Lot #5013 1927 Bugatti Type 38 Four-Seat Open Tourer
CHASSIS #38243 | ENGINE #135
The Bugatti Type 38 is known for being one of the best and most forgiving road going Bugattis built. Although the type 38 was not a competition Grand Prix car, it shares the same 8 cylinder engine with wider mountings, gearbox and brakes, as with the Grand Prix type 35a. Usually the touring Bugattis from the 1920s are known for being dull and slow, but make no mistake about the type 38, they are fun to drive and they get up to speed in quite a hurry. This particular car was sold new to South Africa where the early history of the car is unknown until the car was discovered by R. Lee of Brazil, with very low miles and still in very nice condition. The car received a cosmetic restoration during the time it was owned by Manny Dragone. All of the components still remain in original condition. One of Bugatti’s favored coachbuilders, lavocat et Marsaud of Boulogne, was responsible for single seat bodies, as well as this very pretty open tourer body. With beautiful wood trim around the seats and the split windows, this car is a stunning open tourer. In 2008 the engine was completely re-built, with no cost spared. Recently the car has been gone through by Jim Stranberg of High Mountain Classics and is ready for many years of touring. No Reserve.