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

  2. All Bugatti types with very detailed specifications, descriptions and details, one page per type The most extensive specification-book on Bugattis you have ever seen.
  3. All races in which Bugattis competed 94 pages!

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

  5. Bugattis by chassis numbers

  6. Picture Sheets of the Bugattis, per Category

    • Period 1 Period pictures of Bugattis, mostly racing
    • Period 2 Period pictures of Bugattis 2
    • 1a: T13, T23, T32 Tank
    • 1b: T35
    • 1c: T37, T38, T40
    • 3 The fabulous Royale, T41
    • 1d: T43, T44, T45, T46, T49, T50, T51
    • 1e: T54, T55, T59, T59/50B, T64
    • 2 The grand and gracious Type 57, Molsheim bodies
    • 2a T57, Special coachwork
    • 2b Type 57s, Molsheim bodies
    • 2c Type 57s, Special coachwork
    • No car Not automotive: the Autorail, aero-engines and the Bugatti Airplane.
    • P1 Post war French Bugattis and designs on Bugatti
    • License Bugatti designs, built by other manufacturers
    • Carlo Carlo Bugatti's famous furniture
    • Rembrandt Rembrandt Bugattis animal sculptures
    • 4 The modern Italian EB 110 GT
    • 5 The modern Italian EB 110 SS
    • 5b The Italian EB 112
    • 5c The "VW" EB 118, EB 218, EB 18/3 Chiron, EB 18/4 Veyron
    • 6 The Neo Classics, Bugatti Inspired
    • 7 Drawings of Bugatti cars and Artist's impressions
    • 8 Miniatures of Bugatti cars

    • The Raymond Stofer Archive You´d better take your time for this one! ALL Bugatti types, partly of the original cars, partly of miniatures

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

  8. Bugatti up to date information / News.

  9. Bugatti Commercial / Merchandise.

  10. Bugatti special garages special pages

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

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

  14. Bugatti miniature models

  15. Archive of older articles and information

  16. Other Bugatti links

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February 3, 2023
Auctions results - Paris auctions

RM - Sotheby's Paris Auction, February 1, 2023

  • 1928 Bugatti Type 43 Roadster by Lavocat et Marsaud, Chassis 43233, engine 62
    Estimate 1.0 - 1.3 M euro: sold at €850,000 inc. premium
  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti, chassis 55219
    Estimate 1.8 - 2.2 M euro: not sold
  • 2009 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, chassis VF9SK252X0M795040
    Estimate 1.3 - 1.5 M euro, not sold
  • 2022 Bugatti Chiron Profilée (One off, new), Chassis VF9NC3V36NM795004, engine DAL 001 398
    Estimate 4.2 - 5.5 M euro: Sold at €9,792,500 inc. premium Highest price ever for a new car at auction!

Bonhams' Auction - Les grandes marques du monde à Paris, February 2, 2023

  • 1932 Bugatti T55 Cabriolet, Coachwork by Vanvooren, Chassis no. 55217, Engine no. 24 Estimate 3 - 4 Million Euro: Not sold
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Project, Chassis no. 57751, Engine no. 542 Estimate €230,000 - €260,000: Sold for €270,250 inc. premium

Artcurial Retromobile Auction Paris, France, February 3, 2023

  • 1929 Type 35C Grand Prix, chassis 4920, engine 166, ex Bart Rosman. Estimate 2,500,000 - 3,500,000 €: Sold for €1,900,000 without premium
  • 1929 Type 43, chassis 43303, engine 130, ex Bart Rosman, ex Guillaume Prick. Estimate 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 €: Sold for €1,300,000 without premium
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, Chassis 57432. Estimate 2 - 3 Million €: Sold for €1,750,000 without premium
  • Type 35 project, engine from chassis 4867, ex Bart Rosman, Estimate 80,000 - 120,000 €: Sold for €245,000 without premium

Again it seems that prices of classic Bugatti's are not rising any longer. All classic Bugatti's struggle to reach their lower estimates, or even don't.

January 28, 2023
Auction results

RM - Sotheby's Arizona Auction, January 26, 2023

  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis No. ZA9AB01E0RCD39068, Serial No. 068, Engine No. 063
    Estimate $1,600,000 - $2,000,000: Not sold

January 22, 2023
Auction results

Mecum Kissimmee Auction, USA, January 4 - 15, 2023

  • 1927 Bugatti Type 37, Chassis No. 37212, Engine no. 117, Estimate $1,000,000 - $1,100,000, Max. bid $700,000
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Binder Coupé, Chassis No. 57295, Estimate $450,000 - $650,000, sold for $577,500

January 5, 2023
Auctions results

RM Sotheby's Miami auction, December 10, 2022

  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis No. ZA9AB01E0RCD39092, Engine No. 0122 : Not sold

Bonhams' The Bond Street Sale, London, December 16, 2022

  • 1925 Bugatti Type 30 Boat tailed 2-seater by Kelsch & Cie
    Estimate £300,000 - £350,000: Sold for £345,000 inc. premium

December 21, 2022
Exclusive! Bugatti will come with a successor to the Royale after 100 years


Bugatti is no longer owned by the Volkswagen Group. The Croatian electro pioneer Mate Rimac holds sway there. He spoke to Autovisie about the future of Bugatti. The most remarkable news: Rimac wants the aristocratic Bugatti Royale back.

According to Mate Rimac, it is not difficult to distinguish between Bugatti and Rimac. “Rimac is very geeky. Young, crazy and wild. Bugatti is more about heritage. It is an aristocratic brand. You're not a hooligan or a drug lord if you drive around in a Bugatti. A Bugatti is also more analogous, like a Swiss watch.”

Ten-years plan for Bugatti
Rimac already has a ten-year plan ready for Bugatti, but he does not want to go into detail about it. He does say that after the Mistral there will be one more one-off based on the Chiron. After that it's over and out for the 8.0-liter W16 with four turbos. “Peak engine, I call it, but I'm not completely satisfied with it. The four turbos remove the noise.”

V10 for Chiron successor
The successor to the Chiron will therefore no longer have turbochargers. Rimac wants to replace them with a hybrid system to boost performance, but also to ensure an impressive exhaust note. Rimac does not say what engine will replace the W16, but he gives clear hints in the direction of a high-revving V10.

“The successor to the Chiron will be completely new, every nut and bolt. That may not be the most efficient way of developing a car, but yes… I am a perfectionist. Besides, I don't want to spend my life building on something that already exists.”

New Bugatti Royale
Rimac wants to focus on coachbuilding with Bugatti, even more than is already the case. There will also be other models than just a new Chiron. “I'm thinking about a luxury model,” says Rimac, “a new Royale, if you will. That was a technological tour de force in 1928, with its eight-cylinder in-line engine and 24-inch wheels. A spaceship at the time.”

Seven copies of the Royale were built between 1927 and 1933. The model was almost 6.5 meters long and weighed more than 3100 kilograms. Ettore Bugatti hoped to sell twenty-five, but the global recession prevented that. He used the engine from the Royale for a new locomotive for the French railways and still managed to make a profit on the project.

December 11, 2022 Next modern Bugatti a Hybrid

The replacement for the Bugatti Chiron will be produced in Molsheim in 2026, and it will be hybrid.

Rimac, a Croatian shareholder in Bugatti since 2021, will participate in the development of the French brand's first hybrid car. The historical Alsatian site of Molsheim, which will benefit from a real estate extension, is reinforced by the owner.

Bugatti is fine. Bought from Volkswagen by the Croatian electric car supplier and manufacturer Rimac (55% of the capital), associated with Porsche (45% of the capital) since October 2021, the Alsatian manufacturer has taken advantage of a favorable economic situation to prepare for its future.

The W16 Mistral roadster, which will be produced between 2024 and 2026, will mark the end of the brand's internal combustion engines. Ultimate evolution of the Chiron (500 units since 2016), the W16 Mistral will be manufactured in 100 units. Premiering in August 2022, the entire series sold out in one day.

December 4, 2022 Obituary: Paul Kestler

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that one of the most remarkable persons in the Bugatti world, Paul Kestler has passed away yesterday. As we have seen over the last few years, his health was declining, still he was present at the last Festival in September. He also received an honorary citizenship of the city of Molsheim at that occasion, at the respectable age of 92.

Paul Kestler was Co-founder of the Enthousiastes Bugatti Alsace and their annual Festival Bugatti, he was one of the leading organisers of the unforgettable Centenaire Bugatti, and of course wrote many books about the Marque.

Besides the "Evolution of a style" book, and the one on the Royale, quite recently (in 2019) a comic book with the Bugatti history (photo above shows Paul besides the almost ready pages) appeared, after a script written by Paul and Monique.

Paul will be much missed, and we wish his family, and especially his daughter Monique, a lot of strength with their loss. Next Festival will be very strange without him....

December 4, 2022 New plastic model kit: Bugatti T35B by Italeri in 1:12 scale

Those of you interested in miniature models, will know that no plastic model kit of a Bugatti automobile has appeared in the last decades. Especially those who started off their carreers as Bugattistes building plastic model kits, like me, know that there have been resin kits, or white metal kits, but no plastic model kits for the last many years. In the old days, there were several, for example the T35's from Monogram and Airfix, a T59 from Matchbox, of course the T50T from Heller, a Royale Weinberger from Lindberg (later Revell) and of course the two Royale's from the Italian Italeri.

Recently, an impressive kit was released by Italeri, in a large scale (only Pocher's T50T was bigger in it's 1:8 scale), and apparently quite detailed. It costs around 160 euro, serious money, but not too expensive.

Some info from Italeri:

  • 100% New Moulds
  • Steering wheels
  • Highly detailed engine
  • Rubber tires
  • Photoetched parts
  • Chromed parts
  • Opening cowling
  • Screws, tubes and artificial lather
  • Decals for 2 version
  • Colors Instructions Sheet

The Bugatti Type 35 is one of the most iconic and revered racing cars in motor racing history, both technically and competitively. Ettore Bugatti's masterpiece was a unique mix of engineering skill, design, elegance, speed and its relatively light weight.

