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Confiscated Bugatti in war-time Holland

Bart Oosterling led me to these photographs of a Bugatti Stelvio in war-colours,
which were made probably in 1944 in Eindhoven, Holland.

Taken at the front of villa "De Driehoek" of Anton Schellens, Parklaan, Eindhoven.
The photo reads: Bull's head. Bull's head is the insignia of the 79th armoured division.

The car in question is chassis 57727, which was salvaged from destruction in the 50's
by Dolf de Ridder, and is now in a beautifully restored condition.

Does anybody have more photographs of Bugattis in War colours? WW1, WW2, or maybe a later war?

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March 31, 2015

Series of T55's in a protest action in Paris.

Tomorrow, there will be a protest in Paris of classic cars. The protest is against a new law to ban classic cars from the center of Paris. As many of the famous French marques most beautiful cars will participate in the protest.

The tour of Paris will end on the Champs Elysées on 3 o'clock in the afternoon, at the location where originally the Bugatti dealership was.

The organisers hope to show how attractive these classic cars can be to the eye, which all will be lost once the new legislation is in place.

Source: Paris news agency

March 4, 2014

Last of the Fritz Schlumpf possessions to be auctioned
Including one of the Rembrandt Bugatti elephants and a Bugatti "Baby".

Paris – On 28 April, the Christie’s Paris’ Interiors sale will include an important section dedicated to personal items of the world’s greatest vintage cars collector: Fritz Schlumpf. This collection is permanently exhibited at the Cité de l’Automobile – Musée National – Collection Schlumpf of Mulhouse, France.

Flavien Gaillard, specialist at the 20/21 Design department: “We are extremely honored that the family entrusted Christie’s with the sale of this collection. This sale puts an end to the journey of the greatest vintage cars collector in the world. It is the last opportunity connoisseurs have to enjoy the collection as a whole, and acquire some of Fritz Schlumpf’s personal items. This previously unseen collection has remained within the family by descent and allows us to discover the hidden facets of such a charismatic collector. Within the collection, several items signed by Bugatti reflect Fritz’s passion for the Molsheim brand”.

Among the highlights of the collection is the celebrated mascot “Éléphant dressé” made of plain silver circa 1928 by Rembrandt Bugatti for the legendary Royal Bugatti (estimate: €150,000–200,000). This mascot was cast by Valsuani and adorned this car of which only six were ever made. Considered the most expensive car at the time, Ettore Bugatti wanted to pay tribute to his brother, who had passed away only few years earlier. Ettore went to his brother’s workshop to pick an original model from 1904 that he cast to adapt into a radiator cap. Alongside this legendary car, a 1902 Rochet, a 1906 Piccolo and a Baby 52 Bugatti model car for children will be offered during the sale.

Richard Rodier, consultant for the Fritz collection: “It is an honor and a true pleasure to be involved in the sale of this remarkable collection, a beautiful legacy of a rich and fascinating life”.

Christie's announcement of the sale

List of the items, with estimates

All photographs below courtesy of Christie's:

February 9, 2014
Auction Results

- Bonhams Auction, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais, Paris, February 5, 2015 :

- Artcurial Auction, Rétromobile, Paris, February 6, 2015:

The Bugatti from the Baillon collection went to a collector in New Zealand:
A Hamilton, New Zealand, car collector is "thrilled" to have won an auction at $500,000 for a rusty car he has to spend another $500,000 (NZ$) to restore.

Sixty classic cars, unearthed last year in a barn in France were auctioned last weekend in Paris.

Tom Andrews, 64, owner of Classics Museum, was excited to learn from his European agent that a 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, was among them.

"The Bugatti is something we have been wanting for a long time and it's a very valuable and rare car," Mr Andrews said.
"I was thrilled when I got it for just under $500,000."

Mr Andrews is paying $10,000 to ship the car back to New Zealand and about the same amount as he paid for the car to bring it back to life.

"We knew what we were getting. The vehicle will need extensive restoration and I'm expecting it to take at least two years," he said.
"But at the end of the day, the car would be worth at least $1.5 million if not more."

Mr Andrews said the Bugatti will be the only one of its kind in New Zealand, and will be displayed at his museum. He owns about 140 classic cars, but said this one was "definitely the most valuable".

Thanks to Christophe Chanterault for the auction results

February 1, 2014

Caroline Bugatti "Sac de Voyage"

I first saw them on a GP Bugatti at the Mullin museum Bugatti exposition in Oxnard, gives you more storage capacity for one of those nice long rally's!
The bag fits all sizes of spare tire, and can be easily attached, leaving the spare tire with just a nice leather cover.

And yes, maybe it even does fit your Alfa as well..

For more info, click here!

