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Bugatti Type 50 - The autobiography of Bugatti's first Le Mans car

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£ 60.00 GBP
A story of the Bugatti Type 50 and of one chassis in particular – chassis 50177. This car led the famous Le Mans endurance race on its opening season in 1931, until its sister car crashed heavily at high speed and it was withdrawn for safety reasons. This is just one of the many fascinating tales included in the book.

Thrilling race reports of all four Le Mans races in which Type 50s took part tell a story of promise, unfulfilled, while driver biographies, illustrated with fine period photography, reveal both the glamour and the danger of life in the fast lane in the 1930s. The book documents 50177’s post-war journey across the Atlantic with Le Mans hero Luigi Chinetti and reveals how it came into the hands of passionate collector, Miles Coverdale, who uncovered much of its curious and captivating history.

Classic Edition signed by authors Mark Morris & Julius Kruta

Key content

  • Setting the scene: explaining the economically perilous world of 1931, the genius of Ettore and Jean Bugatti, the bloodline of large-capacity Bugatti engines, and the Type 46 from which the Type 50 was derived.
  • The Type 50: an in-depth exploration of the car’s design and development, including the Miller inspiration behind its twin-cam engine, and detailed description of its technical features and coachwork.
  • The 1931 Le Mans 24 Hours: the full story of this significant race and how the Bugatti Type 50s fared; they proved to be fast but during the early stages there were four tyre failures, the last bringing disaster.
  • Three more Le Mans visits: Type 50s in the races of 1933, 1934 and 1935 – stories of promise unfulfilled.
  • Later life: the fascinating post-war life of 50177 is revealed, focusing on the passionate 23-year ownership of Miles Coverdale in America.
  • Expert research: the co-authors, well-known in the Bugatti world for their knowledge and enthusiasm, present a wealth of fresh information and illustration in this fine book.

The authors

Mark Morris works as an independent Bugatti researcher and consultant and he is Honorary Registrar of the Bugatti Owners’ Club. His Bugatti enthusiasm was kindled by a family friend who competed pre-war with Grand Prix examples of the marque, Types 37 and 35C, and his knowledge of motoring literature was nurtured by the late Peter Richley, who amassed an unrivalled motoring library. He lives with his wife and two children in the Midlands, UK.

Julius Kruta is a freelance historian and automotive adviser. He became infected with the Bugatti virus at Prescott in England in the early 1980s and in 1994 he started a company specialising in hand-built Bugatti models. After graduating in 2000 with a thesis about Bugatti, he began his career at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S in marketing and in 2003 became ‘Head of Tradition’, a position he held until summer 2018. He is the author or co-author of five books on the marque and has been a regular Concours d’Elegance judge at Pebble Beach in America and the most important events in Europe. He lives with his wife and two children in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

ISBN: 978-1-907085-48-2

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PS
07/08/2020
Peter S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Excellent Book

A well researched book with lots of interesting detail.

SI
05/07/2019
S. Ireland
Loved everything about the book

Fantastic book. First and foremost I'm a Bugatti nut. Loved everything about the book. Never heard about Porter Press or your books before but I'm hoping to get my wife to buy me the GT40 book for my birthday. Top marks.

RD
02/19/2019
Richard D.
A superb book of a fabulous subject

I'm running out of superlatives for the Great Cars series of books, as this is yet another superb offering. The subject Bugatti is very deserving of getting this treatment as with all the previous cars covered. If you haven't yet looked at this series, then you must get this one, but beware as you may well end up buying the complete series!

KB
02/14/2019
Klaus B.
Very interesting story

This book covers a car that has led Bugatti to its first Le Mans win. Nice read, as always with books from this series, with a lot of photos in high quality. Absolute recommendation !!!!