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September 17, 2014

Help find the stolen baby!

A baby Bugatti replica belonging to The Strojer Collection in Denmark has been stolen. The little car had temporally been exhibited in the front window of a local fashion shop. The thieves smashed the window at night and took away the kids car which usually was to be seen alongside a full size Type 37 GP rep. in the Collection. Thousands of visitors must have seen the small car which for nearly 15 years has been one of the attractions of the Strøjer Collection.

The car was commissioned by Jørgen Strøjer Hansen in 1999 and was constructed in Denmark with utmost accuracy to replicate the original baby Bugattis built by the Bugatti factory. All materials are as originally – i.e. steel chassis, aluminium castings, axles, and hand formed aluminium bodywork by Peel. The body is fitted with Bugatti body screws wire locked with copper wire. The alu wheels are from Crosthwaite with tyres of beefier section giving the car an easily recognizable feature. The little radiator is in polished brass giving it yet another unique feature. Many photos from the build exist and can be provided in case anyone should see it offered for sale.

Well, somebody might offer this replica to some Bugatti enthusiast, if so, please contact Mr. Hansen through me

September 11, 2014

Stunning original Bugatti Atalante at new Chantilly concours

Original title: Delahaye is best of show at astounding new French concours The inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance took place just north of Paris on 7 September in the sprawling grounds and stunning manicured gardens of the imposing chateau. The scale of the event, which was larger than many had anticipated, was matched by the quality of cars that made the journey to Picardie – in particular, the 1937 Delahaye 135M that scooped the top award.

A triumphant Peter Mullin accepted the Best of Show award for his stunning French-built deco beauty. Surprisingly, it was to a backdrop of largely empty seats, which were free for all visitors to use, in contrast to other concours' that reserve such good views for VIPs. Equality and egalitarianism are alive and well in France.

Fittingly for a new French concours, the headline class was dedicated to the country's most revered pre-war manufacturer, Bugatti. A 1930 Type 41 Royale Coupé from the former Schlumpf Collection stole the show for many, as it took pride of place on its own stand in the courtyard of the chateau, But it was the 1938 Type 57C Atalante of Henri Chambon that drew the crowds on the lower part of the display. See also above

The car was entered into the Tribute to Bugatti class, though its original condition – complete with cracked windscreen and a healthy coating of dust – outshone many in the Untouched Cars class, picking up an award in the process.

A 1933 Type 55 with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork also proved popular with visitors, and was mobbed throughout the afternoon. It was brought to the event from the United States by The Revs Institute.

The original article, with more photo's of other cars, can be found on

September 11, 2014
Auction results

RM Auctions, Hampton Court Palace, London, UK, September 8, 2014 :

Thanks to Christophe Chanterault

September 11, 2014

Bugatti 100P airplane and replica featured in Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine

The article in the September issue of Air & Space Magazine is titled: "Aviation’s Sexiest Racer, Ettore Bugatti built fast cars — and just one airplane." and was written by Preston Lerner.

The complete article can be read online, and includes various photographs.

Go to to read the article (3 pages, one has to click through).

Also on the same site are various sketches and drawings of the Bugatti 100P airplane.

August 19, 2014
Auction results

RM Auctions, Pebble Beach, Monterey, USA, August 15 - 16, 2014 :

Gooding & Company Auction, Pebble Beach, Monterey, USA, August 16 - 17, 2014:

No surprise results, all results for the classic Bugattis are more towards the lower end of their price estimates or just below. Will we be seeing some kind of price drop?

Thanks to Christophe Chanterault

August 15, 2014
Bugatti wins Best of Show - European - at 2014 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s Inn

The 2014 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s Inn, located in Plymouth, Michigan, was held on Sunday, July 27th. The 36th annual running of the event marked the fourth year at its new home after moving from Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. More than 250 vehicles were on display on a part of the 27-hole golf course located at the Inn.

Highlights and special classes covered the evolution of the sports car, the visionary designs of Virgil Exner, Jet Age pick-ups from the fifties and sixties and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini. In addition, there was a full field of the traditional concours fare comprised of American and European brass, antique and classic cars.

The highlight of the event was the awarding of the best-in-show trophys, one to an American vehicle and the other to a foreign vehicle. The Best in Show – American was won by a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria owned by William and Barbara Parfet of Hickory Corners, Michigan. Best in Show – Foreign went to a 1939 Bugatti T57C Cabriolet (CHassis 57819) from the Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky.

The 1932 Duesenberg wearing coachwork by Walter M. Murphy is believed to be one of the earliest Convertible Victoria bodys to be built on a Model J chassis. The 1939 Bugatti T57C when new was fitted with very distinctive coachwork by Voll & Ruhrbeck, a German coachbuilder. Two of its styling elements of interest are the unusual art moderne style grille and the peaked and razor-edged rear fenders.

August 9, 2014
Auction result

Bonhams auction: Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, June 27, 2014 (prices including premium)

August 8, 2014
Bugatti Queen's Bugatti to star at Pebble Beach

A 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix car belonging to so-called 'Bugatti Queen' model, dancer and racing driver, Hellé Nice is set to steal the limelight at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale, taking place on 16-17 August. It is expected to fetch up to $3.5m.

The Bugatti was purchased by Nice when it was three years old and was used extensively throughout the 1920s. It features a supercharged 2292cc straight-eight engine capable of producing 130bhp and propelling the car to over 130mph. The right-hand-drive car has been restored several times, most recently being repainted from French Racing Blue to its original shade of Taupe.

