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The date is June 5, 1925

The location is the Parc des Princes, and the event is the concours d' élégance

The photograph depicts a 4-cilinder Brescia Bugatti, bodied by the coachbuilder "La Carrosserie Profilée", the lady remains unknown, I'm afraid.

To the right another example by the same coachbuilder, at the same event.

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Contents

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

  2. All back issues of the Bugatti revue

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

  4. All Bugatti types with very detailed specifications, descriptions and details, one page per type

  5. Bugattis by chassis numbers

  6. Picture Sheets of the Bugattis, per Catagory

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

  8. Bugatti up to date information / News.

  9. Bugatti Commercial / Merchandise.

  10. Bugatti special garages special pages

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

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

  14. Bugatti miniature models

  15. Archive of older articles and information

  16. Other Bugatti links


April 7, 2022
Obituary: Barrie Price

I just today got the message from the Bugatti Trust that Barrie Price passed away yesterday morning, just short of his 91st birthday. His health had deteriorated quite sharply in the last few weeks. He is now at peace.

Barrie was the last surviving founding Trustee of the Bugatti Trust. He was also Chairman of the Bugatti Owners’ Club from 1988 – 1998 and Vice President from 1989.

For the general public Barrie will be more known as the author of several books on a single type of Bugatti, works on the T40, the 8-cylinder touring cars, the big Bugattis T46 and T50, and a work on the T57. Some of these books, which was very novel at the time, to write a book on a single type of Bugatti, were written together with Jean-Louis Arbey from France. Barrie is also known for being the owner of the Pope T57S Atlantic for quite a while, most excentric of the Bugatti's he owned and worked on.

A true gentleman and a font of knowledge, he will be sorely missed.

Above, Barrie Price, being interviewed at his home in Wixford back in September 2020 by current Trust chairman Hugh Conway and volunteer Simon Berry.


April 4, 2022
Bugatti Rimac to Open New Berlin Design and Engineering Hub

Zagreb / Berlin 30-3-2022
A NEW ENGINEERING AND DESIGN CENTER IN BERLIN WILL BE A FOCAL POINT OF THE FUTURE OF BUGATTI RIMAC. ACHIM ANSCHEIDT, RECENTLY APPOINTED DESIGN DIRECTOR AT BUGATTI RIMAC, WILL WORK HAND-IN-HAND WITH CTO EMILIO SCERVO BETWEEN BERLIN AND ZAGREB TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF BUGATTI AND RIMAC HYPERCARS.

As two of the world’s most renowned hypercar manufacturers embark on an all-new era under the Bugatti Rimac joint company, a new innovation hub in Berlin expands its European footprint. Focused on the design and engineering of future Bugatti Rimac technologies and products, the Berlin-based team will work hand-in-hand with colleagues at the Bugatti Rimac HQ in Zagreb, overseen by newly-announced Bugatti Rimac Design Director, Achim Anscheidt, and Bugatti Rimac CTO, Emilio Scervo.

While the Headquarters of Bugatti Rimac remain in Zagreb with the majority of employees and future expansion building-up in Croatia, this new Berlin hub operates under a new German subsidiary company, Bugatti Rimac GmbH. It houses not only design and engineering teams, but also other Bugatti Rimac functions, including Procurement, Finance, Program Management, IT, Legal and Marketing that work hand-in-hand with their colleagues in Croatia and in Molsheim. It is very deliberately chosen as one of the most vibrant, creative and innovative areas of Germany.

For decades, Berlin has thrived as a city that nurtures start-ups and rewards outlandish ideas. To this day, it remains an epicenter for artists and designers, as well as technology start-up businesses and incubators. It is the ideal platform from which to nurture the new engineering and visual identity of future Bugatti and Rimac vehicles under Bugatti Rimac.

The Group’s global headquarters is located near Zagreb, Croatia, and will transition to the brand-new, €200M, 100,000 m2 Rimac Campus. Bugatti will maintain its production facilities in Molsheim, France, where it will continue to manufacture its cutting-edge hypercars.

