, for the simple reason that..... it is not ready yet. In fact, the entire car is not yet ready, and will be in about two years from now.

And yes... Bugatti continues in the error; 2019 is the 109th year of Bugatti. The company did not start before January 1, 1910. Of course Bugatti built his "type 10" earlier, but that was not the start of the company.

Official Bugatti newsitem:

Bugatti: with our history at heart and our eyes on the future

Bugatti celebrates its 110th anniversary with two world premieres at Geneva Motor Show

Molsheim, 5 March 2019.
What a start to an anniversary year. At the first major international motor show in 2019, Bugatti is presenting two world premieres. At the Geneva Motor Show, the French luxury brand is showing the hyper sports car “La Voiture Noire1“ and the Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti”. The special edition of the Chiron Sport , which is being produced in a limited series of 20 cars, celebrates the brand’s 110th anniversary as well as its French identity. However, the highlight will be the unveiling of “La Voiture Noire”, which had been kept secret up to the beginning of the show. This is a homage to the legendary Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic. This one-off grand tourisme has already been sold and is the world’s most expensive new car, at €11 million.

“In 2019, we are celebrating a special anniversary. Bugatti was established 110 years ago. These two models pay homage to our long tradition and to our French homeland,” says Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann. The third model on the Bugatti stand is also in line with this approach: the Bugatti Divo2, is a hyper sports car which is being produced in a limited edition of 40 vehicles. With its modified aerodynamics, it is designed for even higher lateral acceleration than the Chiron3 and ensures extreme driving pleasure.

With “La Voiture Noire“, the French luxury automobile brand has once again shown that it produces the world’s most precious and exclusive hyper sports cars. The two-door car with its breathtakingly sculpted bodywork is especially elegant thanks to the use of deep black carbon fibre. In the world of the automobile, “La Voiture Noire” is a name with a special resonance: Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean developed and drove one of only four Type 57 SC Atlantic coupés produced. He called his Atlantic “La Voiture Noire“ – the black car. This vehicle disappeared without trace before the Second World War. Nowadays, it is considered one of the great mysteries in the history of the automobile and it would be incredibly valuable.

“For Bugatti, ‘La Voiture Noire’ is more than just a reminiscence of the Atlantic. We are paying tribute to a long tradition, to France and to the creative work of Jean Bugatti,” says Stephan Winkelmann. “At the same time, we are transferring extraordinary technology, aesthetics and extreme luxury to a new age.”

The special hyper sports car was hand-crafted for a Bugatti enthusiast. “La Voiture Noire” is a collection of superlatives,” says Stephan Winkelmann. Apart from design, quality and materials, this also applies to the iconic power plant. The 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres produces 1,103 kW/1,500 PS. A car collector purchased this unique vehicle for €11 million net, making it the world’s most expensive new car and continuing the long tradition of Bugatti. Since the company was first established in 1909, the French luxury brand has produced the world’s best and most powerful sports and luxury cars, true to Ettore Bugatti’s: motto: “if it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti.”

The Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti”, which is also being presented to the public for the first time in Geneva, is also in line with this tradition. In addition to all the benefits of a Chiron Sport, it not only includes the „Sky View“ option as standard equipment, but also several product features only offered for this model. This edition, limited to 20 units and with a net price of 3 million euros, has already sold out ahead of Geneva Motorshow.

“The new edition of the Chiron is not only extremely exclusive but also a sincere tribute to France, says Stephan Winkelmann. The Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” features the French tricolour “le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge”, with its colours of blue, white and red on several parts of the bodywork and in the interior. The body and the front end are made from carbon fibre, while aluminium features in the Bugatti line and the Bugatti radiator. The rear end of the hyper sports car and the typical Bugatti line, the dominant “C”, boast complex Steel Blue paintwork. The interior of the “110 ans Bugatti” features further French tricolours.

“France is Bugatti’s home country. This is why it is an honour and an obligation for us to pay homage to our fantastic location in Alsace with these extraordinary vehicles,” says Stephan Winkelmann. Molsheim was and still is a key element in Bugatti’s brand history. It is here that Bugatti is planning its future and the celebrations of its 110th anniversary. This also includes a grand tour of places where company founder Ettore Bugatti was active. “This will be an exciting and thrilling year for us. It is only just starting with the new models on display at the Geneva Motor Show,” Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann is pleased to report.

March 2, 2019
Rare Carlo Bugatti game table and chairs on auction

I have seen a lot of Carlo Bugatti furniture, this set has some of the typical characteristics, but the widening legs are new to me!

Carlo Bugatti - Rare games table and set of four chairs
circa 1902

Vellum-covered wood, repoussé brass, brass, pewter, ebonised veneered-wood, walnut-veneered wood.
Side of table and reverse of two chairs signed Bugatti.
Estimate £80,000 - 120,000, Phillips auction, London, March 21

More info

March 2, 2019
Unique Corsica bodied T57SC on auction

It is not often that a T57SC Bugatti is offered, so this is your chance at RM / Sotheby's Amelia Island auction on March 8 - 9, 2019

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica
Chassis number: 57512
Estimate: $6,000,000 - $7,500,000

Also on offer will be a Bugatti T51, chassis 51153

More info in the Events section of this page.

March 2, 2019
Bugatti SAS plans for Geneva motor show?

The current Bugatti company is extremely active spreading rumours and teasers, of which the photo above is the most clear. Another rumour is that Bugatti will show a 16 million euro special at the Geneva motor show which will be held on March 7 - 17, 2019 (press-days starting two days before that).