Nice was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word, becoming a successful racing driver after being inspired by Charlotte Versigny, who had campaigned a Talbot in 1927. Two years later Nice won an all-female Grand Prix at Montlhéry at the wheel of an Omega-Six, and in the process set a new Land Speed Record for women.

Her relationship with Phillippe de Rothschild led her to be introduced to Ettore Bugatti, which in turn resulted in her piloting the Type 35C in five Grands Prix in France.

Countless hillclimbs and sprints followed, as did an outing on the Monte-Carlo Rally, before she suffered a serious accident at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix in 1936, in which she was thrown from her car and several spectators were killed.

Though the trauma of the accident undoubtedly affected the star, it was the Second World War that would effectively end her career. In 1949 she was accused of being a Gestapo agent by Grand Prix driver Louis Chiron. Despite his lack of evidence, it resulted in her never driving competitively again.


August 8, 2014
Pebble Beach: Bugatti celebrates the world première of the final Legend “Ettore Bugatti”

Molsheim, 07 August 2014.

As part of the Monterey Car Week (11 – 17 August), Bugatti is celebrating the conclusion of its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” edition (Bugatti Legends). One year ago, Bugatti launched the exclusive model series during the Monterey Car Week at the well-known and attended automotive events “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” and “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance” with the first Legend. This year, the crowning conclusion will be held on August 15 at the same location with the world première of the company’s sixth Legend. It honors Ettore Bugatti, founder and patron of the brand, and is based on the historical model Type 41 Royale. As with the five previous Legends, only three of the final Legends model will be produced. It costs €2.35 million net. Bugatti is presenting all six Bugatti Legends together for the first and only time.

“Ettore Bugatti is our ‘patron’. His demand that an automobile be a perfect harmony of technology and aesthetics still applies to us today,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “Ettore Bugatti always strived for the creation of a total work of art. His ideas and vehicles set the foundation stone for an automobile brand that was lauded then and now as the most valuable in the world. Ettore Bugatti himself is a legend. It was clear from the start that we should dedicate the final Legends model to him personally.”

Ettore Bugatti is one of the most important figures of the automotive world in the 20th century. He knew how to combine his family’s rich artistic heritage with his technological ideas and succeeded in creating the foundation for a design language that shaped the brand for years to come and made it unmistakable. The brand’s values of “Art, Forme, Technique” define this unique approach. Under his leadership, vehicles were produced that were ahead of their times both technically and stylistically, and are today highly valued collectors’ items. Two such vehicles are the Type 57 SC Atlantic and the unforgettable Type 41 Royale that Ettore Bugatti built as the most powerful and luxurious car of its time. It also serves as the historical basis for this Bugatti Legend. The lightweight construction designs of the 1920s, such as the Type 13 “Brescia” or the Type 35 – which was one of the most successful racing cars in motor sport history with 2,000 victories and podium finishes – are further notable representatives of the brand.

One-off presentation of all six Legends at Pebble Beach

Alongside the world première of the Ettore Bugatti Legend, for the first and only time, Bugatti will be presenting all six models of the Legends Edition on Friday, August 15 at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” and also on Sunday, August 17 at the “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance”.

The Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti”

The “Ettore Bugatti” Legend is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse1, as are all the other Legends. The super sports car is powered by a 1,200 PS, 8-litre W16 engine that transmits an unequalled 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm to the tarmac and rockets it from zero to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h (254 MPH) with the roof down, the Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster ever built.

Design – pure image

“The legend’s design is dedicated to Ettore Bugatti’s passion for the unusual in automobile construction. One of his masterpieces – the Type 41 Royale – never fails to impress and inspire with its mere presence,” explains Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer at Bugatti. “Ettore liked to describe his creations as ‘Pur Sang’, as thoroughbreds. In dedicating this Bugatti Legend to him, we are staying true to his philosophy of aesthetically functional beauty for the automobile by using pure and natural materials such as polished aluminium and the finest cordovan leather.”

A body of clear-coated carbon and hand-polished aluminium Exterior. The design of the carbon body of the Legends model “Ettore Bugatti” is based on a 1932 Type 41 Royale with the chassis number 41111 and sports a “yin-yang” color split.

The front part is made of hand-polished aluminium and finished with a clear coating. Bugatti is the only manufacturer to use clear-coated aluminium on a production vehicle. For the first time, this material is used for the entire front and side panels including the bonnet, the mirror bases and housings, the exterior door handles and the corners of the bumpers, the wings, the doors and the regions just behind them, the so-called “medallions” (in French). The vehicle’s rear, sill panels and A-pillar trims are finished with dark-blue exposed carbon.

Based on one of the most famous wheel rim designs in automotive history, the polished, diamond-cut wheel rims were specially developed for this vehicle and color-coordinated with a dark-blue finish. The eight-spoke wheel was created by Ettore Bugatti who was looking for a light wheel for his racing cars, like the famous Type 35. Ettore Bugatti thus made a decisive contribution to the development of the aluminium wheel in automobile manufacture. The new wheel rim design on the Vitesse Legend therefore carries the name “Ettore Bugatti.”

The distinctive Bugatti horseshoe and the EB logo at the rear shine out in platinum and underscore the gleaming exterior appearance of this Bugatti Legend.

