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

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  7. Jacob Munkhammar Bugatti site
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    However, of course Jacob does not respond to mails anymore, some older links may not work, the Pim Faber books, models and stamps databases do not work, and the Hunting Bugatti Questions are not followed up. As a service, I will post all answers to his existing questions on my pages, new questions will be published on my site also!

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

  18. Bugatti repairs and restoration.
    Those restoring or repairing Bugatti motor cars as a business must ensure that they have a valid motor trade insurance policy in place.


Bugatti news

June 12, 2021
Bugatti SAS presents the Chiron Super Sport, yet another version of the Chiron

Volkswagen-Bugatti already presented a whole range of versions based on the Chiron, this one could be called the "long tail" Chiron. In the drawing above, the difference with the "normal" Chiron is well demonstrated. Bugatti doesn't hesitate to put this Super Sport in a range of Super Sport Bugatti models, beginning with a real one: the Type 55. Then on to the EB110 and Veyron Super Sport models.

The newest version of the Chiron was already officially and publicly presented at the Milano Monza Motor Show the past week, together with the "Bolide".

Below: That what Bugatti themselves state about their newest "baby":

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport – The Quintessence of Luxury and Speed

Molsheim, 8-6-2021

WITH THE CHIRON SUPER SPORT, BUGATTI PRESENTS A NEW HYPER SPORTS CAR THAT BOASTS A TRULY UNIQUE COMBINATION OF COMFORT AND TOP SPEED.

With a low-slung front, special aerodynamic shape at the sides and an extended rear for peak performance, it is clear at first sight that the new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport has been designed without compromise for optimal aerodynamic performance. Bugatti engineers developed the new hyper sports car for top speed while fully embracing both luxury and comfort.

“With the Chiron Super Sport, we are following our long-standing tradition of combining top speed with absolute luxury,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Chiron Super Sport stands for increased comfort and elegance coupled with even greater performance and higher speeds. With this new creation, we established another distinct personality within the Chiron family. It is the essence of what we learned and developed in recent years – the ultimate grand tourer.” The Chiron Super Sport embodies a part of Bugatti’s broad spectrum of performance – a counterpart to the Chiron Pur Sport, which was made for cornering and lateral agility.

Design – made for speed
Bugatti developed a new vehicle design with optimized aerodynamics for the Chiron Super Sport’s streamlined bodywork. The new Chiron Super Sport is an uncompromising reincarnation of the Bugatti design mantra, ‘form follows performance’. From the front splitter to the rear diffuser, every centimeter of its skin is designed for top speed.

At speeds over 420 km/h, a vehicle must offer sufficient downforce alongside minimal drag. “Our aim was to give the vehicle a neutral setup at its top speed while also giving it as streamlined a shape as possible.” explains Frank Heyl, Deputy Design Director at Bugatti. The uplift forces exerted on the bodywork at 440 km/h are immense. The body of the Chiron Super Sport generates massive downforce to counter this uplift and perfectly balance the forces. “The design process was therefore in particular about achieving aerodynamic efficiency,” Heyl continues. The Chiron Super Sport’s extended rear, which is known as a long tail, gives it new proportions and very distinctive aesthetics. An optional, new, horizontal color split visually extends the proportions of the Chiron Super Sport even further, making the hyper sports car appear even lower.

For aerodynamic performance, the rear has grown by approximately 25 centimeters to hold the laminar flow to the bodywork for as long as possible. Bugatti designers also enlarged the diffuser cross-section, pushing the diffuser’s trailing edge higher and thereby reducing the rear’s trailing surface by 44 percent. As a result, the slipstream and wind resistance generated are significantly reduced – factors which otherwise decelerate the vehicle. A welcome benefit of these technical modifications is that the rear is afforded even better proportions and is both wider and lower-slung. The long tail helps to keep the laminar air flow attached to the body for as long as possible.

Even from afar, the Chiron Super Sport is unmistakable due to its repositioned tailpipe configuration. To boost the effect of the diffuser and give it more space, Bugatti has shifted the otherwise central exhaust system to the side, with the pipes aligned vertically. The exhaust system also sounds deeper and richer. “If we can generate downforce with the diffuser, there is no need for us to generate it with the drag inducing wings. This means we can retract the wing as far as possible in Top Speed mode for a drive with minimal drag,” explains Frank Heyl.

The front therefore has to be perfect, too, to achieve seamless airflow over the bodywork. On the Chiron Super Sport, features like side air curtains alongside the air intakes result in improved airflow from the front to the wheel arches, keeping it as close to the side of the vehicle. “This minimizes drag and improves the flow of air over the side radiators,” explains Frank Heyl. The new, focused facial expression with inclined headlamps and the modern design language fit perfectly with the aggressive character of the Chiron Super Sport.

The nine exhaust air holes on each fender are more than just a nod to the Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport – they also serve to release the air pressure from the front wheel wells, thereby generating streamlined downforce at the front axle. Additional outlets behind the front wheel arches likewise help to balance out the aerodynamic loads.

For even greater exclusivity, new aluminum wheels in a five-Y-spoke design are available only for the Chiron Super Sport. These new Super Sport wheels are also available in a diamond-cut option. The Chiron Pur Sport’s iconic magnesium wheels, which further reduce the weight of the unsprung mass, are also available as an option.

The interior is a combination of timeless elegance and comfort beyond compare. It is a blend of natural elements like leather and polished aluminum, together with high-tech carbon fiber applications. This is an interior perfectly suited to high-speed continental trips.

With a strong focus on technical maxims during development, the demands made of the new hyper sports car are exacting. Even at top speeds of up to 440 km/h, it must be effortless and safe to control.

Greater performance and higher revs per minute
Bugatti thoroughly overhauled the 8.0-liter W16 engine for the Chiron Super Sport, boosting its performance by 100 PS to 1,176 kW/1,600 PS. At the same time, the vehicle weight was reduced by a further 23 kilograms. The engineers made modifications to the turbochargers, oil pump, and cylinder head with valve train, as well as to the transmission and clutch. “We increased the revolutions per minute (RPM) for even greater longitudinal acceleration and an even more emotive driving experience,” says Michael Kodra, Head of Drive Development at Bugatti. The engine’s rpm was increased by 300 to up to 7,100 rpm, for noticeably increased agility. 1,600 newton meters of torque is now accessible from between 2,000 and 7,000 rpm, rather than up to 6,000 rpm.

With the improved performance created by larger turbochargers with more efficient compressor wheels, the seven-gear dual-clutch transmission at full load and full speed transitions from sixth to seventh gear at 403 km/h. The Chiron Super Sport accelerates from 0 to 200 km/h in 5.8 seconds and to 300 km/h in 12.1 seconds. The Chiron Super Sport accelerates from 0 to 400 km/h seven percent quicker than a Chiron. Seventh gear boasts 3.6 percent longer transmission.

In order to achieve seamless acceleration at full throttle, boost pressure must remain close to maximum while the hyper sports car rapidly builds momentum and reaches its optimal speed. When changing gear, the pressure dips only very briefly for a mere 0.3 seconds, to then return to full boost pressure of 2.8 bar to fill the Chiron Super Sport’s W16 engine. “In spite of the immense power and the enormous longitudinal acceleration, the Chiron Super Sport offers a comfortable, quiet, and balanced drive,” explains Michael Kodra. Even above 6,000 rpm, acceleration doesn’t diminish, giving the Chiron Super Sport a mighty thrust up to 7,100 rpm. “The attributes of this engine are a perfect fit for the fastest Chiron.” says Michael Kodra.

New chassis setup for top speed
Bugatti developed a new chassis specifically for the Chiron Super Sport’s high speeds and new aerodynamics. The steering systems and dampers create a firmer and more rigid connection to the vehicle from the driving feel resulting in tighter steering for smoother steering movements. Harder springs stabilize the entire vehicle at top speed, and the engineers additionally also retuned the electronically controlled chassis. It regulates the settings in real-time in a matter of six milliseconds and adapts to the driving behavior. There is a choice of four driving modes – EB, Handling, Autobahn, and Top Speed.

With the extended rear and modified front, the Chiron Super Sport achieves balanced aerodynamics at top speed. “Even on long bends taken at high speeds, the rear remains calm and neutral, resulting in a very composed drive in the Chiron Super Sport. Our focus at top speed is on absolute driving stability coupled with comfort,” explains Jachin Schwalbe, Head of Chassis Development at Bugatti. This unwavering directional stability together with the quietness and rigidity of the steering and noticeably increased performance make the Chiron Super Sport unique.

