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    November 25, 2023
    Auction results

    Piasa Auction, Le sens d'un choix esthétique, November 20, 2023

    • Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), Femme nue assise se coiffant, 1906, Estimate €100,000 - €150,000: Sold for €266,964 inc. premium
    • Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), Lionne dévorant, circa 1904, Estimate €200,000 - €300,000: Sold for €232,738 inc. premium

    Piasa Auction, Le sens d'un choix esthétique, November 20, 2023

    November 25, 2023
    New addition to the Autovision museum

    In September, the museum bought a (replication) body of the famous T57S Corsica, which was originally designed by Eric Giles for his brother Godfrey and made by Corsica of England. Godfrey had a habit of giving all his cars names, this one was christened "la petite Sezanne". This body was on (shortened) chassis 57577, which apparently now will be fitted with a replica Atlantic body.

    In the meantime it is a part of the bugatti exhibition at the Autovision museum in Altlussheim. The car is only partially built up / restored and not yet ready for driving.

    The Museum in Altlussheim focuses on the Jean-Bugatti era only, and has some special original T57 Bugattis, and a range of (replica) Bugatti Type 57S and Type 59 cars, showing the original designs by Jean Bugatti together with draughtsman Joseph Walter.

    Cars that are rarely seen, or simply do not exist anymore, like the T57G Le Mans, T57S Atlantic, the T57S Roadster Jean and the T57S Gangloff (made after an original drawing, which was never realised in the 1930's). This Corsica T57S is a nice addition to show these most elegant cars of the 2nd half of the 1930's.

    Info on the museum and the Bugatti's on show.

    November 19, 2023
    An enthusiast led, Type 72 cycle engine project is nearing completion.

    Only 5 engines are currently planned, with 4 available for purchase.

    These engines will not be completely finished assemblies, rather they will consist of all the major machined castings, to include the carburetor, cylinder barrel, a rebuildable magneto core, and a basic fastener set.

    Buyers would have to finish internal components themselves, or acquire parts needed to finish over time.

    It could also make a nice display, if left unfinished.

    The cost for one of these casting sets (incomplete engine) is expected to be US$18,000, with the sets projected to be available late Spring of 2024.

    If interested, contact Lance Baumberger at

    November 16, 2023
    Obituary: René Strub

    René Strub was a designer with Bugatti, he started working for Bugatti in 1950. He was involved in the automobile projects afterwards, especially the development of the T251 Grand Prix racer.

    Well in his nineties, René was involved with retrieving the history of the post-war Bugatti factory, and automobile development there. In 2017 he was at a conference for automotive historians in Mulhouse, where he was invited by John Barton. At that time, I also met him. Above and right photographs of René with the Colombo designed "Turbo-frein" brake for the T251. Unfortunately, the brake proved unsuccessful (overheated), and was replaced with drum brakes for the race in 1956.

    René Strub died during the first week of October aged 97.

    Richard Bernhart and Arsène Munch met him earlier this year and recorded a 1 hour video with René telling them his Bugatti memories in Alsatian dialect. These memories have been summarized below, thanks to Richard Bernhart.

    Memories of Mr. René Strub, designer at Bugatti in the 1950s

    My first job in 1950 at Bugatti was to design a steering lever. It is a lever which is mounted on the spindle of the right front wheel and which controls the steering. This under the direction of Mr. Nuss my boss, a very capable man, a veteran who still worked with Ettore Bugatti, he was very friendly but disappeared later.

    Comment: Adolphe Nuss was responsible for the designs of the Type 45/47 sixteen-cylinder engine, then he worked with Ettore on the railcar in 1931-32. Disappointed by the boss's lack of consideration, he left him in 1937 to return briefly in 1950, that's where René Strub knew him. Finally he obtained a position at the University of Strasbourg.

    I also designed a new intake pipe for a new carburetor fitted to the 3.3 liter Type 57 engine with two overhead camshafts, an engine also fitted to the Type 101, which was not more than an improvement of the Type 57 with a more modern body.
    This carburetor was mounted very low and it happened that it sucked in water at the same time as the gasoline and air when the car drove through a puddle, which obviously caused the engine to misfire or even stop.
    It was a really fascinating job for me, as I loved it and like to remind myself of it. You should know that the old carburetor was mounted very low below, at the level of the crankcase to allow the assembly of a Roots compressor (Type 57 C) for competitions or for the 24 hours of Le Mans won in 1937 and 1939. To do this, I met several times with the modelers who were preparing the wooden model for the founders of the new intake pipe, work carried out at the factory.