Produced during the 1920s, it won an incredible number of races in both “road” and “on track” competitions. The Bugatti was in fact specifically designed for the world of racing, which included the introduction of technical and mechanical solutions for the car that made it ideal for the racing circuits of the period. Aesthetically, it was universally known and recognizable by the unmistakable shape of the horseshoe-shaped radiator which was a key design feature of Bugatti as a car manufacturer.

Due to its 2,263 cm3 8-cylinder engine with a four-speed mechanical gearbox and equipped with a volumetric compressor, the Bugatti Type 35B was able to attain a top speed of 210 km / h. It was produced in limited numbers until 1930.

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November 25, 2022 Unique Carlo Bugatti Icohexahedron

I have not seen anything like this before, Carlo Bugatti continues to amaze with unique and sometimes absurd designs, like this solid archimedean icohexahedron.

It is built up of hexagons and pentagons, and is of wooden structure, with parchment coverings and embossed copper elements, usual construction for Bugatti Sr. This special object is signed with dedication and was made in Italy around 1900, It measures 52 cm in all directions.

It was on auction in Italy by the auction house Cambi Casa D'Aste, and sold for 5000 euro. There were 8 more Bugatti items in the same auction, which are the regular Carlo Bugatti designs, chairs, tables, mirrors and other funiture.

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November 8, 2022 One collector buys complete Bugattiana collection before the Gooding & Company geared online Auction

Santa Monica, Calif. (November 4, 2022)
Gooding & Company’s previously announced Geared Online Bugattiana Automobilia auction slated for November, consisting of over 350 items of historically significant Bugatti-themed memorabilia offered from one distinguished enthusiast and collector, has been canceled. Gooding & Company is pleased to announce that the entire catalogue was acquired from the seller by a prominent European collector who will continue to preserve and maintain these important Bugatti artifacts as one cohesive collection.
The confidential buyer has expressed his intent to make this remarkable collection available for future viewing by Bugatti enthusiasts, collectors, and historians.

Original announcement:
November 7 - 18, 2022 Gooding & Company geared online Auction

One of the World’s Most Significant Collections of Bugatti-Themed Automobilia Coming to Gooding & Company’s Geared Online Event this November

Bugattiana Automobilia features a private collection that includes factory records, personal and family documents, and other never-before-seen items from the influential Bugatti brand offered for public sale for the first time.

This November, global auction house Gooding & Company will present its Geared Online | Bugattiana Automobilia event, offering one of the world’s most significant collections of Bugatti-themed memorabilia from a distinguished Bugatti enthusiast and collector. From Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 18, the online-only auction will present over 350 lots, including a wide array of items such as factory records, personal documents from Ettore and Jean Bugatti, and other significant items which have never before been seen or offered for public sale. Significantly, all lots will be offered without reserve.

The entire catalogue hails from a collector who has owned numerous significant Bugatti automobiles and has been collecting since joining the Bugatti Owners’ Club as a teenager in the 1950s. For decades, the consignor has worked tirelessly to curate this historically important collection of Bugatti artifacts. One such effort included placing newspaper ads throughout the Alsace region of France, the very heart and soul of the Bugatti marque and legacy. This of course led the consignor to travel frequently to France, where he met firsthand with the people who responded to the ads in order to not only collect their memorabilia, but to also engage with their stories and personal experiences with the Bugatti marque and history. As such, the offerings in the auction encapsulate over an entire century’s worth of all things Bugatti, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for any enthusiast passionate about this iconic French marque.

“We are honored to present this magnificent collection of Bugattiana, which contains some of the finest, most significant Bugatti artifacts in private hands,” states Gooding & Company Senior Specialist, David Brynan. “This is truly a museum quality collection, carefully assembled and curated over a span of decades by one passionate Bugattiste. This is a singular opportunity to acquire important, never-before-seen pieces, many of which have well-established ties to the Bugatti family and legendary drivers of the period, such as René Dreyfus and Elizabeth Junek. Any enthusiast with an appreciation for the Bugatti marque will be amazed by the extraordinary contents of this world-class collection.”

The auction will present several items showcasing the best of Bugatti craftsmanship, including a Bugatti Type 75 You-You Boat from circa 1946. The Type 75 You-You boat was designed by Ettore Bugatti and built in his Maisons-Laffitte shipyard after World War II, but production soon halted with his death in 1947. It is likely that fewer than 30 were built in total, all in incomplete form, and only a handful of these exist today. The 3.3 meter You-You offered here, number 119, was in long-term ownership by two successive car collectors in France, explaining its remarkably original and fine condition. Also offered is a highly original 1933 Bugatti "Type 52" Baby that formerly belonged to Richard ‘Dick’ Teague, Vice President of Styling at American Motors. The exceptionally well-kept Type 52 comes with original tires, vintage children’s goggles, the original factory’s wiring diagram, and images of Dick Teague and his son with this Type 52. The auction will also include a Bugatti Type 41 Royale Engine, No. 22, one of the original engines intended for the run of 25 Royales that Ettore Bugatti had initially planned to build. This single ignition engine was used in a Bugatti Autorail, and later exhibited at the Musée Pichon in Cleres, France. An elegant Breguet Chronograph Commissioned by Ettore Bugatti for the Bugatti Royale is also on offer as one of only eight clocks planned for installation in the center of the Royale’s steering wheel. Calibrated with a tachymetric scale, this chronograph, number 2020, bears the inscription “Special pour Bugatti” on its face.

The collection also includes a number of personal and family items, such as the Motsch Fils Top Hat Owned by Ettore Bugatti with Original Box. The famous top hat features Ettore Bugatti’s initials inside the crown, and his name and address are included on the label of the hat box. Also offered are Original Handwritten Sections of Ettore Bugatti's Memoir, dated November 20, 1944, and February 24, 1945, respectively. These sections were both acquired from L’Ebé Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s daughter and eldest child. Gooding & Company is also proud to offer Ettore Bugatti’s Original Baptism Document, acquired by the consignor from his daughter, as well as several versions of the Contract between Ettore Bugatti and the Deutz Company of Cologne granting the company a license to build a chassis designed by Bugatti, dated 1907-1909. This set of documents was acquired from the Roland Bugatti estate sale. Another notable highlight is the Group of Six Photographs that Once Hung in Ettore Bugatti’s Molsheim Villa, several of which are inscribed by Bugatti’s noble clients such as the Duke of Bavaria, King Leopold of Belgium, and Prince William of Sweden.

Bugatti’s highly influential role in the world of racing and motor sports will also be represented in the sale, such as with the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner's Trophy and the 1928 ACF Grand Prix Trophy. The latter was awarded by the Automobile Club de France and is an Art Deco design in solid silver by Robert Linzeler. The collection also includes a 1930 Monaco Grand Prix Photo Album given to drivers; the race was won by René Dreyfus and the copy presented here was his personal property. Also offered is Elizabeth Junek's Comprehensive Album featuring mementos of her triumphal 1928 Targa Florio race with detailed annotated maps that she drew of the course, along with annotated aerial images. Junek’s album includes photographs with Ettore Bugatti, signed or inscribed photos of drivers, including Achille Varzi and Juan Manuel Fangio, as well as a signed card from Ferrari. Enthusiasts will also appreciate the Comprehensive Files of Bugatti Design Engineer Antonio Pichetto covering road and race cars built during the 1930s. These files consist of notes, drawings, and blueprints for road cars, including the Type 57, 57S, 57C, and 46, as well as race cars, including the 51, 57G, and 59.

In addition to these exceptionally historic and significant memorabilia items, the auction will also include a selection of original Bugatti lithographic posters which were exhibited at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Also presented is a robust selection of period Bugatti toys, largely originating from the 1930s. An extensive collection of Bugatti books, factory sales literature, parts, and photographs are also included in this once-in-a-lifetime offering.

Following the launch of the online catalogue on Monday, October 24, all lots will be available for online bidding via Gooding & Company’s website or mobile app starting Monday, November 7.

November 8, 2022
Auction results

RM Sotheby's Auction, Marlborough House, London, November 5, 2022

  • 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis No. ZA9AB01E0PCD39040, Engine No. 00036: Sold at £1,411,250
  • 1996 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, Chassis No. ZA9BB02E0RCD39027, Engine No. 0138: Not sold
  • 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, Chassis No. VF9SW3V33NM795018: Sold at £4,195,625

October 31, 2022
This Bugatti really is a sign of good taste!

Bugatti Type 35B at the Salon du Chocolat

My friend Dominique Mathern from Straatsburg was at the Salon du Chocolat this past weekend, and was surprised to see this Bugatti there, made of 380kg of Chocolate!

The Bugatti was made by Maitre Chocolatier and Sculptor Jean-Luc Decluzeau, he needed 400 hours to make it, at 2.8 meters long and 1.1 meters wide, it is in 3/4 scale.

The 27th Salon du Chocolat is the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate and cocoa, and takes place from October 28 to November 1, 2022.

During 5 days at the Porte de Versailles, there are spectacular (fashion) shows, live demonstrations, fun animations and prestigious competitions.

October 31, 2022
Auctions results

Henderson Auctions, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, AL, USA, October 29, 2022

  • 1927 Bugatti T40A Grand Sport, Chassis 40575: Sold at €450,000
  • 1937 Bugatti T57C Van Vooren Cabriolet, Chassis 57742: Sold at $710,000
Broad Arrow Auctions, Gloversville, NY, USA, October 15, 2022

  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, Chassis 57395: Sold at €346,000

October 28, 2022
Irreplaceable Bugatti History returns home

For years a collection of the most extraordinary unrestored Bugatti cars has sat, meticulously cared for and researched, in a sprawling house in Switzerland. But now this collection, lovingly built up over decades by Hans Matti, has found a new custodian, and the cars’ first journey under their new ownership took them to Château Saint Jean in Molsheim – the home of Bugatti Automobiles.

To have these cars returning ‘home’, just a stone’s throw from where they were originally created is a fitting beginning for the latest chapter in these cars’ lives. Hans Matti dedicated his life to building this collection, gathering original photographs, magazine features, books and factory communications relating to them. He hadn’t just collected the cars, but he had completely researched their stories. As the Registrar of the Bugatti Club Suisse, he is one of the most knowledgeable experts in the world on Bugatti Grand Prix cars.