Newly developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which have been optimized for top speed offer greater rigidity and smoothness than grip-optimized tires fitted to the Chiron Pur Sport. What’s more, these are the only tires that can consistently drive at up to 500 km/h. This is made possible by reinforced belts that can cope with immense forces – verified on the test bench originally built for the Space Shuttle. Every tire is x-rayed following production in order to rule out even the most minuscule of irregularities.

“We tweaked all possible parameters when developing the chassis in order to achieve the best possible setup for immense acceleration as well as the unique Bugatti luxury and comfort experience,” explains Jachin Schwalbe. “In comparison to the Chiron Pur Sport, which, as a free-revving vehicle with transverse dynamics offers a great deal of downforce up to 350 km/h, the Chiron Super Sport remains very neutral and quiet even above this in the uppermost speed ranges. This vastly increases the feeling of safety,” he explains. The result: extremely precise handling that the driver can predict together with confident steering and a quiet bodywork.

The three forefathers of the Super Sport
The new Chiron Super Sport joins the ranks of some famous Bugatti predecessors. Bugatti first unveiled the Type 55 Super Sport at the Paris Motor Show in 1931. The grand tourer combined thoroughbred race car technology with the comfort of a sophisticated two-seater. With the help of a compressor, the 2.3-liter eightcylinder engine delivered up to 160 PS and accelerated the Type 55 Super Sport to over 180 km/h. A number of the bodywork versions were designed by the young and talented Jean Bugatti, and only 38 vehicles were produced up to 1935.

Bugatti didn’t construct the next version of the Super Sport until 1993 to 1995. 39 of the EB 110 Super Sport were produced. The EB 110 was once again all about lightweight construction, performance, luxury, and exclusivity, and became the best super sports car of its age. It was the first super sports car with a carbon fiber bodywork, all-wheel drive, and four turbochargers. The V12 turbocharged engine delivered more than 610 PS and set multiple records in the EB 110 Super Sport, including a record speed of 351 km/h.

Two decades later, Bugatti brought the Super Sport back to life again. The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport boasting 1,200 PS broke the speed record in 2010 with a speed of 431.2 km/h, thereby securing a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s fastest road-legal series sports car – a record which it held for many years. This is the only Veyron model to feature NACA ducts rather than the typical large air intakes and the only model on which the engine is largely covered. Bugatti developed the horizontal color split specifically for the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

History then repeated itself in summer 2019 when Bugatti exceeded the threshold of 300 mph with the Chiron Super Sport 300+, with the record-breaking vehicle hitting an incredible speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h). This served as the basis for a few-off model of just 30 units featuring a similar design and color elements.

Bugatti will soon begin with the manufacture of the Chiron Super Sport in Molsheim, France. Delivery of the hyper sports cars with a price tag of 3.2 million euros (net) is scheduled to start early 2022.


June 2, 2021
The Bugatti Brescia at 100

Read this interesting article from Classic & Sportscar, by Mick Walsh


May 21, 2021
Auctions results

Bonhams Bond street Sale auction, London, May 19, 2021

  • 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix, Chassis No. BC43, Engine No. 137T Estimate: €350,000 - 580,000, Sold for €388,377 inc. premium
  • Bugatti gearbox casting (Brineton Engineering), GP type with lid, Estimate: € 1,200 - 2,300, Sold for €1138 inc. premium
  • Bugatti GP-type front axle, Estimate: € 1,700 - 2,300, Sold for €1205 inc. premium
  • Bugatti rear axle casing, believed Jarrot Engineering, Estimate: € 580 - 930, Sold for €1138 inc. premium

Bonhams Amelia Island auction, May 20, 2021

  • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Franay, Chassis No. 57127, Engine No. 52, Sold for US$ 1,325,000 (€ 1,087,134) inc. premium
  • Private Omnibus by Million & Guiet, once owned by Ettore Bugatti, Sold for US$ 106,325 (€ 87,237) inc. premium
  • Replica Bugatti Baby, Sold for US$ 6,950 (€ 5,702) inc. premium


May 18, 2021
Bugatti SAS posts teasers on Instagram; Has ‘La Voiture Noire’ finally been found?

Bugatti's Type 57 SC Atlantic (the 4th one) is the automotive world's Holy Grail: disappeared without a trace, often searched for, never found. Until now. At least, that's what the many fans of the French supercar brand hope. The reason is a remarkable action by Bugatti on Instagram: a burst of 15 black and white photographs with teasing messages about a search of 374 days and a big reveal on May 31, 2021.

Flashback to the Geneva Motor Show, 2019. Bugatti presents La Voiture Noire, a pitch-black concept car of which only one copy - a one-off - will be made. Completely by hand. And with a corresponding price tag: at least 11 million euros plus taxes. "La Voiture Noire," said Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann, is "more than a modern reinterpretation of Jean Bugatti's Type 57 SC Atlantic, this is a true hymn to its beauty."

Mythical coupé
The Type 57 SC Atlantic is an elegant sports coupé, created in 1935 on the drawing board of Jean Bugatti, the son of founder Ettore. With its unprecedented modern line, striking wheel arches and visible seam from nose to boot, it is one of the most mythical Bugattis ever. And fast too: up to 200 kilometers per hour. And that at a time when the community was still moving by horse and cart. Only four were built between 1936 and 1938. It is known where three of them are, because they occasionally participate in a concours d'Elegance. For example, one is in the garage of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Not three actually; one was hit by a train in the 1950's, and was "Rebuilt", though with many more new parts than original ones....

But where the fourth example has gone - if it still exists - is a mystery. And it just so happens to be the one that belonged to Jean Bugatti. The only one with jet black bodywork, nicknamed La Voiture Noire. Bugatti junior had taken over the management of the factory from his father in 1936, but was killed in a car crash three years later, barely 30 years old.

Gone up in smoke
A year later, the Nazis were on the verge of invading France. It was decided to move all cars - including his son's coupé - and all tools to Bordeaux, to a factory far from the German border, and thus from possible war activity. Everything was loaded onto the train in Molsheim, but La Voiture Noire would never reach Bordeaux. Theories are buzzing. One of the most persistent trails is that Ettore convinced everyone that the final destination was Bordeaux, but that he eventually had the car taken to a secret shelter. An underground wine cellar? Or a barn in a godforsaken French farmhouse, whether or not bricked up in a hidden niche?

Unfortunately, Ettore can no longer tell, the man died in 1947. Or was the train intercepted by the Nazis and the car seized? The American Monuments Man Foundation, which tracks down art objects stolen by Nazis, does not rule out the possibility that the car is still somewhere in Germany. If the car still exists, it would be worth 100 million dollars (more than 82 million euros).

Searched for 374 days
And now suddenly there is that campaign on Instagram. "Day 374. Have you ever wanted to find something so stubbornly that you had no choice but to go after it and start the hunt?" Or: “It was a long way to Bordeaux, so close to the Atlantic Ocean. The lost Type 57 SC Atlantic should have arrived here in 1940 instead of disappearing. I can still feel its overwhelming power throughout the city and its eternal fortresses. ” Although it is mainly that one photo, with in the side mirror of the new Voiture Noire an image of the rear of the mythical predecessor, which makes fans crazy. Would the only real La Voiture Noire have been found after all?

Or is it just a marketing stunt to unveil the final version of the successor, as automotive journalists think? And who knows also the identity of the buyer: in addition to the name of a Saudi prince, that of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is especially talked about. “Appointment on May 31, 2021”, it says at the fifteenth and last photo. So please be patient.


April 30, 2021
Auction result

Bring a Trailer online auction, April 30, 2021, USA

1927 Bugatti Type 38A Grand Sport
Chassis number 38470, Engine number 209: Sold for $410,000


April 23, 2021
Auction result

Bonhams auction: 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco', April 23, 2021, France

1934 Bugatti T57 Ventoux
Chassis 57119, Engine No. 34 , Estimate: € 350,000 - 450,000: Sold for € 385,250, including premium


April 17, 2021
Auction results

Stanislas Machoïr auction, April 17, 2021, France

  • Mido for Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti's personal watch, Estimate: € 80,000 - 150,000, sold for € 220,000, Including premium: € 280,700
  • Bugatti T49 Cabriolet, Chassis 49481, Estimate on demand: Withdrawn


April 9/10, 2021
Statement by Caroline Bugatti - Cyril Gautier on the Mido-Bugatti watch

Following the various questions and debates about the Mido EB watch that will be on sale by Stanislas Machoïr on April 17, 2021, it is possible for us to give the following facts concerning this piece:

  • The case N ° 261492 is indeed that of Ettore Bugatti's personal watch.
  • The watch originally had a leather strap like all other Mido EB watches. Michel Bugatti, son of Ettore Bugatti replaced it with a gold bracelet.
  • We also note that the dial has since been cleaned and that the original straight hands have been replaced by a bluish steel set in the Mido spirit.
  • The back of the case has been debossed and polished.
  • My father, Michel, sold this watch at auction in Paris in 1986. Photos of the watch before its sale by Michel above.
  • It was sold by its purchaser to a Japanese collector in 1989.
  • Then it reappears in an auction in New York at Antiquorum on December 11, 2008. Last known trace before it was put on sale by the Stanislas Machoir auction house.