    I also worked on the brakes to improve them by increasing the diameter of the drums.
    It must be said that the 57 was a great success which was built in numerous examples which were very successful despite its high price and which allowed a wide range of bodywork.
    Subsequently, I also participated in replacing the drive of the camshafts, driven by a cascade of gears, with a quieter chain drive. I followed the tests and I had to add a system to prevent the chain from beating. I don't know if the new system has been adapted to the Type 101!

    Comment: The new camshaft drive was ultimately not adopted on the Type 101.

    After the Geneva Motor Show in 1957, chassis 101503 was sold to the owner of the Rentz cheese factory (Ostheim) which manufactured processed cheeses, he was an unpleasant man, a big mouth... Too bad for the good cheeses that he transformed into diamonds.
    As for the name Wurmser, he was an exceptional young mechanic who accompanied the racing cars on the circuits and who set up a garage in Molsheim, on the road which passes in front of the gate of the blacksmiths in the direction of the sub-prefecture with the Bugatti emblem which has still survived, I saw it later. All this reminds me of the good time I spent at Bugatti and which still enchants me. Moreover, all those who worked at Bugatti were contaminated by the Bugatti virus and this for life.

    Mr. Rentz's 57 101, Ed. soon returned to the factory, because a not very knowledgeable mechanic had tightened the fan drive belt a little, but he had done it very badly. The pulley was mounted on its axis held by a part which could move but which was blocked by 2 parts equipped with 3 screws each which had to be loosened to be able to tighten the belt. To unlock these square-headed Bugatti screws you needed a special Bugatti key which he did not have. As a result, the square heads of these screws were completely damaged and could no longer perform their function. He may have tried it with the wrong wrench.

    A 57 chassis left for Paris, the last one, for the second husband of Madame Bugatti (Ettore's second wife) who was the manufacturer of OCB cigarette paper and who had it bodied in Paris. I had the pleasure of seeing her later, a great meeting.

    Chassis 101500 remained at the factory and was bodied on site with the help of the Gangloff coachbuilders in Colmar. It was painted a gray-green, an undercoat. It was often used by the director for his travels. The color was rather sad and I only saw it again later in white and found it not to be a success.
    Moreover, most of the Type 101s were bodied by Gangloff of Colmar. Great work!

    In 1953 an American, Mr Oliver, owned a 57S Atlantic, built in only three examples, with a red body made of magnesium alloy (Elektron) and riveted. The car is shipped from the USA in a double-walled “marine” crate with tarred cardboard between the two layers. The car is fixed by the hubs on wedges and the wheels on the inner wall. The car is impeccable, it involves carrying out a general overhaul of the engine as well as the fitting of a Roots compressor. The car is equipped with a Cotal electromagnetic gearbox and hydraulic brakes. This work completed, the car goes to Italy to the bodybuilder Boano to be modernized. Enlarged quarter windows and retouched doors, Bugatti blue paint with a tiny blue, white and red flag on the side. The car returns to Molsheim as does the American to collect his car and tour the Grand Prix in Europe. After that he brings the car back to Molsheim for a final check, then repatriates it by boat to the USA in its crate. Mr. Oliver was a skinny, wizened guy with a big hat and very nervous. When he drove his hands and feet shook (facts reported by the mechanics who took care of the car).

    The 8-cylinder Type 57:

    • A five-franc coin placed on its edge on the engine idling did not fall.
    • Just turning the ignition key was enough to start the engine.


    • Lucien Wurmser used a cigarette placed vertically on the top of the engine to demonstrate this.
    • All you had to do was turn the ignition key in the middle of the dashboard to turn on the ignition and then press it to activate turn on the starter and wake up the 8 cylinders (Jaeger switch)..

    Jean Bugatti sometimes delivered unbodied cars to Paris, just equipped with a wooden bench, and this in 3 hours 47 minutes! The mechanic got off and took the train home.