Among the extraordinary collection is Bugatti Type 51, thought to be one of the most original in existence, a remarkably preserved Type 37A, a short chassis Type 49 Faux cabriolet with Jean Bugatti coachwork - the only remaining example in the world, a Type 35B and a Type 35A fitted with the only existing Type 36 engine, gearbox and rear axle to have survived. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime collection that Hans Matti was understandably reluctant to part with. Discussions to acquire the collection had been underway for two-and-a-half years and even Caroline Bugatti - granddaughter of Ettore Bugatti had been involved in the negotiations.

The Type 51 – a dedicated factory Grand Prix racing machine – has never been restored or repainted, bearing the marks of nine decades of motorsport and enjoyment. The original craftsmanship of Ettore Bugatti’s team is on display and each chapter of its life is worn with pride. The Type 49, meanwhile, was the personal car of Jean Bugatti himself, with the initials ‘JB’ on the doors. It’s extremely rare to have a Type 49 with a body designed and built by the Bugatti factory, as this example does, and no other Type 49 in existence wears the unique Faux Cabriolet body. More incredible still, this Type 51 and Type 49 shared a transporter during their delivery to their respective first private customers. To have them reunited is the closing of a circle that started all the way back in the 1930s.

The Type 51 in the collection began life as one of the last Type 35Bs to ever be built, a factory Grand Prix racer, driven in period by Louis Chiron, who gave his name to Bugatti’s latest hyper sports car. As Bugatti looked to evolve the Type 35 – renowned as the most successful racing car of all time – it developed a new advanced twin-cam engine and a new car which it would power: the Type 51. This new powertrain was swapped into this car, at which point it became one of the very first Type 51s, fitted with engine number 1 and raced by Achille Varzi and other contemporary motorsport heroes. Varzi is revered to this day at Bugatti; to celebrate 100 years of the brand a special Centenaire Edition Veyron ‘Achille Varzi’ was revealed. With appearances at races in Monaco, Monza, at the Targa Florio and more, this car has incredible racing pedigree. In another important connection, the factory Grand Prix engine that was originally in this car as a Type 35B was swapped into another Type 35B in this collection by the factory, before later being sold as a new car.

One of the stand-out circuits of the early racing era was the Montlhéry track in France, renowned for its high-speed banking but also for its extraordinarily bumpy surface. Bugatti’s meticulously detailed approach to engineering saw them develop a new model to race at Montlhéry: the Type 36. Featuring a rigid rear axle, it would better handle the demanding conditions of this unique circuit. Two variants were built, the later model with a supercharger, becoming what many believe to be the first ever supercharged Bugatti. But their racing careers were short-lived and the only two Type 36 cars built were destroyed. All that remained was the engine, gearbox and rear axle of one of them, which now uniquely reside within a Type 35A body housed in this collection. Once more, it is another one-off piece of Bugatti history.

Completing the five Bugatti cars in the collection is a Type 37A, one of a long lineage of supercharged Bugatti cars that arguably began with the Type 36. It is again preserved in fully original condition with matching numbers – each era of its ownership and extensive racing history has been meticulously traced right back to its first owner in 1929 and it continues to race to this day. The Type 37 was considered a Voiturette class winning car by many of its drivers, but with the addition of a supercharger – becoming the Type 37A – its powerful four-cylinder engine became capable of propelling the car to more than 120mph (193kph), up from 90mph (144kph). Only 76 were supercharged by Bugatti, and they went on to race at Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio and more.

This unique collection of cars now embarks on its third era; their first being when they were sold new and their second under the meticulous care of Hans Matti. Now, they will be kept in their original, unrestored condition, preserved as the important artefacts of Bugatti history that they are. And as they gathered at the Château Saint Jean – a place bought by Ettore Bugatti to entertain his customers, and still a core part of the Bugatti legend – it almost felt as though the cars had never left. A sense of history surrounds the Château, brimming with nearly a century of Bugatti heritage.

Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “We are a brand that constantly looks to the genius of our founder for inspiration. For Ettore, the most important aspect of a Bugatti was that it be incomparable. It should be in a class of its own. Arguably nothing brings us closer to vision of Ettore than seeing his creations in the condition they left the factory in; the original rivets, paint, and, in particular, the meticulous engineering that came to define his cars and ultimately his success. This collection of cars and the stories that have been gathered around them are absolutely priceless, and we’re honored to have been able to welcome them to home of Bugatti Automobiles. As we look to a new era of Bugatti, it’s pioneering models like these that will be our inspiration.”

Thanks to Rock N Roll Classics and the owner of the cars for bringing together these important artefacts of Bugatti history in Molsheim.

October 22, 2022
Auction result

Artcurial Auction, Automobiles sur les Champs, October 16, 2022

  • C. 1990 Bugatti Type 35B Pur Sang Replica, Chassis "4874" Estimate €250,000 - €350,000: Sold at €327,800 inc. premium

October 17, 2022
The historic Motoring Awards 2022

This year no Bugattis nominated as "Car of the Year", though there are two Bugatti related finalists, in two different Categories.

  • Category "Club of the year" finalist: Bugatti Owners Club
  • Category "Personal Achievement" finalist: Angela Hucke (Bugatti Trust)

We congratulate the finalist, and of course hope they will each win their category!

The Bugatti Trust already won the Historic Motoring Award in the categories Museum of the year and Car of the year, in 2019!

The star-studded Historic Motoring Awards 2022 ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16 November at a spectacular new venue, The Londoner in the heart of the capital’s West End. The finalists for each category have been announced, and the winners will be presented at the Awards in November.

Top picture: The Bugatti Owners Club and the Bugatti Trust both present at Ivan Dutton's stand at Retromobile, 2019.

More info and voting, in some of the categories only....

October 14, 2022
Auction result

Bonhams Auction, The Zoute Sale Belgium, October 9, 2022

  • 1924 Bugatti Type 30 Torpedo by Carrocerias Casimiro Sola, Barcelona, Chassis 4224, Engine 233. Estimate €320,000 - €380,000: Sold at €345,000 inc. premium

October 2, 2022
Auction results

RM Sotheby's auction, the Gene Ponder collection, September 22 - 24, 2022

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic Replica by Erik Koux, Chassis No. 57654: Sold at $1,155,000 USD
  • "1932" Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster Replica by Pur Sang, Chassis No. "55227": Sold at $385,000 USD
  • "1930" Bugatti Type 35B Replica by Pur Sang, Engine No. 397BO, Chassis No. 397: Sold at $220,000 USD
  • "1936" Bugatti Type 57G 'Tank' Tribute, On 1953 Jaguar Chassis: Sold at $159,500 USD
  • 1957 Bugatti Type 252 Tribute, On 1952 Jaguar Chassis (LHD!): Sold at $253,000 USD

Baby Bugatti and automobilia-results

September 25, 2022
Honorary Citizenship for Paul Kestler in Molsheim

During the annual Bugatti Festival last weekend in Molsheim Paul Kestler, now 92 years old, was awarded Honorary Citizen of Molsheim in the presence of Michel Bugatti and many friends of Paul and la marque.

Paul Kestler has researched the evolution of coachwork style of Bugatti, is a Co-founder of the Enthousiastes Bugatti Alsace and their annual Festival Bugatti and was one of the leading organisers of the unforgettable Centenaire Bugatti.

Besides the "Evolution of a style" book, and the one on the Royale, quite recently (in 2019) a comic book with the Bugatti history (also in English) appeared, after a script written by Paul and Monique.

May he have many more years surrounded by his supporting family, especially his daughter Monique.

September 25, 2022
Winners of the concours during the Molsheim Festival

During the annual Bugatti Festival last weekend in Molsheim, as always awards were given for the most special, most beautiful and other cars. The winners were:

  • Grand Prix EBA: Guilain Benard (F) with his Type 57C Cabriolet Corsica (57485)
  • Trophée Fondation Bugatti: Ladislav Novak (CZ) with his Type 46 "Petite Royale" Cabriolet (after an original by Gangloff, 46393) Photo on the right
  • Trophée Lalique: Michel Perridon (NL) with his Type 57C Stelvio Gangloff (57834) Photo below
  • There are many more trophy's, also one for each new participant with a Bugatti. More info on the trophees.

During the morning, the cars were displayed for adoring Bugatti enthusiasts from near and far to admire. Local Molsheim residents also enjoyed a closer glimpse of the Bugattis. In the afternoon, the cars were paraded through the streets of Molsheim, before halting to be judged by a panel of experts that included Christophe Piochon. The judges meticulously examined each car, searching for a Bugatti truly worthy of the Coupe Bugatti Automobiles. After much soul searching, the trophy was finally awarded to a Type 57C Cabriolet Corsica.

Other awards, including the Trophée Fondation Bugatti were also presented. This year's winner was a Type 46 Petite Royale' by Gangloff, which received the intricate trophy, itself built from the same materials used to create Bugatti cars, and crowned by a piece of Lalique crystal.

Below, two more photographs of Michel Perridon in his prize-winning Stelvio, in the one on the right he is being congratulated by your webmaster

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January 26, 2023 RM - Sotheby's Arizona Auction USA

  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis No. ZA9AB01E0RCD39068, Serial No. 068, Engine No. 063
    Estimate $1,600,000 - $2,000,000

Benefitting from a short ownership chain of a handful of doting collectors, and attention from some of the world’s most respected EB110 specialists, this Bugatti is a particularly noteworthy example of the celebrated Campogalliano supercar. According to the research of Johann Petit’s Bugatti EB110 Registry, chassis number 068 is approximately the 51st of 85 examples built to GT specifications, and it was completed as a second-series car equipped with a revised cooling system and a modified rear bumper.

Ordered in May 1994 by the dealer Zdenek-Auto on behalf of a client in the Czech Republic, the Bugatti was finished in Bugatti Blue paint and appointed with an interior upholstered in dual-tone gray leather in a non-standard special-order configuration. After being delivered to the first owner in August 1994, the EB110 was frequently enjoyed on the open road while being consistently maintained.

