The 7 Bugatti 101 are together !
A world premiere !!!
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the museum and the 70th anniversary of the historic Bugatti company’s last appearance at the Paris Motor Show – the seven Type 101s are together for the first time !
A bit of history…
After the Second World War, the Bugatti factory in Molsheim (Bas-Rhin) was never the same again: the talented Jean Bugatti was killed in 1939 at the age of 30 while testing the Bugatti 57G, while his father Ettore died of pneumonia in 1947. The factory, which was destroyed during the war, nevertheless resumed its activities as a subcontractor in metalworking and machining for industry. Roland Bugatti, 25, Ettore’s second son, took over the management of the plant together with Pierre Marco, his father’s loyal accomplice.
Unfortunately, the factory’s finances were in a state of crisis, and the design department was unable to invest in a new car project. In a last-ditch attempt to revive the automobile business, Roland Bugatti and Pierre Marco decided in 1950 to build on the achievements of the last Type 57 cars produced before the war.
The prototype of the 101 is therefore built on a type 57 chassis. But the production resources are limited and mobilized by the other activities of the factory: only seven 101 types are finally produced !
In 1963, Roland Bugatti sold the company, leaving the Type 101 as the last historic production of this legendary brand.
Between 1951 and 1965, four coachbuilders finished these cars, each bringing their own aesthetic: Gangloff (Bugatti’s historic coachbuilder), Guilloré, Antem and finally Ghia, based on a drawing by the famous American designer Virgil Exner. The seven cars are close to their original state.
Until when ?
Around the three cars kept in our museum – including the 1950 prototype – discover until 15 September the other four 101 cars, exceptionally lent by private collectors.