Meanwhile, Bugatti has been presenting overviews of each T57SC Atlantic built (Chassis 57374, 57453, 57473 and 57 591) , and presented various drawings like the one below. They even showed some footage and stills of the movie "Overdrive" in which as we know a replica Atlantic was used in some hot car-action scenes, something you would not do with an original. Any of the two remaining fully original Bugatti Atlantics will be worth upward of 30 million euro, so you may even call this modern version a steal at just 16....

So, if you add this all up, I can predict that Bugatti will present a new model, with design inspirations coming from the original Bugatti T57SC Atlantic, and probably called Atlantic as well.
However, as we have seen with the DIVO, it may also be a just slightly changed chassis of the Chiron, with some new body-panels....

February 14, 2019
Auctions results

Artcurial Retromobile Auction, February 8, 2019

Bonhams' Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais, Paris, February 7, 2019

RM - Sotheby's Paris auction, February 6, 2019

So what do we see: approximately half of the original Molsheim Bugattis were "Not sold", as well as the two Veyron's.
A surprise was the high price reached by the EB110 SS, maybe the highest so far for an EB110 at auction?

February 10, 2019
Bugatti presents a tribute to France: Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti”

Limited edition of the Chiron celebrating the 110th anniversary of the brand
Which will be in fact in 2020, as the real Bugattists know...

110 years. Scarcely any other luxury car brand can look back on as long a tradition as Bugatti. The French hyper sports car manufacturer is celebrating this fantastic anniversary with a special edition of the Chiron Sport limited to 20 cars. This new edition is not only extremely exclusive but also pays tribute to France.

“With the limited Chiron Sport ‘110 ans Bugatti’, Bugatti is ushering in the 110th anniversary of its foundation. At the same time, we are underlining our origin and our French roots in Molsheim,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “Molsheim in the Alsace region of France is an essential element in Bugatti’s brand history and this is also where we are planning our future.” Tricolour decorates the “110 ans Bugatti” in tribute to France

The new Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” bears one of the most famous symbols of a proud nation. The French tricolour “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge”, with its colours of blue, white and red, decorates the body and interiors at several points and harmonizes perfectly with the extraordinary Chiron Sport. The flag originally symbolized the union between monarch and people in the phase of the constitutional monarchy. Since the end of the monarchy, it has represented the French Revolution with its famous ideals of liberty (blue), equality (white) and fraternity (red).

Taking a first look at the Chiron, you may be surprised to see that the colours of the French flag are shown as a mirror image on the right-hand side of the vehicle. This is also the arrangement adopted on French official vehicles, where the standard has the colour of liberty (blue) to the fore on both sides. The body and the front end are made from carbon fibre and the Bugatti line and the typical Bugatti radiator from aluminium. The matt Steel Blue paintwork at the rear of the car, produced in a complex process, has a sheen like hot-rolled steel. The typical Bugatti line, the dominant “C” surrounding the passenger compartment, is also painted Steel Blue. The front end consists of exposed carbon fibre in Steel Blue Carbon, once again a matt colour suggestive of steel. The two-tone colour scheme is reminiscent of historic models: in the 1920s, this type of paintwork was a sign of luxury and exclusiveness, while it now signals a sporting character and high technological competence. In the case of the Chiron “110 ans Bugatti”, the colour scheme divides the bodywork into the monocoque and engine compartment.

Behind the alloy wheels painted in “Nocturne” matt black, the bright blue (French Racing Blue) brake calipers are visible. To obtain an immaculate finish, the aluminium filler cap is sandblasted and hand-polished. The “110 ans Bugatti” emblem, with the French flag running vertically through the logo, features at the centre of the cap. If the customer so wishes, the base plate of the filler cap can also be painted blue or white.

The rear end is dominated by the diffuser and bumper in glossy Steel Blue Carbon with the contrasting matt black exhaust system. The underside of the rear spoiler boasts the French flag over its entire width. The rear spoiler mechanism is anodized in matt black to harmonize with the matt black Ettore Bugatti logo on the centre of the rear, the matt black wheels and the matching sports exhaust system. The Sky View roof consisting of two fixed glass panels above the driver’s and passenger’s seats, available as an option on the Chiron, is a standard feature of the special edition. These panels have a newly developed laminated structure with thin glass and four intermediate layers.

The French tricolour also features at several points in the interior of the “110 ans Bugatti” special edition. These include the two headrests and the back rests of the sports seats, decorated by high-quality embroidery with the French flag in a vertical position, and the 12 o’clock mark on the leather steering wheel. The sports steering wheel combines matt carbon fibre with a blue leather cover. Carbon fibre is also be found on the nacelle, steering wheel, steering column and seat trims. The interior is upholstered in soft Deep Blue leather. The door trims, sides and seat areas of the sports seats are covered in Alcantara. Bright French Racing Blue elements on the contours of the seats, stowage compartments, belt trims and the leather of the window buttons provide a sporting contrast. The key of the “110 ans Bugatti” is surrounded by three sewn leather patches in the colours of the tricolour. Another special feature bearing witness to the high level of craftsmanship is a specially crafted medallion in the central console stowage space, made of solid silver with enamel inserts, positioned on a carbon fibre plate.

