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November 16, 2017

Best large stand award at NEC Classic Motor show

The Best Large Stand award of last weekend's show went to the Bugatti Owners’ Club which, together with the Bugatti Trust, gathered an incredible selection of pre-war Grand Prix machinery in Hall 1.

The original GP Bugattis were surrounding a starting grid of Baby Bugattis, which were often used by the real young enthusiasts to get a feel of the old days, or get their photograph taken.

And the GP Bugattis? These were not just the T35's and T35B's, of the 8 GP's present there was also a T39, a T51, T54 and T59.

Photographs by Harpo Fotografics

November 8, 2017

Auction result

Artcurial Automobiles sur les Champs 11 auction, November 5, 2017, Paris

1925 Bugatti Type 35, Chassis 4451, Engine 25
Estimate 1,000,000 - 1,350,000 € : Sold for $1,438,880

November 3, 2017

About a scam and some good advice

About a week ago, I saw a Bugatti T35B on, for just 26,000 euro (The advert has now disappeared).

Even though it was just a Pur Sang, it seemed too good to be true, and it was...

As this vehicle was worth twice as much for the parts alone, which should be easy to sell if the car had no registration, so I sent an e-mail.

A few days later I received a reaction from Alexis Stefanos, e-mail:

The car is in good condition. The paint is impeccable. No problems known, but I would recommend an inspection before buying.
All the services were done on time, it has new tires, very well maintained.
Unfortunately, I am forced to sell the car because I am unable to keep the car in the long term.

Here you can see all the photos of the car:

I was already cautious, but asked for more info, apparently he was forced to sell the car because of a divorce and blablabla.... The car now is in Spain, and not in Cologne, Germany. However, our seller Alexis knows of a special service:

The ad was listed by a professional from Spain and it was advertise around all Europe. The car has Spanish registration. I have all the documents in order.

I have been in contact with a transport company yesterday for another person interested. I have negociated a transport cost of 750 euro to Most, Czech Republic. I can pay this cost of transportation. The problem is the guy is offering 20k only and I am not willing to sell it under 25k.

Their website is : You can find feedback here : Please feel free to send them an email if necessary.

If you are interested, they are offering an escrow service.
Briefly, here is the procedure: I leave the car in their custody. They contact you after they inspect the car. The payment will be made to the company (a 30% deposit). They will hold the funds. The car will be delivered to you in 5-7 days. You can inspect it for 3 days at your local service.

If you agree with the condition and you keep the car, the company transfer the funds to my account. If not, they will make a refund immediately to your bank account.

I want to emphasize the fact that the payment will be made transparently by bank transfer for your protection.

Woow! That sounds good, and how helpful, shipping the car for just 750 euro, including an e-scrow service!

But then, why would he give me the link to a feedback giving website?? Why talk about my protection??

So I started to google, and received only two hits???

However, there is a service in the big bad internetworld, where you can find info on a website:, so I searched there for, and found out something very interesting:

Registry Domain ID: 2180871289_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server:
Registrar URL:
Updated Date: 2017-10-29T20:58:13Z
Creation Date: 2017-10-29T20:56:33Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2018-10-29T20:56:33Z
Thus, the website was created only a few days before!

There is another service,, where you can find the actual owner of a domain, searching for gives, apart from the same info which gives, something more interesting even:

Registrant Name: WhoisGuard Protected
Registrant Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 0823-03411 
Registrant City: Panama
Registrant State/Province: Panama
The owner of the website is hiding behind a special service to make hiding possible, in Panama!
For fun, type in in; you get my full name, address and even phone number!

Thus, the website was created only a few days before!, by somebody who wants to hide his identity!

Then you know how it will proceed, one would make the payment or downpayment, and receive an e-mail that the car will be on transport within a few days. After a week or so, you would receive another e-mail, stating that there have been some problems with the transport, but that it will now be only a few more days. Maybe you receive another response when you send a reminder e-mail, but in the end all responses from the seller or from will stop.
Of course these mails all have the same goal, to gain time to be able to run a whole series of scams, probably on many advert sites in various countries, using many different names and selling very different items. By the time one becomes really aware that there is something wrong, the website has disappeared, and so has your money.... The clever thing is that the website is not mentioned in any of the adverts, but only later in e-mail communications. That makes it impossible to find the other scam-adverts!

So, Mr. Alexis Stefanos, e-mail:, I'm sorry, but this time I do not fall for your trick!

And, for all of you out there who are looking for a bargain: If something seems to be too good to be true, it usually is!

Checking for website owners using the above tools may help a bit, but whenever you're in doubt, go there in person! (Not taking all of the cash with you, because that's another trick out there)

October 24, 2017

New 1:4 scale Bugatti Chiron engine by Amalgam

A perfect miniature of the quad-turbocharged 8-litre W16 engine, the scale model still technically has more cubic capacity than a Formula Ford racer, even if it’s not actually functional. Premium model car builder Amalgam has paid close attention to detail in the design of the model, working with actual Bugatti engineers to ensure even components like the tension clamps and barcodes are accurate, just smaller.

It takes roughly 220 hours to assemble each model, making the £7,320 ($9,365) price-tag sound perfectly reasonable considering Dacia Sandero Laureate takes only 18 hours from start to finish and costs the same sort of money. Built from a combination of faithfully recreated materials, the model is made up from a total 1040 components, which is also probably more than that Sandero too. However, this model is only 18 inches long and 9 inches high.

