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Old 04-29-2012, 12:26 PM
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Really nice Old Bugatti in Mews near My House

Hi Not a contributor to the Bugatti threads but I saw this amazing old Bugatti in the mews near my house and took a few snaps on my phone. Lots of Patina thats for sure

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Old 04-29-2012, 06:33 PM
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Interesting car. Late-ish T35 with correspondingly wider radiator and the larger brake drume, IMO.

I'd drive the heck out of it...

Nice 206 SP and 3-Litre Bently in the backround...
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:35 PM
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That is awesome, there is something just incredible about well used cars.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:40 PM
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you gotta be careful these days....tim dutton can turn one of these out pretty easily with all new parts...or take an older restoration , make it new mechanically, and patina the bejesus out of it.... now this car, with double clipped front springs should be a 35b..however it has non-original hartford front shockers and a non-factory tail section....someone that has access to reg numbers should know.
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Right outside of Fiskens. A proper dealer for such a car, should it belong to them. This is the patina one can only wish for.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:04 AM
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This is a very real car, owner is from Belgium but keeps the car in London.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:55 AM
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This is the patina one can only wish for.
Which I just cannot understand.

This car (I believe) was written about in one of the English classic car magazines and had a complete mechanical restoration ... I just don't understand why not just paint it, and then keep using it.

The bodywork is simply unmaintained ... weird. And it is NOT original because some of those stone chips or paint flakes happened recently ...
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Since you are UK ,do you know about that other bugatti found in UK after 30-40 years?

This is an inquiry about that "lost Bugatti," i.e. 47502, a 57S once belonging to Earl Howe. Someone from English Bugatti Club said "it wasn't lost--we knew where it was all the time!" Well, anyhow what I want to know is how the car came to light? Was the garage door open and a passerby saw it or did someone have an old bugatti club magazine that mentioned the car and decided to go there and see if it was still there? What was it sold for? Or did the family go from from their garage to Bonhams?
Here's some quotes from a story on it from BBC run back in 2009.
An aside on the differance between Yanks and Brits is I think Yanks would have gotten steamed that the car was hidden so long and gone there and unearthed it. You can get old waiting...

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(the BBC story)Car worth 3m is found in garage

The 1937 Bugatti gathered dust in a garage for 47 years. Pic Bonhams
A classic Bugatti car, which gathered dust in a Tyneside garage for almost 50 years, may fetch up to 3m ($4.35m) when it goes under the hammer.

Relatives of reclusive Newcastle doctor Harold Carr found the 1937 Type 57S Atalante in a garage after he died.

Now the classic car, thought to be one of just 17 built, is to be sold by Bonhams in Paris next month.

It was originally owned by Earl Howe - first president of the British Racing Drivers' Club.
Dr Carr, a former army surgeon, left the contents of a lock-up garage to his family when he died in 2007.

As well as the Bugatti, his nephew also discovered a classic Aston Martin, and a Jaguar E-type in the lock-up.

The nephew, an engineer from Newcastle, said: "We just can't believe it.

"Of course we're delighted and we're going to make sure the money is shared out among the family. It's a wonderful thing to leave."

Only 17 Bugatti Type 57S Atalantes were built. Earl Howe took delivery of the sporty two-seat Atalante after it was completed in 1937 and kept the car for eight years.

After Earl Howe sold it, it changed hands a couple of times before Dr Carr bought the car in 1955 from Lord Ridley, a member of the Northumberland gentry.

He drove the car for the first few years, but in 1960 it was parked in his garage where it remained until his death.

James Knight, international head of Bonhams' motoring department, said: "I have known of this Bugatti for a number of years and, like a select group of others, hadn't dared divulge its whereabouts to anyone.


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"The Atalante is incredibly original and, although she requires restoration, it is 'restoration' in the true sense of the word.

"It offers a truly rewarding project to the new owner - who will join a select list of distinguished owners - to play such an integral part in bringing this wonderful motor car back to life."

The car has a remarkably low mileage with an odometer reading of just 26,284.

The Bugatti 57S is a highly coveted car by collectors, with at least four thought to belong to the Musee Nationale de L'Automobile in Mulhouse, France.