Both models feature a superlative powerplant: the 8.0-litre W16 engine with four turbochargers delivers 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-meters of torque. The engine compartment cover of the “110 ans Bugatti” is resplendent in Steel Blue and Steel Blue Carbon. The inserts on the cylinder banks are made from aluminium with a clear anodized finish. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.4 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds. Even the magic figure of 400 km/h can be reached in only 32.6 seconds. The maximum speed is far higher, at 420 km/h. “The ultimate hyper sports car from France is still the most powerful, highest-quality, fastest and most comfortable gran turismo in existence – a blend of elegance, quality, unique character and power,” says Stephan Winkelmann. This is an industrial product of considerable artistic merit.

Form follows Performance. This applies especially to the new edition. The famed Bugatti line, the brand’s graphic DNA, also adorns this exclusive model. Behind the C line, set off by a contrasting colour, the extraordinary engine receives sufficient air for combustion and cooling. “The design element also establishes a link to the historic Type 57 SC Atlantic, which is now one of the world’s most valuable cars,” says Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The special model celebrating the 110th anniversary of the brand’s existence in France keeps up this tradition.

February 1, 2019
Auction result

Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale auction, January 19, 2019

1925 Bugatti Type 35A: Estimate $1.8 - 2.4 M: Not sold

Expected to fetch up to $2.4 million at auction, a rare 1925 Bugatti Type 35A did not sell at Arizona Auction Week 2019.

The car, driven by racing legend Louis Chiron at the 1926 Provence Grand Prix at Miramas, received a bid of $1.3 million, which did not meet the reserve price of $1.8 million.

Worldwide Auctioneers had featured the Bugatti on their catalog cover prior to the Jan. 16 auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. Principal and Auctioneer Rod Egan said it was likely to be one of the most desirable cars offered by Worldwide this year because it was ready to "vintage race, show, tour and enjoy."
The car toured 4,600 miles through Europe in 2017, according to a news release issued prior to the auction.

January 31, 2019


Revealed at Retromobile

The completion of a historical sensation

2019 marks the centenary for the final completion of the Bugatti Diatto AVIO which has lain dormant since 1919.

In 1914 Bugatti told select clients that he was ready to create a luxury vehicle to surpass any known automobile. This coincided with Bugatti’s design of the AVIO 8C aero engine - his first experiment with a straight 8 engine.

Historians see this WW1 aero-engine more as an automobile engine than solely for aviation. Indeed, they deduce that this massive 14.5 litre AVIO 8C engine may be regarded as the prototype for Ettore Bugatti’s Royale engine.

In 1915-1925 Ettore Bugatti was actively working together with Diatto’s capable technical team and using Diatto’s factory as test facility for his new ideas. In 1919, following the First World War, attention turned to car production and development of the AVIO aero-engine ceased – but obviously was not forgotten.

Later this 8-cylinder aero-engine, along with a big Diatto chassis, were discovered in a museum in Turin, Italy. The project had never been finished, and how it found its way to the museum was a mystery. It is this project that after a century has finally been completed – to be revealed at Retromobile 2019.

HISTORY – the amazing chronology of Bugatti’s first 8-cylinder prototype:

1900: Ettore Bugatti established direct affiliations with Pietro Diatto.
1907: Pietro Diatto became involved with Bugatti’s Type 8 prototype – later Deutz. It is important to understand that close links existed between talented automotive engineers of the pioneering years.
1913: Roland Garros told his friend, Ettore Bugatti, that he planned to attempt flying across the Atlantic. Bugatti replied: "Why not!" So, they began tackling the problem.
At the same time Bugatti wrote select clients, that he was ready to create a luxury vehicle that would surpass any known automobile. His design was essentially two enlarged Garros Bugatti 5-litre engines in line totalling 14.5 litres.
1914: Bugatti was commissioned by the French government to design an aeroengine, and based on his preliminary design for an 8-cylinder luxury vehicle engine he designed a 250HP aero-engine in his Paris workshop.
This was Bugatti’s first 8-cylinder engine ever, and historians such as Hugh Conway states that the AVIO 8C can be regarded as the prototype for Bugatti’s remarkable Royale engine.
1915: Diatto was granted license for production of the Bugatti aero-engine in Italy, then known as the AVIO 8C.
1919: Diatto began license production of Bugatti Brescias. Diatto took 1st prize in the first Italian post-war race, with “a Type 30 Bugatti in the name of Diatto”.
1920: The famous hollow front axle was developed in Italy by Bugatti in collaboration with Coda and Casarata, Coda was Guiseppe Coda, the Technical Director at Diatto. This hollow front axle was successfully tested on Diatto racing cars of the period.
1921: Diatto began experimenting with superchargers on Diatto racing engines, including the 16-valve Brescia engine. Clearly Bugatti and Coda were testing ideas and technology together.
Period references tell that Bugatti worked closely with Technical Director, Guiseppe Coda, and used the Diatto facilities to test his new ideas until 1925.
1924: Bugatti began development of the Royale car, launched in 1926.

It is therefore with great pride that finally after 100 years we are able to present The Lost Bugatti:


The unique and historically important prototype 8-cylinder Bugatti
- an early test bed of the Bugatti Royale

January 25, 2019

Jean Prick, Bugattiste Pur Sang No II, passed away January 15 at age 81

Many already knew that the health of Jean Prick was getting worse over the last years, but still it came as a surprise that he now passed away. He was cremated amongst close family on Tuesday, January 22. It was just two weeks ago that he was taken, by ambulance, to the Interclassics in Maastricht (In the Netherlands this is shortly called the "MECC", after the exhibition centre where it is held each year). An emotional moment, as everybody knew that that would be his last visit to the classic car show where he had been present on his own stand, for 26 years, since the very first time it was organized!

