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Van Vooren Bugatti

Achille Vanvooren, Paris
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55, now for sale
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robgeelen wrote:55, now for sale
Do you happen to know the chassis number, Rob?

#55217 perhaps? http://www.bugattibuilder.com/photo/dis ... =983&pos=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Bugatti 57C Roadster by Van Vooren

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Mårten wrote:Now its brownish red, but what bloody #*!@+#! did put the '39 Ford taillights to it?

How did the tail really look like once?
One of my favorite cars.
I believe the taillights are original...they are 1938-39 Lincoln Zephyr.
The car is now painted black again. It was shown in 2009 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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1932 Van Vooren Bugatti T50 Cabriolet #50144. Convertible conversion by Corsica.
Gooding & Co. wrote:Given the superb reputation of the Type 50, it is understandable that Dr. Peter Williamson would have a great example of this important Bugatti for his collection.

The first owner of Dr. Williamson’s Type 50 was M. Alexis Baptifaut of Paris, co-director of two major shipping and transport businesses, Chargeurs Reunis and Aeromaritime. M. Baptifaut and his colleague Leon Fabre are thought to have been responsible for the radical notion of a Bugatti railcar, an idea that allowed Bugatti’s company to survive the most tumultuous years of the Great Depression. As a reward for their inspiration, M. Baptifaut and M. Fabre never paid full price for a Bugatti again. Consequently, both were known to have bought new Bugattis on a regular basis, only to sell the cars within a few of months, generally for a profit.

As assembled, this Type 50, chassis 50144, featured the rarely seen short chassis, shared with the competition cars that were seen at Le Mans in 1931, as well as the sporting knock-off, vane-type alloy wheels. This unusual specification made the car, far and away, the most desirable Type 50 and certainly one of the most capable performance cars of the early 1930s. The chassis was originally fashioned with a rather formal Van Vooren Faux-Cabriolet body. As was the case with many of M. Baptifaut’s Bugattis, the car was sold to a new French owner shortly after delivery.

In 1937, UK Bugatti dealer Jack Lemon Burton purchased the car for Col. Giles who was evidently on the hunt for an elusive Type 50. Only one example was imported new to Britain, presumably because the congested urban roads were not ideal for the performance of the magnificent 4.9-litre Bugatti. When the car arrived, it was in typically used condition and, during the subsequent freshening, Col. Giles sent the car to Corsica where the Faux-Cabriolet lost its false top, leaving the car with its current full cabriolet appearance. A second body, a lightweight open tourer for competition purposes, was also constructed at that time. Both bodies were finished in a magnificent blue and silver color combination, suitable for a high-performance French automobile.

Col. Giles grew very fond of this car and he was later quoted in Bugantics as saying, “it was the most terrific thing I had ever driven and a colossal thrill … This car was ideal for long distance fast touring and such runs as London-Inverness and London-Pert being accomplished in a day at a high average and plenty of time for meals – maximum speed was 115 mph. It was raced with the racing body on the small circuit at Donnington …” Giles even went so far as to name his beloved Type 50 “Florence.”

Fearing the worsening situation in England, the Bugatti was exported to the US in 1940. On its arrival, it carried two bodies – the Van Vooren convertible fitted to the car and the lightweight touring body. While the latter body disappeared, the first was sold to George Rand’s partner, Bob Heller, with whom it remained for several years.

The chassis, sans coachwork, was stored in the Brewster Building in Long Island City until well-known East Coast collector A.A. Garthwaite Jr. purchased it in 1947. Mr. Garthwaite then purchased the original Van Vooren coachwork from Mr. Heller for $250 and subsequently re-united it with the Type 50 chassis. After Mr. Garthwaite sold the complete car, it passed through a few notable hands such as William and E. Ann Klein, and famed Bentley enthusiast Peter Van Gerbig. In fall 1961, Stanley H. Levine of Stamford, Connecticut, purchased the Type 50 and, for a few years, was said to have used it nearly every day. It was during his ownership that an error in record keeping led to the misidentification of this car as 50133 and, until recently, that designation was assigned to the car in the American Bugatti Registry.

Dr. Peter Williamson eventually purchased 50144 and gave it to his father, Norris Williamson, as a generous birthday present. Mr. Williamson was a Dartmouth graduate and delighted in having the car restored and refinished in the most fitting color of Dartmouth Green. He enjoyed the car until the end of his life, after which Peter and Susan Williamson assumed ownership.

For years the car remained dormant due to a cracked block and not until recently was the decision made to have the car restored. Highly regarded Bugatti specialist Scott Sargent was entrusted with the task. The body and chassis were separated; the chassis was cleaned and primed; new bearings, seals and bushings were fitted; and the braking system was carefully rebuilt. During the process, it was discovered that the engine stand, clutch housing and even the bonnet are still stamped with the correct engine number 34. The cast alloy wheels still bear the proper serial numbers and the vast majority of the components are original to the car, a true rarity in an early 1930s Bugatti.

After purchasing a newly cast Type 50 block, the engine was sent to Jim Stranberg of High Mountain Classics, where it was completely rebuilt using Carrillo rods, forged pistons and other quality components. The massive supercharger was also rebuilt and a new honeycomb radiator was sourced and installed. The marvelous 4.9 twin-cam engine is said to produce approximately 300 bhp and roughly 400 lbs./ft of torque, staggering figures for an automobile of its era.

The Corsica-updated Van Vooren coachwork has been completely restored and refinished in a striking black and yellow color scheme and the luxurious interior has been richly upholstered in caramel leather. Although considered a luxurious automobile in its day, this Type 50 is reported to provide remarkable cruising speeds and is capable of stretching to 80 or 90 mph without strain.

Since its restoration, Dr. Williamson’s Type 50 has been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it received class honors for its impressive restoration, authenticity, dramatic styling and historical significance – the same attributes that have earned the car a place in one of the most prestigious Bugatti collections ever assembled.
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Re: Van Vooren Bugatti

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I am not saying this right, but for some time I have had this body filed under "Brainsby Woollard", as have had the not always entirely accurate Bugatti Trust photo library. Old American Bugatti registers refer to it as "Bugatti coachwork".

So, if this detailed history is correct, where, when and why did the mis-identification arise?

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Re: Van Vooren Bugatti

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57835 Van Vooren atalante.
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Re: Van Vooren Bugatti

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Period pics of a Van Vooren T49
Could this be 49362?
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Period ad for Bugatti T46 Van Vooren
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anton wrote:57835 Van Vooren atalante.
Some more pics...
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Re: Van Vooren Bugatti

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robgeelen wrote:
anton wrote:57835 Van Vooren atalante.
Some more pics...
Can you tell where the pictures were taken ?I see some other intersting cars.Thanks
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Re: Van Vooren Bugatti

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This is in the new Pete Mullin museum
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A period pic of a 44 conduite interieure by Van Vooren, possibly the red and black car shown earlier in Germany.
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Bugatti T46 #46356 VanVooren faux cabriolet
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Already shown, but none the less.
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Interior of a pilarless saloon on presumably a 49
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Van Vooren design for a Bugatti
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A pic of another Bugatti 46. Perhaps someone has a better pic?
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robgeelen wrote:A pic of another Bugatti 46. Perhaps someone has a better pic?
Same picture a little bigger. Chassis unknown
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Great! Thanks!
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Aymami wrote:And #46580
Interior & rear view
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