In 2001 the Bugatti was sold to its second owner, another enthusiast residing in the Czech Republic, and he immediately submitted the car to the specialists at Dauer Sportwagen in Nuremberg, Germany—the company responsible for the Le Mans-winning Dauer 962, and the officially licensed continuation builder and servicer of EB110 examples following Bugatti Automobili’s receivership. At this time the original engine number 090 was replaced by the motor currently installed, engine number 063, a correct GT-specification motor. The car was also fitted with the revised rear fascia panel it now wears, featuring a centrally-placed Bugatti logo.

The EB110 GT remained in the Czech Republic through 2012, at which point the car was exported to Italy and exhibited at the Auto e Moto d’Epoca concours d’elegance in Padua. Sold to a noted Italian collector, 068 enjoyed the company of numerous flagship supercars until the collection’s offering by RM Sotheby’s in late 2016.

After being presented at the London Concours d’Elegance in June 2017, the Bugatti was sold in 2018 to an enthusiast based in Denmark before more recently passing to the consignor, who soon submitted the car for servicing to B Engineering in Emilia-Romagna, the current rightsholder to EB110 production and official marque-endorsed maintenance; over $12,000 was invested in the maintenance of the Bugatti at this time. Accompanied by an owner’s manual and warranty booklet and documented with service invoices from Dauer and B Engineering, this mildly used Bugatti displays 31,930 kilometers (~19,840 miles) at cataloguing.

The beautifully presented EB110 GT should steal the heart of any supercar enthusiast or Bugatti collector. Ideal for presentation at concours d’elegance or enjoyment of its groundbreaking high-performance engineering and design envelope, it is sure to deliver visceral thrills at speed. It ably epitomizes the undeniable success of Romano Artioli’s short-lived dream, a muscular thoroughbred emitting the panache and style for which Le Pur Sang has become a thing of legend.

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February 1, 2023 RM - Sotheby's Paris Auction Paris, France

  • 1928 Bugatti Type 43 Roadster by Lavocat et Marsaud, Chassis 43233, engine 62, Estimate 1.0 - 1.3 M euro
  • 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti, chassis 55219, Estimate 1.8 - 2.2 M euro
  • 2009 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, chassis VF9SK252X0M795040, Estimate 1.3 - 1.5 M euro
  • 2022 Bugatti Chiron Profilée (One off, new), Chassis VF9NC3V36NM795004, engine DAL 001 398, Estimate 4.2 - 5.5 M euro

1928 Bugatti Type 43 Roadster by Lavocat et Marsaud, Chassis 43233, engine 62
The Bugatti Type 35 is unquestionably among the greatest racing cars of all time, and the Type 43 is effectively its roadgoing counterpart. It is true that in creating the Type 43, which debuted in 1927, Bugatti needed to make some changes; the wheelbase is longer than that of the Type 35, for example. Yet the fundamentals remained—including the supercharged 2.3-litre overhead-cam inline-eight engine.

The Type 43 on offer, chassis 43233, was delivered in chassis form to Stand Auto Garage on the Champs-Élysées in Paris after being invoiced in September of 1928. One month later, the Bugatti received standard Grand Sport coachwork and was registered to its first owner, Robert Senechal. A Delage Works driver and former manufacturer of cyclecars, Mr. Senechal was exactly the type of esteemed character one would expect to purchase such a fine automobile in the period; in fact, according to a report on file from marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier, he ordered six Type 43 chassis, apparently intending to become an agent for the marque.

He would soon put this chassis, then wearing temporary torpedo bodywork, to work; he achieved overall victory at the 1928 Rallye de Pau while entered in the lower 2-to-3-litre category, followed by a class win a few days later at the nearby Morlaas hillclimb. Soon after, respected Parisian coachbuilders Lavocat et Marsaud completed a two-seat roadster-style body for the chassis.

After the coachwork was fitted in January 1929, the campaign continued at the French Motorcycle Club Hill climb that same month, with a class win at the Gometz le Chatel hill climb coming that October. Not long after, the car was sold to an unknown buyer, but in 1932 chassis 43233 entered the ownership of Jean Trevoux. Several months later, he won the Paris-Nice Rally outright with his new purchase. A class win at the La Turbie hill climb soon followed.

Four additional Frenchmen are reported to have taken ownership of the car before the war. Beginning in 1945, Jean Charbonneaux and his family would be owners for just over a decade. Charbonneaux owned a separate Type 43, chassis 43251 with engine number 62, and at some point during his ownership, the engines were swapped. It would be sold to François Claude Pruvot, an engineer, in 1955, before passing to a Parisian mechanic, Jacques Banao, in 1962.

By 1965 the Bugatti had landed on English shores, entering the collection of Peter Newens. After being purchased by Franck Wall in 1971, an extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration occurred. A photograph from the period shows the Type 43 painted in a single shade of dark blue and wearing a plate numbered “FGW 27C”.

In October 1978, chassis 43233 sold at auction in London to the Seydoux Collection in Paris; after exactly 50 years, the Bugatti had returned to its original hometown. The vehicle would remain on the continent after being purchased by Oscar Davis at auction in 1996. Invoices and correspondence from the period show the Bugatti was maintained at a shop in the Netherlands in order to be used at a moment’s notice for a number of European rallies.

Davis eventually sold the car to a New Hampshire gentleman in 2002 but would eventually buy back this wonderful machine in 2007. A year prior to this purchase, the car received a FIA Historic Technical Passport.

Today, the Type 43 is finished in a deep shade of red with a black leather interior. A suite of Jaeger gauges reading water temperature, amperes, engine speed, road speed, and oil pressure complement the finely finished wood dashboard. The car has been maintained by Leydon Restorations of Lahaska, Pennsylvania throughout ownership of the consigning owner. Work has included the installation of a new wiring harness, a valve job, a full reseal of the engine including new water plates, and the fitment of a new radiator core by Chuck Niles at American Honeycomb.

With approximately just 160 examples of this model produced, this extraordinary Bugatti is both rare and desirable in equal measure.

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1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti, chassis 55219
Like many premier automakers in the early-20th Century, Bugatti used its success in competition to elevate the profile of its road cars. In the case of the Type 55, introduced by Bugatti in 1932, the ties to motorsport were quite explicit: it was a direct descendent of the Type 51 race car, and was similarly powered by a supercharged 2.3-litre dual-overhead-cam inline-eight. The 38 Type 55 Bugattis produced typically wore sporting bodywork—often open-topped—that further emphasised the model’s racing roots.

According to the report by marque expert David Sewell, the Swiss Bugatti Agent Bucar of Zurich ordered chassis 55219 in the winter of 1932 on behalf of their client Mr. Edmond Reiffers, a notary in the city of Luxembourg. Once completed later that spring, a factory employee delivered the unbodied chassis with a temporary seat to the border just 160 kilometres away from the factory.

Mr. Reiffers intended to commission coachwork of his own choosing for the car—but not before one of his three sons, Ernest, entered the chassis with only a bonnet, headlights, and seat in several local events organized by the Automobile Club of Luxembourg. Finally, in October of the same year, Pritchard & Demollin of Angleur, Belgium constructed a four-seat cabriolet body for the Type 55.

In 1938, the car was sold to industrialist Rudi Cloos, a fellow resident of Luxembourg. However, the Bugatti changed hands two more times in the following two years within the Grand Duchy before being hidden away during the war. When peace finally arrived in 1945, the vehicle was unearthed and registered to Pierre Schickes, an electrician. Unfortunately, the Bugatti would suffer front end damage under his ownership. Subsequent photographs after the accident show the car received modified front wings which hang down to the front crossmember; the remainder of coachwork stayed intact. By 1955, ownership had changed hands once more to a Belgian named Gillard, but in 1957 well-known Bugatti dealer, Jean de Dobbeleer of Brussels, purchased the Type 55.

Part-owner of Precision Motor Cars, Bob Estes of California, eventually took ownership of chassis 55219 in order to use it as a parts car for his other Type 55, chassis 55230. The remainder of the car was then sold to Ray Jones of Birmingham, Michigan, in 1963. The Type 55’s present, highly attractive bodywork built in the style of the famous Jean Bugatti roadster design was created and fitted in the 1970s.

In 1988, the consigning owner purchased a car containing elements of 55219 and a four-year endeavour would soon commence to make the Type 55 whole again. After a great deal of research, three chassis were ultimately purchased to bring this goal to reality: 55219, 55229, and 51127. The Bugatti Owners Club officially recognised the reconstituted car on 17 August 1993 and issued a replacement chassis plate.

In 2008, a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration was undertaken by Leydon Restorations of Lahaska, Pennsylvania, bringing together the original components from the three cars acquired. While disassembled, independent Bugatti researcher David Sewell inspected the car. He concluded the chassis frame, engine, bulkhead assembly, gearbox, and differential casing contain the stampings indicating them to be correct to chassis 55219. However, during the restoration parts of the engine were determined to be too worn to use and today, the car utilises a different top crankcase and cylinder block. Both pieces remained in the possession of the consignor and accompany the sale.

Prior to being acquired by the consigning owner, the lower crankcase had been machined, removing some of the original factory stampings. Luckily, assembly number 36 remained on the front left arm and matched the same assembly number found on the top crankcase which further bore the correct “11” engine number stamping. Additionally, “11” was found stamped on the upper camshaft drive housing, in addition to both the exhaust and inlet camboxes.

This highly sought-after Type 55—clothed in timeless roadster bodywork in the style of the great Jean Bugatti—can be enjoyed by enthusiasts for decades to come.

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February 2, 2023 Bonhams' Auction - LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE À PARIS Paris, France

  • 1932 Bugatti T55 Cabriolet, Coachwork by Vanvooren, Chassis no. 55217, Engine no. 24
    Estimate 3 - 4 Million Euro
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Project, Chassis no. 57751 Engine no. 542
    Estimate €230,000 - €260,000

1932 Bugatti T55 Cabriolet, Coachwork by Vanvooren, Chassis no. 55217
At the end of 1931, the Parisian Bugatti agent Dominique Lamberjack (junior), a friend of both Jean Bugatti and Robert de Prandières, the director of coachbuilders Vanvooren in Courbevoie, agreed between them that most of the Bugatti Type 55 '300' chassis delivered to Lamberjack's dealership would be sent to Vanvooren for bodying. Among the seven Bugatti Type 55 chassis delivered in Paris, six would be bodied by Vanvooren and one by Figoni in Courbevoie. The register of sales and deliveries confirms that the five Type 55 chassis ordered and delivered to Lamberjack in 1932 were numbers '55204', '55208', '55214', '55217' and '55227'. They were all invoiced for 72,500 French francs. The sixth chassis, '55236', was shipped by rail to Paris in June 1935 to be bodied by Vanvooren, but was destined for the Bugatti dealership in Amsterdam.