Jean Prick, son of the famous Bugattiste (No 1) Guillaume Prick, co-founder of the Dutch Bugatti club, and organizer of the first international Bugatti rally in 1958 from Neercanne (close to Maastricht) to the Le Mans 24 hours, had always had a tremendous passion for Bugatti. His house (he had moved from Maastricht to Belgium) was filled with all kinds of Bugatti parts, memorabilia, books and of course the T57 Ventoux which he had inherited from his father. Many of these items he would take to the Mecc each January (where he would try to sell some also), together with usually 3 to 5 Bugattis, alongside his own, there would be usually a few from friends in Belgium or the Netherlands. Centerpiece would be a table, where coffee (and sandwiches) would be presented to anybody who showed a real interest in Bugatti. A long way from "VIP-lounges" where one is welcome only after special invitation, and waving a cheque-book.

He had been a professional photographer all his life, with his own shop in the center of Maastricht, thus everybody from Maastricht knew him, not just the Bugattistes! Of course, often Bugattis were the subject of his craft also!

In the Netherlands, he will remain forever famous because of an interview with him in the TV-show "Showroom" from 1980, where people with special hobbies were presented. Even now, almost 40 years later, whenever talking about your Bugatti - interest to anybody, he (or she) would recall that TV show! The crucial scene in that show was when he started crying, because his father had forbidden him to ever drive any of his Bugattis again (for the slight mistake of running a red light in the center of Hamburg at 160 km/h).

Personally, I have known him for quite a few years, always friendly, always interested in anything Bugatti. The last time I saw him was in 2018, where he was in his Bugatti stand, as usual. I know of quite a few people who went to the show just for him, and the Bugattis on his stand! Jean had become a member of the Bugatti Aicraft Association soon after it was founded. In 2008 we held a meeting with 8 members at his house, where the Bugatti airplane was one subject, and Bugatti powered boats another. On the occasion, he was presented with an original print of the Type 67 V16 Aero engine.

Jean, you will be much missed!

The top photo alongside his Ventoux I took on his stand at Interclassics in the MECC, Maastricht, January 2018, the other two were taken during the BAA meeting in 2008.

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March 7, 2019 Bonhams' Amelia Island auction Fernandina Beach Golf Club , Amelia Island, Florida, USA

1923 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia Three Seater Torpedo Sports

Chassis no. BC002, Engine no. 892 (ex-2526)
Estimate: US$ 300,000 - 400,000, € 260,000 - 350,000

This well-known survivor of the original pear shape-radiatored Bugatti is charted in Bob King's excellent works "Bugattis in Australasia". It is this respected author that is responsible for the car's presence today. Dr. King acquired this original long wheel base chassis, which had been saved by Australian Gavin Campbell in 1960 and married it to a series of other components that he had amassed over the years with the help of David Roberts, many of which came from a crashed Brescia, no. 2569.

Sadly, the frames of these early Bugattis are not numbered and so it was not possible to decipher which car it had originally belonged to, but since its rebuild and in line with Bugatti Owner's Club attributions to encourage people to restore these cars it has since been designated as BC002, being the first such car to have received their acceptance (BC001 being retained by Hugh Conway for a project himself). The engine used, number 892, had previously been fitted to chassis 2526, yet was renumbered at some point as 2566 for reasons unknown, with the opportunity to enhance its road going capabilities this was bored out to the 1,496cc specifications of the final cars. The Bugatti running gear was clothed by King with the present pretty boattail coachwork which was constructed by Harry Donders in Melbourne and is a copy of a period body that notably featured in the Autocar in October 1922.

The car was completed in 1978 in time for the Australian Bugatti Rally in Canberra, in doing so it had enabled him to return another Bugatti to the road and to enjoy participation among other enthusiasts and would then be used by King for countless tours. The current custodian was a long-term friend of Bob King and a passionate enthusiast of the marque having previously owned five including the Atalante T57C 57557 purportedly Jean Bugatti's personal car and was able to negotiate this car's purchase in 1995.

Over the course of the last 22 years, it has continued to be used on various events including the 2003 International Bugatti Meeting in Lenox, Massachusetts. Later it received a mechanical rebuild by John Schramm of Mechanical Restorations in Rockland, Maine. Most recently, at the custodian's invitation to Bob King, the Brescia was shown at the incredible gathering of 'La Marque' at Lime Rock and subsequent Bonhams-Sponsored International Bugatti Tour in Saratoga this past autumn covering several hundred miles. A minor damage to the gas tank while on tour, necessitated repair and a check over at a known Bugatti restorer.

In preparation for the auction the car was driven by a Bonhams specialist and found to have lively performance and display all of the appealing features of these lightweight and nimble sportscars, specifically including their refined transmission.

Accessing the esteemed Bugatti fraternity has a high entry point these days, and for a modest outlay in relative terms this offers the opportunity to experience all their lauded events as well, by definition, as hallowed events such as the Mille Miglia Storica.

