1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix Replica
(Featured on 2nd December 2013)
Model: Type 59
Sellers original description:
1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix Replica.
Registration Number: CRM60T.
This Grand Prix Bugatti replica is based on a 4.2 litre Jaguar engine built to the highest standard and supercharged with a highly efficient helical blower. The blower is low pressure to ensure a smooth running engine with excellent low rpm torque characteristics but without the stress and issues associated with higher boost pressures.
Overall this car is engineered to the very highest standards with many hundreds of bespoke components and absolutely no compromise to quality, reliability and detail.
The gear change has been positioned on the right hand side through a similar style cross shaft to the original car. The central hand brake is cable operated per original. Many of the other controls are also closely based on the original.
Cooling is by a correct honeycomb core radiator and a prototypical oil cooler mounted on the chassis.
Road equipped with mudguards and lights based on a style of a similarly equipped type 54. So from this point of view the replica is a type 59 with strong type 54 influence.
This car is believed to be the best modern based Grand Prix Bugatti replica in existence and in sight, sound and feel, the nearest experience to a genuine pre war racing car.
Cold Starting:- When starting from cold the engine and in particular the inlet manifold need to come up to operating temperature. There is a need to warm the engine at a steady and constant throttle opening to avoid pulling too much liquid fuel into the manifold before it is warm, this causes rough running and is not kind to both supercharger and engine. ‘Blipping’ the throttle is to be avoided until the engine temperature gauge has risen off the stop pin.
Ensure the car is in neutral with the hand brake applied.
Push the choke lever down. Long lever beside the instrument binnacle.
Switch on the Battery Isolater switch located under the drivers seat.
Turn the main switch under the instrument binnacle to the first position.
Place a foot on the throttle and cause the throttle to be open approximately 1/8 of full travel.
Press the starter button under the instrument binnacle until the engine starts.
Immediately on starting regulate the throttle to give an engine speed of 1,000 to 1,200 rpm. Maintain this speed until the temperature gauge needle lifts off the stop pin.
After a short period of around 30 seconds after starting the engine note will change slightly to indicate a rich mixture and the choke can be fully closed.
Once the temperature has started to rise the throttle pedal can be released gently to allow the engine to settle into idle speed.
Now that the engine is sufficiently warm the car can be driven in the normal way.
Not for the faint of heart or shy retiring types.