This Type 55 chassis with engine '24' was assembled at the factory in May 1932, as were chassis with engines '17' to '23'. Chassis '55217/24' was transported by road from Molsheim to Paris on 29th July 1932 and was invoiced that same day to Lamberjack's Paris dealership for the sum of 72,500 French francs. The chassis was then sent to Vanvooren in Courbevoie to receive a two-seater cabriolet body.

Dominique Lamberjack junior has stated that the car, once back from the coachbuilder, had remained on display in his showroom at the corner of rue Bayen and boulevard des Marechaux, for more than three years without finding a single buyer. It would take four years before a loyal Bugatti customer stepped in and bought it.

The Type 55 was registered new on 12th May 1936 at the Pas de Calais prefecture, under the license plate number '3988 NA 6' in the name of Eugène Leleux (junior). Born on 17th October 1906 in Lille, Eugène Florimond Albert Leleux was a brewer by trade and ran the Croix de Grès brewery in Divion. The Leleux family's first Bugatti was a Type 40A convertible acquired on 23rd June 1932. It was replaced in October 1936 by a Type 57 cabriolet which was sold to finance the purchase of the Type 55. Lamberjack's Société Franco-Américaine d'Automobiles' original invoice for the Type 55 cabriolet is made out to 'Mr Eugène Leleux son, Divion' and is dated 6th May 1936. It details 'A Bugatti 2L300 type 55 car number 55217. New, bodied as a two-seater Vanvooren convertible. For a payment of sixteen thousand francs in cash, twenty-five thousand francs in ten installments and the trade-in of a Bugatti 57143 as it is'.

On the back of one of the original photographs of the Bugatti, taken in the courtyard of the brewery, Eugène Leleux has written: "2l 300, type 55, year 1936, 8 cyl in line 2 compressor camshafts, 18 fiscal hp 4 floor speeds, 180 km/h, Gearbox separated from the engine Cable brakes, drums incorporated in the aluminum wheels, magneto Scintilla, Connecting rods and crankshaft on ball and roller bearings. Convertible Vanvooren 2 places, Yellow, Wings and black hood." This note seems to indicate that at the time of purchase by Leleux, the car was not yet equipped with a Cotal pre-selector gearbox, otherwise this feature would have been mentioned, so detailed is the car's description.

In 1941, the Lille newspapers reported that Mr Eugène Leleux, a brewer in Divion, had filed a complaint with the police concerning the theft of his car, which he had left on rue de la Comédie. He was able to regain possession of his car, which had been discovered during a police patrol. We do not know if it was his Type 55 cabriolet, but the notion is appealing.

In 1942, the car was entrusted to the good care of the Bugatti repair workshop at 75 quai Carnot in Levallois, managed by the famous Doctor Gabriel Espanet. A first letter and invoice dated 28th August 1942 states: "Following your letter of August 24, we have the advantage of sending you a single speed, two type 55 front springs and a steering wheel. As regards the rear spring slide supports, the model of which you sent us, we are writing to our factory in Bordeaux to send us a pair as soon as possible..." The invoice for 1,053 French francs was attached. By letter of 14th October 1942, the rear slides were provided in turn for the sum of 1,318 French francs.

A final letter of 30th December 1942, relates to the repair of the cylinder block: "As we had let you hope, in our letter of the 10th instant, we have been able to take, despite the current working conditions, the arrangements which have enabled us to finally complete the perfect repair of your cylinder unit. If the delay was a little long, the execution of the work is as precise as in normal times. The valves supplied in particular are of the best pre-war special steel and we have been able to maintain the old price for one last time. You will find them mounted in their guide, broken in, ready to run.
"During the assembly of the engine, it will be necessary to take care to leave them all in their respective place in each cylinder/the clearances (which are 50 hundredths intake and 60 hundredths exhaust) must therefore be obtained, possibly, by filing on the spot and the valve stem very carefully.
"Attached is the invoice concerning the repair of the unit by autogenous welding and the rectification, as well as the supply of the valves and guides, for a total sum of 6,519 French francs."

These letters shed light on the Bugatti factory's ability to continue its activities at the Levallois repair workshop and the relocated factory in Bordeaux. Soon this factory would close and the tools would be repatriated to Alsace by the new owner, H Trippel.

It is probable that the Type 55 convertible was used for another four years. A request for 'non-pledge' of the vehicle was registered in March and again in October 1947. The Bugatti was then sold in the Nord department and registered as '6803 ME' on 11th February 1948 in the name of Eugène Mulnard, an electrical engineer resident at 108 rue Grand Chemin in Roubaix. On 27th February 1951, the Type 55 was registered in the name of Miss Andrée Desplats, a secretary living at 58 rue du Molinel in Lille. The Bugatti was re-registered as '3553 AF 59'. Eugène Mulnard would later divorce his wife and marry Andrée Desplats in Lille in September 1965.

Eugène Mulnard was president of the Écurie Flandre, founded in Lille just after the war, whose notable members included the pilot/manufacturer Paul Delbarre, the Simca specialist Monnier, Jacky Pollet, Flamencourt (the team's official mechanic) and Werry the administrative director. Mulnard raced in the Monnier Spéciale with a BMW 328 engine at the Chimay Grand Prix in 1953 but retired with a gearbox problem.

In July 1988, Eugène Mulnard was kind enough to commit his Bugatti memories to paper for Bugatti authority Pierre-Yves Laugier: "The Bugatti 55217 was equipped when I bought it with a Cotal 32 mkg gearbox. I do not know if the assembly was done by Bugatti or any other mechanical workshop. The engine block was leaking some water at a spark plug cupola I repaired. In 1950, the Bugatti company rue Carnot in Levallois supplied me with pistons and rings. I completely dismantled the engine and all the parts remained detached for many years, not having time to take care of them.

"In 1975, I put everything back together. The only part that I could not find at Scintilla: the battery charge regulator. In 1980 the Bugatti was in perfect working order. This car has never been damaged, and always perfectly maintained. I did 117,000 km with it.

"Only one problem: while I was in Switzerland, around 1948, I filled up with gasoline, in this gasoline was incorporated at the time Tetra-ethyl lead. I had to drain and replace with unleaded gasoline. "In 1949, I was in Germany. During my stay, there were heavy snowfalls, roads rutted by the war. The engine being very close to the ground. It had to stay two months in the garage. I was president of Écurie Flandres in which there were eight cars. We raced in Formula I and did rallies and hill climbs. The Bugatti has never been entered in any competition; it was the car I drove every day."

Dealer Bruno Vendiesse remembers that as a young enthusiast aged twenty in 1974, he went to see the Bugatti on display in the window of Flamencourt, who was a Simca agent in Mons en Baroel, and saw it again in the garages of the General Heating Company at 37 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny in Saint-André-lez-Lille. Mulnard had no place to park the car, which was stored at Georges Tranchet's saddlery in Lomme from 1976 to 1979, before its sale the following year.

The great Bugatti lover Marc Blanc of Montbrison bought the Type 1955 cabriolet in 1980. He had known Mulnard for years, paying him frequent visits, but Mulnard was never inclined to sell the car. One day Mulnard contacted Marc Blanc, saying that he had decided to part with his Bugatti. He confided in him that he had four potential buyers but wished to visit them in turn to determine which was best able to restore the Bugatti to correct original specification. At that time Marc Blanc was reassembling his Type 35A in his garage. Mulnard was pleasantly surprised and immediately handed Blanc his business card as a bill of sale. The transaction, for a price of 250,000 French francs, satisfied both parties.

Blanc traveled to Wattrelos to take possession of the Type 55, which arrived in Montbrison towed by a Peugeot 504 belonging to the company. According to Marc Blanc, the Bugatti had had a minor collision leaving one of the wings out of line. The car remained in its garage in Montbrison between two Bugatti Grand Prix cars for nearly ten years, without being restarted. Marc Blanc then dismantled the engine, which he entrusted, together with the Cotal gearbox, to his official mechanic Marc Defour of Sury-le-Comtal for an overhaul. In 2009, the Type 55 was exhibited for the first time, at the Salon d'Avignon, and four years later was sold to collector Ton Meijer through dealers Bruno Vendiesse and Jaap Braam Ruben.

The Bugatti was driven to its new home in Carpentras but the engine was running poorly. It was decided to undertake a complete restoration, which was entrusted to the Ventoux Moteurs workshop run by Laurent and Raphael Rondoni. The rebuild would take more than three years to complete. The chassis was stripped bare and all the mechanicals overhauled, with some worn parts replaced. The cam boxes and the camshafts were manufactured by Rondoni together with the water pipes and compressor mounting gear. The split cylinder block was replaced with a new block obtained from Crosthwaite & Gardiner in Buxted, UK. The original roller-bearing crankshaft was overhauled with new connecting rods with cages and rollers from Brineton Engineering of Wolverhampton.

During the replacement of the Cotal gearbox, the old Bugatti gearbox's fixing holes were found, as well as those of the levers and the braking system, which had been modified to suit the Cotal which required a special crosspiece. A new gearbox from Crosthwaite was machined by Ventoux Moteurs and fitted with dog gears from Brineton Engineering.

The lined black hood and the upholstery work were entrusted to Ventoux Saddlery in Carpentras. The backs of the seats have been reduced in thickness and the door panels have been kept; only the seats have been changed. A beige carpet, identical to that on the base of the doors, was used as the cabin carpet.

The electrical wiring harness was remade by Rondoni, while the Scintilla lighting and magneto are original. The radiator was only cleaned, and the rear axle overhauled, as were the shock absorbers and the brakes. The front axle was re-nickeled and the original cast aluminum wheels retained. The exhaust, which had been shortened, was extended by a muffler and a silencer under the running board.