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March 8 - 9, 2019 RM Sotheby's Auction: Amelia Island The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, USA

  • 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, Chassis No. 51153, Estimate: $1,250,000 - $1,600,000
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica, Chassis No. 57512, Estimate: $6,000,000 - $7,500,000
  • 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 'Sang Noir', Chassis No. VF9SC2C27AM795238, Estimate: $1,350,000 - $1,600,000
1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix

Chassis No. 51153, Engine No. 20, Frame No. 256
Estimate: $1,250,000 - $1,600,000

One of four cars used by the 1933 factory team of Varzi, Dreyfus, and Williams
Former 17-year ownership by Bugatti collector extraordinaire Peter Mullin
Documented with FIVA passport and full report by Bugatti historian David Sewell
Well-known example prepared for vintage racing and event use
Striking example of Bugatti’s dual-overhead cam classic

Introduced in 1931, the Bugatti Type 51 was the latest iteration of the company’s time-honored two-seat race car design that originated with the Type 35. Utilizing the engine architecture Ettore Bugatti licensed from Harry Miller’s successful Indianapolis race cars, the Type 51 featured a dual-overhead cam version of the supercharged straight-eight, now enlarged to 2.3 liters. Though the Type 51 struggled in competition against newer and more technologically advanced state-sponsored machines from Italy and Germany, the model was a long-term success with marque enthusiasts and vintage racers. Approximately 40 examples were ultimately built through 1934, and they are considered the apogee of Bugatti’s most celebrated race car design.

Claiming important competition history and documented with a comprehensive report by independent Bugatti historian and author David Sewell, this Type 51 is a well-sorted example ideal for event use and historic racing. Chassis no. 51153 is recorded in factory records of April 1933 as the first of a batch of five Type 51s slated for build. The car was prepared for use as a Works entry for the 1933 season, amply clarified by numerous repair notes regarding engine teardowns and rear axle ratio changes. On 4 July 1933, the Type 51 was registered to Automobiles Ettore Bugatti of Molsheim and served as a factory race and test car for the following nine months. As racing entries were not generally tracked by chassis number at the time, it is difficult to unequivocally distinguish one factory car from another, but it is believed that 51153 likely participated in several important races while driven by the famed René Dreyfus.

At the Belgian Grand Prix on 9 July 1933, Bugatti entered three Type 51 examples, driven by Achille Varzi, Dreyfus, and William Grover-Williams, who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 6th, respectively. At the Dieppe Grand Prix six days later, Dreyfus placed 2nd while Williams’ car retired early. As drivers often retained the same car throughout the season, it is reasonable to assume that Dreyfus drove 51153 to his 2nd-place finish at the Nice Grand Prix on 6 August and at the Coppa Acerbo in Pescara the following week. The car may also have been driven by Dreyfus at the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix on 17 September, where the Frenchman finished 4th.

Following the 1933 season the Bugatti was mechanically overhauled by the factory, including the fitting of an extremely rare rear-axle ratio, 11 × 55, the only recorded use of such a ratio in Bugatti racing history. As conjectured by Mr. Sewell, this high-torque low-speed ratio may have been intended for the Monaco Grand Prix on 2 April 1934, where Pierre Veyron finished 9th in a Type 51.

In early April 1934, the Type 51 was mechanically renewed again by the factory in preparation for sale. On 13 April it was invoiced to Giovanni Alloatti, a resident of Turin. Alloatti entered his new Type 51 at the Targa Florio on 20 May, but unfortunately was out of the race by the second lap following an accident. The Bugatti returned to the factory for further repairs, and this may be the point at which the car’s current frame, no. 256, originally for a Type 35, was installed as presently configured. In December 1936, the Type 51 was imported to England by Jack Lemon Burton. After being domiciled during the early war years, 51153 was sold in 1942 to Allan Arnold, scion of the coachbuilding concern Arnold of Manchester. Upon the war’s conclusion, Arnold began modifying the Bugatti for sprints and hill climbs, replacing the coachwork with a lightweight two-piece body with cycle wings, presumably designed and built at the Arnold coachworks.

The Bugatti was then entered at various events in northern England over the next two years, setting a best time at Shelsley Walsh during two appearances, racing Prescott three times, and Brighton once. In early August 1947 the car set a course record of 14.8 seconds at the Hartlepool quarter-mile sprint. Through 1949 additional modifications were undertaken that included the installation of an ENV pre-selector gearbox, Newton telescopic shock absorbers, externally actuated Lockheed hydraulic brakes, and dual external exhaust pipes. Racing at sprints at Weston-super-Mare and Queensbury, Arnold also experimented with a two-stage supercharger from a Type 50.

In May 1950 Arnold sold the Bugatti to J. Wilkins, who reinstalled the original gearbox, and attended the Nottingham Sports Car Club meet at Gaston in 1951. Chassis 51153 next passed to J.M. Pratt, the owner of a garage near Brampton, before being acquired by Jim Barry of Heywood, Lancashire. Around 1959 chassis 51153 was imported to the U.S. and offered by New York’s Vintage Car Store, now clothed with a bobtail racing body formerly used on chassis 51152.

Hugh Conway’s seminal 1962 Bugatti Register shows that the car was next owned by Lynn Mayfield of La Jolla, California, and in 1963 Mayfield sold the car to the well-known marque enthusiast Raymond Jones, of Michigan. Jones reportedly purchased 50 Bugattis in the aftermath of Conway’s important register, second only to the Schlumpf brothers’ acquisition spree. Chassis 51153 was the fourth Bugatti that Jones acquired during this period, and in 1967 he sold the Type 51 to his friend and fellow Michigan resident Ernest “Jack” Nuttle, who sought to restore the car.

As many mechanical components were no longer in perfect order, Nuttle traded several to Jones for fresher substitutes handpicked from other Bugattis in his stock. For this reason, many of the original elements, including the engine and chassis frame, were eventually installed by Jones onto one of his other projects. (This other chassis was later purchased by Lord Raglan in the late 1970s and eventually built into a well-known race car in Great Britain.) Available on file is the extensive report compiled by Bugatti historian David Sewell that details the history and composition of this Bugatti, known as the “Nuttle” Type 51. This includes correspondence from Sewell to then owner Peter Mullin and well-known Bugatti restorer Jim Stranberg that the car retains its original chassis plate which is affixed to the original bulkhead.

