Bu­gatti 57: The Last French Bu­gatti and Bu­gatti Type 46 & 50

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

HAl­lan Wal­ton

the pub­lisher Oc­tane Books, Auck­land

ere we have reprints of two clas­sic Bu­gatti books — Bu­gatti 57: The Last French Bu­gatti was first printed in 1992, while Bu­gatti Type 46 & 50: The Big Bu­gat­tis first saw the light of day in 1995.

The au­thor, who is the chair­man of the Bu­gatti Trust and a world-renowned Bu­gatti ex­pert, put to­gether both th­ese books in the days be­fore the in­ter­net made the sort of re­search re­quired to com­pile this type of in­for­ma­tion a much eas­ier ask. As a re­sult, both are known to con­tain the odd er­ror, but th­ese oc­ca­sional in­ac­cu­ra­cies do not de­tract from the sheer wealth of in­for­ma­tion con­tained within their pages.

The Bu­gatti Type 46, an­nounced in 1929, was, in many ways, a smaller ver­sion of the com­pany’s out­ra­geous Royale. With a chas­sis length of over 3.5 me­tres and


pow­ered by a 5.3-litre straight-eight, the Type 46 be­came a base on which many coach­builders built lux­ury sa­loon cars. The Type 46 was re­puted to be Ettore Bu­gatti’s favourite.

The Bu­gatti Type 50 su­per­seded the 46 in 1930, still us­ing the pre­vi­ous car’s chas­sis but now fit­ted with a su­per­charged, high-per­for­mance, twin-over­head-camshaft en­gine with a ca­pac­ity of just un­der 5.0 litres.

Through a com­pre­hen­sive se­lec­tion of pe­riod ad­ver­tise­ments and pho­to­graphs, both th­ese books il­lus­trate the many bod­ies that were built atop Type 46, 50, and 57 chas­sis. Cars fea­tured in­clude ex­am­ples of the coach­builder’s art from com­pa­nies such as Graber, Gan­gloff, James Young, Cor­sica, Van Vooren & Saoutchik, Van­den Plas, and Figoni et Falaschi, along with many oth­ers. As well as Grand Prix– and Le Mans– win­ning sports cars, stan­dard-bod­ied ve­hi­cles are also fea­tured — in­clud­ing Ata­lante, Gal­i­bier, Stelvio, Ven­toux, At­lantic, and Aravis.

Bu­gat­tistes who missed the books the first time around will wel­come th­ese clas­sic reprints.

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