The signature of the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti is engraved into the tank and oil cap and painted in silver.

Finest cordovan leather in the vehicle interior Interior. Bugatti is using two types of leather for the first time in the “Ettore Bugatti” Legend. Traditional calf’s leather – here in a natural brown (Brun Cavalier) – is used throughout the vehicle interior. Those parts that are typically touched by hand including the steering wheel rim, gear lever, door handles, centre console armrest and door handle recesses, the switches in the door trims and in the roof module are all jacketed in an exclusive, natural cordovan leather. Bugatti is using this skilfully created leather – the tanning process alone takes around six months – for the first time. It is typically used for high-quality shoes and is particularly durable and sure to the touch.

The exterior’s blue exposed carbon is present again in the vehicle interior, such as in the door trims and cover of the rear centre box, perfectly complemented by the seats’ dark-blue seams. The eye-catching feature of the interior is the platinum-coated dancing elephant, that is inset in the cover of the rear centre box and reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale. The figure was originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt.

Other well-known Legends features have also been included in this vehicle, namely the “Brun Cavalier” leather-clad insert in the centre console extension which bears the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” nameplate and the relief of the dancing elephant as well as the door sills bearing the portrait and signature of Ettore Bugatti.

Ettore Bugatti – automotive pioneer and legend

Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti – his full name – was born in Milan on 15 September 1881, the second child of this highly creative family. His parents hoped that he would pursue an artistic career like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he became fascinated with technology, leaving the “Accademia die Belle Arti di Brera” in Milan to begin, at 17, an apprenticeship in a bicycle/tricycle factory. There he built his first motorized tricycle, and soon thereafter his first automobile. The construction was so remarkable that it earned him a prize at an internationally recognised exhibition in Milan. In the following year, he moved to Niederbronn in Alsace, where the manufacturer De Dietrich, impressed with Bugatti’s first construction, trusted him with the management of automobile manufacture. Ettore Bugatti developed new models and took part in several car races until 1904. After leaving De Dietrich & Cie, he took on a number of jobs in automobile construction, including a job at the Deutz gas engine factory in Cologne in September 1907. At this time, Bugatti privately developed a very light vehicle, the Type 10, which he built a little later under his own name.

He left Deutz in 1909 and leased the empty buildings of a former dyeworks factory in Molsheim (Alsace) and founded his own automotive company. Production of the T13 began and grew year by year.

Thereafter came other light sports cars and an entry into motor racing. Bugatti enjoyed racing successes at Le Mans in 1920 and four times at Brescia in 1921. He built the famous Type 35 Grand Prix car in 1925, an automobile that won an incredible 412 races in only its first nine months. It was during these years that production of those automobiles people associate with the Bugatti brand was begun. Racing, sport and touring cars of their quality can hardly be found from any other factory. The prototype for the kingly limousine was produced in 1926: the Type 41 Royale.

Ettore was a versatile inventor. He not only built cars but also dedicated some of his time to the construction of trains, aeroplanes and boats. So it was that Royale engines were produced for the new high-speed train for French railways in Molsheim at the beginning of the 1930s.

Production of the Type 57 began in 1934. This best-selling touring car’s body was designed by Ettore’s son Jean. Ettore handed over day-to-day running of the business to Jean in 1936, by which time his son had made a name for himself as an exceptionally gifted designer. Ettore’s hopes for the future of the company rested on his son’s shoulders. Tragically, Jean died in an automobile accident in 1939, a heavy blow for Ettore that also had consequences for the company. Ettore Bugatti died from complications arising from pneumonia on 21 August 1947 in Paris. His business was closed upon sale of the company at the beginning of the 1960s. It was not until Volkswagen acquired the brand rights in 1998 and began development of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 that the foundations for a sustainable and successful continuation of the brand were laid.

Ettore Bugatti’s legacy is still present today and lives on in the brand.

The Type 41 Royale – automotive icon and “vehicle of kings” As a young man, Ettore Bugatti had always dreamt of building the most powerful and luxurious production car the world had ever seen. It was not until 1926 that he was able to turn his dream into a reality. With the acclaimed Type 41 Royale, he created a car that was in a league of its own in terms of performance, size, comfort, quality and elegance. For its prototype, Ettore designed an 8-cylinder in-line engine with an overhead camshaft, a capacity of almost 15 liters and a monolithic head and engine block. The production version had a 12.7-liter engine with the three valves per cylinder that were typical for Bugatti at that time. The engine produced around 300 PS at less than 2,000 rpm. The Royale is also regal in size: measuring approximately 6.5m long and 4.3m across the wheelbase, it weighs around 3 tonnes (approx. 6,600 lbs.) and boasts a 190-liter tank. The car’s crowning glory is its radiator cap which features an elephant sculpture created by Rembrandt Bugatti, Ettore’s brother. This elephant has since become a symbol that is synonymous with the Bugatti brand to this day. The difficult economic conditions in Europe and America at the time meant that Ettore was unable to achieve his goal of producing the 25 vehicles that he had intended to sell to various royal families and heads of state. Only six vehicles were built and all of them still exist today.

Comment from BugattiPage: To be honest, I do not see any Ettore Bugatti in this "Legend". The famous Royale 41111 had a body designed by Jean, and the elephant was by Rembrandt. I wonder who on earth could sell this as an Ettore Bugatti "Legend". And for that, what's most legendary to the car is of course it's price tag. That is where it resembles the Royale.

