Bugatti

April 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

In the last few months I've had the opportunity to visit the "remodeled" Peterson Automotive  Museum in Los Angeles twice.  They were showing a fabulous exhibit of beautiful Bugatti automobiles. I've always been quite taken by the style of a Bugatti ... particularly the older machines.

First a brief history direct from Wikipedia

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim Alasce by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 "Royale", the Type 57 "Atlantic" and the Type 55 sports car.

The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 ensured there was not a successor to lead the factory. No more than about 8,000 cars were made. The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in the 1960s.

In the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars. Today, the name is owned by German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen.

 

Photograph 1: The Bugatti Symbol found on every Bugatti:

 

Photograph 2: This picture is of a Bugatti shell hanging from the museum's ceiling in the lobby:

 

Photograph 3: The hood of the shell shown above:

 

Photograph 4: The top of the radiator of an older Bugatti:

 

Photograph 5: My favorite Bugatti of the show ... called the Jean.

 

Photograph 6: The sloping rear of the Jean

 

Photograph 7: Side view of a 1994 Bugatti:

 

Photograph 8: Carbon fiber panels replacing metal on the newest, hottest Bugatti:

 

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at one of the  major marquee's in European Automobiles.

Thanks, as always,

 

Adam

 


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