Bugatti Type 52 Child's Car Replica  Chassis no. 008 B

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Lot 715
Bugatti Type 52 Child's Car Replica
Chassis no. 008 B

Sold for £ 2,990 (US$ 4,121) inc. premium
Bugatti Type 52 Child's Car Replica
Chassis no. 008 B
Ettore Bugatti built the original electrically-propelled Type 52 in 1927 for his youngest son Roland and such was the interest generated that he put the model into production, building a hundred or so in 1927/28. It was essentially a half-scale Type 35, powered by a rear-mounted electric motor and with a top speed of about 12mph, all built to superb Bugatti standards.
Some 40 or so years later Bugatti-enthusiast Colin Crabbe of Antique Automobiles Ltd of Baston, Peterborough, emulated 'Le Patron' by creating a limited edition of 50 or so replica Type 52's, all built to exacting standards, powered by a 12 volt reversible starter motor, equipped with cable-operated four wheel brakes, gunmetal cast front axle, buff-mottled dashboard and nickel plated radiator shell. The body is hand crafted and upholstered in real leather. Colour was optional but the greater majority were presented in French racing blue livery. Retailing new at £400, customers included King Hussein of Jordan, the Shah of Persia and racing driver Jo Siffert.
Max Lips took delivery of his car new in August 1969, Chassis no. 008 B, an early production model. Condition indicates that it was correctly used as intended and it now has that gentle patina created by a budding Chiron, Varzi or Etancelin.
Bugatti Type 52 Child's Car Replica  Chassis no. 008 B
Bugatti Type 52 Child's Car Replica  Chassis no. 008 B
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