Bugatti Type 52

The Bugatti Type 52 or Bugatti Baby / Baby Bugatti is an electric car of sports for children of the automaker Bugatti , built between 1926 and 1936 to around 500 1 , 2 .


In 1926 Ettore Bugatti (and his 17-year-old son, Jean Bugatti ) designed this model of his Bugatti Type 35 automobile racing car / Grand Prix automobile ( 1926 Grand Prix World Champion , which dominated motor racing for many years. ..). He offers it to his second son Roland Bugatti (1922-1977) for the birthday of his 4 years.

Given the enthusiasm of his Bugatti customers who see a child ride with in the course of the Bugatti factory in Molsheim , Ettore this with great success in 1926 with the Paris Motor Show and Motor Show in Milan and successfully adds it to its official Bugatti commercial catalog between 1927 and 1936. They are reserved, like the rest of the Bugatti production, for a very elite clientele of crowned heads and celebrities of the time … by their prices very high of 5000 francs / 250 dollars of the time. Many Bugatti Type 52 children’s car races were organized at thefrom Deauville , La Baule , and Monte Carlo …

It is powered by a Paris-Rhône electric motor of 3.5 hp / 12 volt battery, on the right rear axle, with gear drive forward and reverse, for a top speed of 20 km / h (with an option petrol engine). The accelerator is associated with a rheostat , and a polarity inverter allows reverse.

To date, the Bugatti Type 52 is a popular and sought-after collector car, of which there would remain a hundred copies. In 2008 a model was awarded 110,000 dollars to the auctionby Gooding & Company at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach in California . Many replicas and variants exist, including Bugatti Type 55 Junior car manufacturer De La Chapelle …

Popular culture

  • 1950: Tintin in the land of black gold , comic strip from the Works of Hergé ( Hergé represents one offered by Emir Ben Kalish Ezab, to his son Prince Abdallah 3 )

Notes and references

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