“I never try and understand why we do this, it’s just natural,” says Jean Novo, “and driving a Bugatti is as natural as driving a modern car, for me it is exactly the same.” What began as the fascinating sight of Bugatti cars thundering around the streets of Paris, Henri Novo became determined to work for the famed French automaker. Now, his son Jean keeps the family business running—as well as a number of very special Bugatti models.
/ 8 Apr 2015
Twenty-eight years is more than a third of a man’s life. The president of Bugatti Club Austria spent exactly that many trying to find the Bugatti Type 43 you see here. Incredibly, even after all these years, there are still unknown periods and details in its history. One thing is universal: Bugattis were and will always be special—special machines of special people.
/ 2 Feb 2015
We've encountered many cars that elicit people to comment about their wonderful patina. And frequently they're right. But sometimes, we see an old car that looks like it served as a chicken coop, not someone's transportation. It looks awful. And yet, inevitably, someone will comment about the amazing patina. Patina?!...
By / 10 Dec 2014
Classic French cars have a unique flavor, the kind that compels you to dress up to drive them. It even feels good to say names like Bugatti, Renault, and Citroen. Classic French cars aren’t for everyone but for those seeking a different automotive experience we present five available now.
/ 7 May 2014
The Bugatti EB110, was powered by a 3.5-liter quad-turbo (!) V12, with five valves per cylinder, generating a still impressive (but now increasingly quaint) 553 horsepower that drove all four wheels through a six-speed gearbox. Among its other records, it was also the first production car to use a carbon fiber chassis which French aviation company Aerospatiale built for Bugatti.
Engineering was only half of Bugatti’s modus. The other half, the half that sculpted parts with care from the finest materials, is plainly obvious in this vehicle, the 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux. While many Bugattis and other interwar luxury cars were available with one-off coachwork, this one is particularly interesting because it was actually designed by the factory.
/ 29 Nov 2013
From our Instagram photos posted over the past month or so, we've selected a few of our favorites and some of the most popular to share. You can follow us @PetroliciousCo to get a glimpse behind the scenes of our film and photo shoots, sneak peeks of upcoming video subjects, and keep up to date with our daily automotive adventures.
/ 8 Nov 2013
For the past decade, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, has been providing something a little different for the automotive community to enjoy. Yes, they still churn out futuristic car designs, but they also host a rather unique car show on their main campus. The Art Center Car Classic is a gathering of eclectic transportation vehicles where design prevails over brand loyalty.
/ 7 Nov 2013
The Journées d’Automne rally held a couple of weeks ago and organized by Veuve Clicquot and Chapal provided the opportunity to ride in a 1927 Bugatti Type 35B in signature Bugatti French blue with beautiful patina on the Circuit des Écuyers track in France. There were no seatbelts or roll-bars—the helmet and my ability to keep myself inside the car were the only safety devices available.
/ 29 Jul 2013
In the '30s, Ettore Bugatti redirected a large slice of his empire’s engineering might towards the design of a ground-breaking air racer. Several years ago, the massive undertaking of building a full-scale replica of the Model 100 started in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is now nearing completion with its maiden flight planned for this year.