Probably the only thing about this Legend that Ettore himself might like, is the drawing below, of a race against a horse!

June 28, 2014
Klampenborg Classic Motor Meeting, Denmark – The first Bugatti exhibition

Sunday 1st June marked the 30th anniversary or the popular Classic Meeting at a horse race track North of Copenhagen. As a special feature a small and exclusive Bugatti exhibition was held for the first time showing 4 rarely seen cars from a very limited number of Danish owned Bugattis.

Something new
Untiring initiative taker to Klampenborg Classics, Kim Polte, says: We wanted to maintain the traditional concept of a nice Sunday out yet add something new. The idea erupted as a very special Grand Prix Bugatti returned to Denmark from 6 years of restoration abroad. What better place to present it than at our meeting!

Rarely seen cars
At the same time it is a well known secret that there are about a dozen rarely seen Bugattis in Denmark. Wouldn´t it be nice if we could persuade some of them out of hiding? Teaming up with Henrik Schou-Nielsen for layout and production we succeeded in bringing out 4 Bugattis for this special Sunday. More were hoped for, but some were in stages of restoration, others had not moved for years, and one was away rallying in France.

93 year old owner
The best story was Mrs Hauberg who brought out her well patinated Type 40 Jean Bugatti roadster. No simple task as the car hadn´t run for some 15 years and needed a long overdue MOT. Moreover her son, Lars, had never driven the car. But with help from friends and volunteers it all came to be and a delighted Mrs Hauberg received a 1st prize for getting us into action and son, Lars, behind the steering wheel. Normally one doesn´t ask a lady her age but in this case it may be permissible to state that the owner is 93 years!

Other Bugattis
The other Bugattis present numbered aforementioned Type 51A Grand Prix Bugatti originally raced by French female racing driver, Anne Itier, in over 30 races prewar. Also a delightful Type 40 with classical Grand Sport body. A car that has been much rallied and made it across the Atlantic - and back. Finally a Type 37A rep. was lent out by the Strojer Collection, the most colourful private collection in Denmark.

Klampenborg Classic
The Classic Meeting has always been popular with Copenhagen centred Danes, but a switch of location from one horse race track to another and the Bugatti feature made for renewed interest and an amazing turnout of 476 classic cars with thousands of visitors.

Here to stay
With 30 years now having been rounded and as popular as ever the Klampenborg Classic is here to stay. The success of the Bugatti feature, the MG club´s 60 year anniversary, and other highlights prove the need to develop ideas and bring on new initiatives. The event relies on hard working volunteers and the enthusiasm of Charlottenlund horse race track, but this year´s success means that we will be back next year, says founder, Kim Polte.

Provided by: Henrik Schou-Nielsen

June 22, 2014
Auction result

Marc Labarbe Auction house Auction, June 14, 2014, Toulouse, France

The ex 1930 Salon de Paris Bugatti 49, chassis number 49132 Gangloff Limousine: sold for 235,000 Euro's plus Premium and VAT

June 15, 2014

Bugatti T46 best of show at La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

On April 13, 2014 (Yes, I know, I'm a bit late...) a Bugatti T46 won Best of show at "La Jolla"

Best in Show Pre-War is the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Petit Royale Faux Cabriolet of Richard Adams

It is in fact chassis 46405, body by Gaston Grummer

May 17, 2014

Mille Miglia 2014: Bugatti participates in legendary rally with Type 35 and Type 51

Molsheim/Brescia, 13 May 2014.

Bugatti is sending two of its most successful historic racing cars to this year’s Mille Miglia: a Type 35 and a Type 51. Additionally, a current model of the long-established French brand will be represented on the legendary 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. This year, German actor Erol Sander will participate as part of the Bugatti driving team. The Mille Miglia runs from 15-18 May 2014.

Bugatti, a supercar manufacturer with a successful history in motor racing, is participating in the most famous classic car rally in the world, the Mille Miglia, with one of the purest cars built for Grand Prix: a 1926 Type 35. With over 2,000 victories and podium finishes, the Type 35 is the most successful racing car in automobile history. Beginning in the 1920s, this vehicle won all of the most important races for more than ten years, including five consecutive victories at the Targa Florio at the time it was considered the world’s most challenging open road race.

Following the motto “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday”, the Bugatti Type 35 played a key role in the Molsheim manufacturer’s golden era, with founder Ettore Bugatti selling numerous Type 35 vehicles to wealthy customers immediately after successful race weekends. In its time, the Type 35 was the only car that could be driven both on the race track and on the streets.

The Type 35 is powered by a 120 PS 2.3l in-line eight-cylinder engine. Its 750 kilogrammes are distributed perfectly across the axles (50 to 50 per cent), making the car incredibly dynamic.

The second racing car of the Bugatti factory team is a Type 51, which was manufactured between 1931 and 1934. The Type 51 represents the high point of Bugatti racing car construction. Designed as a successor to the supercharged Type 35B, it has a 2.3 litre double overhead cam engine, which produces between 180 and 190 PS. This was the first Bugatti race car to use a double overhead cam.

Bugatti achieved important victories with the Type 51, such as in 1931 at the Monaco Grand Prix with driver Louis Chiron and at the Tunis Grand Prix with driver Achille Varzi. In the same year, both won the 10-hour French Grand Prix in Montlhéry with a Type 51. Bugatti achieved another victory at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1933, when Achille Varzi won. The Type 51 won further victories in the same year in Monza, at the Grand Prix in Dieppe, and on the AVUS with Pierre Veyron as the driver.

