Bugatti Type 18 ‘Black Bess’

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1913 Bugatti Type 18 Bess’

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Of all the prewar this Type 18 is the most and maybe even the most It is also one of the rare five-liter first sold to aviator Garros. But it was during the car’s ownership with Ivy Cummings the nickname ‘Black Bess’ was

In its near 100-year history, car has garnered a roster of impressive and race entries that almost unrivaled. The tremendous of the 5-liter Bugatti kept it on the and challenging newer cars for two decades.

As one of the very first Bugattis this car mimicked traits of marques like Mathis, and Fiat which Bugatti worked for. The centerpiece of Bess was its five liter that used a bore and of 100 x 160mm to offer 5,027cc. The design used a three-bearing and SOHC camshaft to produce @ 2,400rpm.

This power was through a metal-on-metal clutch to a manual transmission. Twin provided drive to the rear Depending on the chain sprockets, top was somewhere near 100 mph—a speed for 1913!

In traditional Bugatti fashion the chassis was suspended by leaf with a reversed quarter-elliptic on the

Upon delivery of chassis Roland Garros commissioned to fashion a small torpedo for his Bugatti. After WW1, 474 was to Louis Coatalen, the chief of Sunbeam, but the car’s racing didn’t develop until it was again to Ivy Cummings. Having other Brecia Bugattis and like the Vauxhall 30/98, it was Cummings’ ownership when 474 the name Black Bess.

At time Cummings raced the car at across Britian like Kop South Harting, Octon and the Bexhill Speed Trials.

It stayed with Cummings 1925, when Oxford L H Preston purchased the car an continued it. He raced it at Brooklands, reaching an speed of 90.06 mph. A later is was sold to actor Robertson Justice who had it maintained by garage near Derby.

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In Bill Boddy found Bess in original condition at prompting Bugatti Owners’ president Col. G M Giles to it and complete a comprehensive restoration. were new friction shock electric lighting and more instrumentation while the body was by Bertelli.

It was campaigned by Giles and his brother at and BOC events.

After WW2, Bess had become one of the most surviving race cars. By it was sold for just £400 and Peter Hampton’s excellent of Bugattis. There it remained it’s next sale in

Retromobile sale.

At their Retromobile aution, Bonhams this Bugatti for €2,427,500 of buyer’s premium. It was described as in original condition with an impressive and long competition The Schlumpf Collection at Mulhouse – now the National Motor Museum – own no.715, one of the three remaining 18s.


No. 471, a car assembled from the and engine acquired with Bess’ and passed from Clarke to Peter Hampton, in private ownership. The ‘Roland Bugatti’ is best known of all and is placed to take its place again in competition, extending its pedigree and provenance, or indeed the Bugatti story in a significant car collection.

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