To forge the next chapter of automotive history as a multinational company, Bugatti Rimac combines Rimac’s unique agility, in-house technical expertise and innovative drive with Bugatti’s expansive heritage, engineering excellence and unique design will create the next generation of sector-defining hypercars.

Together, Achim Anscheidt, Chief Designer and Emilio Scervo, CTO of Bugatti Rimac, will assemble the kind of forward-thinking minds necessary to develop the future of the world’s leading hypercar business. Positions are already available for Concept Chief Engineer, Head of High-Voltage Systems and Components, Head of Fine Mechanics, as well as design roles with specific focus on interior, exterior and VR.

Adriano Mudri, previously Director of Design of Rimac Automobili, is becoming the Director of Design of a future mobility-focused sister company to Rimac, developing next-generation vehicles that will be revealed at a later point.

Mate Rimac, CEO at Bugatti Rimac, said: “Bugatti Rimac GmbH is an exciting new expansion of the business. This new subsidiary will be deeply involved in many exciting hypercar projects that we are very much looking forward to sharing with the world. Our team is expanding day by day, and Bugatti Rimac GmbH represents an opportunity for the very best in the industry to join us, demonstrate their skills, and be part of a company that’s re-defining the hypercar.”

Achim Anscheidt, Design Director at Bugatti Rimac, said: “From the inception of the Veyron to the end of the Chiron era, this legacy will mark one chapter of the Bugatti story but now we are preparing for an all-new era with Bugatti Rimac. With the opening of our new Berlin office, we’re preparing to evolve this story towards new innovative horizons, with a fresh design direction that reflects the cutting-edge electrification technology pioneered by Rimac Group. It is of utmost importance for us to preserve the stylistic DNA of a Bugatti, however our characterizing design identity continues to be authenticated by the means of form following performance. With new electrified technologies, our design focus will change by necessity, ushering in a proportion perfectly honed to both the excitement of the combustion engine and the instantaneous power of the electric drivetrain. I am also very excited to help evolve the Rimac brand and design DNA, which, in a relatively short time, has already received global recognition.”

Emilio Scervo, CTO at Bugatti Rimac, said: “The Veyron and Chiron were of the same family but now we have the opportunity to establish a new lineage as part of the Bugatti Rimac era. With the world-leading performance electrification expertise, pioneered in the Rimac Nevera, and the unrivaled combustion engine innovation of the Chiron, the possibilities for unleashing new levels of ability and performance are almost endless. Working hand in hand with Achim will enable us to deliver engineering works of art; a modern synthesis of beauty and performance, emotional engagement and engineering prowess.

“Our aim is to pursue the best materials and the latest technologies, but also the finest and boldest minds, and with our new facility in Berlin we believe we have the infrastructure in place to deliver on this fascinating challenge.”


March 31, 2022
Auction result

Aguttes online Auction, March 27, 2022, France

  • 1927 Bugatti Type 35C (R), Chassis no. 38343, Engine no. 219, Estimate: 300,000 - 400,000 €: Sold at 507,400€ (including premium)


March 24, 2022
Auction results

Artcurial Retromobile auction, March 18, 2022

  • 1920 Bugatti Type 13, Chassis n° 772, Engine n° 445, Estimate 250.000 - 350.000€: Sold at 268.200€ (including premium)
  • 1925 Bugatti T35B Reconstruction by Ventoux Moteurs Engineering, Chassis n° 4617, Estimate 400.000 - 600.000€: Sold at 655.600€ (including premium)
  • 1926 Bugatti 37A ex-Jacques Dufilho, Chassis n° 37211, Engine n° 114, Estimate 900.000 - 1.200.000 €: Sold at: 894.000 €
  • 1928 Bugatti T44 Faux Cabriolet par Labourdette, Chassis n° 44342, Engine n° 76, Estimate 300.000 - 400.000€: Sold at: 336.144€
  • 1928 Bugatti T35/51 Reconstruction "Petit Coupé Friderich", Chassis n° 4775, Estimate 250.000 - 350.000€: Sold at: 333.760 €
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57, replica "Aérolithe" body, Chassis n° 57104, Estimate 1.500.000 - 3.000.000€: Not sold (maximum bid 1.3 M)
  • 1936 Bugatti T57 Galibier, Chassis n° 57363, Engine n° 57331/234, Estimate 250.000 - 300.000€: Sold at: 306.344 €

