c.1980  Bugatti  Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle
Lot 8
c.1980 Bugatti Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle
Sold for € 5,750 (US$ 6,697) inc. premium

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c.1980  Bugatti  Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle c.1980  Bugatti  Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle c.1980  Bugatti  Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle c.1980  Bugatti  Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle
c.1980 Bugatti Type 55 Junior by Stimula/De La Chapelle
•Faithful 1:2 scale replica of the Type 55
•Honda four-stroke engine
•Reinforced polyester body
•Tubular steel chassis


Footnotes

  • From 1930 onwards, Ettore Bugatti's son Jean took greater responsibility for design, his first car being the exquisite Type 55 roadster, a model ranking among the finest sports cars of the 1930s. The Type 55's 2,262cc, supercharged, twin-cam, straight-eight engine was carried over from the successful Type 51 Grand Prix car - successor to the legendary Type 35 - and fitted in a ladder frame chassis wider and stronger than that of its Type 43 road-car predecessor. The precocious Jean Bugatti added his own individual touch, designing a sublime two-seat roadster body that is universally acknowledged as one of the finest ever to grace an automobile. Aimed at only the wealthiest clientele, the Type 55 sold in commensurately limited numbers, a mere 38 being built between 1932 and 1935; the vast majority of these in the first year of production.

    This rare and desirable Bugatti Type 55 1:2 scale children's car was manufactured by the respected French company, Stimula/De La Chapelle. It is powered by a 110cc Honda four-stroke engine producing some 3.5hp, which can propel this faithfully reproduced miniature Bugatti to a top speed of some 30km/h. Made from reinforced polyester, the body is mounted on a tubular steel chassis, with drum brakes on the rear axle. The Bugatti is reported to perform well, and it is worthwhile noting that these De La Chapelle children's cars are a very popular choice among the junior participants in the 'Little Big Mans' race at the Le Mans Classic.

    Bugatti Type 55 Junior par Stimula/De La Chapelle vers 1980

    •Fidèle réplique à l'échelle ½ de la Type 55
    •Moteur quatre temps Honda
    •Carrosserie en polyester renforcé
    •Châssis tubulaire en acier

    A partir de 1930, Ettore Bugatti confia à son fils Jean des responsabilités croissantes en matière de conception, qui se concrétisèrent d'abord par le magnifique roadster Type 55, un modèle qui faisait partie des meilleures sportives des années 1930. Son huit-cylindres en ligne de 2 262 cm3, suralimenté et à double arbre à cames en tête, provenait de la talentueuse Type 51 de Grand Prix, qui avait succédé à la légendaire Type 35. Il était monté sur un châssis échelle plus large et plus résistant que celui de la Type 43 de route qui l'avait précédée. Le précoce Jean Bugatti avait apporté sa propre touche en dessinant une carrosserie de roadster deux places unanimement reconnue comme l'une des plus belles ayant jamais paré une automobile. La Type 55 était destinée à une clientèle fortunée et ne se vendit donc que de façon limitée, avec seulement 38 exemplaires produits entre 1932 et 1935, dont la grande majorité lors de la première année de production.

    Cette rare et attirante Bugatti Type 55 à l'échelle ½ fut construite par Stimula/De La Chapelle, l'entreprise française réputée. Elle est motorisée par un quatre-temps Honda de 110 cm3 qui délivre quelque 3,5 chevaux assurant à cette Bugatti miniature fidèlement reproduite une vitesse d'environ 30 km/h. Sa carrosserie en polyester renforcé est montée sur un châssis tubulaire en acier équipé de freins à tambour à l'arrière. On lui accorde un bon comportement, et on notera avec intérêt que les voitures pour enfants de De La Chapelle sont très souvent choisies par les jeunes participants à la course 'Little Big Mans' du Le Mans Classic.
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