Mounted with faithful recreation coachwork, 51153 completed restoration in 1973, and Nuttle used the car for some 10 years before selling it to Bob Shaw of Antioch, Illinois. Acquired by the esteemed collector Bill Jacobs in 1986, the Bugatti subsequently passed to Peter Giddings and then Joe Masin of California before being sold in 1994 to preeminent marque collector Peter Mullin.

Acquired by the consignor in 2011, this Type 51 possesses the most legitimate claim as the authentic 51153, despite that the “Raglan” Type 51 bears many of this car’s original components and has often been identified with this chassis number. According to Sandy Leith, the registrar of the American Bugatti Club, “The Nuttle T51 [this car] contains the single most important element of chassis 51153; that of continuous history. Whatever parts came and went over the course of its lifetime prior to the ownership of Raymond Jones and after the restoration by Jack Nuttle, the car was and is chassis 51153.”

Claiming use by the legendary Works team of Varzi, Dreyfus, and Williams during the 1933 grand prix season, this beautifully prepared Type 51 offers affordable entry to the ranks of Bugatti ownership. The recipient of a FIVA passport is correctly equipped with proper factory mechanical components and is eligible for the finest vintage racing events worldwide. This Type 51 invites marque enthusiasts to consider this piece of Bugatti history for immediate enjoyment and competitive use at historic racing events.

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1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica

Chassis No., 57512, Engine No., 19S Gearbox No., 19S
Estimate: $6,000,000 - $7,500,000

  • One of eight Type 57S examples bodied by Corsica; only two four-seater tourers
  • Only 16 Type 57S Bugattis delivered with open coachwork
  • Known and fascinating ownership history
  • Formerly of the Judge North and General Lyons collections
  • Retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and body
  • Documented in Pierre-Yves Laugier’s and Bernhard Simon and Julius Kruta’s seminal books on the model

The Paris Auto Salon of October 1936 marked a propitious crossroads for Alsatian manufacturer Bugatti. There, the company introduced a second-series iteration of their vaunted Type 57, the sporting road car designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, that featured a 3.3-liter dual overhead-cam eight-cylinder engine and competition-inspired chassis. In addition to the second-series Type 57, Bugatti also unveiled two sporting variants of the model, the 57C and the 57S. While the former featured a supercharged engine (the C standing for compressor), the latter was an even more purpose-built sports car. In fact, it can be argued that the Type 57S is an entirely distinct model and might have more suitably had its own unique type designation to put things into clear perspective.

The Type 57S was built upon a completely re-engineered chassis that was both shorter and lower (the S for surbaisse, French for “lowered”). The front axle was articulated in halves, and the rear axle passed through the frame rather than under it for a lower overall stance. A magneto-driven ignition was mated to the specially tuned engine featuring a higher compression ratio of 8.5:1 and positioned low in the frame. A dry sump oiling system was added to accommodate for the engine’s lower center of gravity to achieve proper road clearance. This low-slung chassis was then fitted with an equally low-mounted radiator that wore a handsome V-shaped grille in the classic Bugatti motif for, as might be presumed, its aerodynamic effect at high speed.

This potent combination added up to a significant increase in both horsepower and overall performance over the typical Type 57 engine and chassis. The 57S now boasted 175 hp versus the standard Type 57 output of 135 hp, and when adding the available “C” specification Roots-type supercharger power output was raised to 200 hp. This enabled a top speed of some 120-mph, making Bugatti the fastest French production car of the period.

The attributes of the Type 57S chassis were adapted for competition use, with an advertisement printed a year later in conjunction with the 1937 Paris Salon that demonstrated how successful the Type 57S was in racing in its first 12 months. Claiming three competition victories during 1936 (the French Grand Prix, La Marne Grand Prix, and the Commings Grand Prix), Bugatti’s greatest success on the track was soon to come when a groundbreaking aerodynamic version of the 57S called the 57G “Tank” won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937. In addition to achieving victories at the Pau Grand Prix, Bone Grand Prix, and La Marne Grand Prix that same year, the 57S set records at some 14 different types of events, including a speed average of 85.07 mph at Le Mans. An overall victory at Le Mans was later repeated by a second incarnation of the Tank in 1939.

These achievements in mechanical design, engineering, and performance that evolved from lowering and shortening the chassis led to an additional benefit – the 57S provided the perfect platform for some of the most stunning automotive shapes ever created. With the ability to lower the hood and roofline proportions on the S chassis, designers were able to dramatically change the entire profile of the coachwork when compared to the taller stance of the Type 57. Each example of the Type 57S built is a study in the art of coachbuilding, and chassis 57512 is no different.

Corsica Coachworks was established at Kings Cross, London, in 1920 by Charles Stammers and his brothers-in-law, Joseph and Robert Lee. A relatively small operation, the firm claimed not to have employed designers, preferring instead to directly carry out its customers’ devices and desires. Because Corsica was small and could intimately cater to its customers’ whims, the workshop attracted many of the sporting crowd. While little is known of the early ’20s Corsica output, a good deal of it is believed to have involved Bentley.