    An American soldier with a very nice Type 57 Stelvio 2-seater convertible brings his car to have the engine completely rebuilt for a million francs (old francs), the car stays for about a year while he collects the money. Finally he searches for his car and returns a week later with the car folded in half after encountering a concrete pillar. The bodywork is in a sad state and even the chassis was deformed.

    I also remember an old missionary stationed in black Africa who came to have his old Bugatti Type 30 with a torpedo body and a three-liter engine serviced. It was the best car in the world, why don’t we make them anymore…

    A Dutch couple with a Type 43 from 1930 with glasses and two windbreakers, the exhaust, a real chrome stovepipe. A dashboard with a multitude of dials, the majority of which were of no use because they were not connected. It made a lot of noise, but a nice noise and had a 24 Hours of Le Mans license plate on it. The woman shows up at the workshop every day (a little weird). This is one of the most beautiful Bugattis encountered in our workshops.

    The 57 of the Belgian king Leopold, he also has a type 59 sport from 1934, goes through the workshop once a year for servicing. The driver is at the hotel for a week or more and comes by daily to monitor the progress of the work.

    During and after the war it was difficult to find spare parts. American and English Bugatti owners fitted Ford V8 engines to be able to drive. At Bugatti we completely remade foundry models after the war as soon as the number of orders for parts justified the manufacture of a series, the price was accordingly!

    René Strub (96 years old)
    Saverne, August 2022
    Comments collected by R. Bernhart

    Text in French

    November 9, 2023
    The Moral winner of Le Mans 1939

    Okay, you will think: Jaap, now you are going absolutely too far! A Delage on BugattiPage!

    But, I have an absolutely good reason for that (more than the Bugattis in the background of the pictures), sometimes, you read pieces of Bugatti history somewhere else. At least, I never knew this, which comes from the auction description of the Delage shown above:

    The Delage #51821, flanked for the occasion by the number 21, and attributed to the duo Louis Gérard – Georges Monneret, will race the 1939 Le Mans 24 hours in the lead for almost 20 hours, before being delayed in the pits for a capricious valve spring.

    The Bugatti Type 57 Tank of Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron take the opportunity to take victory and enter the annals.

    However, Delage could have lodged a protest and won, since the Bugatti, which was overheating, had had its lower fairing dismantled in the last hours of the race, which the regulations strictly prohibited.

    Now, had only Lewis Hamilton raced with Delage... The story would have been different.

    I'm not sure if any of my readers ever heard about this? If not, here's now a small addition to Bugatti history. And of course in racing (and also in other fields, like taxes) Bugatti was known to "bend the rules" a little bit to his own advantage. If any protesting by Delage would have helped, we will never know. And Bugatti, though (according to the Delageist at least) may not be the Moral winner of Le Mans 1939, Bugatti continues to be the official winner.

    Some more info on the Delage:
    1939 - Delage D6 3 Litres Le Mans
    Chassis no 51821
    Sacred monster of the history of motor racing and French sporting heritage
    History known and documented since day one, in the same family since 1979
    Historical file and dedicated literature rarely seen on a pre-war racing automobile

    Go to the auction (November 26)

    November 9, 2023
    Bugatti football (or soccer) shoes....

    The modern Bugatti seems to do everything to build (or destroy?) their brand, and to make money, I guess. And, despite the picture above looking like some automobile shapes, they are in fact just a couple of shoes....

    In September 2021 I wrote about what was then the latest thing, a "Bugatti" razor made by Gilette. At that time I asked the question:

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

    Bugatti markets a whole lot of stuff; clothing, furniture, impressive yachts, perfumes, HiFi speakers and the Bugatti Billiard (pool table actually)...

    The Bugatti press release about these shoes, made by Adidas:

    Bugatti and adidas have come together to create a stunning, limited edition football boot: the adidas X Crazyfast Bugatti. Produced in a limited run of just 99 pairs, the new boots are engineered for speed and lightness, finished with a number of bespoke Bugatti design flourishes.

    Built around the X Crazyfast laced boot, the exclusive new collection draws upon the characteristics that have come to define Bugatti; not only engineered for speed but created with a ‘Form Follows Performance’ design philosophy for the ultimate in ability. And, as with every Bugatti, they will remain rare and sought after by devoted collectors for years to come.