Caroline BUGATTI - Cyril GAUTIER

Thanks to Mrs Daniel LAPP and Jaap HORST www.bugattipage.com for their collaboration.

Original statement in French

---- End of statement -----

Thus, it can be concluded that the casing of this watch belonged to Ettore Bugatti himself; as for the mechanism; in 1986 the number of the mechanism was not recorded. Thus, it can not be proven that the mechanism is the same as in the watch of Ettore Bugatti.

Mido Bugatti watches that have been on offered, including this one:

  • 17-4-2021: Watch with case no. 261492, mechanism number: 3733 (probably), Original owner: Ettore Bugatti, Estimate: €80 - 150k, Link to the auction

  • 28-10-2020: Watch with case no. 261502 (Silver), mechanism number: unknown, Original owner: unknown, Estimate: €2000 - 3000 (result not known), Link to the auction

  • 18-9-2016: Watch with case no. 200740, mechanism number: 4108, Original owner: Unknown, Sold at €12,605, Link to the auction

  • 8-2-2013: Watch with case no. 220128, mechanism number: 2784, Original owner: Albert Divo (to commemorate his victory in a Bugatti at the Targa Florio of 1928), Sold at: €35,702 , Link to the auction

  • 4-2-2011: Watch with case no. 307218, mechanism number: 8306, Original owner: unknown, Sold at €24,227, Link

  • 8-2-2009: Watch with case no. 307218, mechanism number: 8306, Original owner: unknown, Estimate €15,000 - 25,000 (no result, not sold?), Link

  • 11-12-2008: Watch with case no. 261492, mechanism number: 3733, Original owner: Ettore Bugatti (not known at the time of the auction), Sold at €10,084, Link to the auction

  • 15-8-2008: Watch with case no. unknown (Modified case?), mechanism number: 8306, Original owner: unknown, Sold for: $55,575 , Link

  • 24-6-2005: Watch with case no. 200782, mechanism number: 4099, Original owner: Elizabeth Junek, Estimate € 30,000 - 32,000 (result not stated), Link to the auction

  • 12-2-2002: Watch with case no. 220142, mechanism number: unknown, Original owner: "Close family friend", Sold at: €17,625, Link to the auction

  • 12-4-1997: Watch with case no. 261493 (Different watch-face), mechanism number: unknown, Original owner: Ernest Friderich, Sold for: CHF 11,500 , Link

  • 15-12-1990: Watch with case no. unknown, mechanism number: unknown, Original owner: Louis Chiron (as a souvenir of winning the Klausen hillclimb, in Switzerland, in 1927, 29 and 30, the case states 1928 in error), Sold for: 8.9 M Yen (approx €65.000) , Link

    Others: We know that 261490 belonged to Dreyfus, and 307215 was that of Jean Bugatti.
    Other watches were given to Mr. Le Prandieres: coach builder for Bugatti in Paris, and Col. W. Sorel, British representative for Bugatti.

Mido records confirm that the first of the four series of Bugatti watches they produced, was a batch of 54 pieces with serial numbers 200736-200789 inclusive, produced in 1925-26.
Then three later series, two in gold and one in silver, were produced between 1929 and 1932, and were each of twelve pieces, the 2nd series was 261484-261495 (gold), while the silver series contained the number 261502. the last series (gold) contained the numbers 307215 to 307218.

However, looking at all the watches sold over the last decades, there must have been at least one more series, as 220128 and 220142 also exist. Assuming that these are from the same series, this series consisted of at least 15 watches.

Of the 90 watches produced, fewer than 20 examples are believed to have survived to the present day (10 of which are listed above). These watches were commissioned by Ettore Bugatti from Mido and given as gifts to his racing drivers and later to principal members of his factory staff.

Movement of these watches: Mido 15 jewels, (3) adjustments, Swiss made, manual wind, stem wind, stem set.

By the way, the radiator watch was not Ettore Bugatti's idea, as the Mido advert on the right shows!


April 8, 2021
Williams - a forgotten Hero

Very interesting video made by John Staveley

This is a short biography of William Grover, a works Bugatti driver, illustrated with period photographs from a number of sources including The Bugatti Trust and private collections. The photographs were chosen for their historical content rather than quality.

Throughout his career he was supported by the lovely Yvonne who later presented “The Williams Trophy” to the Bugatti Owners’ Club.

Go here to see the video

Don't forget to switch to full screen!


March 30, 2021
For sale: Bugatti Chiron engine and gearbox

For just €10,074!

Small detail: It's 1:4 scale ...
However, from the Photographs you would not know it's not the real thing. Not even the engineers at Bugatti would see the difference!

The fastest, most powerful and exclusive production super sports car in Bugatti’s history at the time of its launch, the Chiron was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. Master-minded by Achim Anscheidt, every element of the Chiron was designed to be a combination of reminiscence to its history, taking its name from Bugatti racing legend Louis Chiron, and the most innovative technology. The result was a unique creation of enduring value, and breath-taking automotive accomplishment. Its sophisticated design, innovative technology, and iconic, performance-oriented form made it a unique masterpiece of art, shape and technique, pushing boundaries beyond imagination. The Chiron was an attempt to create something very different from contemporary engine manufacturers, such as Ferrari and McLaren with their leanings towards hybrid technology.

At the heart of the Chiron was its quad-turbocharged eight litre W16 engine. This unique masterpiece generated an incredible 1,578 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque, with four high-performing turbochargers worked in a two-stage controlled configuration. A remarkable 60,000 litres of air were pumped through the engine every minute whilst, simultaneously, 800 litres of water per minute circulated through its core, guaranteeing the cooling of the engine to generate the extraordinary power. A new titanium exhaust system with reduced gas back pressure and lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre, maximised power and performance. The intelligent air intake management significantly improved aerodynamics and enhanced the cooling efficiency for engine and brakes., whilst the distinctive quad LED headlights also served as air intakes to the front brakes.

The first engine model Amalgam has made since the early 2000s, this very highly detailed and meticulously finished example of the Chiron’s immense W16 engine echoes the same large 1:4 scale model previously made of the Ferrari 049 engine that powered the F1-2000. Measuring in at 44cm (18in) long and 22cm (9in) high, each individual material in the engine has been carefully and artfully reproduced at scale using special finishes as befits the Bugatti Chiron design. The accurate replication of the actual engine has relied heavily on Amalgam’s close relationship with the Bugatti design team. With some 1,040 individual parts, this 1:4 replica shows every visible detail of the engine right down to the numerous parts labels and barcodes.

The Bugatti Chiron Engine and Gearbox is limited to only 99 pieces.


March 27, 2021
Blackhawk Collection confirms sale of Bugatti Royale

The "Berline de Voyage" has made the voyage to its new home, back in Europe

The Blackhawk Collection has sold its Bugatti Royale, the famed “The Berline de Voyage” that was hidden from the Nazis during World War II, to a European collector, and at a price that a person involved in the sale says is the most ever paid for a pre-war automobile.
Editor: strangely; this Berline de Voyage was reported sold to Korea, already in 1995... Probably Don Williams was involved in the current sale.

The transaction was reported on Facebook by former collector car auctioneer Rick Cole after the car arrived in Europe from its previous home in the museum collection in northern California. Don Williams of the Blackhawk said Cole “was a teammate” in the sale.