Restoration of the bodywork was entrusted to the good care of renowned Dutch workshop Dijkhof in Achterveld, which also took care of the restoration of Mr Meijer's former Bugatti Type 55 roadster. The body's timber framework was changed in large part because it was rotten,and the Bugatti was finally delivered to its owner around Christmas 2018. All original mechanical parts that were replaced were returned to the owner and are offered with the car.

Among the six Type 55 cabriolets bodied by Vanvooren in Courbevoie, '55217' is the only one to have retained its original bodywork on its 1932 chassis; all the others have been modified to a greater or lesser extent, while '55227' and '55236' no longer exist.

Bonhams would like to offer its grateful thanks to marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier for his assistance in compiling this description, a longer report in French is available upon request.

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1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Project, Chassis no. 57751
This Bugatti Type 57, number '57751', was produced as a rolling chassis with engine in December 1938 for the Bugatti agent Créquy et Cornette in Lille, whose client's name was Mignot. It is an example of the Series 3, the most developed and refined of the Type 57 chassis. The car was duly completed with a factory Galibier saloon body on 9th May 1939 and delivered four days later. The Bugatti's wartime history is not known but the car was registered on 18th July 1945 in the department of Nord. One year later it was re-registered as '5385-YC7' for Marie Louise Ansalin de la Moyère in Montfermeil, Seine et Oise.

Registered in the Seine department as '58810-RQ' on 9th December 1947, the car then spent several years off the road in storage before ending up in the possession of Jacques Leli?re in Toulon. The Galibier body was removed and placed on another car. A new body in the style of the British coachbuilder Corsica was made for '57751'. Subsequently this car's identity became confused with that of another Bugatti (a not uncommon occurrence) but all numbers on the car are compatible with '57751' and clearly the '49' on the authentic chassis plate is an over-stamping (see Bugatti Registry extract on file).

Believed to have covered only some 30,000 kilometres in its lifetime, the Bugatti is offered as an incomplete rolling chassis together with a quantity of non-original body parts. The chassis was restored recently and is presented in excellent condition. Offered with Netherlands registration papers, this Type 57 is a potentially most rewarding project for the Bugatti enthusiast.

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February 3, 2023 Artcurial Retromobile Auction Paris, France

  • 1929 Type 35C Grand Prix, chassis 4920, engine 166, ex Bart Rosman. Estimate 2,500,000 - 3,500,000 €
  • 1929 Type 43, chassis 43303, engine 130, ex Bart Rosman, ex Guillaume Prick. Estimate 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 €
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, Chassis 57432. Estimate 2 - 3 Million €
  • Type 35 project, engine from chassis 4867, ex Bart Rosman, Estimate 80,000 - 120,000 €
  • Many lots of parts from the Bart Rosman collection in another Artcurial auction on February 5

1929 Type 35C Grand Prix, chassis 4920, ex Bart Rosman

  • Unmodified since 1931, unquestionable history
  • Prestigious racing history and drivers including 4th place in the 1929 Monaco GP
  • Ex-Baron George Philippe de Rothschild
  • In the Bart Rosman Collection since 1997
  • No reserve

The 2-litre supercharged engine 166 C was assembled at the factory in May 1928 along with 2-litre engines n°164 to 167 and 2-litre 300 engines n° 168 to 170.
The Type 35C chassis 4920/engine 166 C was delivered to the driver Guy Bouriat on 11 March 1929. He had taken delivery of the Type 35C chassis 4921/171 the day before. The two vehicles were billed to him for 91.500 FF each.

Georges Philippe de ROTHSCHILD (1902-1988)
He was the son of Baron Henri James de Rothschild, the renowned playwright and a doctor by training. From 1922, having been introduced to the racing driver Robert Benoist by his older brother, the young Philippe began motor racing in events such as the Paris-Nice. In 1929, under the pseudonym "Georges Philippe", this amateur driver began Grand Prix motor racing in earnest. Philippe de Rothschild had the two Bugatti Type 35s, at his disposal, delivered by Guy Bouriat at the start of March, for the start of the 1929 season. He made his GP debut at Juan les Pins on 1 April in the car registered 2678 RB 6, chassis 4921, and suffered an accident halfway through the race.

Therefore, for the Monaco Grand Prix on 14 April, he used 4920, its registration number 2677 RB 6 clearly visible in photos. He finished an honourable 4th place behind the Mercedes SSK of Caracciola.
In the first Grand Prix de Bourgogne, held at the circuit in Dijon, on 9 May 1929, the Rothschild team entered both 35Cs, the 4920 (2677 RB 6) for Bouriat and 4921 (2678 RB 6) for Rothschild. Bouriat quickly took the lead and Rothschild managed to follow him, in front of Gauthier. After a battle lasting 3 hours and 47 minutes, Rothschild claimed victory, after Bouriat gave way to his boss and finished a fifth of a second behind in the Bugatti 4920.

The team came together again for the second Bugatti Grand Prix, organised by the Molsheim boss at the Le Mans circuit on 2 June 1929. Bouriat took part in testing in 4920 N° 33 and Rothschild in a new and as yet unregistered 35C N° 34, (probably 4930 bought two weeks earlier). Having broken a rod in his Bugatti, Juan Zanelli acquired 4920 on the weigh-in day from Rothschild who decided to drive his Type 44, while Bouriat moved to the wheel of N°34. Zanelli, who was racing 4920 for the first time, won the Grand Prix. He repeated this feat in 1930, this time at the wheel of 4921 which he also acquired from the Rothschild team, before Hellé Nice took it over for the following two seasons.

In 1929, Guy Bouriat was in charge of Baron de Rothschild's racing team before becoming the director of sales for the new Bugatti showroom at 46, avenue Montaigne. Juan Zanelli (1906-1944), the young Italo-Chilean millionaire and vice-consul for Chile in Nice, had been racing Bugatti since 1926. It is believed he acquired, or was lent for the race, Bugatti 4920, just before the start of the Bugatti Grand Prix held at the circuit at Le Mans on 2 June 1929. The registration plate of the Chilean's winning Bugatti, 2677 RB 6, was clearly visible at the finish. At the Marne GP on 7 July 1929, Zanelli drove Rothschild's other Bugatti 35C, 2678 RB 6, namely 4921, and at San Sebastian on 25 July, Zanelli entered 4921 for Foresti as well as his new 4939, acquired ten days earlier. He appears not to have used 4920 in any other event during 1929.

A life in Lyon.
The Bugatti 35C was registered in the Rhône region with number 7466 PF 1 in March 1930. It was acquired at the end of the 1929 season by a young enthusiast from Lyon, Marcel ROUSSELET (1904-1984). He was born on 24 April 1904 in Cublize, the village where his father worked as a pharmacist. In 1931 he lived at 289, Cours Lafayette with his mother and older brother Jean, who took over the family pharmacy at the same address. By 1933 he was a trainee lawyer at the Court of Appeal in Lyon, and would go on to become a judge. In all likelihood, he bought the Bugatti 35C at the start of 1930, when he was just 25 years old and not yet fully qualified as a lawyer. The purchase of the Bugatti 35C which was under a year old, required funds that probably came from the family. He married in Lyon in February 1939 and was awarded the Liberation medal in 1947. M. Rousselet died in Neuilly sur Seine on 19 July 1984.

As early as 1929, he acquired a Bugatti Type 37A which it is thought Eddoura used for testing during the Laffrey hillclimb on 18 August 1929. Using the pseudonym " Ralph " Rousselet began racing in his 37A from the spring of 1930. He took part in several hillclimbs, at Camp in May, and at Les Alpilles and Val de Cuech in June, again in the 1500cc class. In the summer of 1930, he lent his 2-litre supercharged vehicle, which he had not yet competed in, to the young motorcycle prodigy Eddoura.

Edouard GRAMMONT (1906-1930).
The Grammont business was founded in Pont de Cheruy in 1849. It became one of the largest groups in the world before 1914, comprising factories for wire drawing, foundries, rolling, and later the first underwater telephone cables before finally branching out into rubber and its derivatives. The various factories employed more than 2,000 people and the business continued to operate until the start of the 1960s. Edouard Grammont was born at Château Grammont, the family home in Pont de Cheruy, on 30 January 1906. In July 1919, when he was just 13 years old, Edouard Grammont applied for an automobile driving licence. By 1920, he was already riding around on a 4 HP Koehler Escoffier. In June 1922 " Eddoura " made his first appearance, finishing 5th in Moto Club Lyon's kilometre sprint on a Koehler Escoffier. He had his first win the same year, on 24 September in the Planfoy hillclimb, competing in the 750cc class. The following year, in the same event, he set the outright record time. The young prodigy continued to clock up victories and on 18 August 1929, he set the outright record for the Laffrey hillclimb. He had familiarised himself with the route by driving day and night, at the wheel of a 37A, probably Rousselet's.

From September 1926, the grounds of the château Grammont resonated to the sound of Bugatti on an improvised circuit at the property. The young Edouard, who had just turned 20 years old, drove a Brescia and a Type 37, probably bought new. At the start of the 1930 season, Marcel Rousselet decided to put his faith in the young motorcycling prodigy and entrusted him with a drive in his powerful supercharged Bugatti 2-litre. At the Lyon Grand Prix on 15 June 1930, Eddoura, competing in the 2-litre class, in the 35C 4920, was classified 6th despite retiring on the 24th lap.

On 20 July, Eddoura, driving the 35C, set the fastest time and the outright record for the race at Baraque, completing 10km in 5 min 44 sec at an average speed of 104,651 km/h. On 10 August 1930, the spirited driver lined up for the start at the Circuit du Dauphiné in Grenoble. Some of the best Bugatti drivers were amongst his competitors. On the first lap, Etancelin was in the lead with Eddoura second, followed by Lehoux who took over the lead in the fourth lap. On the sixth lap, Eddoura beat his own lap record at 127 km/h and overtook Etancelin, before running in first place during a pit stop by Lehoux. A few laps later, while overtaking Savora in his 2-litre Bugatti at the end of the straight, Eddoura caught his front left wheel. The driver was thrown out and died instantly, while the 35C rolled three times, hit a tree and came to rest on the rails of the tram line. The remains of the car were picked up along the entire length of Me. Delamarche's property. Photos show it was only the rear of the car that was completely destroyed. The radiator, bonnet, engine and bulkhead appear to have been left intact. The chassis was totally bent and the axle broken. An imposing monument in Eddoura's memory was erected on the site of the accident from a subscription made by the Moto Club Dauphinois. The brothers Jan & Joel Martel made four bronze plaques, recounting Eddoura's victories and passions. The Grammont family reimbursed M. Rousselet for the full cost of the car.

