Bugatti Classic Car History

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Can the complex of nuts, bolts, pipes, rubber, and assorted odd shapes and of metal that form an ever be completely the work of one Is it possible for one mind to conceive and such an involved machine? In the we find this possible.

Men Michelangelo and Beethoven conceived and their creations by themselves, and the products reflect the genius and of purpose that is possible one mind directs a project.

Bugatti was such a man. He a car as a work of art. To tell the of the Bugatti cars is to tell the of their designer, for man and machine the same history.

Bugatti was the son of an and was reared as an artist. His father Bugatti worked as a silversmith, woodcarver, painter, lapidary and engraver. His younger brother, became a sculptor of animals, and born in Milan in 1881, was to the Brera Art Academy to study sculpture.

At the age of seventeen he decided he be more successful as an engineer and the firm of Prinetti Stucchi as an

Within a year Bugatti and built a three-wheel car with two This little machine won local races out of ten and the rash entered it in the Paris-to-Bordeaux run. The placed third in the first and young Bugatti returned to fired with the notion of cars.

He designed a four-engine which the firm refused to so he quit.

In 1899 the fiery genius was finally recognized and he was financially by the brothers Gulinelli. At the age of Bugatti produced his first car. It had a four-cylinder overhead-valve contact battery ignition, drive, and a four-speed gearbox! an accomplishment.

This car created a sensation all Europe, and Bugatti received offers. He moved from to contract, building cars, (one was built in the cellar of his and developing a concept of car construction was unique for its time.

During period, Bugatti was looking for a to set up a factory that would be his In 1909 he acquired a large of property at Molsheim in Alsace. was a large house and many formerly a dye works. Here he down and began his pet project, the of a small, lightweight racing

When this little car at Le Mans in 1911, it looked a miniature standing near the racing cars of the time.

was a Fiat, a Dietrich, an Excelsior, a and a huge Cottin Desgouttes. On the line next to them the tiny all white Bugatti, cylinders strong. The riding cradled the spare *tire in his because there was no room for it The race was run under the broiling sun at a of 100 degrees, and both cars and melted under the strain.

the huge two-ton monsters and slid around the course, driver, Ernest Friderich maneuvered the little 660-pound He came in second, behind the and proved that Bugatti more about car design many older engineers. came in and the little factory

With the coming of war in 1914, Bugatti buried three cars under the cellar of his gathered his family, and fled to From there he went to and started designing again. The government needed aircraft and Bugatti, like Rolls and Mercedes, turned his talents in direction.

He built a straight-eight-cylinder and then a double-eight with two geared to the propeller, allowing a gun to fire through the hub. The was taken to America and produced in New Jersey, at the rate of twenty a In American planes these engines powered many air This would seem standard cooperation between and it was. But it led to an interesting development.

The that turned out these was managed by the Duesenberg brothers. six months of the war’s end, a of Duesenberg cars appeared at They sported the first engines of that type in

No one claims they were of the Bugatti, but no one denies its influence on

After the war, Bugatti to Molsheim, exhumed the buried cars, and resumed production. In a strange tank-shaped machine the Bugatti insignia, one of the few models did not have the famous horseshoe-shaped shell. This beetle-bodied car had two innovations: aluminum wheels integral aluminum brake and a front axle hollow in the but solid at the steering pivot strength is required.

Bugatti at Molsheim until World War II, and his became famous, but not only for He lived like a landed of the Middle Ages, and was called Le by everyone. The estate contained buildings, all with polished doors and bronze locks admitted a single master

One building was a carriage museum, a sculpture museum, then a shed, and a stable housing next a riding school, a with prize wire-haired a field of cattle, pigeons, fowl, and — of all things a private distillery.

Where the cars made? In another of structures, all with the polished and bronze locks. They immaculately clean pattern body shops, a foundry, and the advanced machine tools.

there was a large drafting where Le Patron’s drawings and were made. Many of the lived on the estate, which to strengthen the feudal character of the

Bugatti designed and ran everything. He was the for the buildings; he designed an electric station; he supervised construction an iron hand; in short, he was a dictator. The crowning glory of the estate was the Hotel du Pur Sang. a customer waiting for a new car or for repairs to an one might spend a few days in comfort provided and super by the Bugatti family.

During the day he go horseback riding with Le or watch the machinists turn out the parts for the Bugatti cars.

enjoyed his baronial life at and the car designs kept flowing his drawing board, while his son took over the racing The racing history of the Bugatti needs only the statement of one fact. They have won races than any other car

This statement stands though no Bugattis have produced since the 1940’s. The sky-blue cars almost dominated the race tracks of the from 1925 till They had brute speed for the tracks, the lithe cornering for the tight courses.

In 1925 and 1926 alone, won over 1,000 races.

of the outstanding Bugatti cars the 1934 Type 35, a classic the Type 51, one of the most beautiful shapes for its period; the Type 57, and the 59, the last of the flashing racing Although Ettore Bugatti was for his racing cars, he always a road production model. were coupes, some some sedans, but all had the flowing, lines that suggested

The Type 57 passenger version, in the 1930’s can still do over 130 per hour.

In 1929, Bugatti the largest car in the world, even by standards. It seemed as long as a car and cost $30,000 without the The buyers would have a custom-built at perhaps another

This monster had an eight-cylinder with a displacement three that of a modern Cadillac. a few were built when the came, and many of the engines their way into boats and railroad locomotives.

When War II struck, Bugatti moved to where he continued designing. of ideas flowed from his board, all filed for future His apartment became a rendezvous for the Resistance movement during the occupation.

Many of his former served in underground units, but the exciting exploit was performed by Benoist, ex-Bugatti race and Bugatti’s Paris sales, Perhaps it would be fair to say the exploit was done by his Type Bugatti.

Benoist was driving the 57-5 Le Bourget airport on the way to a meeting of his unit. The road was thick fleeing Parisians, and traffic at a slow crawl. Suddenly a patrol arrived. The road was and a panzer division thundered by on its way to

The 57-5 was spotted by a German whose sharp eyes recognized Benoist as a Resistance Under arrest, he was placed in a armed motorcycle convoy moved slowly to the southwest, only to destroy French Benoist was allowed to drive the which the Germans kept fueled.

On the morning of the second the convoy was slowed momentarily by a block and Benoist noticed a road a short distance With the precision that a racing driver can command, he into first gear, the accelerator, and the willing Bugatti forward in a classic racing At the side road, Benoist the car through the corner as though he in a Grand Prix race. In Benoist had the Bugatti rocketing at over 100 mph.

By the time the gave chase, he was out of sight!


the war was over, Bugatti tried to his work, but he was greatly weakened by the of the occupation and the tragic deaths of his and members of his family. In August of this fiercely individual car died.

What is the charm of the It is cantankerous, rough-riding, and makes noise than the hordes of No two were ever exactly so replacement parts have to be made. each time are needed. The cars were often set up to run on racing fuels, and detuning to operate on the highways.

But their owners love with a fierce passion. From stripped racing Bug to the appointed road cars, machines have a purity of design and a mechanical precision is almost unbelievable.

The car is as responsive as the horses that Ettore raised, and even a model back to the middle 1930’s can and outlast most of today’s

There will be no more His heirs will not permit a car to be that was not designed by Le Patron. But is a Bugatti Owners’ Club an estate in England that a private race course. maintain worldwide contact Bugatti owners and publish a listing the whereabouts of each car and its Each car is treasured as a museum but almost all are in running shape.

The owners are trying to make that Le Patron will not be

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