1925 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia

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The first 16-valve Bugatti cars were built from 1920 to 1923. Among these cars, a few rare racing models stand out. The Bugatti sales ledgers provide us with information on approximately 22 twin-magneto Type 13s, and seven single-magneto cars in 1923. In 1924, only 19 Type 13 twin-magneto models were built, and 40 or so were built in 1925. Out of a total production of 80 Type 13 twin-magneto cars, no more than 10 survive today.

Among the cars delivered in Paris was a small series of nine cars, consigned to the dealership at the beginning of 1925, followed by three cars in July and finally four of the last Type 13 twin-magneto models in August/September. Chassis number 2628 was part of this final series. It was delivered to the Parisian dealership on August 26, 1925. The Bugatti was delivered as a chassis in Paris, to be fitted with bodywork in the workshop of Maron, Pot et Cie in Levallois-Perret.

In 1931, the little Type 13 Sport that we are presenting for sale left the capital to discover and settle in Burgundy. On June 23, 1931, it became the property of Lucien Meriel. He kept the car for six years and sold it on April 22, 1937, to a gentleman named Jean Barolet. No doubt hidden by Barolet from the covetous eyes of the enemy during World War II, the little Bugatti showed up again at the very beginning of the 1950s — in the hands of Jean Terrillon, an enthusiast in Burgundy. After Jean Terrillon’s death in 1972, the family kept the Type 13. As they recollect, it had been serviced at the Bugatti Works in 1966. When the work was complete, Jean Terrillon’s son Bernard set off for Burgundy at the wheel of the Brescia.

An inspection of the car takes us back to that day in 1966 when it was put away in the garage of the abbey in Oigny, after its service at the Works, and gradually forgotten. There can be no doubt that this is the last Type 13 twin-magneto to be found in Bugatti circles. Preserved intact, with no changes to its original state other than its wings from the 1930s, it is a perfect example of one of the first Bugatti Sport models, developed directly from racing.


Thor Thorson

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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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