If you can't quite stretch the budget to buy the real thing, this might at least bring you a quarter of the satisfaction. Alternatively, it could be the perfect Christmas gift for the Bugatti Chiron owner who has, almost, everything.

October 24, 2017
Stephan Winkelmann new CEO of Bugatti

Wolfgang Dürheimer, CEO of Bugatti and Bentley, will retire at the end of this year as earlier reports have suggested. His replacement at Bugatti will be former Audi Sport chief Stephan Winkelmann, while Adrian Hallmark from Jaguar Land Rover will take the helm at Bentley.

Winkelmann leaves his role as Managing Director of Audi Sport after having joined in the spring of 2016. Along with rolling out the new R8 Spyder and RS 5 coupe, he told Automotive News he had hopes for an Audi Sport hypercar. Prior to that appointment, he led Lamborghini for 11 years and helped the brand triple its number of dealerships. He starts his new post on January 1, 2018.

Hallmark will begin his new role at Bentley on February 1. Most recently, he served as Global Strategy Director at Jaguar Land Rover. Earlier in his career, he served as Bentley’s Sales, Marketing and PR board member, helping to roll out the Continental GT in 2003.

September 24, 2017

Andrea & Alexandra Capra win main prize at Molsheim Festival

At the last (36th) Molsheim Festival, under threatening rainclouds, the annual public presentation was held on the Sunday 17th. Andrea Capra took not just one, but two impressive type 57's with him, not just the 57414 Saloon by Van Vooren (driven by his wife Alexandra), but also the first Type 57 Galibier, 57102.

The whole weekend took place under a constant threat of rain, which sometimes did come down by the bucketful. This was especially during the half-hour when the Bugattis could be taken out on the Anneau du Rhin, as a pre-programme of the 500 Nocturnes GT race. Rain came pouring down all the time! More about this later in an issue of the Bugatti Revue.

Some of the prizes:
Trophée de la Fondation Bugatti: 1st prize for the 57414 of the Capra's
Trophée Lalique: 1st prize for the 38221 Torpédo of Damien Bourgaux
Coupe des dames: 1st prize for the 44547 Cabriolet 4-places of Annick Friederich

57102 (and 57414), 38221 and 44547

September 24, 2017

Mullin’s Bugatti T57SC Atlantic Pushed to Best of Show Win

Chantilly, France, September 10 :
The famed event north of Paris , gave it’s top honor to Peter Mullin’s T57SC as it was literally pushed past all other contenders including some wonderful T57SC’s for a Best of Show win. Crowds gathered as Mullin and onlooker experts tried to determine why the ‘’Mona Lisa’’ of all cars would not start.
When the resident experts asked if it was just out of gas Mullin said, ‘’I am not sure. It just arrived by plane and I haven’t checked. ’’. The Bugatti Atlantic, Ex: Peter Williamson , was pushed onto the podium where Mullin said ‘‘She’s having a bad day’’. The Mona Lisa of all collector cars, as Mr. Mullin has dubbed her , was a shoe-in for the top award gleaming with it’s better than new restoration outshining several stunningly original SC’s . The Post War Best of Show went to a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa racer.

All Bugatti wins:

Best of Show Concours d'Etat
Pre-war: Bugatti 57 S Atlantic (1936)
Post-war: Ferrari TR 58 (1958)

Small & Big
1st: Bugatti Type Baby (1926) & Bugatti Type 35 (1926)

The Bugatti 57 S
1st: Bugatti 57 S Atlantic (1936)
Special award: Bugatti 57 SC Atalante (1937)
2nd: Bugatti 57 S Gangloff Coupé (1937)

Some of the photographs were taken by Chris Gardner, some by Mathieu Bonnevie

September 11, 2017
Auction result

Bonhams Chantilly Auction, France, September 10, 2017:

Bugatti "T43" Torpédo Grand Sport 1928, Chassis n° 44366, Estimate: €500,000 - 700,000: Not sold

Not strange that this car was not sold, as only the front / rear axle and gearbox were original, the rest new...

September 11, 2017

The Bugatti Chiron is officially the fastest car from 0-400km/h-0

With no new cars to reveal at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Bugatti has instead used the opportunity to demonstrate just how fast the 1,479bhp Chiron really is. Not with an outright speed record (that’s scheduled for 2018…), but a record for the fastest car to accelerate from nought to 400km/h – or 249mph – and then back to nought again.

The time? 41.96 seconds, which doesn’t sound that fast in a world where a (albeit 600bhp) family saloon will hit 62mph in three. But let us assure you, it most certainly is. The acceleration bit took 32.6 seconds and 2.6km. Once the driver hit the brakes, it took him another 9.3 seconds and 491 metres to come to a complete halt. In all the run covered 3,112 metres – less than two miles.

Ah yes, the driver. It was none other than Juan Pablo Montoya, he of Formula One fame, and winner of the Indy 500 and Daytona 24Hrs, who said he would have “done anything Bugatti wanted” to drive a Chiron. He didn’t even wear a helmet for the record-setting run. He said: “It gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the car.”

0-400-0 km/h in 42 seconds: Bugatti Chiron sets world record

Above an image from the footage of the record run to 400 km/h. One wonders what was used to film the Chiron from?
The other car was in front until 370 km/h....

