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BUGATTI THE TWILIGHT YEARS 1943-1963

Barton John A r

During the first 20 years of the Bugatti Company, up to 1939, Ettore Bugatti and later his son Jean designed, built and sold nearly 8,000 cars. In the final twenty of the company’s existence,... Read more
Publisher: Independent Publishing Netw
Language: English
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During the first 20 years of the Bugatti Company, up to 1939, Ettore Bugatti and later his son Jean designed, built and sold nearly 8,000 cars.

In the final twenty of the company’s existence, ending in 1963, Ettore Bugatti (who died in 1947) and later his son Roland, assembled and sold just seven cars. And these from parts stored during the war that were from designs nearly twenty years old.

During this later period, nine different 1500cc engines were designed and built and almost all tested; none was sold to the public and consequently earned nothing for their creators.

The main reason was that the French government decided that only a few car-manufacturers should have access to materials, in a (rather successful) attempt to get the French on the road again soon.

There was no room for luxury automobiles in these plans. Therefore, all the luxury car manufacturers disappeared, or went on making different things than automobiles.

... John A Barton has a special interest in post-war Bugattis. One of very few with hands-on experience, restoring Types 73 and 102, and building replicas of the types 251 and 252.

These types (and the T253) are logically the main interest of the book. The author had first-hand contact with several people who worked with Bugatti in these post-war years, and also had access to a lot of new and unknown information. History, technical details and many drawings.

John acquired loads of wooden casting patterns, especially for the post-war types. Quite a few of these are shown in this book.

Finally, there is a surprise about the last cars which Bugatti built, as late as the early 60s! To learn more about it, you'd have to buy the book! 

Product specification

Binding
In hardback
Pages
338
ISBN / EAN
9781838533793
Publisher
Independent Publishing Netw
Languages
English
Publication date
06/2020
Dimensions
25 x 31 x 3 cm

Additional information

Book type or Series
History - Descriptive

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