    Where the heart of the Chiron is its incomparable W16 engine, the focal point of the X Crazyfast boot is adidas’s innovative Speedframe sole plate technology, creating the lightest possible structure while also providing a rigid plate for rapid acceleration. The Aerocage innovation – an engineered lining designed to provide ideal support and stability by hugging the mid-foot, and Aeropacity Speedskin – a single layer breathable monomesh – help to provide both speed and stability. The carbon fiber inlay in the boot’s tooling replicates the carbon fiber used on the car.

    The structure of X Crazyfast’s semi-transparent mono-mesh material on the mid-foot cage has been adapted from the original design to incorporate a recognizable flash of Bugatti Blue. Inspired by the color of early Bugatti Grand Prix cars, it’s an instantaneous identifier for any devotee of the brand, transcending a century of motorsport success and incomparable performance.

    Adorned on the side of the boot are two phrases that have shaped the values of both companies “Impossible is Nothing” for adidas’ relentless pursuit of performance and “Create the Incomparable” to represent the Bugatti commitment to produce hyper sports cars that consistently set the benchmark. The timeless insignia of Ettore Bugatti repeats across the rear three-quarter of the boot in a subtle nod to the ingenious founder, whose vision continues to inspire the world’s greatest hyper sports cars even today.

    The X Crazyfast Bugatti collection boots come delivered in a unique box featuring an exterior design inspired by weaves of carbon fiber – the lightweight, extremely strong material that Bugatti hyper sports cars are mostly constructed from.

    To ensure that adidas and Bugatti enthusiasts globally have equal opportunity to acquire one of the 99 pairs of the collection, the boots will be auctioned through the adidas Collect Web 3 platform. The auction will run from 8th-11th November and afterwards all winners receive an exclusive digital shoebox which can be redeemed, from November 13th onwards, via adidas Collect for the complementary physical pair and digital twin. Although conducted using cryptocurrency, users have a direct on-ramp from traditional currency in the auction using MoonPay.

    October 28, 2023
    Carlo Bugatti Knife rests

    As you know, Ettore Bugatti came from a very artistic family. Occasionally, I present some work by his father Carlo and brother Rembrandt on these pages. (And even less often by his daughter Lidia)

    In the images a Pair of knife rests depicting some kind of imaginative insects, from approximately 1907 (no further info of provenance).
    These are made of precious metal, presumably silver, and measure 3 x 10 x 3.5 cm

    If you're interested, the estimate is £3,000 - 5,000
    Update, 9-11-2023 SOLD FOR £4,064

    Go to the auction (October 31)

    October 17, 2023
    Bugatti Rimac research, development and innovation center in Italy

    PRESS October 13
    Croatian electric hypercar maker and technology solutions provider to global automakers, Rimac Group, said its Bugatti Rimac hypercar joint venture is expanding its operations across Europe with the establishment of a research, development and innovation center in Italy.

    The Bugatti Rimac Italy office opened earlier this month in Bologna, with Filippo D'Adamo and Roberto Rotundo leading operations as general managers, the Rimac Group said in a press release on Thursday.

    The team will work on future luxury hypercars from the Bugatti and Rimac brands, as well as more mainstream products, with individual units focusing on specialist areas such as electric, hybrid and alternative fuel powertrains; advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing and improved use of composites; integrated vehicle controls and digital twins; and chassis engineering. Traditional areas of automotive development, such as aerodynamics and NVH, will also be covered, alongside ongoing research into new fuels, concepts and architectures.

    “Nearly a year after the company opened a new design and engineering center in Berlin, Germany, it is set to further expand its presence in another of the continent's renowned locations for its expertise automobile and its technical excellence, with the creation of the new Bugatti Rimac Italy. factory in Bologna,” said the Rimac group.

    In addition to positioning Bugatti Rimac close to valuable partners and suppliers, enabling it to provide fast and responsive support when needed, the new center will act as a satellite for the company's headquarters in Zagreb, with capacity future of up to 50 employees working in tandem with the Croatia team.

