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French historic registration title

Rebuilt in the 1980’s by Pierre Dellière, a leading French expert of the brand

Some small original parts, most of the parts are remanufactured in France and in England

Engine rebuilt in the 2000’s by Ventoux

Moteur Ingénierie (Laurent Rondoni)

Fine Type 35 A (small radiator)

Nice patina, car remained in a museum for 20 years

Very powerful car, to be revised

Pierre Dellière, a native of Avignon, did his military service in Indochina in the early 1950’s. He had always been a mechanics fanatic, so he bought a Vespa there, which he decided to bring back to France once he was demobilized. There follows an incredible journey of 16,000km and three months, to Paris, with its share of adventure and encounters. This journey, worthy of the greatest adventurers, attests to Pierre’s incredible character. Back to civilian life, the inimitable Provencal opens a garage... Vespa, before settling in Orgon, in Bouchesdu-Rhône, at the edge of the National 7. If he was one of the founding members of the Ecurie des Trapadelles, he also quickly became known to the pioneers of the collection with his famous Automobile Museum, one of the first of its kind in France. Amilcar C6, Simca Deho, Ferrari 250 SWB: our bulimic mechanic restores, drives and exhibits at all costs. The trigger for Bugatti came early on, when his friend and neighbor, the driver Maurice Trintignant, asked him to restore his famous Bugatti Grand Prix (chassis #51128). Pierre quickly became one of the first French - and worldwide - specialists of the Molsheim brand, and more particularly of the Grand Prix (Type 37 and 35) that he loved so much. He was one of the first, along with the BOC (Bugatti Owners Club in England), to offer a catalog of remanufactured parts, from the chassis to the bodywork, including the rims and the tank.

In 1990, he bought a rebuilding project from one of his customers, mostly made of parts he had supplied, which he completed and finished. He opted for the most beautiful Bugatti Grand Prix, a Type 35 A, which is characterized by its slim radiator (the 8-cylinder engine with two carburetors is much less calorific than the compressor versions). He registers the car in 1991, via the French Federation of Collection Vehicles, using a five-digit “horssérie” number, the fruit of his imagination (the assurance that there is no duplication...). He will then travel all over Europe driving this pretty Bugatti painted in “French blue”, and registered 2253 QN 13. The engine was rebuilt in the early 2000’s by Laurent Rondoni, the famous Bugatti specialist from Carpentras. With its long-stroke 5-plain bearing crankshaft, the engine, which has a displacement of 2.3 liters (an original Type 35 A engine has a short-stroke 3-bearing crankshaft, for a displacement of 2 liters), offers surprising performance for a version without a compressor... 

When Pierre Dellière passed away, the car remained immobilized in the famous Provencal museum, one of his sons, Pierre Dellière Junior, using it occasionally. With a dirty fuel tank, leaking gas valve and water pipe, Pierre Dellière’s famous Bugatti needed a minor mechanical overhaul before taking to the roads of Europe’s biggest events. The more perfectionist will also focus on giving it a more appropriate hood and hood cheeks (when the car was equipped with an additional electric fan to be adapted to modern traffic, the radiator had to be moved forward a few centimeters, and it recovered an old Type 35 B hood). We are offering you the opportunity to acquire a high performance Bugatti Grand Prix, well known to Bugattists and the Club, naturally with a patina after more than 30 years of existence. All this for less than one fifth of the value of an authentic Type 35 A...

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Estimate 280 000 - 380 000 EUR

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