January 29, 2014
Auction Results

- RM Auctions, Arizona, January 15 - 16, 2015 :

- Bonhams Auction, The Scottsdale Auction, January 15, 2015 :

Thanks to Christophe Chanterault

January 16, 2014

Peugeot Bébé register

3 Peugeot Bébé enthusiasts from the Netherlands, who together have the largest collection of Peugeot Bébé's (together with the Schlumpf museum) recently started the Peugeot Bébé register !

They know have 65 of those lovely tiny cars (see the above photo, your editor in a 1911 Peugeot Bébé) in their register, as well as a load of nice early photographs.

So please if you know of a nice "Baby", you have information to share or if you need or can offer parts, please go to their website:

January 16, 2014
Those crooks are still out there!

Contents of an e-mail from one of our Bugatti friends to some unknown crook

Henry Bateren,

You are a despicable criminal con man of the worst kind, no doubt professionally luring and steeling money off naive men, defenseless old women and young innocent virgins alike by means of skimming the internet for goods, services and items through „wanted” advertisements.

I had a search ad for certain gearbox parts on the Bugatti Page, the well-known Bugatti related internet medium, in March, 2014. I had you in my gunsight 10 months later when you on the 15th of December, 2014 approached me out of the blue by mailing me that you had the gear parts for sale „in an excellent shape and good condition”.

Some 15 e-mails back and forth you have demonstrated your ruthlessness in detail. While there is no such thing as PayPal not working at any length of time as stated by you and that you therefore only accepted an untraceable Western Union payment method, on top of this you also wanted €14.500 for the deal whereas newly manufactured first class quality gears would not exceed the value of €2.000. Just to check your con scheme I had told you that I had an offer on hand in the region of that unrealistic high amount. By further positively confirming on my request that the gears had octagonal holes, not hexagonal ditto and that the material was yellow coloured brass you demonstrated naive stupidity, complete ignorance and total lack of knowledge about the subject of gearwheels. Everybody in the business know that neither such shapes nor materials are physically possible, only square shaped holes and steel material makes mechanical sense. And what nonsense about FedEx covering the import duty into Europe as you said? By the way, your Nigerian address is not known to Google Maps and therefore most probably as false as your motives.

All in all, I think that there is a fat chance that you belong to the criminal community of, say, Nigerians (?) living off social security in, say, Rotterdam. If I ever meet you in person I will flatten further your flat nose and fat lips.

In the meantime you bet that the Bugatti world will be warned against you and your likes by the imminent publication of this sad case. People in the know will also have a good laugh when learning about the stupidity you so amply have demonstrated throughout your correspondence. Spare your further efforts Henry Bateren, the Bugatti community members will never pay up front via such means as the Western Union money transfer system.

For the record it remains for me to state that the above comments have no bearing whatsoever of racial, ethnic or geographical issues.

C. Rank-Shaft
on behalf of K.C. Jessen

December 17, 2014
Auction result

Leake Auction Dallas, TX, USA, November 21 - 23, 2014 :

Lot 471: 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Racer Chassis #51153, Not Sold (High Bid: $2,700,000)

December 17, 2014

Patrick Meney elected new president of the CBF

Patrick Meney was elected President of the "Club Bugatti France", saturday 6 december, in Paris.

The French Bugatti Club has 260 members and will organize next june, the "2015 Bugatti International Meeting" in Provence (90 Bugattis from 17 countries, during one week and 1000 miles).

Patrick Meney is a 66 year old lover of vintage cars, and especially of Bugatti, since his childhood. He is well known by the french classic car enthusiasts, owning a convertible Bugatti Type 57, and a number of pre-war cars (Lorraine-Dietrich, Hotchkiss...), and a few cars of the sixties (E Type, XK120, MKII...). Outside his passion for vintage cars, he is a journalist (former war reporter for AFP), a writer well known in France, and a TV producer.

We wish Patrick good luck in his new position, and of course a pleasurable ride during the June International rally

December 6, 2014

Bugatti T57 Ventoux amongst huge barn find in France: Collection Baillon !

The German on-line magazine came with the scoop yesterday, amongst the 60 cars there are some pretty impressive ones! Yes, it is still possible!

The text from Classicdriver

Exclusive: Treasure trove of 60 barn-finds includes ‘lost’ Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider “Never again, anywhere in the world, will such a treasure be unearthed,” says Pierre Novikoff, motor car specialist at Artcurial auction house. He’s describing a staggering collection of 60 barn-find cars that have been discovered after lying hidden for 50 years.

And if you think he’s exaggerating, then let me quote our photographer, Rémi Dargegen, who reported back to us right after the photo-shoot, saying, “It’s amazing, just amazing. The place is incredible… the most impressive thing is the sheer quantity of cars hidden in the barns.”