Artcurial Retromobile auction (automobilia), March 19, 2022

  • Bugatti mechanics toolbox, circa 1930, estimate 3.000 - 5.000€: Sold at: 6.560€
  • Portrait of Ettore Bugatti, Original plaster by Christine Blanc, estimate 2.000 - 2.000€: Sold at: 1.574 €
  • Ettore Bugatti technical sketch, dated 8-8-1940, estimate 600 - 600€: Sold at: 2.624 €
  • AutoRail WR Double "SNCF", large scale (1:10) model, estimate 20.000 - 30.000 €: Sold at: 86.592 €
  • Jaeger- Bugatti 8-day clock, estimate 1.000 - 1.500 €: Sold at: 2.624 €
  • Géo HAM lithographie: Louis Chiron au Grand Prix d'Antibes 1928, estimate 700 - 1000 €: Sold at: 918 €


Bugatti news

March 19, 2022
The double T30 Bugatti still exists, and will be on show at Essen from 23-27 March

At Retromobile I spoke with the author of a book on Bugatti's in Spain, which will be published next year.

He told me that the Bugatti Type 30 with two engines as shown in the picture above (shown on my website first in October 2018), and will in fact be shown to the public next week! The Techno Classica in Essen is open from March 23 to 27.

Àlex Vergés explained back then that the man at the wheel is José Tous, from Barcelona. The car is a T-30 which was registered initially to Francisco Samaranch.


Bugatti news

March 18, 2022
Interesting Carlo Bugatti 4-sided cabinet surfaces

This Cabinet, said to be ca. 1900 just surfaced and is offered on auction in Spain, on March 23. It is unlike anything I have seen before. The 4 surfaces would seem to be for sitting, but as they are sloping downward, I am quite convinced that that is not the case.

The Cabinet is in ebonised walnut wood, inlaid with pewter, copper and vellum, in the typical Carlo Bugatti style.

It is also signed "Bugatti"

  • There are slight cracks at some angles, as well as wear due to time and use.
  • This piece is in Italy and is awaiting an export permit.
  • It has small cracks in the corners.
  • Measurements: 80 x 80 x 100 cm.

Text from the auction:
Important and rare cabinet made by the Italian artist and designer Carlo Bugatti in the early 1900s. Bugatti's most creative and exotic production was made at the request of a demanding clientele who loved the new taste of the turn of the century, and this piece is a faithful example of this.

The curious structure of the present object shows a central body in the shape of a cross in which eight small doors are housed and which communicate with each other on the inside. The frame is supported by four points of support in the form of horseshoe arches which, in turn, culminate on three small columns. The upper part, meanwhile, is made up of another body in the shape of a cross, this time rotating, from which drawers emerge at each end.

This piece of design is a clear example of the "Bugatti style", where the orientalist taste enriches the whole piece. From the small columns whose shafts are decorated with copper sheets embossed with natural motifs, to the arches, which feature subtle pewter birds, as well as the kufic motifs that accompany them.

In addition, the goldsmith's work on the copper plates deserves special attention, as each of them contains a different ornamental treatment, both in the centres of the horseshoe arches and those that decorate the inside of each of the doors of the central body.

Finally, the mobile part, which crowns the entire structure, is finely enriched by arcades that are always decorated by means of the handcrafted process of inlaying, from which birds, kufic script and vegetal elements continue to emerge. This cabinet represents one of the most exquisite and rare works of the Italian designer's production.