Click here to view the movie on this website

Click here to view on Youtube

Official press release by Bugatti:

A weekend in August 2017. It is dry and sunny and the wind conditions are calm. The Chiron rolls up to the start with racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the wheel. He has a long straight ahead of him. Using the Top Speed Key which is typical of Bugatti, he activates the Top Speed mode, which allows a Chiron to drive faster than 380 km/h. A signal is heard. He places his left foot firmly on the brake pedal. Montoya engages first gear and then activates the Launch Control. The digital display beside the speedometer acknowledges the command received and the 1,500 horses wake up. On your marks! Full concentration for the driver and team. Bugatti invited Montoya to complete the 0-400-0 km/h manoeuvre under real-life conditions to underpin the exceptional position of the Chiron in terms of braking and acceleration. He accepted, eager to meet Bugatti and the Chiron.

Montoya presses the accelerator to the limit with his right foot. The 8 litre W16 engine runs up to 2,800 rpm. The powerful turbochargers speed up and there is no doubt that this car is straining at the leash. Get set! Montoya releases the brake pedal. Go! The four wheels of the Chiron receive equal power and grip the tarmac with full force. The car shoots forward, developing maximum torque. The traction control prevents the wheels from spinning. In combination with ESC (Electronic Stability Control), it catapults the Chiron forward, keeping it firmly on track. Full acceleration. The time is running. The world flies past.

The incredible acceleration of the Chiron, its absolutely linear power curve and the enormous torque especially in the low engine speed range are the result of the two-stage turbocharging system developed by Bugatti especially for this vehicle. This is one of the outstanding technical features of the Chiron powertrain. To ensure maximum acceleration from a standing start without any “turbo lag”, the Chiron initially moves off with two turbochargers in operation. The other two units are activated from about 3,800 rpm.

The new high-performance tyres, once again developed by Bugatti together with its strategic tyre partner Michelin, now face extreme loading. At a speed of 400 km/h, centrifugal force converts one gram of rubber into 3,600 grams. A tire valve that only weighs 18.3 grams when stationary develops a hefty force of approximately 45 kilograms at that speed.

Only 32.6 seconds and just 2,621 metres later, the Chiron reaches the 400 km/h mark. With extremely fast reactions, Juan Pablo Montoya steps firmly on the brakes. Only 0.8 seconds after operation of the brakes, the rear wing, with a width of 1.50 metres, moves up to an angle of 49 degrees, forming an air brake that decelerates the Chiron extremely effectively. In the Top Speed mode at 400 km/h, the airbrake boosts the aerodynamic downforce on the rear axle by about 900 kg. That corresponds to the kerb weight of a Golf II. During full braking with a Chiron from 400 km/h, the force on vehicle and driver is about 2 g, similar to that experienced during the launch of a space shuttle.

The brakes of the Chiron, with their special carbon ceramic brake discs (diameter of 420 mm at the front, 400 mm at the rear) and brake calipers developed especially for Bugatti with eight titanium pistons on each wheel at the front and six at the rear, develop absolutely peak performance. After an incredible 9.3 seconds and 491 metres, the Chiron comes to a halt.

The V-Box 3i, the GPS-based measurement system used by the inspectors from independent testing and certification company SGS/TÜV Saar which supervised the tests, indicated 41.96 seconds. During this time, the Chiron only covered a distance of 3,112 metres. This means that the Chiron is significantly faster than its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, which raised a furore with its performance and caused an upheaval in the automobile world at the time.

The Chiron has set the yardstick for this driving manoeuvre extremely high. Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., says: “Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron.”

“Our customers want the best of the best. This truly impressive performance further confirms that the Chiron is the world’s best super sports car,” adds Dürheimer. “300 of the limited series of 500 Chiron have already been sold. The success story of this exceptional super sports car continues.“

For its 0-400-0 project, Bugatti invited Juan Pablo Montoya, a proven speed and performance expert. He accepted the invitation without any hesitation. “My first thought was that I would do anything Bugatti wanted in order to drive this incredible car.”

The former Formula 1 driver, who is now active in the IndyCar series, was especially impressed by the fact that a super sports car actually felt like a normal road vehicle. “When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.”

Montoya is thrilled at the acceleration and braking performance of the Chiron. “The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive,” is how he describes his impressions following the record run. “And the car is just so stable and consistent. I feel honoured to be part of this project.”

Following a test lap, the 41-year-old from Colombia decided not to wear the usual safety gear such as racing suit, helmet or HANS (head and neck support) device for the record run. “Of course, the Chiron is a super sports car that requires your full attention when you are behind the wheel. At the same time, it gave me such a feeling of security and reliability that I was entirely relaxed and really enjoyed myself during my two days with the car.”

During the world record weekend, Juan Pablo Montoya travelled faster than 400 km/h 17 times and also had an opportunity to improve his own personal speed record of 407 km/h, recorded with an IndyCar racing car to 420 km/h with the Chiron. “It really was incredible to see that you didn’t need the complex preparations we have to make in racing for the 0-4000 drive,” said Montoya. “With the Chiron, it was all quite easy. Just get in and drive off. Incredible.”

“I hope Bugatti will invite me to their world record run with the Chiron. At any rate, I’m saving the date in my calendar,” says Juan Pablo Montoya. In 2018, Bugatti plans to set a new world speed record in excess of the top speed of 431.072 km/h recorded with the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010.

September 10, 2017
The Guild of Automotive restorers launches new web-series of restoration garage

This is to let you know that The Guild is launching a companion web-series to their television show, restoration garage.