It all began with the grandfather of the family that currently owns the collection: back in the 1950s, he dreamed of conserving the heritage of pre-War cars in museum surroundings, focusing on the great French brands and famous body shops. This gentleman was an entrepreneur with a transport company in the west of France and he was a serious enthusiast: he even exhibited a roadster that he’d built himself at the Paris Motor Show in the 1950s. Sadly, during the 1970s, his dream fell apart when his business suffered a setback and he was forced to sell some 50 cars. After that, the rest of the collection stayed totally untouched, all these years, until its very recent discovery.

These motor cars, explains Artcurial, have been tucked away in various outbuildings and left under makeshift corrugated iron shelters – cars that include Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Panhard et Levassor, Delahaye, Delage, Maserati and Ferrari. There are several Talbot-Lago T26s buried in the collection, one of them a very rare Grand Sport Aérodynamique – and an opulent Cabriolet once owned by King Farouk. But it’s not just the marques that are enough to take your breath away: many are clothed in bodies by the most admired coachbuilders of their day, names such as Chapron, Million-Guiet and Saoutchik. Found sheltering in a garage was one of just three Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinettas with coachwork by Frua, dating from 1956. And then, beneath piles of magazines, they discovered something even more exciting…

…a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, with covered headlights, a car whose first owner was comedian Gérard Blain. But according to Artcurial, the intriguing history of this – surely the last barn-find California SWB Spider ever to be unearthed – doesn’t stop there. Blain sold the Ferrari to actor Alain Delon, who was on several occasions photographed at the wheel – accompanied, in 1964, by Jane Fonda (during the filming of ‘Les Félins’) and later by Shirley MacLaine on the Côte d’Azur.

Even the wife of the original collector didn’t know whether he’d sold the California or still owned it, and their children knew nothing about the car until they came across it, a few months ago, hidden under those old newspapers. So it’s hardly surprising that the whereabouts of this important, Pininfarina-designed cabriolet have been – until now – a mystery to marque historians.

What a discovery: and it’s hard to guess at the sort of interest it’s likely to generate among collectors. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out, as the California Spider will be offered – along with the other 59 cars in this amazing collection – by Artcurial Motorcars in the first part of its traditional auction at the Rétromobile Salon, on 6 February 2015, in Paris.

Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars, likens the experience of first being shown the barn finds to “Lord Carnarvon entering Tutankhamun’s tomb”. In his opinion, “Not since the revelation of the Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse has such a group of emblematic automobiles been disclosed and, what is more, in such original condition. The magic of these 60 mysterious mechanical creatures is more like a giant work of art: the unrealised dream of their owner.”

Photos: Rémi Dargegen for Classic Driver © 2014.

The cars:
Amilcar C6 berline, Amilcar CGS, Ariès coach, Auto Union cabriolet, Avions Voisin C15, Avions Voisin limousine C15, Avions Voisin C7 par Gallé, Ballot 8 Cyl limousine, Barré torpédo, Berliet coupé chauffeur, Berliet Type VIGB 10HP Taxi Landaulet, Bugatti 57 Ventoux, Citroën Trèfle, Delage D6, Delage D8 coach, Delahaye 135 cabriolet Faget Varnet, Delahaye 135 coach Chapron, Delahaye 235 coach Chapron, Delahaye 235 coach Chapron, Delahaye 235 coupé Chapron, Delahaye Type 43 coupé chauffeur, Delahaye GFA 148 L, Delahaye Type 43 camionnette, Delaunay Belleville limousine VL8, Facel Vega Excellence, Ferrari 250 GT California SWB, Ferrari 308 GTS i, Ferrari 400, Ferrari Mondial 3.2L cabriolet, Hispano Suiza H6B cabriolet Millon-Guiet, Hotchkiss cabriolet, Innocenti S cabriolet, Jaguar type S 3.4 L, La Buire 12 A, Lagonda LG45 cabriolet, Lancia Thema 8.32, Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 plateau, Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 torpédo par Grumman, Lorraine-Dietrich torpédo, Maserati A6G 2000 berlinetta Grand Sport Frua, Mathis cabriolet, Mathis FOH, Packard cabriolet Super Eight, Panhard-Levassor Dynamic berline X77, Panhard-Levassor Dynamic coupé X76, Panhard-Levassor limousine X72, Porsche 356 SC ex-Sonauto, Renault AX torpédo, Renault Vivastella cabriolet, Sandford cyclecar 3 roues, Singer Cabriolet, Talbot Lago 11/6 cabriolet, albot Lago Baby cabriolet, Talbot Lago Baby cabriolet, Talbot Lago Cadette 11, Talbot Lago coach, Talbot Lago T26 coach, Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport coupé Saoutchik, Talbot Lago T26 Record coupé Saoutchik, Talbot Lago T26 cabriolet Saoutchik ex-Roi Farouk

Somewhere I feel a new book coming....