    The Rimac Group, led by CEO Mate Rimac, is the majority shareholder of Bugatti Rimac and the sole shareholder of Rimac Technology. The group is based in the suburbs of Zagreb, with locations across Europe, and currently employs more than 2,000 people.

    October 8, 2023
    Auction results

    Bonhams' The Zoute Sale, Belgium, October 8, 2023

    • 1927 Bugatti Type 40 'Grand Sport' Roadster, Chassis no. 40347, Engine no. 406, Estimate €350,000 - €450,000: Sold for €402,500 inc. premium
    • 1929 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix, Chassis no. 37383, Engine no. 286, Estimate €1,000,000 - €1,400,000: Sold for €1,150,000 inc. premium
    • 1994 Bugatti EB110GT Coupé, Chassis no. ZA9AB01SORCD39071, Estimate €800,000 - €1,200,000: Sold for €1,150,000 inc. premium
    • 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Chassis no. VF9SA15B96M795021, Estimate: €950,000 - €1,250,000: Sold for €1,016,400 inc. premium

    September 23, 2023
    Obituary: Peter W. Mullin

    Peter Mullin, an American businessman, passionate car collector and renowned philanthropist passed away on Monday, September 18. Peter (born January 14, 1941) was the founder of Mullin Consulting and the founder and director of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif. Peter was also a founding board member and former board chair at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The following is a tribute written by his wife Merle Mullin.

    On Monday, September 18, at 6:25 PM, the thunderous roar of an 8-cylinder racing engine shook the entire, beautiful coastline of Big Sur, California, as Peter Mullin soared, full throttle, in his beloved 1925 Bugatti Type 35C, hoping not to be late to his first Executive Board dinner in Heaven.

    His family, his friends and the entire tapestry of Los Angeles have lost a special friend and mentor. He dreamed big, even as a young boy, growing up in Alhambra, California. “You can accomplish anything. If you can dream it, you can execute it.” And he delivered on those dreams, with gusto and a unique fervor.

    Read more of Merle's tribute here

    In front of the replica 100P: Peter Mullin (2nd from left), Scotty Wilson (left) and members of Scotty's team John Lawson and Simon Birney.
    I myself met Mr. Mullin first at Retromobile 2014, where another Bugattiste advised me to offer Peter a copy of my Bugatti 100P airplane book, and so I did. We had a rather short chat, however at that occasion Peter invited me to come to the opening of the "Art of Bugatti" exhibition in his Oxnard museum in California, only a few weeks later. After much thinking finally I decided to go (less than a week before), contacted the museum secretary and made the arrangements to go.

    The exhibition was brilliant, the best overall Bugatti exhibition ever, with of course many items by Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore and Jean, but also Lidia Bugatti had a special role, with various of her artwork on show.

    Special place in the exhibition was for Scotty's replica 100P airplane, which at that time was visually 100% ready. The airplane would have been part of Mullin's permanent exhibition (probably in the museum he was planning in England) but unfortunately it was destroyed in the fatal crash, killing the pilot and builder Scotty Wilson.

    We will all remember Peter Mullin as an avid collector and Bugatti enthusiast (Bugatti's were just part of his love of 30's French exotic automobiles), surely he will drive many of his beloved cars, most famous of all the T57SC Atlantic, on the open, winding roads in Heaven. We wish Merle Mullin and all of his family strength to cope with this loss.

    "Rolling Sculpture" - a tribute to Peter Mullin and his passion for the automobile

    September 20, 2023
    Nik Levecque wins top prizes!

    Of course, when some millionaire (billionaire) wins a top prize at Pebble Beach or Villa d'Este, that is worth mentioning in the press. However, there is another, more modest way to win a concours, and my friend Nik Levecque did just that at the IPMS Belgium National Convention on September 17, 2023. Unlike the billionaires mentioned above, Nik built these cars with his own hands, and won not just one, but two prizes! The winners were:

    • Bugatti T13 1911 ‘8 soupapes’ which won:
      • Gold in it's category (scratch-built civilian vehicles)
      • Best of Show (Best miniature of the entire concours)

    • Bugatti T251 1956 ‘Gp de Reims’ which won:
      • Gold in it's category (straight-from-the-box civilian vehicles)
      • Presidents’ Award (Best miniature straight-from-the-box of the entire concours).