While the price paid for the car has not been shared, Cole indicated it certainly was more than the previous highest amount paid for any pre-war automobile, which was the $22 million spent in 2018 for the 1935 Duesenberg SSJ roadster formerly owned by actor Clark Gable at the Gooding & Company auction at Pebble Beach.
Supposedly, the sale of the Bugatti Atlantic to Peter Mullin was more; reports state $32 million

Ettore Bugatti planned a run of 25 of his largest vehicles and dubbed them the Royales with the intention of selling them to kings and princes. But the Great Depression limited sales and only seven cars were constructed, and Bugatti sold only three of them. One was destroyed in a crash. A new chassis was built to replace this, but received the old chassis number 41100. Thus: 7 chassis built, of which one re-build

Chassis 41150 was probably one of the earliest Royales built, though the exact order is unknown. 41150 received it's chassis number not until the time of the sale, after the war, and after Ettore had died.. It stretches about 21 feet in length and weighs around 7,000 pounds. Like the others, it has a huge 12.8-liter straight-8 engine.

The Berline de Voyage was among the cars that did not sell initially and was kept by Bugatti and, with 41100, the “Coupe Napoleon,” was kept at the Bugatti home in Ermenonville, France. After the war, both cars were purchased from Bugatti’s daughter, L’Ebe, by American sportsman and racer Briggs Cunningham.

Cunningham spent several thousand dollars to have the cars restored in France and finally brought them to the US in early 1951. A year later, he sold 41150 to early car collector Cameron Peck, and the car later became part of the famed Bill Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada.

When the Harrah Collection went to auction in 1986, the Royale was purchased by Texas real-estate developer Jerry Moore for a then-record price of $6.5 million. Moore, whose car collection included more than two dozen Duesenbergs, kept the car for more than a year, then sold it for more than $8 million to Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan.

Don Williams and business partner Ritchie Clyne, who together owned the car collection showcased at the Imperial Palace hotel in Las Vegas, bought the car from Monaghan in the early 1990s.

Williams noted that people might consider themselves to be the owners of cherished collector cars, but they really are just temporary caretakers.

“There’s a time in our lives when we get to take care and have fun with the cars we like,” he told the ClassicCars.com Journal of the sale of the famed Bugatti. “We’re all just caretakers.” But, he added, “The legacy of the cars is the good friends we make along the way.”

Source: Larry Edsall, journal.classiccars.com, Top photo: Rick Cole


March 18, 2021
Volkswagen plans for Bugatti

Volkswagen in talks with Rimac over Bugatti joint venture

Volkswagen Group boss Herbert Diess has confirmed plans to spin off Bugatti into a joint venture between Porsche and EV specialist Rimac – but has denied reports it could sell the brand outright.

  • VW is currently transferring the responsibility for Bugatti to Porsche
  • Porsche has increased its stake in Rimac from 15.5 percent to 24 percent
  • It is yet unclear whether Porsche and Rimac would take an equal share in the proposed Rimac-Porsche joint venture to control Bugatti

As we reported earlier, Volkswagen would consider selling a controlling interest in the French hypercar maker to Rimac as part of a financial deal that involved Porsche increasing its investment in the Croatian firm. Porsche recently increased its stake in Rimac from 15.5 percent to 24 percent in a deal worth £60.4 million.

During the Volkswagen Group's annual media conference, Diess said that responsibility for Bugatti is currently being transferred to Porsche, which would then discuss a possible joint venture with Rimac. "Transferring Bugatti to Rimac isn't true," said Diess. "Porsche is currently preparing a partnership that's going to be under discussion with Rimac, and Porsche will be taking care of that.”

"The whole thing isn't yet finalised. What we want to do is transition responsibility of Bugatti to Porsche, and Porsche in all probability will establish a joint venture with Rimac, with a minority share of Porsche." It's not clear whether any potential Bugatti joint venture would involve Porsche and Rimac taking an equal share.

Diess added that the decision to move responsibility for Bugatti within the Volkswagen Group to Porsche is because "we believe that Bugatti will get an environment that's stronger than being here in Wolfsburg in the volume segment." He elaborated,: "We have more synergies between Bugatti and Porsche over there, such as carbonfibre bodies and high-performance batteries."

Diess' comments come just weeks after Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said Bugatti and Rimac were a good fit. Blume also said that various scenarios were being discussed for Bugatti and that he believed a solution would be reached within the first half of 2021.

Sadly, any tie-up between Bugatti and Rimac will likely mean the 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 Bugatti currently uses to power its cars will be phased out at the end of the Chiron's product cycle, currently estimated to be around 2024.

Although VW Group has not yet committed to a fixed date for the end of the internal-combustion engine, the automaker aims to be the global leader for electric vehicles by 2025 at the latest. With Bugatti being a halo for the company, it makes sense the hypercar brand will also be electric by this date.


March 6, 2021
Auction result

Bring a Trailer online auction, March 4, 2021, USA

  • Bugatti Type 55 Gangloff replica project
    Known as 55209R, chassis number 49531, engine: C & G replica
    Highest bid: $120,000, reserve not met


February 19, 2021
Auction result

Bonhams' Legends of the Road auction London, UK, February 19, 2021

  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Roadster, chassis 57503, Estimate: € 5,700,000 - 8,000,000: Sold for € 4,676,000 (£4,047,000) inc. premium

  • Bugatti T57/57S Rear tower, Sold for £ 3,187 (€ 3,684) inc. premium
  • Bugatti Brescia 16 Valve Engine Block, Sold for £ 1,020 (€ 1,179) inc. premium
  • Bugatti T57/57S Engine Block, Sold for £ 2,550 (€ 2,947)
  • Bugatti T57/57S Gearbox with component parts, Sold for £ 24,000 (€ 27,743)

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February 12, 2021
Auction result

Artcurial “Parisienne 2021” Auction, February 5, 2021

  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster by Vanvooren, Chassis 55204, Engine n°5. Estimate 4,000,000 - 6,000,000 €: Not sold


February 27, 2021
Bugatti's at auction – A year of records

Five automotive masterpieces from Molsheim were the five most valuable vehicles sold at auction internationally in 2020. Despite the pandemic, historic Bugattis broke records at the auction houses Bonhams and Gooding & Company: never before have the five most expensive cars sold at auction been produced by one single manufacturer.

Bugatti automobiles have always been exclusive. But as their age increases, so does their value – as shown by an analysis carried out by Classic Analytics, a company specialising in international market analysis and valuation of classic cars worldwide. “Bugattis from the Ettore and Jean Bugatti era, especially in their original condition and with a history of racing, have always been among the most expensive classic cars on the market. This trend has held steady and in fact even increased despite the general decline in interest in pre-war vehicles,” says Frank Wilke, Managing Director of Classic Analytics. Classic Analytics belongs to the Hagerty Group, the largest classic car service provider in the USA. The top ten ranking is based on an internal auction database in which all international classic car auctions over the course of a year are observed and evaluated.

“This year certainly presented challenges, but it opened the door for Gooding & Company to create new opportunities to maintain our connection with our automotive community and enthusiasts around the world,” says David Gooding, Gooding & Company President and Founder. We held our first-ever UK sale which set many new records that include selling the most expensive Bugatti at public auction and selling the top two most valuable lots of 2020; the 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports and the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante.”

“We were honoured and extremely proud to have been entrusted with these exceptional and historic Molsheim masterpieces,” said James Knight, Chairman of Bonhams Group. “Both represented superb Type 55's – one a special coachbuilt convertible by Figoni, the other the iconic artistry of the Jean Bugatti Super Sport roadster. As one would expect, both cars attracted multiple bidders. Not surprisingly, the Bugattis won the accolade as the most valuable motorcars sold at their respective auctions. and both also achieved the highest results at auction during Paris Rétromobile 2020 and the 2020 Amelia Car Week respectively.”

1st: Bugatti Type 59 Sports (Chassis 57248)
A 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports with the chassis number 57248 was auctioned for USD 12,681 million at Gooding & Company in London in September 2020. This makes it one of the most expensive Bugattis ever to come under the hammer at a public auction. The Bugatti Type 59 Sports was created as a racing car for the Bugatti Grand Prix factory team and won the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, later finishing third in the Monaco Grand Prix. Some of the most famous and successful Bugatti racing drivers were at the wheel of this car – including Robert Benoist, Louis Chiron, René Dreyfus, Achille Varzi and Jean-Pierre Wimille. After the successful racing season, Bugatti converted the Type 59 into a sports car. King Leopold of Belgium purchased it in 1937. The vehicle remains in its original, unrestored condition to this day. It is powered by an 8-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 3.3 litres and a supercharger. The power output was around 250 PS; other engine variants reached up to 380 PS in the Type 59, which was built until 1936.

