First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132

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Lot 255
1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer
€ 1,250,000 - 1,450,000
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First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132 First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium,1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer  Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text) Engine no. 132
First owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium
1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer
Chassis no. 43258 (43291 - see text)
Engine no. 132
•One of 160 examples
•Continuous ownership history
•Long-term ownership in Sweden 1942-2013
•Present ownership since 2013
•Mille Miglia eligible


Footnotes

  • Built in September 1928, chassis number '43258' is the second of three Type 43 Bugattis owned in succession by Bugatti enthusiast Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium. His first, in May 1930, was a Type 43 Roadster with chassis number '43291' and engine number '143'; his second, the car offered here, collected in May 1931, was a Type 43 Grand Sport with engine '132'; and his third, in July 1932, was another Grand Sport, with engine '158'.

    Thanks to his royal status and close friendship with the Bugatti family, the Crown Prince was treated as a VIP at Molsheim and granted certain privileges. One such privilege was the factory's willingness to identify the Crown Prince's next Bugatti by means of fitting the chassis plate removed from his previous one, which the factory took in part exchange, thereby allowing him to retain the same Belgian registration documents and so avoid the need for a new Customs declaration and duty payment when his new Bugatti first entered Belgium. The factory would then sell his previous Bugatti with a changed chassis number.

    Accordingly, on 20th May 1931, the Crown Prince was able to collect his second Type 43 from Molsheim newly fitted with the chassis plate '43291' taken from his first Type 43. The crankcase was stamped with the engine number '132' but there was still no chassis number stamping. Being married to the Swedish Princess Astrid, Leopold naturally took his Type 43 to Sweden while staying with the Swedish royal family. In September 1931 he left the car for sale with the Lindblads Bugatti agency in Stockholm, which sent it back to Molsheim for a service and check-up, after which it was returned to them by rail on 24th December 1931 newly identified by the factory as chassis number '43258', although that same number had already been used on a car despatched to Bucar in Switzerland in December 1930 (see final paragraph).

    This Type 43's subsequent history in Sweden has been comprehensively researched and documented elsewhere, notably in a report by a previous owners Göthe and Per-Olof Håkanson, but also independently by Pierre-Yves Laugier and lastly by the renowned independent Bugatti consultant, David Sewell (copies on file). The Håkanson and Sewell detailed reports, the latter dated 9th October 2009, have been used in writing this description.

    The Håkansons' report traces the Bugatti's ownership from its sale by Linblads in January 1932 to an engineer, Nils Looström, the final delivery being undertaken by no less a person than Bugatti works driver Louis Chiron. The original Type 43 brochure with Chiron's written instructions is in the history file. Within little more than a couple of weeks Looström had sold the car to Einar Lindberg, who competed with it in the Swedish Winter Grand Prix at Lake Rämen on 28th February 1932, finishing 5th (see photographs in report). Lindberg also entered his Bugatti in the Grand Prix of Finland on 8th May 1932 but was forced to retire. On 3rd November 1932 the Bugatti was sold to Axel Johnson of Skyttmon near Östersund.

    Johnson entered '43258' in the Swedish Summer Grand Prix at Vram in 1933 but had to retire with an engine problem after six laps. Following the Vram race, the car was shortened by 39cm, lowered by 6cm, and made into a two-seater. In its modified form, the Bugatti was raced by Johnson in an ice race on Lake Vallentunasjön 18th February 1934, finishing 2nd behind Paul Pietsch's Alfa Romeo. Following a testing accident caused by a burst tyre, in which Johnson's brother-in-law was killed and Johnson lucky to escape with his life, the Bugatti returned to active competition in 1936 at the Swedish Winter GP at Lake Rämen, Johnson finishing 3rd. In 1938 the Bugatti was advertised for sale at Philipssons in Stockholm and purchased by Göthe Håkanson, father of Per-Olof Håkanson, who became its owner in the spring of 1942 aged 25 (photograph in report). There being no petrol available for private consumption in wartime Sweden, the car was not used for several years.

    In 1952 Göthe Håkanson decided to restore the Type 43 to its original specification and wrote to Jack Lemon Burton, Spares Controller of the Bugatti Owners' Club in England. A replacement chassis frame was obtained from JLB, and various engine and other spares sourced from the Bugatti factory, though it would be 1975 before a suitable 'Grand Sport' body was acquired and fitted. On 23rd November 1985, '43258' was test run for the first at a meeting at Hässelby. Following its completion, '43258' was used by the Håkansons in many International Bugatti Rallies and other events.

    When inspected by David Sewell in 2009, this Type 43 Bugatti was found to retain almost all of its original major components except for those that were modified when the car was shortened in the autumn of 1933 and the beginning of 1934. The necessarily replaced parts were its chassis frame, prop-shaft, torque arm, and coachwork. Each of the first three components was replaced in 1952 by correct originals sourced from another Type 43 (see below) while in 1975 its coachwork was replaced in its entirety, except for retaining the original lid on the tail, by a replica Grand Sport body.

