In 1929, Ettore Bugatti introduced a new car to fill what was a vast gap between the 3.0-liter Type 44 and the massive, extravagant 12.75 liter Type 41 Royale. This new car was called the Type 46, and it featured a 5,350 c.c. Monobloc inline eight-cylinder engine, a three-speed rear-mounted transaxle and Bugatti’s typical and proven solid axle chassis design. The Type 46 resonated with buyers, as approximately 467 examples were built between 1929 and 1933. While this might seem like a lot of cars by Bugatti standards, its nearest competitor, the Delage D8, was made in numbers approaching 2,000 examples. Typical for Bugatti, the bodies fitted to the Type 46 chassis were as varied as their customers. Ranging from formal and understated saloons to flamboyant and sporty roadsters, the Type 46 proved to be quite versatile and fine-driving car in true Molsheim tradition. It shared particular characteristics with the massive Type 41, including the transaxle gearbox and fabulous cast-alloy disc wheels. Its power, grace and stature earned the Type 46 the nickname “La Petit Royale.” Our featured Type 46 is chassis number 46524. According to information in Barrie Price’s book Bugatti Type 46 & 50, as well as the definitive reference guide La Petit Royale, this particular chassis was ordered in a batch of 29 cars (a mix of type 46 and 49) by Swiss Bugatti agent Bucar of Zurich. The first owner is listed as Hans Lindt of Stockholm, Sweden (incorrectly noted as “Schmidt” by Mr. Price). It is understood that the car was delivered wearing the optional alloy wheels and ordered to receive four-seat Gangloff Touriste cabriolet coachwork. Upon completion by Gangloff, it was driven back to Molsheim, collected by Mr. Lindt, who drove the 1,700 KM across Europe and back to Stockholm; a task for which his Type 46 was no doubt ideally suited. Following Mr. Lindt’s time with the car, it was purchased by Rene Chatard, a fashion boutique owner, and well-known Bugatti connoisseur. It is believed that sometime during Chatard’s ownership, the body was separated from the chassis and fitted with blackout lights and rudimentary seats, perhaps to make the car unattractive to occupying forces during the war. In 1940, it was equipped with a “Gazogene” unit in an attempt to run the car on wood fumes instead of gasoline, but the experiment was a failure, and the car was parked up. Chatard and his mistress were killed in 1955 when his Type 57 Atlantic was struck by a train. Chatard’s widow sold 46524 along with six other cars to the famous Bugatti collector Jean De Dobbeleer. He would quickly sell this car as a running chassis with radiator, bonnet, and cowl, to Bob Estes and Otto Zipper of Precision Motor Cars in California, as noted in H.G. Conway’s The Bugatti Register. At some point, the car joined the Harrah Collection in Reno, still in the same state as De Dobbeleer found it in 1956. In 1973, 46524 was sold via auction at Harrah’s and purchased by Ed Morgan and his son. The Morgans are avid collectors and restorers, and the car remained as found for many years as they planned the best course of action to restore it. During their research, they learned that Dr. Joseph Fuchs, who had commissioned the magnificent Weinberger-bodied Type 41 Royale Cabriolet had also owned a Weinberger-bodied Type 46. No photos of that car were available at the time, but the inspiration was set, and the Morgans traveled to The Henry Ford to measure and photograph the Weinberger Royale. Numerous drawings, measurements, and templates were made before a design was settled upon. In 1992, the car was finally handed over to Monty and Greg Montiller to receive its coachwork. The chassis and mechanicals were restored in the Morgan’s personal restoration shop, which included a full engine rebuild, and the upholstery work was handed over to Ken Niminek, executed in lovely two-tone green and tan leather. The rebirth of 46524 was completed in 1998, and while it differs in detail from Dr. Fuchs’ Type 46 (photos of that car have since surfaced), it remains a magnificent tribute and incredibly beautiful in its own right. The Type 46 rides on a rather long 140” wheelbase chassis, though the impeccably proportioned coachwork makes this car seem much smaller. Among most notable features of the body are the sweeping Jean Bugatti-style wings which form one continuous and graceful line from front to rear. The Royale-style 20-inch alloy wheels are a perfect match for the coachwork, and the upholstered trunk, close-coupled body, and dual rear-mount spare wheels give it a distinctly sporting appearance. Fresh from restoration, the Type 46 was shown at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it was promptly awarded first in class. Over the next five years, it was shown extensively, winning Best in Show at the 2000 Hillsborough Concours and Most Elegant Open Car at the 2003 Palo Alto Concours. The Morgans participated in the 2003 Bugatti West Coast Rally with the Type 46, and while it has not been shown publically since 2003, it has remained a prized part of their private collection, accruing just 500 KM since its restoration. 46-524 has been meticulously maintained over the years and still presents in near-concours condition. The two-tone green paintwork is in excellent order, highlighted with finely restored brightwork. As expected of a Pebble Beach class winner, detailing is impeccable. The beauty of the coachwork is matched by the striking interior, which is finished in two-tone tan and green leather, with lavish woodwork and appointments. The tan top has never been down since it was fitted and is therefore excellent and crease-free. This Type 46 is, quite simply an exquisite and breathtaking machine. The history is well-documented, and it benefits from forty-five years of continuous ownership in the hands of its passionate caretakers. It is ready for its next chapter and remains in showable condition, yet would also make for an outstanding touring car, where the powerful 5.3-liter inline eight can be thoroughly enjoyed. We are thrilled to offer this splendid Bugatti, ready for a new keeper to cherish it for its ageless beauty and impressive performance.