2nd: Bugatti Type 57S Atalante (Chassis 57502)
A sum of EUR 10.44 million was paid by the buyer of a rare and highly desirable 1937 Type 57S Atalante with the chassis number 57502 at the Gooding & Company auction in London. It is a genuinely distinctive model that was purchased by British racing driver and Bugatti enthusiast Earl Howe in 1937. The Bugatti Type 57S Atalante is one of only 17 cars that Jean Bugatti fitted with his sensational Atalante body. The power unit is a turbocharged 3.3-litre eight-cylinder engine that delivers an output of up to 175 PS in the Type 57S.

3rd: Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster (Chassis 55220)
A 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster with a factory body designed by Jean Bugatti fetched USD 7.1 million at Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction in March 2020. Bugatti produced a total of just 38 Type 55 Super Sport chassis up until 1935. Eleven of the 14 roadster-bodied vehicles built by Jean Bugatti are still in existence today. Victor Rothschild, later the third Baron Rothschild, purchased the Type 55 as a new car and kept it in his collection for many decades. In 1985, Boston professor Dean S. Edmonds Jr. acquired this Bugatti with the chassis number 55220 for GBP 440,000. This made it the most expensive car ever sold in Britain at the time. In Edmonds’ ownership, the Bugatti was restored and won first place in its class at Pebble Beach in 1993.

4th: Bugatti Type 35C (Chassis 4871)
A Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix dating from 1928 fetched USD 5.23 million at a Gooding & Company auction in London – a record for the Type 35. This car with the chassis number 4871 was originally built for the Targa Florio 1928. The first private owner was Jannine Jennky, a French racing driver who drove it to overall victory in the first ever Coupe de Bourgogne in Dijon. Now more than 90 years old, the vehicle had only four owners after 1932. It remains in its original, unrestored condition. Up until 1930, Bugatti produced the Type 35C with an 8cylinder in-line engine and a capacity of two litres. With the help of a Roots-type supercharger, the power unit delivers an output of 125 PS, enabling a top speed of over 200 km/h more than 90 years ago.

5th: Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport (Chassis 55221)
A Bugatti enthusiast paid USD 5.07 million for a 1931 Type 55 in Paris last February. This made the vehicle with the chassis number 55221 the most expensive car to be sold at one of the Rétromobile 2020 auctions. This is an outstanding vehicle: Louis Chiron and Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart co-drove it as a factory racing car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1932. The later owner had a unique Figoni body put on the chassis. With this body, the Type 55 remained in the family for over 60 years. Its 2.3-litre 8-cylinder supercharged engine produces an output of some 160 PS.

And, what were the next?
6: 1955 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 9D – $4,946,666
7: 1954 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 7 – $4,946,666
8: 1953 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 5 – $4,946,666 (- Collectively, the fantastic three totaled an auction high of 14 million)
9: 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive – $4,290,000
10: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Speciale – $4,257,007


January 27, 2021

Bugatti Bolide voted the most beautiful hyper car of the year

The Bolide wins the "Hypercars" category at the 36th Festival Automobile International.

With the presentation of the Bugatti Bolide last autumn, the French luxury brand Bugatti unveiled its most extreme car to date. Now the Bolide has been officially voted the most beautiful and aesthetic hyper sports car in the world. The Bugatti Bolide won the "Hypercars" category at the prestigious Festival Automobile International in Paris. An expert jury voted the experimental vehicle from Molsheim the most beautiful hyper sports car of 2020 by a substantial margin from a total of four finalists.

In its 36th year, the Festival Automobile International gave awards to cars from a range of categories according to their beauty, aesthetics, form and design. The expert judging panel was made up of 14 judges, chaired by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Anne Asensio, Vice President of Design Experience at Dassault Systèmes.

The jury selected a winner in each of a total of 15 categories.
Since 1985, the Festival Automobile International has celebrated the automobile in its most beautiful, creative and exciting forms. The industry itself as well as the changes taking place within it are examined, and the trends analysed. The Festival is also committed to shining a spotlight on those men and women who make the car what it is each and every day, who transform it and adapt it to meet changes in society, environmental requirements, economic upheavals and geopolitical challenges. Each year, the Festival judges reward not only major innovations but also the bold ideas and talent of those involved in the automotive field.

“We are extraordinarily proud that the Festival Automobile International judges were as enthusiastic about the design of the Bugatti Bolide as Bugatti fans all around the world. The experiment to demonstrate the brute force of our W16 engine in a lightweight and high-performance car has resulted in a driving experience akin to riding on a cannonball. My thanks goes to the entire Bugatti team, who have once again demonstrated with this incredible car the full extent of their creativity and technological expertise,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “Our focus has always been on innovation and aesthetics from the very beginning. Receiving this award is an affirmation of our work.”

With the presentation of the Bolide in October 2020, Bugatti introduced the most extreme, uncompromising, fastest and lightest vehicle concept in the company’s recent history. The French luxury car manufacturer designed an ultra-lightweight shell around the iconic 8.0-litre W16 engine with up to 1,850 PS. Weighing just 1,240 kilograms, the Bolide achieves a phenomenal weight-to-power ratio of just 0.67 kilograms per PS. The top speed has been calculated at well over 500 km/h – without sacrificing maximum handling and agility.

“The Bugatti Bolide has been both the greatest joy and the greatest challenge of my 17-year career in Bugatti Design,” says Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti. “Combining the extreme aerodynamic and thermodynamic requirements into a complete and integral expression of Bugatti's unique DNA is the clearest demonstration of our motto ‘Form follows performance’. The fact that this sequential iteration between technical development and design has been recognised by the jury on a stylistic level is a source of enormous pride for the Bugatti design team, and we are extremely grateful for that.”

Also read the article in the Volume 26, Issue 1 of the Bugatti Revue on the design of the Bugatti Bolide.


January 25, 2021

Auction result

RM | Sotheby's Auction, Arizona, USA, January 22, 2021


January 22, 2021

Auction result

Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction, January 22, 2021


January 2, 2021

Another 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Roadster to be auctioned

Following the announcement of the T57S Corsica Roadster auction by Bonhams, taking place on February 19, 2021, (chassis 57503) a second quite similar vehicle will be Auctioned by RM / Sotheby's on January 22.

This one is chassis 57512, and there are some differences of course: This car is fitted with a supercharger, thus it is a T57SC; experts differ in opinion about if the car was fitted with one at the factory in 1939, or at some later date.
Obviously there's a difference in the body, notably the different wings.
And there's a difference in condition, where 57503 is largely unrestored, has not been driven for half a century and was also recently re-discovered, and now for the first time since ages on the open market. 57512 seems to be perfectly restored, and has been on offer for a while now, for example on PreWarCar.com, but also in a RM Sotheby's Auction at Amelia Island on March 8-9, 2019 (Estimate: $6,000,000 - $7,500,000) and at the Mecum Auctions Monterey, on August 17, 2019, but failed to sell so far.

Thus: Take your pick of a low-slung Bugatti Corsica Roadster! Or, this is you chance to acquire both, and put them in the same stable!

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

UPDATE:
International Bugatti-Meeting Germany 2021 - date changed to: September 27 to October 3
Prologue “Crossing the Alpes” - date changed to September 24 - 26

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

From the organisation:
"Dear Bugatti friends, more than half of an incredibly eventful year is already behind us and yet we still have the feeling of stepping on the spot and not really making any progress. The world, our life as we knew it, has gone off the rails. The virus, which does not stop at any borders, means for each of us a hitherto unfelt insecurity and fear – the fear of what may happen to us personally, to our family, to our friends and their family.

Certainly none of us has ever experienced such a crisis, and we in the Bugatti community will only be able to overcome it all together and then go back into a positive future with renewed strength.

However, it is also a reality that nothing can be properly assessed, that it is difficult to make binding plans. And yet we would like to invite you to the “International Bugatti Meeting Germany 2021”. We can assure that we will continue to work hard and with dedication to ensure that the international community of Bugatti enthusiasts will be able to welcome you in Bavaria next year as planned."

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June 15, 2021 RM Sotheby's Milan auction Milano, Italy

1931 Bugatti Type 46 Coupé 'Superprofilée'
Chassis No. 46491, Engine No. 345
Estimate: €500,000 - €700,000

  • An outstanding homage to one of the most recognisable Jean Bugatti designs
  • One of two bare chassis purchased from Roland Bugatti by Richard Baudens in the 1950s
  • Built to a very high standard by Ashton Keynes Vintage Restorations

Bugatti introduced the Type 46 at the end of 1929, and it remained in production until 1933, by which time 468 chassis had been manufactured. It was a large and imposing luxury chassis, weighing in at 1,134 kilograms and powered by a powerful 5.4-litre straight-eight engine that was more than up to the task. Abundant torque insured the kind of top gear flexibility for which Bugattis were famous.