Message from Thomas Douglas, General Manager:
We have listened to the fans that love the show but want to see more of what we do. For this, we are producing, in house, a webseries that goes behind the scenes and focuses on how to. We will also be following a complete restoration from beginning to end in the first year of the series. Considering the content that we will be showing, we thought that the biggest questions should be answered right out of the gate, How-to work with Elektron Magnesium. We are looking to launch in the next two weeks and the first two videos set to be released at the same time, and another every week after that for the foreseeable future. The first two will consist of a behind the scenes video that allows people to see what goes on during filming and also speaks directly with the director of the show. The second video is the Magnesium electron segment that shows the difference between magnesium and aluminum and the differences in working with elektron vs aluminum.

Go here to the launch teaser trailer.

September 10, 2017

1932 British Pathé movie on a Bugatti racing an airplane

"Paris. Auto V. Aeroplane.

Aviator Doret & Racing Motorist Divo - both Aces - have thrilling speed duel to settle a sporting wager

- and the aeroplane only just won!"

Click here to view on this website

Click here to view on Youtube

September 7, 2017

Three Bugatti Royale's presented at the Mondorf les Bains classic days in Luxemburg

On August 26 / 27 at the Mondorf Classic Days & Concours d'Elegance 2017 THREE Bugatti Type 41 Royale's were presented. These were all put together in an expert classic-car garage in the Netherlands, for an (also Dutch) collector. The Packard Phaeton was already shown extensively, the Esders Roadster was only shown on one earlier location, but was not 100% completed at that time. I was explained by builder Frank Slopsma how the original Esders Roadster was designed and built for Armand Esders in a mutual effort between him and Jean Bugatti, to reflect Esder's enthousiasm for boating. The wings actually are sculpted to the waves springing from the bow of a yacht. On top of each front wing are a green and red light on the starboard and port-side respectively. (Not the usual wing lights as seen on the Esders Roadster Replica built by the Schlumpf brothers and finished by the Mulhouse museum) The small white cross on a blue background on the door is not the flag of Scotland, but the banner of Esder's yachting club.

Totally new was the Weymann coach, replica of the car that was Ettore's personal car for quite a while until he crashed it. As is obvious from the photographs, this car is not yet ready, though the chassis is ready and could be driven under it's own 12.7 litre power.

Each Royale has a differently sourced engine: there is an AutoRail (PLM) engine, an engine built for Tom Wheatcroft, and a replica engine put together with as many original parts possible.

Bugatti T41 Royale Coach Weymann

Bugatti T41 Royale Phaeton (Packard)

Bugatti T41 Royale Esders Roadster

At Mondorf, many other Bugattis were also on show. More about these later in the Bugatti Revue.

Photographs copyright Jaap Horst

August 24, 2017
Auction results

Gooding & Company; The Pebble Beach Auctions August 18 & 19, 2017

RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction, August 18 - 19, 2017

Bonhams' The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, June 30, 2017

Sorry, I did not hear of this one before, so I did not announce it...

The catalogue pages on this T46

July 29, 2017
Next Bugatti Chiron set to be electrified

Only electrification can improve on the Chiron's current performance, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer says

The next-generation Bugatti Chiron – still at least seven years from production – will have to be electrified to enhance its performance beyond the current car’s record-breaking capabilities, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said.

The Chiron can reach 62mph in less than 2.5sec, despite weighing 1995kg, and has a top speed of 261mph. At its heart is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 configured petrol engine that develops 1479bhp at 6750rpm, giving the Chiron a power-to-weight ratio of 741bhp per tonne. Torque peaks at 1179lb ft from 2000rpm.

“Electrification will happen,” said Dürheimer. “The next car is a long way from being developed, but the way battery and electric motor technology is moving on – as well as regulations – it seems certain that the next car will be electrified in some way. It will still be too soon for a full electric car, I think – but electrification will happen.”

Can electricity give the Chiron an extra edge?

As such, Dürheimer has also declared that there “will probably never be a car with the pure mechanical capabilities of the Chiron” – and, as a result, he is considering buying one. “The fact is that it may never be beaten in pure mechanical terms makes it incredibly desirable,” he said.

In 2016, Dürheimer told Autocar that hybridisation was initially considered as a way of extracting the required power from the W16 to ensure the Chiron eclipsed the Veyron. In the end, though, the power increase was simply achieved by upgrading many of the engine’s components.

Already, the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder have employed hybrid technology to deliver hypercar performance. For instance, the P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine and electric motors, together generating 903bhp. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.8sec, 0-124mph in 6.8sec and 0-186mph in 16.5sec.

Dürheimer also hinted that ongoing plans to introduce a second Bugatti model to the firm’s line-up could delay production of the next generation Chiron, as the firm would possibly switch to a strategy of alternating between new car launches. If that happens, a new Bugatti model could be launched around 2024 and the next Chiron not until 2032.

“We are looking at what customers want if we do something different, and we have some ideas,” said Dürheimer. “But we are not under pressure to decide – production of the Chiron is expected to last for around eight years. We are at the predevelopment phase, preparing technically and asking clients what they expect.”

Dürheimer declined to reference any bodystyles for such a vehicle. The Bugatti Galibier five-door fastback concept was shown in 2009 but did not get the go-ahead for production. However, the concept of a more practical but still standard-setting high-performance vehicle remains a potential target for Bugatti. To date, 280 of the planned 500 Chirons have been sold.