For the 1932 season, Rousselet - alias Ralph - got his Bugatti 35C back, which had been completely rebuilt by the factory at Molsheim. He participated in the Camp hillclimb, winning the 2-litre class. On 5 June, he was second in Les Alpilles hillclimb. He also took part in the race at Klausen in Switzerland on 7 August 1932.
Race results for 'Ralph' in 1932 :

  • 24 April : Camp hillclimb : 1st in 2 litres.
  • 5 June : Les Alpilles : 2nd.
  • 7 August Klausen : 2nd in 2 litres.
  • 4 September Mont Ventoux : winner in 2 litres.
At the start of the season in 1933, he registered for the Val de Cuech event on 30 April, in the 2-litre class, but it appears he didn't take part. He used his 1500cc at Les Alpilles, Nîmes, La Baraque and finally Ventoux which would be his last competitive event in a Bugatti. He came off the road at the Saint-Estèphe bend and after that, Rousselet alias 'Ralph' took no further part in racing.
However, he kept his Bugattis for a while longer. On 7 October 1936, the last Lyon owner following Rousselet registered the 35C for a two week period, still with the number 7466 PF 1.
This was likely to have been an automobile dealer as, on 19 October the Bugatti was registered in Ain. This was in the name of Claudius Triffe, a grocer from the village of Hauteville, with the registration number 7997 AB 2. In 1923, his mechanics workshop had been declared bankrupt and in 1928, he sold a furniture business. He was no more than an intermediary in the sale of the Bugatti which he kept for under a week. On 24 October 1936, the Bugatti returned to the Rhône department with the number 954 PF 8. Details of the owner are unknown as police records were destroyed.

The Bugatti 35C has probably not left the city of light and was re-registered in the new system on 11 July 1955, given the number 6397 AM 69. Around 1960, a young enthusiast by the name of Antoine Toti, confided to his friend Michel Payet, that he knew of a racing Bugatti that he hoped to recover. Toti told the Bugattist Bernard Viallon that he had got the information from his uncle Nazare Toti, the talented mechanic for the Malartre collection in Rochetaillé sur Saône since 1952. The car was believed to belong to a coal merchant by the name of Girard, whose company was located at the quays in Gerland in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. The wholesale coal company supplied heating coal for the entire Lyon conurbation, and occupied these premises between 1946 and 1964. The date the company was sold may correspond to the purchase of the Bugatti, as it is believed that Antoine Toti, then 54 years of age, succeeded in acquiring the car in 1964. The vehicle was registered at his address, 12 rue du Repos Lyon VII, on 11 May 1965. Bernard Viallon came to work on the car in Toti's hangar in Corbas around 1983. He was asked to adjust the valves, but only the engine was made accessible to him. He was not allowed to uncover the rest of the car. After a week's work, the Bugatti was running again and was driven around the yard before being put away again for another fifteen years. Bernard Viallon remembers that the front axle was chrome with front and rear clips conforming to a 1931 Type 51. This is logical as the rebuild following the accident must have taken place that year.

The car was sold by Antoine Toti on 26 September 1997 to the Dutch collector Bart Rosman through the dealers Bruno Vendiesse and Jaap Braam Ruben.

The current vehicle :
We know that the original chassis, frame 617, assembled at the start of 1929, was destroyed in the accident in August 1930. It was replaced by the factory with a new frame, number 669, dating from the end of 1930. In photos taken after the accident, we can see that the front of the vehicle remained intact. The bonnet and dashboard were not damaged. The number of the current gearbox, 427, suggests this must be the original one. The axle was replaced in 1930 with case number 395, again by the factory. The rest of the body, including the fuel tank and all other parts that were damaged in the accident were replaced during the winter of 1930, and are therefore period parts supplied by the factory. Today, the car is in the exact configuration that it was after its retirement from racing with Ralph at the end of the 1932 season.

#4920 has been raced by such prestigious drivers as Guy Bouriat, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Juan Zanelli, Eddoura, and Ralph with notable successes in major events. It is one of the best preserved and most original and authentic Type 35Cs to survive, one of just 55 examples produced between the spring of 1927 and the summer of 1930. A thoroughbred of this kind rarely comes up for auction, the stables containing them jealously guarded by their enlightened owners.

Some might have been tempted to keep such a masterpiece under wraps in the hushed confines of a heated garage, but Bart Rosman was not such a man. His training as an engineer and decades of mechanical experience, especially with Bugatti, meant that his cars were always ready to go, with meticulously assembled and tuned engines. This 35C was the perfect illustration of his know-how and philosophy: a true race car, he used it as such, at 100% of its capacities, even using a mixture of petrol and methanol as was the practice in competition at the time. During the various Historic Monaco Grand Prix in which he took part at the wheel, the car's performance, combined with the excellent driving skills of its driver, left a lasting impression. Never driven, but always driven, this fabulous 35 is just waiting to be put back on the track, it will have to benefit from a careful restart after a few years of disuse. It comes with a lot of parts including a front axle, a stone guard, an incomplete engine whose lower crankcase will have to be repaired, 2 seats and a consequent backrest.
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1929 Type 43, chassis 43303, ex Bart Rosman, ex Guillaume Prick

  • Fascinating history, ex-Guillaume Prick, ex-Pim Hascher
  • Unquestionable authenticity, one of the best 43s
  • One of the best models built by Bugatti
  • In the Bart Rosman Collection for 15 years
  • No reserve

The Bugatti Type 43 we are presenting has the advantage of a continuous history which shows that it has remained completely authentic. This is confirmed by the study below by the Bugatti specialist Pierre-Yves Laugier.

Engine no. 130 was assembled at the works on 9 September 1928, but it was only at the end of 1929 that the chassis with engine no. 130 was dispatched from Molsheim to the showroom on the avenue Montaigne in Paris. And so, on 25 November 1929, the car, with the chassis plate 43297, arrived in the capital. It is possible that it remained in stock for some time, on display or as a demonstrator, before returning to Molsheim. On 29 January 1931, with its definitive chassis number 43303, it was sent by train to Zurich on behalf of the company B.U.C.A.R. It remained in stock there for another few years, possibly in the free zone in the firm's premises at Saint-Louis (near Basel) as it was not cleared through customs in Switzerland.
It was only in 1934 that the torpedo GS 43303/130 was sold to the Bugatti dealer in Amsterdam, H. van Ramshorst, whose garage C.V. Albatros was located at 21-27 Pieter Baststraat. A Dutch insurance document even mentions 1932 as the year in which it left the factory.

The car's first private buyer was an amateur Dutch racing driver and pilot, Johannes-Willem Rens, who was quite a character. He was born in 1896 into a Dutch colonial family, whose company Fuchs & Rens distributed Chrysler, de Soto, Plymouth and Renault in the Dutch East Indies and also had a branch in Amsterdam. The family returned to Holland in 1902 and Rens had an eventful life in Brazil and then in Canada, serving a few months in prison for desertion, before his first marriage in 1919 and then a second in 1931 to a young woman from Burgundy, Georgette Gatheron, who held shares with him in a garage in Calais. They were a colourful couple, as in October 1934 Georgette shot him in the jaw with a revolver before he shot her in the foot.

As a result, they separated in January 1935 and Rens instituted legal proceedings to reclaim his shares in the garage in Calais which he ran jointly with a M. Rejeange. He returned to Holland for good and it was at this point that he expressed his interest in the Bugatti Type 43, which was for sale at van Ramshorst's Albatros garage. Rens started by renting the car from 10 May to 1 July 1935 and insured it for the substantial sum of 225 florins. He was then supposed to buy the car for 4000 florins.

Rens asked van Ramshorst to convert the Type 43 3/4-seat torpedo into a two-seater, most likely for tax reasons. The modification was carried out on 4 June 1935, but instead of being shortened, the car was fitted with a (removable) metal panel covering the rear seats. The panel can be clearly seen in family photographs from the time. The car was also fitted with a bonnet strap and stone guard.

The insurer J.-Herm Schroder recorded the registration number GZ 17555 for the insurance policy on 5 September 1935; the vehicle licensing records for Amsterdam also indicate that this number was transferred to Rens on 16 May 1935 at his address at 102 Euterpestraat.

Rens held out the promise to van Ramshorst of the French inheritance - his shares in the garage - he was due to receive. His lawyer was none other than the best man at his wedding in Paris, Maître Raymond Hubert, a leading barrister who had pleaded in the Stavisky affair. One wonders how he had become friends with the infamous Dutchman. Before the affair was settled, Rens managed in May 1936 to get his mother to pay for his latest fad, a secondhand Bugatti Type 51, which would be seized in 1938.

In April 1940, he tried to serve his country courageously by asking the Secretary of the Swedish Legation for the possibility of enlisting as a pilot instructor in the service of the Swedish government, pointing out his perfect knowledge of German, English, French and Dutch, but it does not seem that he was able to obtain this assignment.

On 17 August 1941, after a wild rant in front of one of his neighbours in Amsterdam with a revolver in his hand, he was arrested and sent to the Gross Rosen concentration camp at Rogoznica in Poland. He died there on 9 April 1942.

Meanwhile, the Type 43 had been sold in spring 1939 to Bernard Cramer, the heir to a long line of Dutch industrialists who produced paper and cigars. Rens put a fanciful value of 3000 florins on his Bugatti, but Cramer finally bought it on 10 March 1939 for 475 florins plus his Hillman taken in part-exchange. The record from the Albatros garage states: "IR. B. Cramer Heerde-Ende Wapenveld (Gelderland) - Bugatti and chassis/engine 43303 'mit kompressor'".

In December 1939, Cramer bought a secondhand supercharger, no. 154, and had some work carried out on the car. According to the recollections of some local people, however, Cramer's young wife could not stand the noise the Bugatti made and he soon had to sell it back to the Albatros garage. As the marriage between Bernard Cramer and Anna Catharina van Marle was celebrated at Wapenveld on 4 August 1942, it may be assumed that the Bugatti was sold around then.