The early 1930s brought some of the best-known Corsica coachwork, including a low-slung sports body for the Double-Six 50 Daimler and an open two-seater for Donald Healey’s 1935 Triumph Dolomite, by which time the Works had moved to Cricklewood. For MG general manager Cecil Kimber, Corsica worked up a drophead coupe for a supercharged K-Type Magnette. In addition to traditional British marques Rolls-Royce, British Salmson, Frazer Nash, and Lea-Francis, Corsica also worked on Continental chassis, mainly Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz. Later on, more than a dozen Type 57 Bugattis were bodied by Corsica, including a 57S roadster style body for Sir Malcolm Campbell, the Grand Prix driver and land-speed record holder – and the monumental 57S roadster created for Colonel Giles, who affectionately referred to this masterpiece as “La Petite Suzanne.” Like many of the bespoke builders, Corsica closed its doors during World War II, never to re-open.

The Type 57S was introduced in late 1937, and just over 40 production examples were built in total. Most of these chassis were delivered with closed coachwork, such as the elegant Jean Bugatti penned Atalante coupe, not to mention his mind-blowing Atlantic design. Of total 57S production, only 16 examples were finished with open coachwork, making 57512 exceptionally rare and desirable by any standard.

While most bodies were supplied by French coachbuilding firms such as Gangloff (a favorite for carrying out some of Jean’s best recognized designs), Vanvooren, or Bugatti’s own Works, British coachbuilders such as Vanden Plas and Corsica also applied their trade to the 57S with perhaps as many as 15 chassis slated for delivery to England.

Corsica built a total of only eight bodies on the Type 57S chassis, including four two-seat roadster bodies (including the Sir Malcolm Campbell and La Petite Suzanne cars), two closed car bodies (of which one example no longer survives), and two four-seat tourer bodies. Chassis 57512 was the second four-seat tourer commissioned, with each being uniquely constructed to show obvious variations from one chassis to the other. The first chassis, no. 57503, abruptly ends the curve of the fenders just behind the wheels, while proudly displaying the oil tank just behind the left front wing. The example offered here extends the length of the fenders front and rear to gracefully hide the oil tank and visually lengthen the car for a dramatic finish to the rear profile. The configuration of the side-mounts was also treated differently for both examples, with the spare suspended mid-flank on 57503 rather than carefully crafting the side-mount into the extended driver side fender as is seen on this car.

The history of this 57S begins with the delivery of its chassis on 8 March 1937 to Colonel Sorel at the Bugatti agency in London for Mr. Hubert Papworth, known for running a Bugatti tuning service in Fulham, London. The chassis was then taken to the Corsica Coachworks to have the open four-seater tourer body fitted. Soon after completion, 57512 was delivered to its first owner Mr. Maurice Fox-Pitt Lubbock, who registered the Bugatti in London with license DXP 970 in March 1937. Maurice Lubbock’s name was listed in the March issue of Bugantics when he joined the B.O.C. Club, which also congratulated him on the purchase of his new Type 57S Bugatti.

Mr. Maurice Fox-Pitt Lubbock was a close friend of Jean Bugatti, who frequently drove him along the tight vineyard roads in Alsace at a very high rate of speed each time Mr. Lubbock visited the factory. Perhaps due in part to Jean’s driving inspiration, Maurice also enjoyed exercising his new Bugatti in a spirited manner, even when carrying the family at speeds of 100 mph or better. One can imagine the heartbreak Maurice Lubbock experienced when he was forced to sell his prized Bugatti after being elected president of Rolls-Royce, approximately 10 years after he first took delivery. It is around this period that a photograph was taken of the car surrounded by eight other Bugattis including three additional 57S models in front of the Continental Cars Ltd. garage in Surrey.

By the time 57512 was sold directly from Lubbock to its next owner, Leonard Potter, the car had been fitted with a factory Roots-type supercharger. Some historians, including Julius Kruta, have reported that the car was upgraded to 57SC specifications at the factory in 1939, while others, such as Pierre-Yves Laugier, suggest it may have been supercharged while in the service of Continental Cars. At any rate, 57512 was upgraded to the ultimate supercharged specification early in its life. With only two cars known to have been fitted from the factory during production with superchargers, rendering them 57SC examples. The vast majority of Type 57SCs were upgraded to supercharged specification sometime after their initial delivery, with a number of examples being retrofitted decades later.

The car was sold once again by a London garage called “Speed Models,” as was reported by The Autocar magazine dated 24 February 1950. The car was shipped to a Mr. Thomson in New York, who administered the sale to an advertising executive named Walter Stocklin. While in the hands of Stocklin, 57512 was raced at Long Island, Bridgehampton, and Watkins Glen during the early 1950s. By 1955, Stocklin apparently decided he would like for his Bugatti to possess all of the characteristic of a Grand Prix race car and had the original Corsica coachwork removed and replaced with a simple two-seater racing-style body constructed by Hiram Hillegas. Stockton used the car sparingly after the modifications took place and the car was sold five years later in 1960 to the esteemed collector Judge John North of Easton, Maryland. Judge North discovered the car listed for $3,800 in a classified advertisement while reading the New York Times. Thankfully, the original Corsica four-seat Tourer coachwork was included in the purchase.

Judge North recalled that the body still carried its original Corsica plates on the coachwork and under the doors. However, he owned a number of Bugattis and other classics and decided to keep the Hillegas Grand Prix-style coachwork on chassis 57512. North sold the Corsica coachwork in the mid-1960s to Allen Henderson, who intended to install the body on a much later Bugatti chassis with longer dimensions than what the Corsica body was designed to accommodate. As such, Henderson resold the coachwork to Walter Weimer after buying two more Bugattis from North. Weimer in turn sold the body to Ray Jones of Michigan, long known for collecting Bugatti chassis, bodies, and spare parts. Jones passed the body to Lynn Steele from North Carolina, who ultimately sold the body back to Judge North along with a modified Bugatti chassis and a spare 57SC engine, no. 23S.