This classic car with an incredible past will be accompanied by a modern day icon: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. This representative of the current model range is handmade at the company’s historic headquarters in the Alsatian town of Molsheim, like all previous models, and has an 8-litre W16 engine. The Grand Sport Vitesse exhibits performance characteristics which are one-of-a-kind: 1,200 PS, 1,500 Nm of torque and exhilarating acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. With a top speed of 408 km/h with the top down, the Grand Sport Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster.

The most prominent driver in this year’s Bugatti factory team is the German actor Erol Sander. He will pilot the Type 35 and is excited to be part of this special challenge. “I am a huge car fan and have already taken part in various classic car rallies,” said the TV personality. “Taking part in the legendary Mille Miglia is amazing, but doing so at the wheel of a Bugatti means that I get to realise two dreams at the same time.”

Since 1977, the Mille Miglia has been run in homage to the legendary races of the past; between the début race in 1927 and its provisional end in 1957, it was known as one of the world’s longest and hardest motorsports events. Even though the race is now conducted as a regularity and reliability rally, it has lost none of its aspirations or fascination. The 1,000 miles (approximately 1,600 kilometres) will be driven over the course of four days of racing. The rules stipulate that only cars that took part in the original Italian classic races and are still in their original condition may participate in the competition.

The Mille Miglia runs from 15-18 May 2014. The Bugatti Type 35 will drive with the start number 22, and the Type 51 will have number 35.

May 16, 2014
Auction result

RM Auctions, Monaco, 10 May 2014 :

Lot 123: 1993 Bugatti EB110 #GTZA9AB01E0PCD39031, Sold for €280,000

Lot 163: 1926 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix #4761, Sold for €728,000

Thanks to Christophe Chanterault

April 28, 2014
Auction result

April 23, Kodner Auction, USA:

Lidia Bugatti horse sculpture: sold for $13,000.

April 14, 2014
First test car for the next Bugatti?

Since a few days, different prototypes / mules looking like the Bugatti Veyron have been seen on the Nürburgring in Germany, a circuit also used several years ago for the development of the Bugatti Veyron. It very much looks like the new drive system of the future Bugatti supercar, possibly a hybrid.

So what could this be? Well, it is impossible to say definitively what it is, but when recently quizzed about whether the Veyron’s replacement would utilise a hybrid engine like the LaFerrari, P1 and 918 Spyder, company boss Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said “Maybe” with a smile.

What’s more, there is absolutely no engine noise being produced by this prototype and all you can hear are the tyres and wind passing over the French supercar!

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March 20 until december 2014 The art of Bugatti exposition Oxnard, California, USA

A Comprehensive Retrospective of the Bugatti Family of Artists

The Mullin Automotive Museum houses over 50 pieces of furniture by Carlo Bugatti, numerous sculptures by Rembrandt Bugatti, paintings by Carlo, and the largest private collection of Ettore and Jean Bugatti automobiles in the world.

This exhibition brings together dozens of Bugatti models including carriages; the early Brescia race car; the race winning Types 35, 37 and 51; Jean Bugatti’s Type 64 Papillon and Atlantic Coupé; Types 57 Aravis and Atalante, and the incomparable Type 41 Bugatti Royale. The collection will also display the unrestored Schlumpf Reserve Collection and the new generation of Bugatti automobiles culminating with the breathtaking, record-breaking Veyron.

The design and engineering breakthroughs incorporated over the course of the Bugatti marque’s existence will be exposed and explored through drawings and factory artifacts, many unseen by the public prior to this time. The retrospective will also include an extensive overview of the Bugatti family’s influence on the automobile as art.

More info and public opening days:

March 29, 2014- March 29, 2015Around 1914: Design in a New Age Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Opening March 29th at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is a centennial exhibit looking back at the ROM’s decorative arts collections from the time of the museum’s opening. Works by artists Jensen, Tiffany, Lloyd Wright, Bugatti, Knox, Dresser, Emile Gallé, Hoffman and more will be on display.

Over 100 objects of European origin will be available for the public to view until the end of the centennial celebrations in March of 2015.

“The exhibition’s timing is no coincidence. With all areas of the ROM wishing to acknowledge the ROM’s Centennial, the European arts section is among the best positioned to make a statement! This exhibition establishes that the year of the ROM’s opening saw the era’s leading designers working in new ways. Given that the exhibition includes many of their innovative creations, we anticipate great interest in this timely display.”, says Robert Little, the Mona Campbell Curator for European Decorative Arts in the ROM’s World Cultures department and curator of the Around 1914 exhibit.

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May 21 - September 7, 2014 Dream Cars, Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas Atlanta, USA

Exhibit of 17 of the most beautiful Concept cars of all time, including, of course, the Bugatti T57 Aerolithe (Replica).

The automobile has evolved from curiosity to daily necessity. Its form has advanced from the horseless carriages of the early twentieth century to the sleek, highly functional objects we know today. The experimental, concept, or “dream car,” as it became known in the early 1950s, has long been a dynamic tool allowing designers to showcase and demonstrate forward-thinking automotive design ideas. Concept cars were not objects the public typically could purchase, but rather the testing ground for innovations that might find expression in automobiles produced decades later. This exhibition explores the innovative designs that sparked ideas of future possibility and progress. It examines the dream car through five themes: individual makers, the impact of styling, visionary designers, the design process, and the influence of automobile fairs.