Carlo Bugatti showed his creative and artistic talents from an early age and was enrolled by his father at the Brera Academy, where he met the artist Giovanni Segantini, and subsequently attended the Ecole de Beax-Arts in Paris. Later, in the late 1970s, Bugatti worked for the cabinetmaker Mentasti, owner of the Piccolo Stabilimento di Lavorazione del Legno in Via San Marco, Milan.

From 1888 onwards, there is evidence of a Bugatti workshop in Via Castelfidardo 6, Milan. In the same year, Carlo established himself as a cabinetmaker at the Italian Exhibition in London. His furniture is unique, using precious woods as well as ivory, copper, mother-of-pearl, camel and fallow deer hide. These creations were particularly appreciated and harmonised well with the exotic and Moorish taste typical of the time. As early as 1890, the famous cabinetmaker had opened a studio-workshop in Paris, where, at the Universal Exhibition of 1900, his furniture was awarded prizes marking the international triumph of Art Nouveau.

Settling in Paris in 1903, he met the art dealer and founder Adrien A. Hebrard (1865-1937), who persuaded him to devote himself to sculpture, commissioning objects and ornaments from him, including a fantastic bestiary which Hebrard exhibited in his gallery in 1907. After leaving Paris in 1910, Bugatti moved to Pierrerfonds in the Oise, where he became mayor. The last years of his life were marked by dramatic events, such as the suicide of his son Rembrandt in 1916, the death of his daughter Deanice and finally that of his wife Therese. In 1935 he decided to move to Alsace, to Molsheim, where his son Ettore had opened the famous Bugatti car factory, and where he died in April 1940.

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March 11, 2022
Auction result

Silverstone Auctions RAF Museum London Season Opener, March 6, 2022

  • 1948 CDL Chorlton Special, Guide Price: £100,000 - £140,000: Not sold

Now available at a price of £108,100


March 7, 2022
Auctions results

Bonhams', Amelia Island Auction, March 3, 2022

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis no. 57748, Estimate: US$1,300,000 - US$1,700,000: Not sold
Gooding & Company, Amelia Island Auction, March 4, 2022

  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Galibier Chassis 57752, Estimate $400,000 - $500,000: Sold for $434,000
RM Auctions, Amelia Island Auction, March 5, 2022

  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Chassis 57156, Estimate: €550,000 - €700,000, Sold for $582,500
  • 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT Prototype, Chassis No. ZA9AB01E0NCD39012 Estimate: $2,000,000 - $2,500,000, Sold for $2,100,000
  • 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport, Chassis No. VF9SP3V34KM795215 Estimate: $3,000,000 - $3,300,000, Sold for $3,360,000

February 3, 2022
Auctions results

RM Sothebys Auction Paris, France, February 2, 2022

  • 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT France, Chassis n° ZA9AB01S0RCD39095, Sold for €1,805,000

Bonhams Auction, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais, Paris, France, February 3, 2022

  • 1926 Bugatti T40 Torpedo Sport, Coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud, Chassis no. 40169, Estimate € 280,000 - 350,000: Sold for € 287,500 inc. premium
  • 1935 Bugatti T57 VanVooren cabriolet, Chassis NO. 57287, Engine NO. 213, Estimate € 700,000 - 800,000: Sold for € 770,500 inc. premium
  • 1936 Bugatti T57C Ventoux streamline, Chassis no. 57335 Engine no. 340, Estimate € 1,600,000 - 2,000,000: Not sold
  • 1938 Bugatti T57C Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis no. 57678 Engine no. C41, Estimate € 800,000 - 1,200,000: Not sold
  • 1996 Bugatti EB110 GT, Chassis NO. ZA9AB01E0PCD39050, Engine NO. 00050, Estimate € 1,100,000 - 1,300,000, Sold for € 1,817,000 inc. premium

Interesting to see that the classic Bugatti's struggle to sell, with both more expensive ones not sold. The EB110GT's though fetch prices which up to recently were for EB110SS's, when the GT's from Artioli's era until not too long ago were in the million Euro range...


January 26, 2022
Bugatti Chiron and derivatives sold out!