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Old 04-24-2013, 04:53 PM
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Indeed, this is the type 35C owned, as hhh points out, by Belgian racer and Aston Martin collector Hubert Fabri. It is chassis no. 4871 and was, at one time, raced by Jannine Jennky, one-time mistress of Alberto Divo. it has been much-raced by Hubert since he has owned it, so it will have picked up further chips and scratches along the way.
There is a good story of its history here, written by Mick Walsh of Classic and Sportscar magazine the Bugatti revue, 7-3, T35

Hubert also owns the ex-King Leopold Type 59 (photo below) which he races and, again, which has not been over-restored. Many Europeans prefer their cars to retain some historic patina and shy away from the Pebble Beach look of chrome and polish.
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Going back to the Lord Howe 1937 Typ 57 S

I looked up another old article today and it said the nephew found the car under some stuff in the garage after Dr. Carr died. Is this the understanding by British Bugatti fans of how it was found? I thought maybe some passerby saw it and spread the word.


Wikipedia says
"it was sold at auction by Bonhams on 7 February 2009. Set at a reserve price of 3 million, due to its low mileage and original condition, it was speculated that it could become the most expensive car ever sold at auction, at around 6 million.[4] These hopes were dashed, however, as it reached 2,989,495 (US$4,408,575)."

PS One British forumite wrote "it was never lost, we knew where it was" but I still say "lost to the world" when it's buried in a garage for nearly half a century
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I cannot help but say again that I am not impressed by this scruffy "patina" thing.
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Serious "Toe in" in the front wheels chamber on post/photo # 9....Mark
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Serious "Toe in" in the front wheels chamber on post/photo # 9....Mark
Not that it matters much, but that is not toe-in.

The word is camber.
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I cannot help but say again that I am not impressed by this scruffy "patina" thing.
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That is awesome, there is something just incredible about well used cars.
I agree, fantastic car.
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That is awesome, there is something just incredible about well used cars.
I agree, fantastic car.
Yes it is a fantastic car, but that car does not look like that because it is "well" used, but because of bodywork neglect. Heck it's not even been washed. If you washed and polished that car it would look considerably better and still have all that patina to give you patina guys a hard on. My 1750GTV Alfa had paint work like that when I purchased it, and this was because for 4 years (I think) it lived under a tree with a tarp over it in somebodies back yard. A wash made a world of difference ...

I just don't get it. Does his house also suffer from this neglect, I wonder?

Do you guys never wash your modern cars so they will look like that in the future?
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Hi Not a contributor to the Bugatti threads but I saw this amazing old Bugatti in the mews near my house and took a few snaps on my phone. Lots of Patina thats for sure

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Indeed, this is the type 35C owned, as hhh points out, by Belgian racer and Aston Martin collector Hubert Fabri. It is chassis no. 4871 and was, at one time, raced by Jannine Jennky, one-time mistress of Alberto Divo. it has been much-raced by Hubert since he has owned it, so it will have picked up further chips and scratches along the way.
There is a good story of its history here, written by Mick Walsh of Classic and Sportscar magazine the Bugatti revue, 7-3, T35

Hubert also owns the ex-King Leopold Type 59 (photo below) which he races and, again, which has not been over-restored. Many Europeans prefer their cars to retain some historic patina and shy away from the Pebble Beach look of chrome and polish.
What's the thinking behind the huge positive camber on the front wheels? It's present in both cars shown here, so I assume it was a model design feature rather than a set-up chosen post-production by two owners. I know negative camber can increase grip when cornering, but I'm struggling to think of a benefit to having positive camber like that.

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What's the thinking behind the huge positive camber on the front wheels? It's present in both cars shown here, so I assume it was a model design feature rather than a set-up chosen post-production by two owners. I know negative camber can increase grip when cornering, but I'm struggling to think of a benefit to having positive camber like that.

All the best,
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Positive camber was the thinking back then because as you put weight in the car the solid axles bend/flex and the wheels move towards a more vertical position. If they had used negative camber back then as the solid axles bend it would increase the negative camber and of course the weak(er) wire wheels would over stress and fail.

It was nothing to do with cornering, but simply load carrying ability. I assume horse drawn carts were also set up with some positive camber for the same reason.
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Another on the street today

Not sure if this is a replica - probably - but it did look lovely on the street. Ran out of battery for the rear photo but looked very nice and had the feel of handmade engineering you sat in!
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You are not sure if that is a replica?
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