July 28, 2017

Auction result

H & H Auction, Imperial War Museum Duxford, UK, July 26, 2017

1929 Bugatti Type 44 Saloon, Chassis: 44667 / Engine: 191, Estimate: £200,000 - 240,000. Sold for: £196,875

July 18, 2018

Auction result

July 15, 2017, Coys Blenheim Palace Auction, UK

1926 Bugatti Type 37, chassis 37140, maximum estimate £600,000, sold for £650,000

Photo: Coys Auction at Blenheim Palace Andy Mays with 1926 Bugatti Type 37 with only two owners since 1940 Picture by Richard Cave Photography 15.07.17

July 14, 2017

The Finest Auctions - Not so fine at all?

The Finest Automobile auctions See their website is a new auction company, trying to get a piece of the large classic car auction cake. In fact, they are currently organising their new auction, to be held soon.

However, there seem to come some not so fine clouds:
A friend of mine had won the auction of a Bugatti last year (June 11, 2016), but never could take delivery. The "Finest" put up all kinds of problems about payment and collecting the car, in the end not accepting the bid from my friend any more because he had not paid in time, while it was them not answering his questions. The suspection was, that they received a higher bid later, and sold the Bugatti to somebody else...

Now, there are newsreports Read it all here about a series of five lawsuits against the new auction firm allegedly owing half a million to different parties, a small part of the article:

More firms going after Finest Automobile Auctions company by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five East Coast companies are suing the same automobile auction firm that allegedly owes The Snowmass Club over $80,000.

A principal of one company, Kadan Productions, said he and the other plaintiffs are owed over $500,000 from Finest Automobile Auctions for services provided in a separate event.

The defendant recently abandoned its business address in Bedford Hills, N.Y., moving “out in the middle of the night,” said The Snowmass Club’s attorney, Matt Ferguson of Aspen, on Friday. He cited the process server he employed to try to serve the lawsuit, who talked to adjacent tenants and was told, “They’re gone.”

The Snowmass Club sued the company last week, contending they owe for using the venue for an auction in September and for cocktail parties, alcohol, waiters and the like.

But Ferguson said he believes the alleged actions by Finest Automobile Auctions have crossed from a civil issue into criminal acts.

“They came into our town and ripped off a lot of good people,” he said. “Now it’s time to go after these people individually. They’re not just breaching contracts, they’re committing fraud.”

Jay Abrahamovich, partner and co-founder of Aspen-based Premier Party Rental, agrees. He said his company was one of the few to obtain a deposit from Finest Automobile Auctions ahead of the event.

“They don’t owe us that much,” Abrahamovich said. “We got lucky.”

Continue to read here

July 14, 2017

Bugatti T51 best of show at Rodeo Drive Concours 2017

The City of Beverly Hills held its 24th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The Father’s Day tradition on California’s famed thoroughfare featured a superb selection of rare and contemporary automobiles within a three block area between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards.

Over 40,000 people attended the Rodeo Drive Concours 2017, despite the record high temperatures that were in store for the day. The Concours featured dozens of unique vehicles and was curated by car collector and founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Bruce Meyer.

The Rodeo Drive Committee — in conjunction with the City of Beverly Hills, organizes this yearly automotive event on what is arguably one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world. This year’s event featured a wide selection of high-performance sports and collector cars valued at more than $100 million. Examples from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bugatti, Maserati, Jaguar and several others, lined the upscale streets in both directions.

The intersection of Rodeo and Brighton was the show’s featured exhibited area where the unique vehicles displayed included a 1953 Delahaye Type 178 by Chapron from the Margie and Robert E. Peterson Collection, Peter and Merle Mullin’s Pebble Beach-winning 1934 Voison Aerosport, Jim Hull’s 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Vedette Roadster by Chapron and the “Best of Show” winner, the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe from the Nethercutt Collection.

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is the largest single-day Concours in North America, drawing record spectators each year. The event attracts connoisseurs, collectors, tourist and locals who have the opportunity to admire a curated collection of impressive automobiles, all while shopping along one of the world’s most legendary and exclusive shopping destinations.

From Sports Car Digest

July 9, 2017

Overdrive movie

There have been other movies before featuring Bugattis, in period like the 1933 move "Christopher Strong" featuring Katherine Hepburn, but also in more recent times like in the 2012 movie "À l’aveugle" by Xavier Palud and in a much different style, with a very different Bugatti, in the also 2012 movie "Elysium"

However, this is a new movie, with the most Bugatti driving action since Katherine Hepburn driving her T38 in 1933! Check out the trailer on Youtube:

Overdrive is a French action thriller film directed by Antonio Negret and written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. On May 12, 2011, it was announced that Pierre Morel would produce the action thriller film Overdrive. The film stars Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas, and Gaia Weiss. Principal photography began finally on January 4, 2016 in Paris and Marseille, France. The movie was released in the summer of 2017.

The film is all about a gang stealing high - end classic cars, including the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. Though there are a lot of nice action sequences, including that of the Bugatti chasing an AC Cobra, critics are not so very positive. However, seeing the Bug in action would be enough to go see the movie for me! (Out on August 3 in the Netherlands, and already late June in France).

Now of course there is one very serious question to answer:
Which Bugatti did they use for the movie? The car looks very good indeed, with the right dimensions, right wheels and good interior (for as far as visible).

