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  Bugatti Type 59 Sports Roadster
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1933 - 1936
Numbers built:At least six (two converted to sports cars)
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 30, 2009
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Chassis: 57248
This is the most extensively modified of all Type 59s. After its Grand Prix career, it was used as a sports car for several seasons, usually by Jean-Pierre Wimille. In 1936, it made a victorious debut in the Grand Prix du Comminges as a sports car. During its career the body was further developed and the chassis restamped '57248', presumably to hide its Grand Prix origins. Lovingly dubbed 'Grand-Mère,' the Type 59 served Wimelle very well throughout 1937, scoring several major wins.

At the end of the 1937 season Ettore Bugatti sold the car to Kind Leopold of Belgium, who was a great car enthusiast. Before taking delivery, he had the car painted black with a yellow stripe; Belgium's official racing color. Since then chassis 57248 has only had very few owners, who all respected its highly original condition. Beautifully preserved, it was driven up the hill at Goodwood in 2009 by Classic & Sports Car editor Mick Walsh. He is currently working on the definitive Bugatti Type 59 book.


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  Article Image gallery (17) 57248 Specifications