Classic Cars

1939 Bugatti Type 64

Ettore Bugatti came from a long line of artists, and the cars he designed truly did justice to that lineage. But the company founder was not the Bugatti who designed the most iconic of all the cars to wear his name, the Type 57. No, that was designed by his son, Jean Bugatti, who was behind the wheel of the 1937 Le Mans-winning Type 57 when he met his end in 1939. His death left the Type 57's successor, the Type 64, an incomplete project.

Only one was ever produced, and while it is pretty, Jean's plans for a sportier version incorporating bodywork more similar to the impossibly beautiful Type 57 Atlantic were never realized. Two additional chassis were produced, however, and Peter Mullin has plans to make a body for the #64002 chassis, which is sitting bare in his museum (the eponymous Mullin Automotive Museum). Jean Bugatti's sketches and notes will be used as a guide, and Stewart Reed Design will be responsible for making it a reality. Needless to say, we can't wait to see it.

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