Of course not one of the two originals, but there is a whole series of Erik Koux's replica's that are available, as well as a few other ones. I have had one Jaguar-based Atlantic replica on my website in 2010 that looked quite good (Below, unluckily I do not have better images) though the wheels seem too small, and later there has been another one, or the same but repainted, for sale in Germany.

1937 Bugatti Atlantic

This classic automobile has been hand crafted from the ground up using a combination of modern technology and classic artisan craftsmanship. The car sits on a custom tubular and box steel chassis with integral forward firewall and cowl structure for torsional rigidity. A T 3.8 Litre twin overhead cam straight six motivates the car, while the twin carbs, polished manifold and covers, as well as generous bright work adorn the engine compartment that features an authentic engine-turned aluminum firewall. This exquisite automobile is the result of over two and a half years of construction.

$250,000 , F-40 Motorsports, 464 Portland-Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT, USA

So, anybody knows exactly which one has been used in "Overdrive"? It seems not logical that one of the Erix Koux's replica's was used, as these are a lot more expensive than the 1/4 million for the blue one above.... states the following, is this the same as the one shown above?:
Engine: Jaguar XK150,
Year: 2000,
Licence plate: W-608-EL (F), JJZ 109 (Licence plate in movie only)

So, pay attention to the top image, from the movie-poster. One of the main characters is getting out of the driving Atlantic, opening the door (which of course should be ripped off at such speed), but he is holding on to the rivited flange or spine! Never thought that that was the real reason why Jean Bugatti put it on the outside!

July 9, 2017

Bugatti Sardinia Rally

Superb first outing for Gentry-restored cars

Bugatti specialists Gentry Restorations were once again invited to provide technical support for the most important event of the Bugatti calendar: The International Bugatti Meeting (5th to 11th June, 2017).

Hosted this year by Bugatti Italia in Sardinia, the rally covered just under 1000kms over five days, during which the participants experienced the most breath-taking scenery, glorious food – and extremely hot weather. The extensive itinerary included visits to the archeological site at Tharros, the castle at Sanluri and the mine at Montevecchio.

Gentry Restorations was asked to provide a support crew for all 103 rally participants - all but two of them vintage Bugattis. A comprehensively-equipped support van with spare parts, tools and equipment was transported from the UK on 31st May. Joint managing director Stephen Gentry, along with head technician Ian Pavely, flew out from Heathrow in preparation for the rally on Saturday 3rd June.

Owing to the number of times that Gentry Restorations has given their help and support at these type of events, the Gentry team already knew most of the rally participants and their cars. Over half of them are previous customers of Gentry Restorations, having either bought parts, contracted routine servicing and maintenance or undertaken complete restorations since the business started 17 years ago. Two of the cars participating have been completely restored by Gentry Restorations recently, and completed the course without a hitch.

Right from the outset it was a very relaxed and sociable rally. The Gentry team were kept reasonably busy and were asked to carry out a total of 41 different jobs on the participants’ cars. The problems ranged from repairing phone chargers and checking tyre pressures, to replacing a broken half shaft on a 1924 Type 30.

Commenting on the rally Stephen Gentry said; “Sardinia is a wonderful island and despite the relentlessly hot weather the rally participants had a really great time. It was a pleasure to catch-up with so many of our customers and it was warming to know that over half of the rally participants have put their cars through our workshops at some point in the past. Just recently, two of those cars have undergone complete, major restorations by us and this rally was their very first outing. In total, we were asked to assist with minor problems on just twelve of our customers’ cars. Needless to say, the two cars that were completely restored recently weren’t amongst them (see photographs below).”

Info and photographs provided by Keith Child, Business Manager, Gentry Restorations Ltd. Email:

However, not everybody was so lucky...
Guy Huet had a very unforunate event, shortly after leaving the ferry on the way to the hotel; the tow bar of his Toyota broke, leaving the trailer with his T43 on it to choose it's own path in life. Of course, without proper guidance this was highly unsuccessful, leading to the trailer being a total loss, and the Bugatti damaged, with at least a fractured steering house and a lot of dents.

Rumours that this accident caused such panic on the other side of the highway that a motorcyclists crashed are not true. Guy did not see anything strange (though a lot of motorcyclists!) near, though an ambulance did pass.

June 28, 2017

Auction Results

RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este auction, 27 May in Lake Como, Italy during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

Osenat Auction, June 18, 2017, Fontainebleau, France

Bugatti news, former issues

Bugatti events

October 15, 2016 - permanent Icons at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Australia

Have you ever explored a museum exhibition and wondered, "how do they know which items are worth collecting?" — I have.

So when I talked to Jacqui Strecker, the head of curatorial at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, it was one of the first questions I asked.

She had just pieced together a new exhibition entitled Icons at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

It is a kind of "best of the best" exhibition of the more than 500,000 items in the News South Wales collection.

The 70 rarely-displayed items, chosen by Dr Strecker, have been put together to challenge the traditional stereotype of an icon.

"Traditionally, we've associated icons with religious paintings that have a special spiritual power, that draws us to those items as an object of worship or admiration," she said.

"Now we understand icons as digital icons that help us navigate our way around computers and smart phones.

"What I've done with this exhibition is really gone through our basement, our extraordinary collection, and I've chosen my favourite objects that I think tell an interesting story and are really worth looking at and challenging the viewer to think about what constitutes an icon today."

The items range from Aboriginal pottery; a silver, brass and wooden crucifix worn on a necklace; a 1928 Bugatti racing car (so valuable Dr Strecker would not tell me how much it was worth); Australian performer Johnny O'Keefe's red suit and the Olympic torch Cathy Freeman used to light the cauldron at the Sydney Olympics.

