Revive the 1930s with this glorious Bugatti Type 59 / 50S


The billionaires of the world can keep their Bugatti Chiran and Divos and if you really want a fascinating piece of Bugatti history then this 1935 Type 59 / 50S could be the perfect car.

The story behind this type 59 / 50S is very interesting. Bugatti originally introduced the Type 59 in 1933 and made only eight examples. This particular example, however, came to life in the 1990s when restorer Ray Jones purchased the second Type 59 frame from Bugatti’s Molsheim factory. The car was then animated by Bespoke Coachwork and a design reminiscent of the Type 59 that Robert Benoist recalls at the 1935 French Grand Prix.

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Like the Benoist racer, the Type 59 / 50S is bathed in blue and has hand-painted ’24’ text. It sits on piano-wire wheels with vintage tires and mounts on semi-elliptical front leaf springs, inverted quarter-elliptical rear leaf springs, and four-wheel de ram shock absorbers. Braking is provided by the winged drum at the four corners.

Then there’s the engine. Eager to keep up with the car tradition, Ray Jones was able to achieve the 4.97-liter supercharged inline-eight that once drove Benoist’s 1935 race car. The engine sports a lightweight aluminum sheet-metal crankcase, an extended supercharger, triple Zenith 48K updraft carburetor and a split cast-alloy intake manifold assembly. The inline-eight combines a four-speed manual transmission with the rear wheels driven by a ZF limited-slip differential.

Interior duration is correct. It has a single seat with black upholstery and an aluminum tonnage panel next to the passenger. Ray Jones equipped the Bugatti with a small windshield, rearview mirror, and a four-spoke steering wheel with a wooden rim.

The Bring a trailer The auction did not say how many miles the car had traveled, but did confirm that it would be sold with a FIA Historic Technical Passport, a David Sewell fact sheet, photos of the Molsheim factory, recovery photos and copies of technical drawings.

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