Lot 261 - 1971 Bugatti Type 44 by TEAL
|Odometer reading||12,758 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £40,000|
At the Pack Horse Inn, Affetside, Alan Hunter showed his two friends, Ian Foster and Tony Rogers, a brochure of a Volkswagen, rear engined fibreglass replica of a Bugatti Type 35 he had picked up on a business trip to America. Ian Foster, once a chassis designer for Daimler, demonstrated on the back of a cigarette packet how a strong chassis could be produced using the American body moulds to end up with a front engined version. In short, the Worsley Bugatti was born. However, Ian remembered from his days at Daimler, Worsley was the nickname for a Friday car - a duff one - so a search was made for a new name. In the end Trafford Engineering Automotive Limited (TEAL) was decided upon. In 1986, Bob Jones purchased TEAL Cars from Ian Foster. Bob developed (with chassis builder Peter Farrell) the early T35 to accept a more authentic aluminium coachwork. On the 5th October, 1986, the first all-aluminium Teal was born. Public reaction was highly positive with the company selling 16 cars in the first six months. The TEAL was further developed with the Types 43, 44, 52 and 59 versions also being manufactured. TEAL Cars finally ceased production in 1998 and today there is a thriving club to cater for all types of the TEAL.
This Bugatti Type 44 is thought to be the only one manufactured by TEAL and is finished in Navy blue with oxblood trim. NIA 968 is powered by a Ford two litre engine mated to a four-speed gearbox; brakes are discs on the front and drums on the rear resulting in this being a reliable, yet supremely stylish vehicle. It is also fitted with 'King of the Road' headlamps and sidelights, knock-on 18" wire wheels with Blockley period tyres. The interior has period dials and a Mota-Lita steering wheel. Presented in excellent condition, this Bugatti Type 44 by TEAL is supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 23rd April 2016. The Bob Jones aluminium TEALs are fast becoming recognised in their own right and, as this is thought to be the only Type 44 by TEAL, it is an important part of the company's history; an opportunity indeed.
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