Mate Rimac: Next Bugatti to be powered by an internal combustion engine...

It's over, there are no more Bugattis for sale....
Bugatti had a record year 2021. Technically, there is not a single new Bugatti left for sale.

The French manufacturer, like other prestige car manufacturers, had an exceptional year in 2021 in terms of sales. By doing so, there are technically no more new Bugattis for sale.

It's over for the story of the Chiron and its extended range. The French manufacturer has announced the sale of the last copies. Bugatti acted quickly since, on October 26, it was announced that there were 40 copies left for sale. In the space of a few weeks, these 40 cars, whose unit base price exceeds 4 million dollars, have found takers.

With this announcement, the total number of units sold in 2021 is therefore 150, an absolute record for Bugatti of the modern era. Bugatti maintains that, of this number, there are 63% of first buyers of a car from the brand. At the same time, for the well-known people of the Molsheim company, the 40 Bolides unveiled just last August as part of the “The Quail” festivities on the sidelines of Pebble Beach are all sold as well. It must be remembered that individuals who have the opportunity to get their hands on the Bolide must already own a Chiron. The “general public” did not have access to it.

To date, deliveries of the Divo have been completed. The “La Voiture Noire”, a one-of-a-kind automobile priced at US$18.7 million, has found its owner. The manufacturer is now concentrating on assembling the Super Sport 300+ with some 60 examples, all of which have also been sold. Subsequently, it will be the turn of the Centodieci in 10 copies to go through the Bugatti workshops. At the same time, we expect to see Bolides emerge from time to time for impatient customers.

Bugatti will therefore still be busy over the next few years with vehicles whose technical characteristics are often unique from one car to another. As an indication, Bugatti is proud to have delivered 80 examples to its customers in 2021. On the count, all production based on the Chiron is limited to 500 cars.

With an absence of models for sale, Bugatti is now looking to the future and, most importantly, to its merger with Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer, Rimac. After the Chiron and its derivatives, we will no longer speak strictly of Bugatti, but of Bugatti Rimac as a single manufacturer. The new boss, Mate Rimac, is more than confident about the fate of this prestigious company:

“We will surprise you, especially with features never seen on other cars, and we will push even further in the direction of combustion engines.

The quality and personality of the Bugatti brand will remain intact, faithful to its origins, but geared towards growth. It is Bugatti Rimac's commitment and mine to keep this promise, which is non-negotiable.

Bugatti's mastery will be continued and we also intend to improve it. I also promise, as a lover of cars, technology and engines, to seek only the best, something that can inspire new generations."

Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti-Rimac

As an enthusiast and aware of the stakes, the 33-year-old has promised that the new hypercar will not be a rebadged Rimac Nevera. Nor will it be a deep restyling of the Chiron, nor a hybrid version of said hypercar.

Obviously, Bugatti Rimac has some surprises in store for us in the future. Recent history shows us that this manufacturer plays in its own league when it comes to performance and exclusivity. We will soon see a whole new chapter written on the most prestigious of automobile brands.


Bugatti news, former issues


Bugatti events

Until September 18, 2022 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Showcased at the Guggenheim Museum "MOTION. AUTOS, ART, ARCHITECTURE" Bilbao, Spain

Artistic talent runs deeply throughout the Bugatti family. The art world views Rembrandt Bugatti – brother of company founder Ettore – as one of the most notable and artistically independent sculptors of the early 20th century. His pieces are now on display in several collections and museums across the world. Ettore Bugatti saw the creativity behind his legendary automobiles as an artistic process – a passion he passed on to his son, Jean, which led him to design some of the most elegant and timeless automotive shapes ever conceived. The automobile that is considered by many to be Jean’s crowning achievement is the Type 57 SC Atlantic, regarded as the most valuable and exclusive automobile in the world, which is now granted center stage at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as part of a new automotive exhibition.