Customers received the best of both worlds: a superior conveyance that provided supple motoring at grand touring car level, with the exceptional road manners for which the Molsheim marque had become justly famous. Small wonder then that Bugatti achieved well over 400 sales despite the car’s introduction coinciding with the Great Depression.

Some called the Type 46 “La Petite Royale” in reference to the titanic Bugatti Type 41; the moniker aptly captured the essence of this expansive chassis and the grand bodies with which it was fitted. This was reflected in an enthusiastic review in the British magazine The Motor when a Type 46 was road tested in 1930: "A really solidly built, beautifully sprung, comfortable saloon car with exceptionally rapid acceleration through its speed range; that is the 32.5hp or 5-litre Bugatti. It combines the luxury of a large limousine, the flexibility and top gear performance of a thoroughbred town carriage with the perfect road holding, the speed and acceleration of the best type of sports model.” High praise indeed.

A TRIBUTE TO THE STUNNING SUPERPROFILÉ
As it survives today, chassis 46491 presents the unique combination of a pristine Bugatti chassis paired with one of the most iconic designs created by Jean Bugatti and his assistant Joseph Walter. Remarkably, its present coachwork is the first this chassis has ever worn.

It is commonly accepted that after World War II, a number of unfinished chassis existed in various states of assembly in and around the Bugatti works. The ownership of four of these is believed to have been assigned to Roland Bugatti, son of Ettore. As documented in the bulletin of the American Bugatti Club (Pur Sang, Vol. 21, No. 3. Fall 1980), two of these chassis were discovered by Richard Baudens, a close friend of Roland Bugatti, in Roland’s garage sometime in 1952: chassis 46482 and 46491. Neither had ever been bodied or run, and both came with an unused and crated Type 46 engine.

Mr. Baudens bought both chassis and had them transported to his garage in Paris. Chassis 46482 went to America, while Mr. Baudens kept 46491 with the intention of having a body manufactured for it. But as is often the case with such well-intentioned projects, this never happened, and the still-bare chassis was acquired by Michael Glass in the United Kingdom. Mr. Glass kept it until the 1980s, when it was bought by the legendary car dealer Charles Howard, who then sold it to a collector of French automobiles in the mid-1990s.

With this aged but original chassis—still displaying unmarked paint and body mounting pads—serving as the starting point, a 10-year restoration commenced; first in the shop of the famous Bugatti author Barrie Price, and later transferred to the premises of the distinguished Ashton Keynes Vintage Restorations, operated by Keith Bowley.

The inspiration for chassis 46491’s coachwork was well-chosen: A Gangloff-bodied Type 50 coupé of astounding proportions. The star of the Bugatti stand at the 1932 Paris Salon, its resplendent black and blue colour scheme and flowing lines were accentuated by a contrasting sweep panel inspired by the Le Baron phaeton designs first seen on the Duesenberg Model J in 1929. Subsequently called the “Superprofilée,” this stunning design featured a steeply raked windshield, an elegant fastback rear and flowing front fenders that swept back in an unbroken line to include the running board, before connecting with an elegant upsweep to the skirted rear fender. For once, breathtaking was no exaggeration.

The Type 46 and Type 50 chassis share their wheelbase and other basic dimensions; in fact, the period Superprofilée body found in the Cité de l'Automobile, Collection Schlumpf in France is itself presently mounted on a Type 46 chassis. Small wonder then, that this spectacular design statement was chosen to be replicated on chassis 46491. The result is a car of sublime symmetry and startling modernity, especially considering that its lines are nearly 90 years old!

Presented in wonderfully maintained condition, chassis 46491 presents a unique opportunity to acquire an irresistible homage to this striking design—an exquisitely crafted motorcar of which Jean Bugatti himself would no doubt approve.

This car, chassis 46491, was offered on auction by Bonhams' in their Scottsdale auction, on January 17, 2019. The estimate then was: € 660,000 - 880,000, and the car was not sold

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June 20, 2021 Bonhams' Bonmont Sale - Collector's Motor Cars Cheserex, Switzerland

  • 1933 Type 49 Roadster, Chassis no. 49562, Engine no. 49116-L19. Estimate: € 230,000 - 320,000
  • 1939 Type 57C 'Aravis' cabriolet, Chassis no. 57815 Engine no. 85C. Estimate: € 640,000 - 910,000

1933 Type 49 Roadster, Chassis no. 49562, Engine no. 49116-L19

  • One of an estimated 76 survivors
  • Purchased from the Friderich Garage, Nice
  • Present ownership since 1962
  • Professionally restored by Autorestorations of Christchurch, NZ circa 2005

By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track. Indeed, the world's greatest racing drivers enjoyed countless successes aboard the Molsheim factory's products and often chose them for their everyday transport. Although Bugatti is best remembered for its racing models, most of the 6,000-or-so cars produced at the Molsheim factory were touring cars of sporting character.

Ultimate expression of Ettore Bugatti's original design, the Type 49 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1930 and was produced from then until 1934. The Type 49 would be the last of the maestro's eight-cylinder, single-camshaft touring cars and is considered by many to be the finest of all 'real' Bugattis.
The new model had bore and stroke dimensions of 72mm x 100mm for a capacity of 3.3 litres, twin-plug ignition, an enlarged radiator and a ball-change gear lever among many other improvements, while very pretty cast aluminium wheels became available later. A civilised Grande Routière to match those of rivals Delage and Delahaye, the Type 49 attracted coachwork of the finest quality executed in a wide variety of styles by both the Molsheim factory and by other coachbuilders throughout Europe. Total Type 49 production amounted to 470 cars, the model being manufactured until the Type 57's arrival at the 1933 Salon. It is estimated that around 76 exist today.

Produced in February 1933, Bugatti Type 49, chassis number '49562' is one of the last to be manufactured and was not delivered until 4th August '33, invoiced to Daste. The current owner bought the car as part of the bankrupt Friderich Garage's stock in 1962. A qualified mechanical engineer, Ernest Friderich had worked alongside Ettore Bugatti during the latter's spells with Mathis and Deutz before establishing an agency for his friend's new marque in Nice, France in 1909. The vendor was able to purchase all the available parts plus five cars.

The engine currently installed ('49116-L19') is ex-chassis '43160'. The vendor, who had owned '43160' since 1989, decided to remove the engine and put it in '49562', which was one of the cars taken to Bordeaux when the Bugatti factory moved there from Molsheim soon after the outbreak of WW2. The vendor gave the original engine to one of his very close friends. New coachwork was designed along the lines of the Type 49-engined Type 44 of Willem Pieters ('44920'), the body of which was built by Albert Wathele of Liège, Belgium. '49562' was restored by Autorestorations of Christchurch, New Zealand in time for the 2005 Australian Bugatti Rally. Unfortunately, the engine broke down during the Australian Rally and the car was unable to complete the event. Since then '49562' has successfully completed numerous rallies with its owner.

Offered with a Type 44/49 parts catalogue and a Swiss Carte Grise, this handsome Type 49 is described by the private vendor as in good restored condition, with excellent engine, transmission and body. (It should be noted that the chassis plate stamped '49445' was attached erroneously.)

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1939 Type 57C 'Aravis' cabriolet, Chassis no. 57815 Engine no. 85C

  • One of only 96 Type 57C supercharged models built
  • Delivered new to Bordeaux, France
  • Matching chassis, engine, gearbox and rear axle
  • Professionally restored in the 2000s
  • Aravis body built in the UK to Gangloff drawings

By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track; the world's greatest racing drivers enjoying countless successes aboard the Molsheim factory's products and often choosing them for their everyday transport. Although Bugatti is best remembered for its racing models, most of the 6,000-or-so cars produced at the Molsheim factory were touring cars of sporting character. Produced from 1934 to 1940, the Type 57 exemplified Bugatti's policy of building fast and exciting touring cars possessing excellent handling and brakes.