    The T13 in 1/20 scale was completely scratch-built in 660 hours and contains 451 parts from plastic, aluminium, brass, leather and wood.

    The T251 was built from a Fernando Pinto kit in 1/24 scale, and a little bit improved with leather and metal. Nik is rightful proud of his achievement! Take a look at the images below, and see the level of detail and precision which Nik managed to bring into these miniatures. Congratulations Nik!

    September 14, 2023
    Auction results

    Bonhams' Goodwoord Revival Motor cars & Automobilia Auction, September 9, 2023

    • "1929" Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-seater, Chassis no. BC138 Engine no. 3558, Estimate: £320,000 - £380,000, Sold for: £345,000 inc. premium
    • 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster "Barrie Price", Chassis no. 57495, Engine no. 57495/370, Estimate: £280,000 - £340,000: Not sold

    September 8, 2023
    Today: Raymond Mays Centenary

    Today is an important day for the history of British Bugatti Brescias.

    On September 8th 1923 Raymond Mays achieved his ambition and managed to break the hill record at Shelsley Walsh with his Brescia ‘Cordon Rouge’.

    To mark the occasion we were able to get a few cars to Shelsley and raise a glass to the great man!

    Many thanks to our friends at the Midland Automobile Club for allowing us access to Shelsley Walsh.

    From Kraig Mycock

    September 4, 2023
    Auction results

    Bonhams' The Beaulieu Motor cars & Automobilia Auction, September 2, 2023

    • Aluminium Bodyshell in the style of a Bugatti T57 Corsica, Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000: Sold for £26,450 inc. premium

    August 27, 2023
    Auctions results

    Broad Arrow auction "Radius", Monterey Jet Center, USA, August 17-18, 2023

    • 1911 Peugeot Type BP1 Bebe, Engine No. 11356, Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000: Sold for $5,600
    • 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante, Chassis No. 57557, Estimate: $1,750,000 - $2,250,000: Sold for $1,325,000

    RM / Sotheby's Monterey auction Monterey, USA, August 17-19, 2023

    • 1928 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix, Chassis No. 37317, Estimate $600,000 - $800,000: Sold for $ 747,500 incl. premium
    • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, Chassis No. 57190, Estimate: $400,000 - $500,000: Sold for $ 467,000 incl. premium
    • 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica, Chassis No. 57512, Estimate $5,00,000 - $7,000,000: Sold for $ 5,395,000 incl. premium
    • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster in the style of Gangloff, Chassis No. 57661, Estimate: $500,000 - $650,000: Sold for $ 841,000 incl. premium

    Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auctions, USA, August 18-19, 2023

    • 1932 Bugatti Type 49 Roadster, Chassis No. 49534, Estimate $900,000 - $1,200,000: Sold for $ 1,325,000 incl. premium
    • 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, Chassis No. 55231, Estimate $8,000,000 - $10,000,000: Not Sold
    • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, Chassis No. 57406, Estimate $750,000 - $950,000: Not Sold
    • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, Chassis No. 57422, Estimate $500,000 - $700,000: Not Sold
    • 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Chassis no. VF9SA15B26M795023, Estimate: $1,000,000 - $1,300,000: Sold for $ 1,545,000 incl. premium
    • 2023 Bugatti Baby II, Estimate $100,000 - $120,000: Sold for $ 262,500 incl. premium

    August 19, 2023
    Allan Rippon new chairman of Bugatti Trust

    After two decades Hugh Conway, Chairman of The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre, has decided to step down, although he has agreed to remain as a trustee of the organisation founded by his father in 1987.

    The popular choice by staff members and other trustees was to invite trustee Allan Rippon to become Chairman of the charitable trust that was created “for the advancement of education through the study of the works of Ettore Bugatti”.

    Thanking Hugh for his dedicated and distinguished service new Chairman Allan Rippon said: “With the benefit of his leadership the Trust, amongst other things, has retained a committed and talented team of permanent staff, volunteers and Trustees
    “It has provided through its extensive and ever-expanding historic archive, enormous assistance to those researching Ettore Bugatti and his many creations and ideas.

