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1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux Is One for the Mystery Books

1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux Is One for the Mystery Books

By Brett Evans / 13 Jan 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

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.

French Bugatti Workshop Has Seen Three Generations of Owners

French Bugatti Workshop Has Seen Three Generations of Owners

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Dec 2013 / 11 Comments Read More

Henry Novo of France began working on Bugattis in 1929 at age 14. Henry worked very hard so that he could become a racing mechanic—he worked each day beginning first thing in the morning and went late into the evening. Bugatti owners seemed the same then even as now; they were generally rich and well educated. Henri understood this, so he adapted to the part. Eighty-four years and two generations later, he has left a Bugatti legacy.

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November Instagram Roundup

November Instagram Roundup

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 Nov 2013
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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.

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Art Center Hosts Eclectic Transportation Showcase

Art Center Hosts Eclectic Transportation Showcase

By Ezekiel Wheeler / 8 Nov 2013
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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.

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Fearing Death in a 1927 Bugatti Is Addicting

Fearing Death in a 1927 Bugatti Is Addicting

By Afshin Behnia / 7 Nov 2013
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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.

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Bugatti’s Futuristic Air Racer Set For First Flight

Bugatti’s Futuristic Air Racer Set For First Flight

By Alan Franklin / 29 Jul 2013
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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.

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Art Deco French Exotica Ads Make Bold Statements

Art Deco French Exotica Ads Make Bold Statements

By Petrolicious Productions / 1 Jul 2013

Built as road-going pieces of performance art, high-end French luxury and sports cars of the 1930s were built on a cost-is-no-object basis with cutting-edge art and fashion as influences in their designs. Art Deco and Art Nouveau were at their peak, and beyond dictating the physical forms of these grand machines.

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Bugatti’s T57 Represents the Peak of a Golden Age

Bugatti’s T57 Represents the Peak of a Golden Age

By Alan Franklin / 11 Jun 2013
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Before every sixth grader in the world lusted for a 1,000 HP, $1,000,000+ Volkswagen, decades prior to a brilliant and ambitious yet ultimately doomed AWD, V12, Gandini-penned coupe-led nineties resurrection, Bugatti stood for one thing: Le Pur Sang des Automobiles, simply “pure blood automobiles”.

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Vicariously Live Day One of Mille Miglia

Vicariously Live Day One of Mille Miglia

By Afshin Behnia / 20 May 2013
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We had the good fortune of being invited by the generous Mark Gessler to spend the first day of the Mille Miglia with his team, Scuderia Sport. Mark is one very energetic man who, in addition to his many day jobs (one of which is presiding over the Historic Vehicle Association), organizes the Scuderia Sport, a team comprised of 12 extra-ordinary cars piloted by equally special drivers and co-drivers. They are, in fact, the official Zagato team.

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Driver Signed Print of Bugatti’s Final Disaster

Driver Signed Print of Bugatti’s Final Disaster

By Petrolicious Productions / 20 May 2013

This week’s Crave is an original photo taken of Trintignant behind the wheel during that final Bugatti GP appearance, and signed by the drive himself—it’s hilarious to imagine what might’ve been going through his head when he was autographing these photos, each a 36” x 24” sepiatone print taken directly from the original negative. The Collector’s Studio has a limited supply of these fascinating and historically significant prints available for $895 apiece.

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Hand-built Bugatti T59 Gives Endless Delight

Hand-built Bugatti T59 Gives Endless Delight

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 May 2013
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On offer from the Collector Studio’s Motorsport Gallery in Toronto, and limited to only 10 pieces is this detailed, hand-built 1/8 scale model of the T59, offered with or without post-race patina. The level of attention lavished on the smallest features of this replica is breathtaking, from its miniscule brake shoe springs, piano-wire body retainers, quarter elliptical springs and associated suspension parts, wood-rimmed steering wheel, to the spectacular highlight of all these wonderful things—the engine.

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Bugatti's Complex Character Mixed Art & Machine

Bugatti's Complex Character Mixed Art & Machine

By Alan Franklin / 23 Apr 2013
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The history of Bugatti cars is well-documented elsewhere; the focus of this article is more about Ettore Bugatti the man and his many, hilarious, frequently genius, often self-defeating quirks and personality faults. "Bugatti was pure artist; his only scientific knowledge resulted from experience which increased with the years, and a natural mechanical ability aided by a gift of observation. He did not believe in calculations, formulae or principles..."

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