Chosen from hundreds of concept cars produced between 1932 and the present day, the visions for these automobiles are exciting to behold. Like most concept cars, those on display were never intended for production. Imagine an egg-shaped electric car, an exterior surface made of flexible fabric, or a jet fighter rolling down the highway – all of these were among the ideas dreamed up by designers and are featured in these galleries. The "dream" represented by these cars was that of future possibilities and pushing the limits of imagination and design.

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August 15 - 16 RM Auctions Pebble Beach / Monterey auction Monterey, USA

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff

Chassis no. 57597, Engine no. 82 C
Formerly of the Bob Pond Collection
Mechanical restoration by the legendary “Bunny” Phillips
First in Class at the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Multiple CCCA award winner

$800,000 - $1,000,000

This Type 57 was delivered new to a Bugatti dealership in Lyon, France. It was constructed by the factory in Molsheim with a supercharged engine, as denoted by the suffix “C,” and it received Gangloff coachwork, as documented in Barrie Price’s Bugatti 57: The Last French Bugatti. It was purchased new as a replacement for a naturally aspirated Type 57 drophead by the d’Aubarede brothers, Jean and Paul, who resided in Lyon. It was later registered in the department of Rhone under plate number 4090 PF 9. The car remained in their possession until at least the beginning of 1939, as noted by factory engine work that was performed on behalf of the brothers in January of that year. According to research compiled by noted Bugatti historian Pierre Yves-Laugier, the car was reportedly requisitioned from the d’Aubarede family for use during the war.

After the war, in 1957, the car was found, still registered in Lyon with plate 3644 Z 69, by Henri Malatre. It was later purchased by famous Bugatti hunter Jean-Louis du Montant, of Eymoutiers in western France, and according to H.G. Conway’s 1961 Bugatti Register, it was painted light blue. Around this time, it is believed that chassis 57597 received the supercharged engine that it retains today from another Type 57, chassis 57809, and the engine was numbered 82C.

In May 1963, the car was purchased from du Montant by Dr. Richard Roger, a cardiologist in Southern California, who also owned a pair of Bugatti Type 49s. Dr. Roger kept the car for the next 15 years, before it was purchased in 1978 by Gary W. Tiscornia, of Milford, Michigan. By this time, the Bugatti was in rather tired condition, and he commissioned a full restoration by Bob Lorkowski at L’Cars Corporation in Cameron, Wisconsin. Renowned California Bugattiste O.A. “Bunny” Phillips was tasked with sorting the mechanical work. Tiscornia chose to finish the car in an eye-catching teal-on-teal color combination with a light tan convertible top, which it wears to this day. The restoration was completed in 1988, and the car was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1989, where it proceeded to win its class. Under his ownership, the car scored 100 points at CCCA events three times, in Michigan at the 1989 CCCA Grand Classic, at the 1990 annual meeting, where it was awarded Senior Premier status, and in Minnesota in 1990. After owning it for almost 25 years, Tiscornia finally parted with the car in 1999, after many years of ownership and concours awards.

The following year, chassis number 57597 was acquired by Bob Pond in September 2000 from the Blackhawk Collection, as is evidenced by a Bill of Sale included with the car. During his ownership, Pond showed 57597 a few different times, including at the 2009 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance in Palm Springs, California, alongside his Delahaye and Tucker, proving the quality of the car’s restoration. It has been well maintained and preserved as a part of his collection ever since.

There’s no question that the Bugatti 57C Stelvio is one of the most elegant and fashionable cars of its era, as it beautifully combines coachbuilt style with an engine developed from racing pedigree. In terms of Bugatti road cars, Type 57s of any body style have always been exciting vehicles to admire from both the exterior and interior, and they certainly don’t disappoint on the road, especially when fitted with a factory supercharger. This particular Stelvio boasts an interesting history that spans both the United States and France and is topped with winning Best in Class at the famed Pebble Beach Concours. The car’s restoration has held up well, and it would certainly attract lots of attention wherever it goes.

2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse 'Le Ciel Californien'

Chassis no. VF9SV2C24DM795020
The one-off, special-edition “Le Ciel Californien”
Unique color scheme, inspired by the 1928 Type 37A raced by Pierre Veyron
The first Grand Sport Vitesse shown in North America
Single ownership and under 3,000 miles from new
Freshly serviced and still under factory warranty
Estimate $1,900,000 - $2,500,000

Two questions: Why less than 3000 miles? Is the car so bad? And: With only 3000 miles, why does the car already need service?

