2013 (1939) Bugatti Type 64, The Re-Creation:
So here’s number 3 of 3 of the Type 64 Bugatti. The other two were previously posted.
The project began as a collaboration between Mullin Automotive Museum, Art Center College of Design, and Stewart Reed Design after Peter Mullin quickly purchased the magnificent 1939 bodyless aluminum chassis upon seeing it at 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Jean Bugatti tragically died while test driving the Le Mans winning Type 57C before he could complete the Type 64.
Once the amazingly beautiful design (which was based off of patent drawings from the time blended with some some modern touches) was chosen, Michael Kleeves and his team at Automotive Metal Shaping were contracted to execute the design out of 100% aluminum, to be fully functional as a driving car. But here’s the catch.. It had to be able to be lifted off of the chassis to display the fully aluminum frame.
The body was to be fabricated using period correct methods, so the buck (body mold) was built using all mahogany wood for shaping.
Amazingly, this design includes butterfly doors which are present in the patent drawings filed by Bugatti back in 1939, predating the Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing doors by about a decade.
The finished masterpiece was shown naked (bare aluminum) in California at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance along with the mahogany buck to display the craftsmanship.
Check out some of the students’ and Stewart Reed Design’s conceptual work here and some great videos below:
1954 Hudson Hornet Sedan
Marshall Teague’s Fabulous Hudson Hornet, #6.
Herb Thomas’ Fabulous Hudson Hornet, #92.
Could this car be more perfect?
Third Tucker 48 ever built. This particular one was owned by George Lucas and is 1 of 12 to be painted maroon.
The level of craftsmanship and passion that went into these cars is simply mind blowing.
This beauty sold for over $1-million in 2010.
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