Because of its lengthy run of success, Ettore Bugatti had remained stubbornly committed to his single-cam engine, only adopting the more advanced double-overhead-camshaft method of valve actuation, after much prompting by his eldest son Jean, on the Type 50 of 1930. From then on Jean Bugatti took greater responsibility for design, his first car being the exquisite Type 55 roadster, a model ranking among the finest sports cars of the 1930s. He followed that with a design of equal stature, the Type 57. A larger car than the Type 55, the Type 57 was powered by a 3.3-litre, double-overhead-camshaft straight eight of modern design, derived from that of the Type 51 Grand Prix car, and was housed in Bugatti's familiar Vintage-style chassis. The range showed the strong influence of Jean Bugatti and at last gave the marque a civilised Grande Routière to match those of rivals Delage and Delahaye.

The Type 57 was the firm's most popular model and attracted coachwork of the finest quality executed in a startling variety of styles. It was no mere rich man's plaything, though, as evidenced by two outright wins at Le Mans; proof, if it were needed, that ancestral virtues had not been abandoned when creating a car fit to rank alongside Rolls-Royce or Bentley. Its success is revealed by the production figures: according to the Bugatti Trust, some 630 examples of the Type 57/57C were produced between 1934 and 1940, and the post-war Type 101 was based on its chassis. It is estimated that some 96 were the blown 57C variant. Although many Type 57s were fitted with bespoke bodies, the most popular coachwork was built to Jean Bugatti's designs by the marque's preferred carrossier, Gangloff. Gangloff's factory was situated at Colmar, 45 kilometres south of Molsheim, and the majority of Bugatti's bodies was built there.

The car offered here is a rare example of the Roots-supercharged Type 57C. Chassis number '57815', with engine '85C', was one of a batch of five built in March 1939, two weeks after Jean Bugatti's fatal accident, as France prepared for war. It was completed with a factory Galibier berline body by Gangloff and finished in green with a Havana coloured leather interior. The Type 57C was delivered on 21st April 1939 priced at 108,260 French francs and invoiced to the Bugatti agent Gascogne Automobiles. The first owner was Patrick Bardinet, a cognac brewer of Bordeaux, and the second owner's name was Gattiea.

Nothing further is known of the car's history until it surfaced in the ownership of Monte Carlo resident Mr Michael Glass, who took the Bugatti with him when he moved to the USA. Mr Glass sold '57815' to Bob Seiffert of Boulder, Colorado, who in turn sold it on to Bill Hinds. Its next owner was Bill Jacobs of Joliet, Illinois. Having stood outside in the cold Chicago winters for many years, the original Galibier body became unusable. Owner of a sizeable collection, Bill Jacobs wanted to built a Gangloff Aravis body for the car (like those on '57749' and '57678') but never got around to doing it. After a negotiation that went on for three years, the vendor eventually bought the Bugatti, unseen, over the telephone and eight weeks later the car arrived in Rotterdam, packed in 17 crates with a detailed inventory of the hundreds of parts. The vendor is the seventh owner.

A set of drawings (dated 24th November 1938) was obtained for Gangloff's Aravis cabriolet design '3942'. The vendor then commissioned the new coachwork from Vintage Cars of Southampton, UK and visited them on eight occasions to keep track of the work's progress. Named after a French mountain like other Bugatti bodies, the Aravis was a stylish 2/3-seater cabriolet designed by Lucien Schlatter, a designer at the beginning of his career with Gangloff. Only Gangloff and Letourneur et Marchand were allowed to use the Aravis name for this type of cabriolet. It is believed that each firm produced six Aravis bodies making the total produced 12, of which six survive: three by each of the two coachbuilders.

In addition to having a new body constructed, the chassis, engine and transmission were totally overhauled by Klopper Engineering in Holland and the interior re-trimmed in leather. Some two years later the restoration was duly completed (at a cost of some CHF600,000). Simon Klopper did an excellent job and on completion the car ran instantly; it remains in excellent condition today.

The finished Bugatti was shipped from the UK to The Netherlands. Made roadworthy, the car was immediately entered in a Molsheim event and an Alsace rally in the first months following its arrival, covering 1,800 kilometres in the first month. The punctilious Swiss authorities could find no fault with the Bugatti, only remarking that the 45 kilometres on the odometer was 43 kilometres in reality.

The vendor advises us that the difference in driving between the Type 57 and the 57C is enormous. No doubt the supercharger plays an important role, the Type 57C's blown engine producing 180 horsepower compared with the Type 57's 130. Also, most 57s have heavier steel four-seater bodies, further increasing the performance gap. Another improvement is the blown car's unique hydraulic brakes.

Boasting a matching chassis, engine, gearbox and rear axle, '57815' has featured in numerous publications, including the Swiss, Netherlands and American Bugatti Registers. The car comes with an extensive history file containing numerous photographs; email correspondence between the vendor and its restorers; a Swiss Carte Grise; and an inspection report from the Swiss authorities identifying no problems.

Because of its rarity, the supercharged Type 57C is one of the most sought-after of all Bugattis, not the least because of its superior performance, courtesy of that race-developed blown engine. Unquestionably one of the most elegant cars of its era, this rare and desirable 'Aravis' is all the more remarkable for having had only seven custodians, the last two owning it for a combined total of 40 years. It is eligible for numerous prestigious events, including those of Bugatti clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, and thus represents a wonderful opportunity for aficionados of the marque to acquire a unique car with a fascinating history.

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June 21, 2021 Osenat Automobiles de Collection auction Fontainebleau, France

  • 1926 Bugatti Type 35 A, Chassis no. 4627R, Estimate: € 300,000 - 400,000
  • 1926 Bugatti Type 38, Chassis no. 38325, Estimate: € 300,000 - 400,000

1926 Bugatti Type 35 A, Chassis no. 4627R

  • 2 litre Race Imitation Tecla
  • French registration

The car presented for sale is in the Type 35A configuration derived from the 1924 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix.
Examination of the vehicle shows a car in good used condition, with an old patina.

The engraved chassis plate 4627 is new.
The body is said to have been made in Spain as well as the bonnet.

According to the owner, the mirror and the windscreen are two original parts. The chassis is new and of English origin. It is true to the model, equipped with the front brake cable exit hole, behind the spring articulation, as on the pre-1928 Bugatti eight cylinder Grand Prix frames. It is fitted with new ventilated drums.
The radiator is new, and has no factory markings. It is equipped with a small additional fan. The engine was originally a complete unit from Argentina. It has the number 34 followed by the letter A engraved on the top of its lower casing. They refer to the engine N° 34A that equipped the Bugatti type 35A chassis 4627, the donor of the registration card. These strokes are modern.

The letter A is not in the Bugatti factory style of engraving, and on this rear flap of the engine lower casing should be engraved the chassis number 4627, which is not the case.
The underside of the crankcase shows the cooling fins in perfect condition with no trace of impact from any stone or irregularity in the coating, which would be impossible for a nearly one hundred year old part. The engine is fitted with a Paris Rhone Dynamo and a starter motor mounted on the gearbox cover as was the case on this model.

It is fed by two bronze Solex carburettors. The car is fitted with a hand pump on the left-hand side rail to top up the oil level and a tank under the passenger seat, as on the Type 35 and later racing models. The steering box is marked with the owner's initial "Y" as is the front axle, which is a new part, as per the model. The gearbox is new and of English origin. Its cover receives a starter. A cardan shaft transmission connects it to the axle.

The rear axle is new and not numbered. It is fixed by three bolts to the strut. The strut may be old, as it is very worn and has an unreadable two-digit number on its upper side, which may be related to the number of the axle it was paired with.

The trumpets and brake flanges could be old according to the owner. The dashboard has the manual fuel tank pressurisation pump on the left, an original Jaeger "8 day" watch, and oil and fuel pressure gauges.

To the right of the beautifully crafted steering wheel is an optional 5,000 rpm tachometer on a black background. The vehicle under examination conforms to the Type 35A model, of which 139 were produced between May 1925 and September 1927.

It was built around 1990 using mostly new parts purchased from reputable British and Argentinean suppliers. The model is in very good condition, it is supplied with a normal production registration and does not require any modification for immediate use. Pierre-Yves Laugier

1926 Bugatti Type 38, Chassis no. 38325

  • Sport version of the Bugatti race car
  • French registration
  • Many original parts

Production of the 2-litre Type 38 lasted from April 1926 to the end of 1928.

337 examples were assembled and almost all of them were delivered as chassis to coachbuilders. A final series of 49 compressor engines produced a few Grand Sport Torpedos with Bugatti bodies on Type 38A chassis. Of the total of 386 cars built of this model, only about 40 vehicles have been preserved. The Grand Sport body ¾ placed on the type 38 chassis presented for sale is not anachronistic, even if this chassis was to carry a body made by a Parisian workshop.

