This is the fabulous recreation by Ray Jones of Robert Benoist’s 1935 Bugatti T59/50s French Grand Prix car using all original spare Bugatti parts supplied by Bugatti factory curator Francois Seyfried, in Molsheim.
This car is in a family trust and they are eager to sell so all offers will be considered.
Frame number two stamped on the rear crossmember,
A VB logo stamped on one of the frame rails.
Stamps on numerous internal engine components as well as stampings on the gearbox and rear axle and their respective internals, the De Ram shock absorbers, the leaf springs, the wheels, and various other parts.
FIA Historic Technical Passport. Entry in the Bugatti Register.
Titled using car number 59002, which is stamped on a reproduction firewall tag.
Pictures taken in Molsheim during Ray Jones’s retrieval of frame.
Bugatti factory drawings. Images from the restoration.
Extensive documented period history of original car.
This build recreates Benoist’s French Grand Prix car using Bugatti Type 59 frame number two, which was one of four Type 59 frames and numerous other parts acquired by Ray Jones from the Molsheim factory in the late 60s. An aluminum bulkhead and coachwork were fabricated during the project based on factory drawings and period photos, with design features including a faired-in radiator and a riveted seam projecting along the tail panel. The body is finished in blue with the number 24 hand-painted on the tail, hood, and grille as depicted in photos of the original Benoist car.
The 4,972cc T50S inline-eight is distinguished from other period engines by a lightweight aluminum sheet-metal crankcase, a larger supercharger mounted midway along the side of the engine, triple Zenith 48K updraft carburetors angled at 45°, and a divided cast-alloy intake manifold assembly. Features also include dual-overhead camshafts with helical-cut gears, hemispherical combustion chambers, a cast-iron cylinder block, dry-sump.
Price is 1.20000US