1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater

1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater
Courtesy of Bonhams

Some of the world’s most evocative Grand Prix cars are those originally manufactured during the 1920s, not necessarily for racing team use, but primarily for sale to private customers, providing them with the equipment necessary to take the plunge and go motor racing upon their own account, potentially at the very highest level.

Of course, it was the marque Bugatti that most prominently provided that service, and most notably with its magnificent family of compact, light and powerful straight-eight-engined Bugatti Type 35s. This much-loved, neat and nimble design was introduced at the Grand Prix de l’ACF in 1924, and manufactured in a series of subsequent variants for customer sale.

Bugatti Type 35 chassis 4450 offered here was the 19th such Grand Prix Bugatti to be manufactured, as reflected by its chassis frame number 19. The order for the car was numbered 21. Its construction was completed in January 1925. The new car was delivered new via Jarrott & Letts (London) Limited to former Brescia Bugatti owner Lieutenant Glen Kidston, RN. It seems that he collected it from the Molsheim factory on February 14, 1925.

Thor Thorson

SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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