Lot 300 - 1970 Bugatti Type 35 Recreation by Mike King Racing
|Odometer reading||2,400 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,600|
Among racing cars, it is the Type 35 Bugatti which tops the list of beautiful cars of the 1920s period. Some would say, it's the most beautiful racing car of all time. Although it underwent detail changes through the years and the radiator was enlarged, its lines were virtually unchanged from its appearance in the Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France in July 1924, through to its final 51 version of 1931. For those who yearn for Bugatti-style motoring yet cannot afford the associated expense, a replica is the obvious solution and for many years, the classic Type 35 has inspired the construction of numerous lookalikes, some using a mixture of components from other Bugatti’s, others, like the example offered here, being almost entirely manufactured anew. This well-constructed Type 35 replica was built by Mike King Racing of Sandwich, Kent, a specialist firm noted for the design and construction of replica vintage cars including Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, ERA, MG and Delage. Constructed around a Triumph 2000 with six-cylinder engine and mechanics, it features aluminium coachwork, glassfibre mudguards and tail and wheels to Type 35 specification and featured instruments by Marks of Tunbridge Wells mounted in an engine-turned, aluminium dashboard.
It is believed that only fifteen Bugatti Type 35 replicas were built by Mike King Racing and this car, the only one to be made with a driver’s door for the disabled first owner. Having been in storage for the last few years, it has been the subject to re-commissioning and been fully checked through including new brake and clutch master cylinders. Finished in Bugatti Blue with black seats, this Type 35 replica is supplied with a blue V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2018, a file of SORN documents showing the car has been off the road for the last sixteen years, recent invoices for the master cylinders and some articles on replica cars. Unlike most Bugatti recreation, the cars built by Mike King Racing are much closer in proportion to the original Type 35 and have a lot more attention to detail.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.