Situated within the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, the titanium architecture of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao places it among some of the most spectacular buildings in continental Europe. Known for its displays of modern and contemporary art, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is now the host of a new exhibition named "Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture" that has been personally curated by renowned British architect, Norman Foster, celebrating and investigating the parallels between the automotive world and that of art.

Bringing together a collection of around 40 of the automotive industry’s most beautiful, exclusive and technically innovative creations, Bugatti’s legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic is among the hand-picked selection for its breathtaking proportions. Appearing in the “Sculptures” gallery of the exhibition, the Type 57 SC Atlantic’s engineering excellence alongside its distinctive flowing lines were noted when the automobile was chosen for display, having been shaped by Bugatti’s craftspeople – artists in their own right. Fittingly, the Type 57 SC Atlantic is situated next to the celebrated “Walking Panther” sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti himself within the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The Type 57 SC Atlantic in question is one of two original surviving examples. Loaned to the exhibition by the Mullin Automotive Museum in California, the 1936 automobile was the first unit built, originally for British banker Victor Rothschild. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is the owner of the last Atlantic produced – of a total of four – and the only other surviving original model. The third-made was involved in a serious collision in 1955, almost entirely destroying the car. It has since been restored using as many original parts as possible, but many of the components had to be made from new.

Jean Bugatti created the second-made Atlantic for his personal use – now infamously known as the “La Voiture Noire”, missing since 1938 and presumed lost during the Second World War. Its disappearance is one of the great mysteries in the history of the automobile. Experts estimate the value of the Atlantic at more than €100 million – if it ever appears again.

President of Bugatti, Christophe Piochon, commented: “The Type 57 SC Atlantic, despite being created by Jean Bugatti over 80 years ago, remains one of the greatest pieces of automotive design ever conceived – there are very few cars in existence that command such a presence. It is the very definition of the automobile transcending into the world of art, making it the ideal specimen to illustrate our brand’s heritage and design philosophies at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.”

‘State-of-the-Art’
Jean Bugatti began to modernize the French luxury brand’s models from the late 1920s with his passion and talent for automotive design, before being handed the keys to his father’s company in 1936.

Jean designed the Type 57 as a production car and as a racing variant: the ultimate grand tourisme. The range included various engine options and bodies such as the Galibier (four-door saloon), Stelvio (convertible), Ventoux (two-door saloon) and Atlantic (coupé). By the time production had come to a halt in 1940, about 800 Type 57 models in the different versions had left the factory hall.

However, only four Atlantic models were ever made between 1936 and 1938, adding to its mystical allure and exclusivity. When it first appeared, its body was already strikingly beautiful. The wheels stand out from the body and the bonnet is extremely long for a car with an overall length of only 3.70 meters.

The rear end flows down in an oval shape extending almost to the ground. Six thin tailpipes complete the rear view. An outstanding design feature is a raised seam running vertically from the hinge in the split bonnet to the tail. Like a sharp fin, it divides the body in the middle. Rivets hold the split metal sheets in place.

The Atlantic is powered by a near-silent, robust 3.3-liter straight-eight engine producing up to 200 PS and a top speed in excess of 200 km/h. This was during an era when horse-drawn carts still featured prominently on many roads.


Until September, 2022 All seven Bugatti's Type 101 on display at the Schlumpf museum Mulhouse, France

For the first time ever, all 7 type 101 Bugattis are gathered together, and will remain on public display at the Musée National de l'Automobile, collection Schlumpf until the Bugatti Festival in September.

The occasion is a book on the subject of the type 101.