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August 16 - 17 Gooding Pebble Beach auction Pebble Beach, USA

1927 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix

Chassis: 37317
Owned New by the Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Desirable Supercharged Grand Prix
Now Offered from 47 Years of Single Family Ownership
Beautifully Restored by Marque Expert Jim Stranberg of Colorado
Estimate: $600,000 - $800,000

1927 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix

Chassis: 4863

One of the Most Recognizable Type 35 Bugattis
Owned and Raced by “Bugatti Queen” Hellé Nice
Genuine Example with Desirable Period Upgrades
Offered with an Exceptional Historical File
Recent Mechanical Restoration by Sargent Metalworks
Estimate: $2,800,000 - $3,500,000

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September 8 RM Auctions Hampton Court Palace, London, UK

1920 Bugatti Type 23

Chassis no. 981, Engine no. 538
A fascinating and exciting early Bugatti
Well-documented provenance
Original matching-numbers drivetrain
Mechanical restoration by Phil Reilly & Company
Veteran tour and rally participant

The history of Bugatti chassis number 981 has been well tracked by respected Bugatti historian David Sewell. Sewell notes that factory records show this chassis and engine number 538 as having been completed as a Type 23/27 with a 2,550-millimetre wheelbase chassis and a 16-valve racing engine on 2 August 1920. It was then invoiced on 14 August and shipped on 5 September 1920 to Louis Pabanel, of Paris. Per a contractual agreement between Pabanel and Bugatti, this was one of about fifty chassis marketed by the Parisian as Diatto-Bugattis, as they featured rectangular Diatto radiators and firewalls.

By June 1922, the Diatto-Bugatti was registered in Marseilles, France, as 2775 M 2, a number which it retained after relocating to Draguignan in September 1926. On 16 October 1928, it was sold to Edmond Autran, of Toulon, France, who registered it as 291 YU. The last known French owner was named Pesnin.

In the early 1960s, the Bugatti appeared stateside in the ownership of Weerte Ley, of Cleveland, Ohio. A decade later, it was acquired by renowned “ferreter” of old cars Ben Paul Moser, who listed it in the 1978 American Bugatti Register as a Type 22/23 with a two-passenger roadster body and wings, but no registration number was recorded.

By 1989, the car had made its way to Japan, where it was owned by renowned collector of vintage sports cars Yoshiyuki Hayashi, who listed it in the Japanese Bugatti Register in 1995. Later that year, the car returned to the U.S.A., where it was owned by Rick Rawlins and Leo Keoshian, the American Bugatti Club archivist.

By the time of the car’s arrival back in the United States, the Bugatti had its chassis frame shortened to Type 13 specifications. Sewell nonetheless noted in a letter to the current owner in April 2013 that the car “has an original Bugatti chassis frame which is unquestionably that of chassis number 981 produced in 1920. Its engine is equally unquestionably engine number 538, which is the original fitment to chassis number 981, as confirmed by the factory records. Furthermore, it is fitted with gearbox number 488, which the same records confirm was the original to chassis number 981”.

The engine was rebuilt for Mr Keoshian by David Wallace, of Phil Reilly & Company, the renowned Bugatti facility in California, and during this process, he used the original block with improved internal components. A new racing body was crafted by John Buddenbaum, which was upholstered in genuine elk hide and decorated with period motoring badges and a large hand-painted “13”, recalling the Type 13 that secured an important victory at Brescia.

It is in this form, modified but unquestionably highly authentic, that the car is offered today. This is also the form in which Mr Keoshian drove the Type 13 extensively, participating in Bugatti rallies throughout Europe and in the United States and even racing at the Monterey Historics on six different occasions! Continuing that tradition, the current owner has received its FIVA Identity Card and has taken advantage of it to participate in the Mille Miglia Retrospective in May 2013. It would undoubtedly be an absolute thrill to drive on any number of other vintage motoring events all over the world, with its bare-bones, open-air carriage providing wind-in-your face, elemental thrills.

£285,000 - £330,000

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

Chassis no. 57701 Engine no. 494
A late Type 57 with Lockheed hydraulic brakes
Original body, engine, and chassis
Delivered new to Swiss dealer Jean Sechaud
Recently restored in its elegant original colours

According to noted Bugatti historian Pierre-Yves Laugier, chassis number 57701 was assembled in June 1938, along with four other Type 57s and five Type 57C chassis. It was approximately the 30th Ventoux built since the beginning of 1938, and it was one of six originally finished in blue and the only one to feature a blue leather interior. It remained in the ownership of the factory for three months before being sold, and according to Laugier, it was “obviously used by the factory” during that time.

The original owner was Jean Sechaud, of Geneva, Switzerland, who officially took delivery late in September 1938. Sechaud, a Bugatti agent, was able to get a 20 per cent reduction in price, and he may have used this car as a demonstrator for the “Mercredistes”, the Sechaud clients who met every Wednesday in a Geneva restaurant to discuss their favourite automobiles.

After World War II, Sechaud’s Ventoux remained in Geneva, where it was photographed in the streets by a young enthusiast, Jean-Louis Fatio, outside the shop operated by former Sechaud serviceman Gaillepand. Fatio recorded it as “a blue Ventoux on hydraulic brakes, ex-Ray and ex-Veit”. Rene Veit, a trucking contractor in Geneva, was a well-known Bugatti enthusiast of the era, and he is believed to have been the owner for whom this car was registered as GE 33200 in 1956.

In 1957, the car was registered to James Ray Chandler and later passed to Karl Roy Ivarsson, both of whom were Americans residing in Geneva. Mr Ivarsson operated the city’s first disco at Zermatt, and he was referred to in the popular press of the day as “the pied piper of fun”. The pied piper sold his Bugatti in 1962 to E. Allen Henderson, of Marlboro, New Jersey, at which point the car departed Switzerland for the first time in its quarter-century-long life.