    “It has received awards for the quality of its museum displays and has increasingly been enabled to pursue its educational objectives.
    “Hugh's father who founded the Trust would be very proud of what our retiring Chairman has achieved.
    “I look forward to working with everyone involved with the Trust to meet the undoubted challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us.”

    Trust Members and Friends will have a number of opportunities to meet Allan Rippon over the coming months, including at a Bugatti Trust celebration day for members on October 14.

    The photo above was taken during the recent Vintage Sports-Car Club weekend at Prescott with from left to right: Trustee and Past Chairman Hugh Conway, Trustee Richard Day, Dan Cross from McLaren Applied who had just finished a STEM talk for us, Chairman Allan Rippon and Trustee John Venables-Llewelyn.

    The Trust was started after a small fraternity of Bugatti enthusiasts gathered in October 1987, led by the late Hugh Graham Conway, and Bugatti Molsheim Limited, now known as The Bugatti Trust, was born. Hugh was acknowledged as the leading Bugatti authority of his time. A distinguished design engineer, he is well remembered for his work in the aeronautical industry and his contributions to the Design Council. The Trust was conceived as a repository for Hugh’s extensive historical collection of photographs, correspondence and Bugatti factory drawings and documents. The sale of one of Hugh Conway’s Bugattis funded construction of the Prescott Visitor Centre in which the collection is now housed. Prescott is also the home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club and location of the Speed Hill Climb. Despite the shared location, the Trust operates as a completely separate entity to the Club.

    The Centre was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 16th March 1990, a plaque next to the entrance commemorating the event.
    Based at Prescott Hill, Gotherington near Cheltenham, The Bugatti Trust is normally open Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm (please telephone 01242 677 201 before visiting). The last admission to the museum is at 3.30pm. Details at

    August 15, 2023
    Rare Carlo Bugatti Porcelain object

    We have seen many different objects designed and/or made by Carlo Bugatti; his furniture of course is well known, but there is much more, like the silverware, boxes, a Jukebox, "Crazy Frog" horns and more.

    Now recently I saw something new, in a material unknown to me to date; porcelain.

    It seems to be signed Carlo Bugatti on the underside, though there's no photograph of that. Description from the auction:

    "Rare, if not unique, streaked porcelain hookah in shades of white and bluish black, made by Carlo Bugatti.
    Marked on the bottom Depose 'Carlo Bugatti"

    For those who do not know, a Hookah is also known as a "Waterpipe" or in Italian: Narghilla

    To the object

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    November 20, 2023 Piasa Auction, Le sens d'un choix esthétique Brussels, Belgium

    • Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), Femme nue assise se coiffant, 1906, Estimate €100,000 - €150,000
    • Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916), Lionne dévorant, circa 1904, Estimate €200,000 - €300,000

    Femme nue assise se coiffant, 1906
    Bronze with brown patina
    Signed and numbered on the plinth : "3"
    Lost-wax foundry's stamp, "A. A. Hebrard" on the plinth
    Edition of three
    45 x 35 x 32 cm
    Provenance : London auction, Christie's, 3 December 1996
    - Purchased from the latter by the current owner

    Lionne dévorant, circa 1904
    Bronze with brown patina
    Signed and numbered on the plinth : "7"
    Edition of 17
    Lost-wax foundry's stamp, "A.A. Hebrard" on the plinth
    17 x 70 x 22 cm
    Provenance : - Henri Simon Collection (minister for the French colonies during the Clemenceau presidency), Paris, circa 1920-26

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    November 29, 2023 Bonhams' Fine Clocks Auction London, UK

    • Breguet No. 759. A very fine silver hump-backed carriage clock, Estimate £100,000 - £200,000

    Breguet No. 759. A very fine silver hump-backed carriage clock with perpetual calendar, moonphase, grande sonnerie striking and alarm, sold to Ettore Bugatti in 1931.
    In the original fitted box, with certificate No. 3278

    The silver hump back case surmounted by the original chain link handle, over a repeat button and solid sides, the rear door opening with a secret screw system released only by the winding key, raised on button feet.

