Bugatti Type 35A Replica Coachwork by Mike King Racing Registration no. MJU 433 Chassis no. KAJ139669 Engine no. ME76789HE
'Among racing cars it is the 1924 Type 35 Bugatti which tops the list of beautiful cars of the (1920s) period. Some would say it's the most beautiful racing car of all time. Although it underwent detail changes through the years and the radiator was enlarged, its lines were virtually unchanged from its appearance in the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France in July 1924, through to its final, 51 version of 1931-32.' - Autocar magazine.
For those who yearn for Bugatti-style motoring yet cannot afford the associated expense, a replica is the obvious solution and for many years the classic Type 35 has inspired the construction of numerous lookalikes, some using a mixture of components from other Bugattis, others, like the example offered here, being almost entirely manufactured anew. This well constructed Type 35A replica was built in 1990 by Mike King Racing of Sandwich, Kent, a specialist firm noted for the design and construction of replica Vintage cars including Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, ERA, MG and Delage. Constructed around a Triumph 2000 six-cylinder engine and mechanicals, it features aluminium coachwork, glassfibre mudguards and tail, and wire wheels. The car is finished in blue, of course, with black-upholstered seats to the interior, the latter featuring instruments by Marks of Tunbridge Wells mounted in an aluminium alloy dashboard.
The current vendor purchased the car at Bonhams' sale at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in September 2005 (Lot 665), at which time it was described as in good condition having covered circa 5,400 miles since completion. It was said to have driven very well when exercised on a short test run. The vehicle is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.