    The car's chassis frame numbered '74', torque arm numbered '78' and prop-shaft, almost certainly sourced from the same Type 43, were obtained in 1952 by previous owner Göthe Håkanson from Jack Lemon Burton (see original letter and invoice on file). Burton's surviving pre-war stock book leaves little doubt that this Type 43 was chassis number '43259' with engine '78', the same as this car's torque arm and close enough to its frame number. Of seven Type 43s listed in Burton's records, six were sold pre-war and the seventh, '43259', was broken up for spares in either late 1938 or 1939. It should be noted that Göthe Håkanson used the shortened Type 43 chassis frame and its body to build another car using the parts and registration documents of the Type 44 '441119', as stated in the accompanying extracts from the Netherlands and Nordic Bugatti Registries.

    This Bugatti's only other missing original major part is its gearbox casing, which was changed many years ago, before Göthe Håkanson acquired the car in 1942, although its original lid remains with the car. David Sewell concluded his report thus: 'Accordingly it is my professional opinion that, despite its changed chassis frame, this historic Bugatti should be identified in all future documentation as Chassis No 43258 on the widely accepted basis of its indisputable continuous history.' He also found that the car was in excellent overall condition and performed well on the road.

    With regard to this car's identity, Kees Jansen states in his Netherlands Bugatti Registry (Volume IV, 2015): 'Although we have decided to use the frame of the car as (its) distinguishing feature, in this case we deviate from that general rule as this car is generally denominated as 43258. In order to distinguish from the other car with the same chassis number we call it 43258-132.' The Nordic Registry confirms these facts.

    Ayant appartenu au Prince Léopold de Belgique
    Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport tourer 1928
    Châssis n° 43258 (43291 - voir texte)
    Moteur n° 132

    •Un des 160 exemplaires
    •Historique des propriétaires continu
    •Longtemps aux mêmes mains en Suède 1942-2013
    •Même propriétaire depuis 2013
    •Éligible aux Mille Miglia

    Construit en septembre 1928, le châssis numéro 43258 est le second de trois Bugatti Type 43 détenues successivement par le prince Léopold de Belgique, passionné de Bugatti. Sa première, en mai 1930, était un roadster Type 43 châssis numéro 43291 et numéro de moteur 143 ; la seconde, la voiture proposée ici, réceptionné en mai 1931, était une Type 43 Grand Sport avec le moteur numéro 132 ; la troisième, en juillet 1932, était une autre Grand Sport, avec le moteur numéro 158.

    Du fait son statut royal et de sa proximité avec la famille Bugatti, le prince était traité en VIP à Molsheim et bénéficiait de certains privilèges. L'un de ces privilèges était l'accord de l'usine pour identifier les Bugatti du prince en fixant au nouveau châssis la plaque récupérée sur le précédent que l'usine reprenait en échange, lui permettant ainsi de conserver les mêmes papiers d'immatriculation belge et d'éviter la déclaration en douane et les taxes attenantes, lorsqu'il rentrait en Belgique avec sa nouvelle Bugatti. L'usine revendait ensuite sa précédente Bugatti avec un nouveau numéro de châssis.

    C'est ainsi que le 20 mai 1931, le prince put prendre possession de sa seconde Type 43 à Molsheim, dotée de la plaque de châssis 43291 reprise sur sa précédente Type 43. Le vilebrequin était estampillé du numéro du moteur, 132, mais sans numéro de châssis. Marié à la princesse de Suède Astrid, Léopold emmenait naturellement sa Type 43 en Suède lorsqu'il résidait avec la famille royale suédoise. En septembre 1931, il laissa la voiture à vendre chez Lindblads, l'agent Bugatti de Stockholm, qui la renvoya à Molsheim pour un entretien et une révision, après quoi elle lui fut retournée par l'usine par chemin de fer le 24 décembre 1931 sous une nouvelle identité, comme étant le châssis numéro 43258, bien que ce numéro ait déjà été attribué à une voiture livrée à Bucar en Suisse en décembre 1930 (voir dernier paragraphe).

    La suite de l'histoire de cette Type 43 en Suède a été entièrement recherchée et documentée par ailleurs, et notamment dans un rapport des précédents propriétaires Göthe et Per-Olof Håkanson, mais aussi indépendamment par Pierre-Yves Laugier et plus récemment par le consultant indépendant Bugatti, David Sewell (copies au dossier). Les rapports détaillés d'Håkanson et Sewell, ce dernier en date du 9 octobre 2009, ont été utilisés pour écrire ce descriptif.

    Le rapport d'Håkansons fait remonter l'histoire de la Bugatti à sa vente par Linblads en janvier 1932 à un ingénieur, Nils Looström, la livraison ayant été effectuée par nul autre que le pilote d'usine Bugatti, Louis Chiron. La brochure originale du Type 43 avec les instructions écrites de Chiron figure dans le dossier historique. À peine plus de deux semaines plus tard, Looström avait vendu la voiture à Einar Lindberg qui l'engagea dans le Grand Prix d'hiver de Suède au lac Rämen le 28 février 1932, terminant 5e (voir photographies dans le rapport). Lindberg engagea également sa Bugatti dans le Grand Prix de Finlande le 8 mai 1932, mais fut contraint à l'abandon. Le 3 novembre 1932 la Bugatti fut vendue à Axel Johnson de Skyttmon près d'Östersund.

