Friday, April 30, 2010

Rare Bugatti Model Will Be Resurrected On Prototype Frame

A mega-rare 2010 retro prototype 1939 Type 64 Bugatti will be built on a second frame owned by an automotive museum. Peter Mullin, the owner of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard California purchased the rare #2 frame in which the body was never built. Only one complete rare 1939 Type 64 Bugatti was ever built by Jean Bugatti. But the car never made it into regular Bugatti production as tragic events changed Bugatti forever.

At one time, Jean Bugatti envisioned a future version of the Type 64 with gullwing doors. But in 1939 Jean Bugatti was killed in a serious auto accident when he had to swerve his car to avoid a drunken bicyclist. And the dawn of WWII was the final blow to Bugatti. So, the Type 64 remained a unused rarity, tucked away for generations. A search was conducted by the Mullin Museum for a body designer that could build a car that used that gullwing door design, and would be something in the spirit of a Jean Bugatti original.

Some Bugatti purists might be horrified at the concept of building a 2010 retro-type body and representing this as a Bugatti. Yet, the custom coachwork on the rare Bugatti frame will resurrect an extremely rare car and is akin to bringing back a dinosaur from extinction.

Right now the frame is on display, along with the artist renderings of what the resurrected Bugatti model will look like. The resurrected Bugatti should be an awesome automobile when finished and a priceless rarity. Rare Bugatti automobiles command prices in the stratosphere, and are among the most valuable of any collector cars ever built. As beautiful as the new Bugatti is, it will probably be too rare and too expensive ever to be driven. And Bugatti cars of the past just begged to be driven and were like rolling palaces on wheels.