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  Bugatti Type 35

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1924 - 1925
Numbers built:96 (Type 35)
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 18, 2007
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Chassis: 4450
A very early Type 35, this is actually the 19th example produced by Bugatti. It was ordered new by legendary British racer and future Bentley Boy Glen Kidston. An early adapt, Kidston had already owned and raced a Brescia Bugatti. He is believed to have collected the car from the Molsheim factory. Chassis 4450 was then raced at the Grand Prix de Provence, where it wore a yellow stripe to indicate it ran in the two-litre class. Shortly after, Kidston also raced the car at Brooklands, lapping at over 110 mph on the bumpy track. Before the end of the year, Kidston briefly retired from racing to pursue the 'bewitchingly beautiful' Nancy Soames. The car's racing career continued in the hands of subsequent owners well into the 1930s. During the late 1930s, the car was sold by longterm owner and racer Vivian Selby to an Australian enthusiast. He had the car fitted with a later twin-cam Anzani engine. In this guise, it continued to be raced by its next Australian owners both Down Under and in Europe. In 2006, the car was meticulously restored to its original configuration with the rare Anzani engine replaced by a period correct Type 35 Bugatti unit.

Chassis details
Manufactured in January 1925
Engine number 21
First owner Glen Kidston
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  Article Image gallery (99) Chassis (4) 4450 Specifications