At some time around this point, the car suffered from an engine bay fire, which damaged the driver’s side bonnet panel and blistered much of the paint on the front end of the car, but otherwise, most importantly, it left the Bugatti largely undamaged. Around 1964, it was sold by Henderson to a talented American engineer from central Pennsylvania, David Trevorrow, who set about returning the car to the road. The paint was stripped from the singed panels, and the wiring loom was renewed. After completion of the work, the car was actually driven on the road in 1966, but its restoration was never finished. Soon afterward, it was put away in Mr Trevorrow’s garage, where it remained until its sale by his estate in 2011.

The car’s new owner sent it to Auto Classique Touraine in France, where the bodywork was restored in its original dark blue colours with an interior in blue leather, as original. Importantly, some of its body panels still retain their original stamping of 106, identifying it as one of the final third-series Ventoux bodies produced. The car was found to still be in very good mechanical condition overall, as it was running with proper oil pressure and compression, and its brakes were rebuilt. Every component of the car was dismantled and properly refinished to return it to its original condition and appearance. Just over 22,000 kilometres are recorded on the odometer, and given its use mainly around Geneva for so much of its life, this may well be its original mileage from new.

This is a wonderful example of one of the latest and best Ventouxes, as it has fascinating known history and has been preserved by loving enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic.

£300,000 - £315,000

1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff

Chassis no. 57467 Engine no. 2C
The first Type 57C sold
Built for great Bugatti customer Dr Jacques Kocher
Formerly owned by Bernard Delbreil-Berges

The report of Bugatti historian Yves-Paul Laugier, a copy of which is on file, states that the car offered here, chassis number 57467, was the very first Type 57C sold, and it was also the first Gangloff Type 57 Drophead built. Laugier notes that the records of Lyon Bugatti agent Pierre Monestier list that its original owner, Dr Jacques Kocher, returned his previous Type 57 Stelvio and placed an order for the Type 57C on 15 December 1936. That order was later cancelled and a new order was placed on 10 February 1937. It is believed that the December 1936 date was the delivery of the chassis at the Gangloff shop.

The delivery of the first Type 57C to Dr Kocher could not have been more apt. The good doctor was the head surgeon at the Valence hospital in Drome, and he was also Monsieur Monestier’s best customer, as he ordered a total of 14 Bugattis between 1925 and 1938. Dr Kocher was well regarded at the Bugatti factory for his patronage, and his automobiles were often the first to receive the latest features, such as, in this instance, a supercharged engine.

Monestier’s sales book recounts that Dr Kocher registered the car in Valence as 61 FA 3 in February 1937. As he usually did, he kept the Bugatti for one year before trading it in for the next model, and in March 1938, it was sold to a Parisian buyer, who registered it as 4964 RL 6. A second Parisian owner purchased the car on 16 June 1939.

A 1942 registration book sourced by Laugier records the car as having been sold on 24 February 1942 to the Garage Moderne, of 122 Antibes Street in Nice, and registered as 3416 BA 7. It was later sold back to Paris, still during the war, on 31 March 1943, and it was registered as 5666 RN 3. Around that time, its identity was changed with the installation of a new chassis plate, number 57354, which was taken from a Type 57 Galibier. Nonetheless, the car retains its components, and the original chassis number, 57467, is still present on the engine leg, along with the original engine number, 2C, which confirm the car’s continued and genuine identity.

On 19 May 1951, the car was registered in Paris as 5317 AG 75, in the name of diplomat William Curteis, who was stationed at the American Embassy at 2 Avenue Gabriel. It is known to have remained in Curteis’s ownership until 1961, during which time it was visited by Phillipe Berlin at the diplomat’s personal garage on the rue de la Tombe, Issoire. It retained its original front bumpers, 57C logo, and dashboard, and it was still finished in Dr Kocher’s preferred shades of green.

Berlin also noted that hydraulic brakes and Allinquant shock absorbers were installed at this time, which Laugier believes are original features to the car, as Dr Kocher’s Bugattis had always been the first to receive new specifications. Berlin also recounted that the car had been previously owned by a very well-known Bugatti, Ferrari, and Duesenberg mechanic, Joseph Cattaneo, and if so, he was likely the Parisian owner between 1944 and 1951.

On 29 October 1961, Curteis finally parted with his Bugatti, selling it to Gerard Simonin, of Nogent. Three years later, it was sold to well-known collector Bernard Delbreil-Berges, of Saint Lizier. Delbreil-Berges kept this car until the mid-2000s, often entering his favourite car in international rallies, in which it was enthusiastically driven with gusto. It was repainted during his ownership in black and purple tones, but it always retained all of its original components, including the very rare early 57C intake manifold.

In more recent times, the Bugatti was acquired by French collector Michel Blanchard and received a fresh restoration, in which it was refinished in its present and tasteful black and cream colour scheme. As far as is known, it retains all of its major mechanical components and its original coachwork, with its only significant mechanical upgrades being the hydraulic brakes and telescopic shock absorbers, which were mentioned earlier and are still present today. This well-preserved car with its original engine is highly original, and its history has been beautifully documented by Laugier.

This beautiful car was the first Type 57C produced, and it combines one of the finest body designs with one of the best engines and incredible history, which includes original ownership by one of the factory’s best customers and continued long-term history with great European enthusiasts. It is simply spectacular.

£590,000 - £710,000

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September 12 - 14, 2014 Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

September 12 - 14, 2014 Goodwood Revival England

September 19 - 21, 2014 Grand Prix Angouleme France

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