May 13, 2022 Bonhams Auction: 'LES GRANDES MARQUES a MONACO' Monte Carlo

  • 1927 Bugatti T35 B, Chassis no. 4888. Engine n°: 202T from #4944, Estimate: €2,000,000 - €3,000,000
  • 1929 Bugatti Type 37, Chassis no. 37385, Engine no. 287, Estimate: €800,000 - €1,100,000

    1927 Bugatti T35 B: Offered from 47 years of private ownership.

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    1929 Bugatti Type 37

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  • May 25, 2022 Christie's Live Auction 21065 - DESIGN France

    • 1930 Bugatti Baby
      Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 EUR

    aluminium, painted metal sheet and leather, the motor is electric. The dashboard is equipped with a control panel, the gearshift is on the right side of the seat.
    Size 56 x 180 x 63 cm
    wheelbase : 121 cm

    The Bugatti Baby is the faithful half scale replica of the mythical Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix racing car that won almost all races between 1925 and 1927. Originally designed by Ettore Bugatti for his second son, Roland, aged 5 years, it was initially fitted with a combustion engine. It was later fitted with an electric engine and elongated, so that it could be used by children of 6 to 8 years old. Ettore presented this second version at the Milan Trade Fair in 1927, where it encountered great success that lead to the production of this ‘luxury toy’ in small series.
    The car was then included in the factory catalogue and exhibited at Bugatti retailers. Made of aluminium and sheet metal, it has a gearbox, a Bugatti-style dashboard and a leather seat. It can reach 15 to 20 km/h depending on the charge available from the 12-volt battery which drives the Paris-Rhône engine. Each presents a different number located on the sheet metal separating the backrest from the engine compartment. Its significant price - about 5,000 francs at the time - made it the ideal gift for wealthy customers' children. Ettore sometimes gifted one as a token of gratitude for regular clients. In this way some royal families, notably the Prince of Morocco in 1929 and the future King Baudouin in 1932, became happy owners of the model. Hergé immortalised this in the album, 'Tintin Land of Black Gold', in which the young Abdallah is given a Baby Bugatti by his father. The queen of children's car racing, which flourished during the 1930's, the Baby was equally at home on the Planches de Deauville board-walk or the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Around 500 models were produced between 1927 and 1937. Today, less than one hundred are listed, in the hands of private individuals or in museums. One model can be seen in the Mullin Automotive Museum collection and two at the La Cité de l'automobile - Musée national - Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse.

    Our model comes from Germany and was owned by Mr Carl Reichstein, a wealthy industrial who founded the ‘Brennabor' cycle manufacturing company at the end of the 19th century. The company became the major cycle manufacturer in 1900, at that time selling some 40,000 cycles. He then expanded his company with the help of his two brothers in the automobile industry with the "Brennaborette" tricycle (1906-1911) and among other products, two four-cylinder cars. His son Eduard took over the company after having spent eight years in the United States, where he was an engineer and designer-in-chief with Northway MotorCorp between 1916 and 1919 in Detroit. With this experience behind him, he returned in 1920 as automobile designer-in-chief in his father's company and was instrumental in making Brennabor the first automobile works in Germany to be fitted with assembly lines. From 1922 he became co-proprietor of the trademark Brennabor-Werke and was successful in developing several vehicles, notably the ‘Jewel’ 2.5 litre / 6 cylinder series in 1929 and a 3.4 litre / 8 cylinder vehicle in 1930.

    Remained in this famous family tied to the premises of the automobile industry, our Baby was ordered for the grandson of Carl Reichstein: Karl Ernst who made use of it in the property of Potsdam. This legendary toy is a rediscovery as it has not been in circulation for almost a century.

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    July 16 - 17, 2022 100 years commemoration of Grand Prix de l'ACF, Strasbourg Duppigheim, France


    September 1-3, 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers, the Auburn auction Auburn, USA

    • 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix

      • Rare and thrilling opportunity to own a highly authentic and correct prewar racing icon
      • Documented by the American Bugatti Club; well-known by marque experts including David Sewell
      • Roster of former keepers includes Louis Chiron’s patron, Fred Hoffman
      • Raced in period by Bugatti concessionaire, Jean Ollivier
      • Competition history includes Provence Grand Prix in 1926
      • Documented restoration; toured over 4,000 miles through Europe in 2017
      • Winner, Monterey Cup race at Laguna Seca, 2009 “On the button” and ready to race, show, tour, and enjoy

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    September 16 - 18, 2022 39th Festival Bugatti Molsheim, France


    Bugatti events from the past

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