Peter Mullin, who has collected more than 30 Bugattis at his Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard California, is receiving an appropriate body to be fitted to one of the last remaining 1939 Bugatti Type 64’s.
The Bugatti Type 64 was originally designed by Jean Bugatti, the son of Ettore Bugatti, who founded the car company. “We believe this chassis to be the very last to be designed by a Bugatti family member,” said Andrew Reilly, the museum’s chief curator. According to Mr. Mullin, the lightweight frame is built of duralumin, an aluminum alloy that typically contains magnesium, manganese and copper. “It’s very strong and a leading technology for its day,”. “Nobody built a body for the car in part because the rolling chassis is so beautiful, but also because nobody knew what to put on it.” A distinctive and streamlined coupe, true to the period with butterfly doors, which were part of Jean Bugatti’s original design, are to be used for the body of the Type 64.
[Source: The New York Times Automobiles]