    The silver engine turned dial with outer dotted minute band (with slightly larger to mark every five minutes) framing the Roman numerals and finely engine turned centre; just below XII sits the subsidiary dial for running seconds (marked in Arabic quarters and again with the dotted band) over an alarm-setting dial (titled on a gold plaque) at III; the moon's age given on a subsidiary dial at IX, via a gold and blued steel rolling moon disc set over an engraved cloudy sky. With fine blued steel hands throughout. All set within a finely engine turned gilt mask with two applied gold signature plaques Breguet and No. 759 above four rectangular apertures offering the day (in French), date, month and year.

    The eight day movement wound through the rear panel (each winding aperture protected by a gilt ball stopper, one polished, the other matted joined by a gilt chain), with frosted gilt arched plates and highly polished steel work. A blued steel selection lever allows the owner to choose between full grande sonnerie striking (i.e. the hours and quarters announced on a pair of gongs every fifteen minutes); petite sonnerie (just each quarter announced every fifteen minutes) or silence. The quarters and hours struck on a pair of polished steel gongs, the alarm is struck on a third shaped steel gong. The escapement with fine quality cut and compensated bimetallic balance to a jewelled lever escapement. Ticking, striking and repeating. Together with the original fitted travel case with gilt-tooled edges and turnbuckle catches to the side, the front door with sliding cover that allows the dial to be either protected or revealed during transit; the interior fitted to accommodate the hand setting and winding key, the latter ingeniously mounted with a pair of steel pins in the handle to allow the rear door to be opened.

    The late, great George Daniels, Breguet authority and independent watch maker tells us in The Art of Breguet that this remarkable clock took three years to complete: "These clocks with their gilded movements and very high standard of finish and attention to detail, represent Breguet's finest grade of carriage clock...The last to be made, however, came very much later, in 1931, under the direction of M. George Brown. It is a copy of No. 2793 and was especially made for the celebrated Ettore Bugatti, automobile constructor extraordinary. The work was started in 1928 and completed in May 1931 for 60,000 francs. Bugatti's mechanical philosophy was as uninhibited and varied as Breguet's and his purchase of the clock is a fitting tribute to the great horologist."

    Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan in 1881, the middle child of Carlo Bugatti and Therèse Lorioli. His older sister, Deanice, was born a year earlier in 1880, the same year Carlo and Therèse married. Ettore's younger brother, Rembrandt, was born in 1884.

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    Personally, I find the references in the auction description interesting

    December 8, 2023 Hutchinson Scott Automobile Auction Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK

    • 1927 Bugatti T44, Chassis 44305, Engine 17, Estimate £180,000 - £220,000
    • There's also other Bugatti items in the same auction, parts for example.

    • Full Known Ownership
    • Exhibited at the Olympia Show 1927 & 1928
    • Original engine number 17 and chassis number 44305

    One of the first Bugatti Type 44 to be imported into the UK which was retained by Bugatti Brixton Road, as a mechanical and showroom demonstrator, shown at the Olympia show in October 1927 as an unfinished chassis/engine showcasing the new Type 44 mechanics.

    The first carriage built on the chassis was black with a Van Vooren Fabric WeyMann saloon body by Harrington & Sons (4 door).

    The car was test run at Brooklands in 1928 and featured in an article in Bugatti Revive written in 1928 by Edgar Duffield. Then registered by E.Bugatti Automobiles 1-3 Brixton Road, under registration number UC 3082, in February 1928 then used as a demonstrator and first sold to the renowned politician Sir Brograve Beauchamp in April 1929 who owned it for over 30 years.

    The car is sold with full history and documents. The engine is in running condition, but the car had the cable brakes removed to be replaced, unfortunately, the current vendor became too ill to see this work through. The battery also would need to be replaced.

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    December 15, 2023 Bonhams Auction UK

    • 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport style Tourer, Chassis 40444, Estimate £250,000 - £300,000

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    January 11-14, 2024 Interclassics Maastricht, the Netherlands

    The first classic car show of the year.

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    January 31 - February 4, 2024 Retromobile Paris, France

    Though the poster shows an MG, of course there will be a lot of Bugatti's at Retromobile, as practically every year. For many, it's the start of the season.

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    May 29 - June 2, 2024 100e anniversaire du Grand Prix Bugatti Bourgogne, France

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    Below some photographs of the event, as it was held in the Baie du Somme in 2014

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