The Type 43 torpedo joined the stock of at least ten Bugattis tucked away in large premises known as 'The Temple', next to the Obrechtkerk church in Amsterdam. In an old photograph showing the Bugattis in this secret location, the Type 43 torpedo can be seen second from the left. It was registered in the name of van Ramshorst's garage as G 70670.

The hiding-place was kept secret through the war, and in 1950 van Ramshorst decided to shorten the Type 43 chassis to race it at Zandvoort. Several photographs show the modified car in the streets of Amsterdam, with the registration plates G 274, and then with the racing number 40 driven by van Ramshorst at Zandvoort.

A year later, the car was sold to the Bugatti enthusiast Guillaume Prick in a purchase agreement dated 16 July 1951. Prick registered the car as P 5198 and christened it 'Prima Donna'. In his ownership, the torpedo became part of the origin of Bugatti's legend in Europe, as from 1951 Prick spread his gospel at circuits and on rallies across the continent. For him, the world had begun the year in which the founder of the Molsheim company was born!

Prick founded the Dutch Bugatti Club in 1956 and also contributed to the creation of the Bugatti Club Deutschland that year. The car travelled to Ermenonville for the 1958 Rallye, then to Molsheim in 1961 for the Rallye International. Prick also went to Alsace as often as possible, bringing with him the first Bugatti collectors. For more than 30 years, he drove his Type 43 all around Europe; it was sold by his family the year after his death.

It was bought by Pim Hascher, an unconventional collector born into a family of musicians in Leiden; he became the proud owner of the Type 43 torpedo on 13 October 1984 and registered it as PX-51-RG. Hascher had driven Bugattis since the start of the 1950s, first a Chevrolet-engined Type 40 and then, from 1953, a Type 37. But for him, the Type 43 was the final stage in his initiation into the legend of Bugatti, the design of whose engines was instrumental in the revelation he experienced.

On 9 February 2008, at Bonhams' auction at Rétromobile, the Type 43 torpedo was sold to the engineer and Bugatti historian Bart Rosman for 1,327,500 €. The car joined his collection, which had long included a Type 40 GS, a Type 37, a rare 35C and a Touring-bodied Ferrari 340 America Barchetta.

Today, we can make the following observations based on an examination of the Type 43. The original chassis plate is engraved '43303 Bas Rhin', as it is a car sold after 1929. Engraved by the Dutch authorities, the plate shows the number 43303 in place of the engine number and below it the capacity of 2246 cc. There is no number visible on the front axle, which had been chromium-plated, but the chassis number 43303 and engine number 130 are present on the sump.

According to the notes from the factory, the original crankshaft was no. 165. It has not been possible to check whether this was noted when the engine was stripped down. The gearbox and its casing are numbered 131, and the strut 132.

The original rear axle, no. 132, was swapped for no. 52 from the Type 43 chassis no. 43196 which Prick also owned in the 1960s. No. 43196 still has the rear axle no. 132 previously fitted to chassis no. 43303. Bart Rosman and the other owner intended to refit these parts to their original chassis. The original, shortened chassis frame is no. 131.

Pierre-Yves Laugier, December 2022

Combining the performance of a Bugatti 35 B with the comfort of a touring torpedo body, the 43 Grand Sport was one of the best models produced by the marque from Molsheim. We had the pleasure of spending several hours test driving this example, which can be considered one of the best performing cars in circulation today. In fact, beneath the superb patina of its bodywork, the mechanics are set up optimally, the result of a lifetime of observation and working on Bugatti. The car's acceleration is impressive, accompanied by the exhilarating roar of its supercharged 8-cylinder engine. Every start feels like the start of a Grand Prix, while the powerful braking allows full use of the car's capabilities. It is clear that in 1929, there wasn't a road in Europe that allowed you to exploit to the max the potential of such a car, which could be compared retrospectively to the philosophy of Supercars. Today, Prima Donna remains, more than ever, an invitation to take to the road, for no particular reason other than the chance to enjoy its performance and its fascinating history, etched into every detail of its bodywork.

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1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, Chassis 57432
This is a car with a complete and fascinating history, and it was used for what it was intended: to be driven.

The first owner Charles Olivero used it for various rallies: the Rally des Alpes (with a female friend Daisy), the Rally de Monte Carlo and the Liège Rome Liège (both with his brother Jean).

The second owner was a famous pilot Leon Givon, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean (but alas after Charles Lindbergh had managed to do it in the other direction) and who used it extensively.

The third owner wanted to have a new Atalante after the war but as the factory could not build one anymore, he had this car restored to ‘as new’ with a new engine and gearbox, a closed more ‘modern‘ aerodynamic body (mince coupe fermé) and he renumbered it. The rebuild took ten months and cost more than a new car and as such was called ‘the Millionen auto’ (after the money).

It saved the life of the fourth owner and his wife when he had to flee the Congo (on that day over 70 Belgians were killed in an uprising by the rebels).

The car was restored back to its original shape in the early nineties when its original chassis number was retrieved (as a result of the research of Pierre Yves Laugier).

The last two decades the caretaker of "57432" was a well-known Bugatti Historian.

This car had a real life but it has kept its soul!

Article in the Bugatti Revue: The history of Bugatti Type 57 Atalante "Toit Ouvrant", chassis nr. 57432

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Type 35 project, engine from chassis 4867, ex Bart Rosman

  • Numerous original parts, including engine
  • Project almost complete with French title
  • No reserve

It was around 1984 that Bart Rosman bought a collection of original Bugatti 35 parts from Bernard Viallon, the well-known haulier and collector from Meurthe-et-Moselle. The parts included a cam box (no. 85), a steering box, a complete gearbox (no. 186) from A.F. Loyens' stock in Luxembourg, a rear axle (14x54) from Antoine Raffaelli's stock, a front axle, a clutch, a steering wheel, an oil pump and a water pump, as well as various items including brake compensators.

To this collection is added a rebuilt chassis (probably by Eysseric at Nyons), a radiator and stone guard, apparently from A.F. Loyens' stock, the pointed aluminium tail section of the body, as well as the scuttle, both of them remanufactured, while the bonnet appears to be original. The floor pans are also present, as are four detachable rim wheels with large drum brakes, shod with tyres, four wheel hubs, four brake flanges and the brake shoes. The engine, with the number 4867 on the lower sump, is currently being assembled, and the crankshaft, conrods, pistons, new valves and valve springs are all present. This lot also includes a roughcast throttle body, a Bosch 8-cylinder magneto, some spring leaves, a remanufactured fuel tank and many other valuable parts, either original or remade after much careful thought. This can be seen in the seat squab and backrest, the pair of Marchal headlamps with their supports or the fuel filler cap. This collection of parts, coming with a French title, is exceptional in terms both of its quality and its completeness, as so few items appear to be missing.

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February 5, 2023 Artcurial Retromobile Auction: Sale Racing, Flying & Yachting Paris, France

Many of the Bart Rosman collection will be sold in this auction, not the cars which will be sold on February 3, but many lots of spare parts, mostly type 35 and type 37 Bugatti.
Apart from the items from the Rosman collection, there will be many more interesting things for sale, like the drawing above. Seems to be a waterpump?

  • Dessin de construction
  • Type 57, overhaul instructions booklet and spare parts catalogue
  • Bugatti Baby Replica
  • Three carburettors
  • A large set of counters and gauges
  • Lot including 2 magnetos, 5 ignitors, 1 starter, 1 dynamo
  • Lot including fuel parts, filters and pumps
  • Two bronze Zénith carburettors type 48K741
  • Scintilla magneto Type AM8-S
  • Lot of Bugatti wooden casting moulds and patterns, water pumps a.o.
  • Lot of mechanical parts notably for Bugatti 35/43 including 5 cylinder blocks, rods, pistons, bearings, valves, etc
  • Various mechanical and spare parts presumed to Bugatti type 40, some refurbished, including 2 rims, 3 cylinder blocks, 2 tyres, a wooden dashboard, etc.
  • Bugatti cast iron vice replica with a pair of replica legs
  • Bugatti Touring aluminium 4-speed gearbox, #151, complete
  • Various Bugatti mechanical and spare parts including nuts and bolts, camshafts, clutch, engine plate, etc.
  • Bugatti Touring aluminium 4-speed gearbox, #744, partly complete and dismantled
  • Five Scintilla magnetos "Vertex"
  • Three Scintilla magnetos "Vertex"

All parts are sold as is, without reserves. Estimates seem to be quite low, though of course the condition is unknown.

Please note that the lots in this collection will not be exhibited at Rétromobile but will be visible by appointment only Wednesday 25 January 2023 in Tremblay-en-France (93290).

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February 1-5, 2023 Retromobile Paris, France

As usual, there will be stands like those of Ivan Dutton, William I'Anson, the French Bugatti Club with Bugatti's.

However, this year Jaap Braam Ruben of Fineautomobiles will host a large stand with Bugatti's only!

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March 27, 2023 Osenat Auction Fontainebleau, France

  • 1934 Bugatti type 57 stelvio, chassis 57109, Estimate: 500 000 - 600 000 €?

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June 3 - 4, 2023 InterClassics Days of Elegance Chateau St Gerlach, Valkenburg, Netherlands

Days of Elegance made its debut in 2022 and we’re already looking forward to 2023’s instalment.

Held in the impressive grounds of Château St Gerlach, 2022’s concours classes included Elegant Tourers, Racing Legends, and Future Classics & Supercars – and they featured some real treats such as a coachbuilt Delage D6 and a stunning Lancia Astura Roadster.

Visitors can expect a gala evening, classic rally, daytime picnics and plenty of charming classics.

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June 19 - 24, 2023 International Bugatti Meeting Engelberg, Switzerland

The IBM 2023 will take place in Engelberg from 19.06. - 24.06.2023.

Participants will arrive Sunday, June 18th.

We look forward to welcome around 80 Bugatti teams in central Switzerland. The registration forms will be available in the beginning of November.

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September 10-17, 2023 Bugatti Rally Solo Brescia Darovanský Dvůr, Czechia

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