Judge North assembled a complete Bugatti 57SC using the original Corsica coachwork from 57512, the modified chassis and 57SC engine purchased from Lynn Steele, and a number of spare components sourced from Ray Jones. The “replica” was then sold to Count Hubertus von Donhoff of Germany in 1986. Judge North reacquired the assembled 57SC from Count Donhoff in 1998 and reunited chassis 57512 with its original Corsica coachwork after 43 years of being separated. North sold 57512 to General Lyons soon thereafter, who in turn passed the car on to the Blackhawk Collection.

In the hands of the Blackhawk Collection, a restoration was performed, and the car was displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach in 2003 to much fanfare, after being exhibited publicly for the first time in nearly 50 years with its stunning original Corsica coachwork.

Chassis 57512, as it presents today, carries this restoration from its Pebble Beach debut. It most importantly features its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and coachwork, with the supercharger believed to be the same one that was installed within the first few years of its life. The restoration was carried out in a manner that preserved elements from both its original configuration and its later GP-style history, providing the new owner with the opportunity to enjoy it in its current state as an exceptional high-performance event car or further restore it to concours standards in its original elegant form as it left the Corsica Coachworks.

Notably, the frontend design was modified by removing the inner fender structure that surrounded the signature V-shaped grille and concealed a portion of the front chassis. It appeared as such under Hillegas’ ownership, which included the installation of the custom multi-louvered hood that it carries to this day. The original Corsica hood design featured an impressive single row of elongated louvers on the hood sides and a solid non-louvered hood top. The original firewall and inner front cowl section under the hood were both replaced, though the outer cowl that the windshield is mounted to and leads up to the edge of the hood is believed original. The oversized “Stephen Grebel” headlamps and single spotlight that the car featured during Mr. Lubbock’s ownership were substituted with more modern and efficient exterior lights by around the time it was shown at Continental Cars in the late ’40s. The original set of wheel discs were eliminated in favor of exposed wire wheels that were chromed during restoration, and the convertible top was removed at some point.

The Bugatti 57SC has long been recognized by enthusiasts as one of the ultimate expressions of pre-war motoring, with a cherished few chassis originally constructed, and each example appreciated as exceptional and unique. Some versions of the 57SC have achieved stratospheric desirability and value due to demand for a Bugatti that exemplifies the best in performance, styling, and recognition for the era – not to mention an extraordinary competition history that includes two overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Chassis 57512 is part of an elite and exclusive group of world-class automobiles that can instantly define a collection. What makes this example even more special is that after being reunited with its original Corsica coachwork, it retains all of the most significant original components while enjoying a documented history from new. The opportunity to acquire an automobile of such importance is one that rarely presents itself, and one that quite simply should not be missed.

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April 3 - 7, 2019 AutoRai: Amsterdam International Motor show 2019 Amsterdam, Nederland

Your chance to see the Bugatti Chiron in the Netherlands.

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April 26 - 28, 2019 Salon Auto-moto Classic Strasbourg, France

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May 4 -5, 2019 RM Sotheby's The Guyton Collection Auction St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1927 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport

Chassis No., 40661
Engine No., 565
Gearbox No., 701
Offered without reserve

The current American Bugatti Club (ABC) Register notes that chassis no. 40661 was produced in January 1928, with engine no. 565 and a factory-made Grand Sport body. When an order was placed on 10 September of that year by Lyon agents Christy, Panguad and Monestier, this car was so-assigned, and was collected at Molsheim and driven to Lyon by Jean Tisseyre, believed to have been the first owner, on garage plates 1655 WW5.

By the early post-war era the car had made its way stateside and was owned by one Joe Dickey, who sold it to Carlton Coolidge of San Francisco. Mr. Coolidge, an avid sports car enthusiast, is a longtime member of the ABC, and this car was noted in his ownership in the Club’s second Register. While owned by Mr. Coolidge the Bugatti was restored to its present appearance, in iconic French Racing Blue with body-color front axle and springs, and chrome-finished wire wheels. The body conformed, as it does today, very near the original Grand Sport design, though much of the inner woodwork is new and it is obvious significant restoration was required; in addition, some of the gauges have been updated.

The Type 40 was eventually received by Mr. Coolidge’s ex-wife, Cynthia, in their divorce, and sold to the Blackhawk Collection, from which it passed to Fred Guyton in the same transaction that added the Rolls-Royce Piccadilly Roadster to the collection.

Over the years, this was a particular favorite of Mr. Guyton and his wife, Beverly, and was occasionally shown at Midwestern concours, including at the 2012 Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for which it was freshly painted and mechanically sorted by D&D Classic Automobile Restoration; receipts for this work are on file. Mrs. Guyton recalls that the opportunity to drive the Bugatti on the famous “Brickyard” was one of the great thrills of her husband’s life.

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Also a lot of Bugattiana in this auction, books, models, paintings.

June 16, 2019 Wheels for wishes Hoeven, the Netherlands

Charity classic and special car rally for Make-A-Wish Netherlands

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September 6 - 8, 2019 36th Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

September 22, 2019 Warren Classic Concours d'Elegance The Warren Golf and Country Club, Woodham Walter, Nr Maldon, Essex, UK

BUGATTI 110th ANNIVERSARY is one of the 14 concours classes for 2019

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February 15 - 27, 2020 International Bugatti Meeting New Zealand

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