The original article in, with of course many photographs!

November 23, 2014

Scoop or rumour, the new Bugatti Chiron!

As the end of the Veyron production is getting near, there are more and more news items about the next Bugatti. The German magazine Motor Revue announces that the next Bugatti will be called "Chiron".

The magazine presents photos taken in Spain of prototypes which look like the Veyron but which, thanks to a hybrid power system develop 1500 HP (and from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds ! )

The production car, most expensive and most powerful automobile ever, will be produced from next year. The Bugatti Chiron will have a top speed of 460 km/h. The transmission will be by DSG seven speeds like the Veyron, and a maximum torque of 1500 Nm. A novel injection system will ensure that the car will meet the antipollution Euro 6 standard.

November 20, 2014

Photographs & Photobooks Auction | 21 November 2014

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Lot no. 49, An important archive of photographs , artwork
Estimate £15000–20000

An important archive of photographs (by Rene Jacques and others), artwork, typographical and layout designs illustrating various models of the Bugatti Type 57 touring car and the Autorail railcar for the promotional campaign at the 1937 Exposition Internationale de Paris, including the catalogue "Bugatti le Pur-sang de l'Automobile" and the 1937 pamphlet of the same title, together with the maquette and preliminary designs for the catalogue and the pamphlet, approximately 40 gelatin silver prints, some retouched and shaped to create photomontages, 11 layout designs in gouache and ink on different medium, 10 black and white proofs of the catalogue and other related ephemeral material, designs for the Bugatti "Exposition Internationale de Paris 1937" pamphlet with 6 gelatin silver prints, two colour sketches in gouache and a colour proof, the Autorail collection comprising approximately 130 gelatin silver prints and 70 negatives, 34 glass negatives of Bugatti mechanical pieces for American copyright and six glass plates, Various sizes

The avant-garde streamlined design of Jean Bugatti's 1934 Type 57 perfectly represents the marriage of aesthetic sensibility and engineering skill for which the company was famous. The Autorail railcar, the brainchild of Jean's father Ettore, was equally revolutionary. Powered by four Bugatti petrol engines each producing 200 hp, it was capable of 200km per hour on standard gauge track. The first prototype dates from 1933 and they went into service with the French State Railways the following year.

More info

There are interesting photographs of the AutoRail, and various of engine parts, quite artistically photographed!

November 10, 2014

New Bugatti design

Bugatti design studies, often by design students, are presented often, and this "Type 60" by Vaughan Ling is no exception.

I present it here, just because I think it has a few nice details, though many would oppose to the grille, which has lost the "horse shoe" shape...

Bugatti news, former issues

Bugatti events

April 30 - May 3, 2015 Bugatti T57 meeting International Velen, Germany

For info and reservations please contact Peter D. Borstel
E-mail: .

May 15 - 17, 2015 Bugatti Owners Club Spring Rally East coast of Suffolk, UK

Entries invited, trip could be combined with Le Vie en Bleu the following weekend at Prescott.

Additional information.

May 27 - 31, 2015 “On the Route of Ettore” Rally Alsace, France

Dear Bugatti Friends,
We are pleased to announce the “On the Route of Ettore” rally.
This event will take place in Alsace between May 27th – 31st, 2015.

We are planning an exclusive rally with 3 days of driving based at the charming hotel & Spa: Château d'Isenbourg in Rouffach on the Alsatian wine trail, a few Kilometres south of Molsheim and Colmar.

We would like to invite you to join us along the beautiful roads that will bring you to drive your favourite cars with your favourite Bugatti friends. Driving on small roads in one of the most beautiful parts of Alsace, Vosges and Balck Forest, surrounded by amazing landscape, good food and lots of interesting venues to visit. We thought to an itinerary in order to emphasis pleasant drive and visit. The first day will be dedicated to Art, culture and Bugatti history including the visit of the famous Lalique Museum. The second day will bring us in Germany where we’ll drive in the middle of the picturesque Black Forest with some Baroque visits. The third day we’ll discover the traditional Alsace, food cheese and wine and romantic streets in the Vosges.

Our aim is a group of 20 classic cars, good friends and excellent driving in the place where Ettore spent his professional life. “On the Route of Ettore” promises to be fantastic opportunities for you to exercise your favourite car as Ettore Bugatti intended. It is not to be missed!

Registration form.

May 31, 2015 Bonhams'Greenwich Concours d'elegance auction Greenwich, USA

On auction:
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Convertible
Coachwork by Gangloff Chassis no. 57748

Estimate: US$ 900,000 - 1.1 million, €830,000 - 1 million

Additional information.

Bugatti events from the past

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