Bugatti chassis #44769 was completed in October 1928 and sent from Molsheim to Parisian Carrosserie Pourtout to have it’s body tailor made.
The finished 80hp 8 cylinder single cam, 3 valve per cylinder, 3 litre car was then sent to Parisian Bugatti agent Stand-Auto in December 1928 with a 44,450 French Franc price tag for its first owner.
#44769 remained in Europe where it’s owners included the renowned Marque expert “Monsieur Bugatti” aka Jean De Dobbeleer of Belgium until 1960 when it was sent to Reno Nevada for the owner who put into last years Quail Auction.
Starting in 1961 #44769 was dismantled and underwent a five decade preservation that included rebuilding the motor, wiring loom, chassis frame, body and interior which was completed in 2007.
Last year the 75 mph car, built as a contemporary rival to the 3 litre Bentley, sold at The Quail Auction for US$ 363,000 / £215,648 including premium.
My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing his photographs of today’s featured Bugatti Type 44.
Thanks for joining me on this “Pourtout For All” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a stickered BMW. Don’t for get to come back now !