Photo: 1928 Bugatti driven to victory by Arthur Terdich at the 1929 Australian Grand Prix.

October 23, 2016 - ??? Art of Bugatti exhibition - at the Petersen museum Los Angeles, USA

I get a report from Terry Cook that it is really a breathtaking display!

From the "Carscoops" website:

The Petersen Automotive Museum will host the ‘Art of Bugatti’ exhibition, one of the most complete lineups of the Bugatti family ever, showcasing the most important creations of the company.

The exhibition will open to the public on October 23 and will remain on display for a year.

The purpose of the exhibition is to give visitors an inside look at the history of one of the greatest art dynasties of the last two centuries, starting with the patriarch Carlo Bugatti and his path through the arts, including his mastery of painting, furniture design and manufacture and silversmithing. It then details the work of his two sons, Rembrandt and Ettore before ending up to the latter’s children.

“The Bugattis were an incredibly fascinating family and their history, like all families, is filled with both triumph and tragedy,” said Peter Mullin, chairman of the board of directors for the Petersen. “Their incredible aptitude for art and engineering is unparalleled by any family before or since and their legacy is worthy of celebration. It’s a great honor to share these works with the public and I’m so pleased that we could bring this exhibition to the Petersen.”

The vehicles on display include the Type 41 Royale, Type 57 Atalante, Type 35 and Type 46 along with modern Bugattis like the EB110 and the recently unveiled Chiron, with the assemblage representing the entire span of Bugatti, featuring cars designed by both Ettore and his son Jean Bugatti.

“The Art of Bugatti is a show unlike any other and the Petersen is so pleased to be able to share it with our patrons,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry Karges. “The quality and variety of the art and automobiles on display is incredible and it truly gives a unique insight into the history of a fascinating and talented family.”

Link to the Petersen museum website

November 5, 2017 Artcurial Automobiles sur les Champs 11 auction Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France

1925 Bugatti Type 35

Dutch title
Chassis 4451 (see text)
Engine 25
Estimate 1 000 000 - 1 350 000 €

Italian History
The car on offer was discovered in Sicily at the start of the 1940s. All the available evidence leads us to believe that the car had until that point spent its entire life in the south of Italy.

This car is fitted with an original chassis plate, re-stamped 4491 over the number 4451, with a 9 engraved over the still visible number 5. The cars corresponding to these two numbers were both Type 35s that were delivered new in Italy in the Spring of 1925:

An inspection of the vehicle in its current configuration, untouched since the 1930s, has provided valuable information that we can now report:

We therefore find ourselves in the presence of a Bugatti Grand Prix with mechanical elements dating from 1924 - 1925, on a 1927 Type 35 chassis without supercharger. It cannot be a Type 35A chassis, the production of which ceased in March 1927, or a chassis for a car with supercharger, as it has no trace of holes for a steering box set further back. A hole was made in the bulkhead for the support for a second spare wheel on the driver's side and there are signs of the attachment for the leather strap, high up on the body. These elements suggest that the vehicle took part in one of the rare races that required a second spare wheel. Of these, the Targa Florio and the Mille Miglia are, in Italy, the most well known.

We have not been able to find a Type 35 without supercharger that was entered by an amateur Italian driver in the prestigious Targa Florio, but in the 1928 Mille Miglia, we found evidence of a team, Chiabbetti-Crosti, at the wheel of a Bugatti Grand Prix which could be our car. We have not been able to confirm this yet, but there are no doubt all kinds of wonderful historical discoveries yet to be made about the car presented in the sale. We must note that in July 1928, chassis 4491 belonged to Ottavio Scherm, a driver from Catania, who took part in the Syracuse Cup on 27 May. The following year, he participated in the Tour of Sicily in an Alfa Romeo, while one of his acquaintances, a man named Spampinato de Syracuse, entered a Type 35 with wings, quite similar to our car. It is possible that, by 1928, the registration document for 4491 was already being used for 4451, but we have no proof of this.

A Sicilian youth
The last part of the puzzle that helped us piece together the history of this car, was the discovery on the cover of the cam box and on the petrol cap, of a name that, although partially erased, appears to spell " Guglielmo Costanzo ". This is the name of an owner of the vehicle, who held registration papers for chassis 4491, in 1934. Guglielmo Costanzo bought the car on 28 June 1934 from a lawyer from Catania called Antonio Garozzo, who had, in turn, bought it from Syracuse in September 1932. Costanzo appears in 1928 on the list of licences of international drivers, at the address 164 rue de la Liberté, in Catania. From that point, at the latest, we can assume that the Bugatti 4451 used the papers of 4491, following restoration of the vehicle by this mechanic. In correspondence in 2006, Corrado Cupellini confirmed that Costanzo was indeed a Sicilian mechanic. This information is important as it shows that he was a sufficiently well-known figure for Cupellini to note it and relate him to the history of the car. Two months after registering the restored vehicle, Costanzo sold it to two Catanian enthusiasts called Antonio Lombardo and Salvatore Scuderi, before the Bugatti left Sicily for the region of Cosenza in the north of Italy.

The Bugatti spent the war years in the region of Crotone. It was found in 1958 in Catanzaro and was bought by the Venturi brothers from Rome, who had been told about the Sicilian history of the vehicle.