    Johnson engagea 43258 dans le Grand Prix d'été de Suède à Vram en 1933, mais dut se retirer sur problème moteur au bout de six tours. Après la course de Vram, la voiture fut raccourcie de 39 cm, abaissée de 6 cm et transformée en deux places. Sous cette forme modifiée, la Bugatti fut pilotée par Johnson dans une course sur glace sur le lac Vallentunasjön le 18 février 1934, finissant 2e derrière l'Alfa Romeo de Paul Pietsch. Suite à un accident causé par l'éclatement d'un pneu au cours d'un essai dans lequel le beau-frère de Johnson fut tué, Johnson s'en tirant miraculeusement indemne, la Bugatti retourna en compétition en 1936 au GP d'hiver suédois du lac Rämen, Johnson finissant 3e. En 1938, la Bugatti était mise en vente chez Philipssons à Stockholm et achetée par Göthe Håkanson, le père de Per-Olof Håkanson, qui en devint propriétaire au printemps 1942 à l'âge de 25 ans (photographie dans le rapport). L'essence étant indisponible pour un usage privé en temps de guerre en Suède, la voiture ne fut pas utilisée pendant plusieurs années.

    En 1952, Göthe Håkanson décida de restaurer la Type 43 à ces spécifications d'origine et écrivit à Jack Lemon Burton, responsable des pièces détachées au Bugatti Owners' Club en Angleterre. Un châssis de remplacement fut déniché chez JLB et divers moteur et pièces trouvés à l'usine Bugatti, mais il fallut attendre 1975 pour qu'une carrosserie Grand Sport conforme soit achetée et installée. Le 23 novembre 1985, 43258 était essayée pour la première fois lors d'un rassemblement à Hässelby. Une fois achevée, 43258 fut utilisée par les Håkansons dans de nombreux rallies et autres événements internationaux Bugatti.

    Lorsqu'elle fut inspectée par David Sewell en 2009, on constata que cette Bugatti Type 43 conservait une grande partie de ses composants d'origine, à l'exception de ceux qui avaient été modifiés lorsque la voiture avait été raccourcie à l'automne 1933 et au début de 1934. Les pièces obligatoirement remplacées étaient le châssis, l'arbre de transmission, la barre de torsion et la carrosserie. Chacun des trois premiers éléments fut remplacé en 1952 par des éléments conformes d'origine, récupérés sur une autre Type 43 (voir ci-dessous), tandis qu'en 1975 sa carrosserie était remplacée, à l'exception du couvercle de coffre d'origine, par une réplique de carrosserie Grand Sport.

    Le châssis de la voiture numéroté 74, la barre de torsion numérotée 78 et l'arbre de transmission presque certainement celui de la même Type 43, furent obtenus de Jack Lemon Burton en 1952 par le précédent propriétaire Göthe Håkanson (voir lettre originale et facture au dossier). Le livet d'usine d'avant-guerre conservé par Burton laisse peu de doute sur le fait que cette Type 43 était le châssis numéro 43259 doté du moteur 78, le même numéro que la barre de torsion de notre voiture, assez proche de son numéro de châssis. Des sept Type 43 enregistrées sur les registres de Burton, six furent vendues avant-guerre et la septième, 43259, fut démantelée pour pièces fin 1938 ou 1939. On notera que Göthe Håkanson a utilisé le châssis raccourci de la Type 43 et sa carrosserie pour construire une autre voiture, utilisant les pièces et les papiers d'immatriculation de la Type 44 441119, comme en attestent les extraits des Netherlands et Nordic Bugatti Registres fournis.

    La seule autre pièce majeure manquante de cette Bugatti est son carter de boîte de vitesses, changé il y a de nombreuses années, avant que Göthe Håkanson n'acquiert la voiture en 1942, bien que son couvercle d'origine soit encore présent sur la voiture. David Sewell conclut son rapport de cette façon : « Ainsi, c'est donc mon opinion de professionnel que, malgré son numéro de châssis changé, cette Bugatti historique soit identifiée dans toute future documentation comme le châssis No 43258 sur la base largement admise de son indiscutable historique continu ». Il a également trouvé que la voiture était en excellent état général et se comportait parfaitement bien sur route.

    En raison de l'identité particulière de cette voiture, Kees Jansen décide dans son Netherlands Bugatti Registry (Volume IV, 2015) : « Bien que nous ayons décidé d'utiliser le numéro de châssis de la voiture comme étant (sa) caractéristique propre, dans le cas présent nous dévions de cette règle générale admise, cette voiture étant habituellement identifiée comme 43258. De façon à la distinguer de l'autre voiture au numéro de châssis identique, nous la désignerons donc sous le numéro 43258-132 ». Le Nordic Registry confirme ce fait.
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