The car was delivered as a chassis to the Paris shop, 116 Avenue des Champs Elysées on 22 December 1926. It was part of an important order from the Parisian Sales Shop, which received a dozen type 38 chassis in December 1926: Four chassis N° 38306 to 38309 were delivered at the beginning of December, then eight others N° 38325 to 38332 at the end of December 1926.

The selling price in the shop for chassis 38325 and the seven other chassis is 43,050 ff each, invoiced on 9 December 1926 and paid in February 1927. The history of the car is not known to us before the war as the vehicle seems to circulate in the Seine department for which no records have survived. It is possible that this type 38 arrived in the Rhône before the war as it was re-registered before 1955 under number 3481 AJ 69 in the new system at the beginning of the fifties.

On 5 July 1960, the vehicle was registered in the name of its last owner in Lyon, from whom the collector Philippe VILLE acquired it in the early seventies. The car was then in chassis, only equipped with its extended bonnet, two seats and headlights. It did not have a windscreen. According to the memories of the Lyon garage owner Jean Jourdan, a forty-year friend of P.Ville, the car was originally fitted with a Weymann soft body. It had been prepared by its last user to go fishing on the banks of the Saône or the Rhône. Philippe Ville was a well-known wrecker in the Lyon region, specialising in heavy goods vehicles. Born in 1906, he was a great friend of his colleague Henri Malartre (1905-2005), whose premises were located at 135 Avenue Berthelot in Lyon.

The company "BALLY & VILLE" had its buildings at 221 Avenue Felix Faure in Lyon and its construction site at rue Anatole France in Vaulx en Velin. At the beginning of the seventies, Philippe Ville, who had recovered the Bugatti but had not begun to restore it, gave the non-running vehicle to his son René, an engineer by training, who undertook the restoration of the Bugatti. In the memories of R. Ville, the engine was equipped with a mechanical fuel pump at the rear, on the right side. A body in the style of the Lavocat & Marsaud 4-seater torpedos was designed by René Ville and built by a craftsman from Aurillac. The bodywork was painted in a light orange colour.

The mechanics were entrusted to the workshop of an Aurillac engine manufacturer. Once back on the road, the car was registered on 4 June 1974 under the number 254 FS 15 in the name of René Ville in Aurillac. For many years, the Ville family participated in local outings in the Cantal and its surroundings. In the Lyon magazine of the A.A.A. there is a photograph of the family torpedo on the roads of the Cantal around 1978. On 5 October 1996 the car was sold to the great Cannes collector René Giordano. He drove the car on several long trips with his wife and young son, before immobilising it. He needed the 2-litre engine, identical to the type 35A, to power a Bugatti Grand Prix project. Having lost its original engine, which was replaced by a new two-litre engine with two blocks and a cam box manufactured in Argentina, the car was traded to the amateur Serge Clement for an AX Renault, before being acquired by the current owner in January 2001.

The latter will have it fitted with a Torpedo Grand Sport Bugatti style body. An examination of the vehicle in April 2021 confirms the originality and identity of the car. The plate "chassis N° 38325 11 HP Alsace" is original.

The chassis, whose frame is engraved "192", is indeed that of car N° 38325. It has a wheelbase of 3.12, identical to that of the Type 44 and some of the early Type 49s. Its front axle has the same number 192 in the middle of its front face. The rear axle with a 12x54 ratio is also engraved 192.It was not possible to inspect the gearbox, but an advertisement listing the car for sale prior to the current owner's purchase indicated that it was original Bugatti but not from this car, as was the radiator, which is nevertheless model correct.

The engine is of recent manufacture, as well as the chassis number engraved on the left rear lug of its lower casing. It is equipped with two bronze Solex 30 carburettors. The original engine was number 186. The old steering box, bears the assembly number 8. According to the owner, the crankshaft is the original one, mounted on three bearings. The aluminium apron that supports the dashboard is original as is the engine side of the firewall which bears the trace of at least twenty unused holes. It is more rounded than the current shape of the body that covers it. The exhaust is from C.Y. Weymann. The dashboard may be the one the car was equipped with when it was running on the Saône, but several counters seem to have been added since the R.Ville period.

Currently on this metal panel are: a speedometer graduated at 160km/h, a rev counter at 6000rpm, an 8 day clock and three indicators for fuel level, amperage and oil pressure. All dials are Jaeger on a black background.

The actual aluminium body has never been painted. It has only one door on the passenger side like the Grand Sport torpedo with Bugatti bodywork on type 38A, type 40 and type 43 chassis from which it was inspired. The old stone guard is made by "R Le Tellier à Levallois". The shock absorbers are Repusseau.

The originality of the vehicle presented is indisputable and the identity of its rolling chassis equipped with its axles is indeed that corresponding to the number 38325. Very few Type 38s have survived, less than 40 out of nearly 400 cars built. The car offered for sale has a rebuilt engine and a Grand Sport body, the most classic design for a Bugatti that is both a road car and a sports car. It would benefit from being enhanced by cosmetic work. Pierre-Yves Laugier

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June 27 - 27, 2021 A Bugatti Brescia Celebration at The London Classic Car Show London, UK

BUGATTI BRESCIA: BIRTH OF A LEGEND

  • Saluting the centenary of the immortal 1-2-3-4 finish for Type 13s in the 1921 Brescia Grand Prix
  • Remarkable clean-sweep spawns Bugatti’s famous ‘Brescia’ designation
  • Special display of Molsheim marvels added to must-see event’s ‘Evolution of Design’ theme
  • Support from the Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Bugatti Trust
  • Book with confidence for fully Covid compliant, outdoor event – advance tickets now on sale offering significant savings.

“It was the Brescia and its deified four-car sweep at the finish of the 1921 Brescia Grand Prix that really put Bugatti on the motoring map,” confirmed Mark Woolley, Show Director. “That was the game-changing result that really cemented Ettore’s reputation for building incredible cars with outstanding performance on road or track… and thus a major centenary in automotive history that we are delighted to be toasting at The London Classic Car Show.”

To ensure this remarkable centenary is honoured in style, the special display in Syon Park is being organised in conjunction with both the Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Bugatti Trust – both are understandably enthusiastic to be supporting the celebration.

Nick Upton, Chairman of the Bugatti Owners’ Club, is delighted to be given this prestigious opportunity of exhibiting a parade of Bugatti Brescias from within the Club Members’ ownership.
“We will be displaying a real box of chocolates complete with hill climber, rally, the Parisian gentleman and the amateur racer cars. So originality, competition and design will be at the centre of the Bugatti Owners’ Club pavilion.”

Hugh Conway, chairman of The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre, enthused: “The Bugatti Trust, the centre of research into the history of Bugatti, is delighted to join into the celebration of the centenary of the Bugatti 4-cylinder Type 13’s race victory at Brescia in 1921 in which it took the first four places. It and its longer wheelbase derivative thereafter have been known as ‘The Brescia’ and was one of Ettore Bugatti’s most successful models, 2000 being made in the years to 1926.”

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The organisers have kindly agreed a discount code for Bugatti Trust members.


July 9, 2021 Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed auction Chichester, Goodwood, UK

1930 Bugatti Type 49 open tourer
Chassis no. BC149

Estimate: £ 200,000 - 250,000 (€ 230,000 - 290,000)

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

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis No. 57156, Engine No. 48
Estimate: will be available later

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February 2 - 6, 2022 Retromobile Paris, France

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

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September 10 - 12, 2021 Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

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September 27 to October 3 International Bugatti Meeting Germany 2021 Bavarian Alps, Germany

Before the IBM, there will be the Prologue „Crossing the Alpes“, from September 24 - 26

From the organisation:
"Dear Bugatti friends, more than half of an incredibly eventful year is already behind us and yet we still have the feeling of stepping on the spot and not really making any progress. The world, our life as we knew it, has gone off the rails. The virus, which does not stop at any borders, means for each of us a hitherto unfelt insecurity and fear – the fear of what may happen to us personally, to our family, to our friends and their family.

Certainly none of us has ever experienced such a crisis, and we in the Bugatti community will only be able to overcome it all together and then go back into a positive future with renewed strength.

However, it is also a reality that nothing can be properly assessed, that it is difficult to make binding plans. And yet we would like to invite you to the “International Bugatti Meeting Germany 2021”. We can assure that we will continue to work hard and with dedication to ensure that the international community of Bugatti enthusiasts will be able to welcome you in Bavaria next year as planned."

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