Variant: 16.4 (UK Supplied) Since 2005, the fastest, most powerful production supercar in the world has been the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, named for Pierre Veyron, winner of the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans race for Bugatti, and its 16-cylinder quad-turbocharged engine. The 2005 Veyron was based on the Bentley Hunaudieres concept and manufactured at Bugatti’s traditional home in Molsheim in Alsace, France. It was designed by Hartmut Warkuss, with Jozef Kaban responsible for the body and Wolfgang Schreiber directing the engineering. Volkswagen officials recorded a top speed of 253.81 mph at the company’s test track. The Veyron requires a total of 10 radiators: three to cool the engine, three for the heat exchangers and one each for the air conditioning, transmission, differential and engine oil. Performance is nothing short of spectacular and Bugatti claims 0–200 km/h (124.3 mph) in 7.3 seconds and 0–300 km/h (186.4 mph) in 16.8 seconds. The Michelin PAX run-flat tyres are specifically made for the car to handle the extraordinary speed. Whilst the Veyron is no lightweight, weighing in at 4,162 lbs., its 1,001 horsepower W-16 engine certainly helps it stay light on its feet. This incredible car was originally delivered to the UK 2007 and registered in April. The car had 3 owners and has only covered 8,000 km (Approx 5,000 miles) from new and comes complete with service history/books, MOT, handbooks, charger, PDA and speed key. The car has been known to H.R. Owen Bugatti all its life and the services have been stamped in the book. Much like the great Bugattis of the past, the Veyron is a masterpiece of engineering and design. There is so much that can be said of this car. It was the quickest accelerating and decelerating street legal production car in the world and the world’s fastest, with a recorded top speed of 253.19 mph. It was also the most expensive, at about $1.25 million each its was also named “Car of the Decade” by the BBC television show Top Gear. Statistics aside, the Veyron certainly lives up to its namesake and will continue to do so with the past, present and future legends of Bugatti.
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This car is currently not at Fantasy Junction but can be viewed by appointment. 1929 Bugatti Type 40 Jean Bugatti Roadster s/n 40845, engine no. 769 Two Tone Red and Black with Black Leather Interior Built in the heyday of Bugatti’s illustrious Grand Prix successes, the Type 40 was among the company’s smallest offerings, but incorporated many of the same innovations that distinguished the company’s cars both on and off the track. The engine was virtually identically to that of the Type 37 Grand Prix car, a single overhead camshaft inline four with three valves per cylinder. A 4-speed gearbox transmitted power to the rear wheels. A total of 775 examples were built, of which just 42 wore the most sporting and beautiful “Jean Bugatti Roadster” bodywork, itself adapted from the stunning open bodywork he had designed for the eight-cylinder Type 43A. Of the 42 Type 40s built with this bodywork, just 13 survive today, and this is an exceptionally original example that retains its original body, frame, engine, and gearbox. Jean Bugatti personally kept the first Type 40 with this bodywork, finished in the same color that this car wears: two tone black and red. Originally ordered by Bugatti’