Roman discovery
And so during the 1950s, the car found itself in the collection of the Venturi brothers in Rome. The collection housed other automobile treasures including another Bugatti, this one a Type 37 in original condition (chassis 37240). This car and the Type 35 then joined the garage of Count Giovanni Lurani, the friend and associate of Corrado Cupellini. The historian Francesco Guasti tells us : " Franco Venturi was a renowned Roman collector who owned, amongst others, the ex-Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Monza. He had a brother called Fernando who survived him and who shared his passion for beautiful motor cars. In the documents we have been able to study relating to their vehicles, were registration papers for 4491 in the province of Catanzaro, in Calabria ".

The Bugatti was registered there in March 1941 in the name of Francesco Solanda, in Crotone, before being acquired by Giuseppe Viraldi, from Catanzaro, in September 1958. Shortly afterwards, the car joined the Venturi collection in Rome. On 14 September 1967, it was sold to Corrado Cupellini.

Cupellini advertised the car in MotorSport in May 1968 :
" Bugatti Grand Prix Type 35, Chassis 4491. Engine 25. Concours condition. $ 9500. Corrado Cupellini, Mazzini 30, Bergamo, Italy. "

In 2006 Cupellini wrote: " I bought this car with my friend Lurani from the Venturi Collection in Rome. Venturi told me that the car came from Sicily. We used it for a while and then I sold it to the Swiss driver Joseph Siffert who told me he gave it to his sponsor Rob Walker. " We have been able to trace the invoice from Joseph Siffert's garage in Belfaux, dated 13 August 1968, signed by Cupellini : " Received, the sum of 13.000 SFR, in payment for the vehicle, consigned to Mr Freddy STREIN. " Strein was an optician from Bern and a friend of Jo Siffert, who raced a Cooper Maserati.

When Rob Walker died, the car was sold at auction in March 1975 by Christie's in Geneva. The catalogue mentions a restoration by the mechanic of Count Lurani. The car was bought by the Dutch collector, Tom Meijer, from Wassenaar, before being bought by the current owner in 1985.

A story of chance and survival
Italy was a good customer for the Bugatti factory during the period 1920 - 1930, before the politics of the country led to the closing of borders. The Bugatti Grand Prix cars delivered between 1924 and 1930 took part in races and numerous events held around the country as far as Sicily. In addition to the mythical Targa Florio, these events included the Mugello circuit, the Coppa Etna, Mont Cenis, Madanella, the Coppa Montenero, the Coppa Perugia, the circuit del Garda... and the Mille Miglia !

Almost 100 Bugatti Grand Prix were delivered new in Italy between the end of 1924 and 1930. The survival rate is terrible: less than 10 cars survived !
The difficulty of the races and the lack of spare parts, no doubt due to the country's isolation after 1931, all contributed to this massacre. Of around 15 examples of the Type 35 delivered, just 4451 and 4698 have survived, and only one Type 35A of 14 sold. Of 15 supercharged Bugatti Grand Prix Type 35 B/C exported to Italy, only two are currently conserved in collections. Of the 50 Type 37 and 37A examples sold in Italy, just one car, without supercharger, (which was also part of the Venturi collection : chassis 37240), and two Type 37A have survived. At the start of the 1930s, certain Bugatti Grand Prix had their engines replaced with Fiat or Maserati engines... and were used until they finally gave up, and were then scrapped. During the 1950s, the American Bugatti 'hunters' didn't appear to have good contacts in Italy and were unable to find and save these beautiful machines.

In conclusion
This Bugatti Grand Prix, in its 1925 configuration, spent the greatest part of its life between Sicily and the three provinces making up the heel of Italy : Cosenza, Crotone and Catanzaro. We can assume that intensive use in competition during its early years, and probably a serious accident, led to the car being given a new chassis supplied by Bugatti in 1927. The car then continued its sporting career and is today still equipped with most of the parts from the period it was built (1925).

This Bugatti chassis 4451 is a survivor. All the historical elements and details that can be seen on the coachwork lead us to believe that it is the car that took part in the 1928 Mille Miglia driven by the team Chiabbetti-Crosti. It is also clear that it participated in numerous races in Sicily and the south of Italy. It must have undergone a few operations to have driven through the pre-war years in preserved, running condition. Although its history up to 1934 was certainly eventful and remains rather mysterious, its journey since it arrived in Catanzo in 1941 is clearer, with just two or three owners before it was discovered in the Roman collection of the Venturi brothers.

If we had seen this car in the streets of Catania or Catanzo in the post-war years, we would have wanted to follow it and possess it. The opportunity to do that has arisen today, and this beautiful, ageless machine is in perfect working condition, having been looked after for more than 30 years by a loving and thoughtful owner.

Text by Pierre-Yves Laugier Photos © Guy Van Grinsven

More info.

There are also some other interesting Bugatti items in the same auction.

November 10 - 12, 2017 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show NEC, Birmingham, UK

That's right, 2,500 stunning, unique and rare cars will be filling the halls of the NEC at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, next weekend from the 10th to 12th of November.

The Bugatti Owners Club, with support of the Bugatti Trust, will have nine original Bugatti Grand Prix cars on display.

More info.

February 7, 2018 RM Sotheby's auction Place Vauban, Paris, France

1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix

Chassis "4394" Estimate €950.000 - €1.050.000 Offered without reserve

Apperently a partly original car, see this discussion on BugattiBuilder from 2009.

More info on the RM Sotheby's site

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