Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1927 Bugatti T-35 Replica

Each time I don't win the lottery is another reminder that I don't play the lottery, but bigger still it is a chance to reflect the fact that I will never own a Bugatti. It is plausible that anyone with a basic income could some day own a car with a legendary name like Ferrari (308s are cheap), Shelby (Dodge baby, Dodge!), Cadillac, Alfa Romeo...the list goes on...but anything from a Bugatti Type 1 to a Veyron is strictly limited to the 1 % club, so regular folks will need to settle for a kit version.  Find this 1927 Bugatti T-35 Replica here on eBay offered for $19,900 buy-it-now located in Key West, FL.

Volkswagen based Bugatti kit cars are a common thing around the web, but finding one that hides its Beetle roots is a plus.  The telltale twin exhaust exiting under the rear section is a dead giveaway, but this one features an aluminum body covered in hand-punched louvers and hammered rivets -- the entire thing looks really well done.


The seller doesn't give much information on the 1600 cc engine under the driver's seat, but he does claim that an extended exhaust pipe makes the engine sound less like a Beetle and more like a couple of Harley Davidson's driving down the street.  


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13 comments:

  1. If you're gonna go to that level to wrap something around a Beetle, do a 95%-scale Auto Union GP car and keep it in the family, eh?

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    1. Better still, Beetle front end, some funny VAG V-motor (W8? V10 diesel? Audi 40V V8 so boring...) and a Beetle swing-arm rearend.

      If you're gonna do a replica, you may as well need a replica Rosemeyer to drive it fast.

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    2. Your reference is appreciated
      signed The Bernd (1930's badass) Rosemeyer Fan Club

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    3. Your reference is appreciated
      signed The Bernd (1930's badass) Rosemeyer Fan Club

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    4. We do our best.

      We do our best.

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  2. It's true, this one's pretty nicely done, but those Model A wheels need to go in favor of something else... whatever that may be.

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  3. I'm still waiting for the matching bicyclist to catch up.

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  4. The fact is that if it'll accommodate a $150 shopping trip to Whole Foods under the hood (uh, bonnet, or whatever) it might not be a bad toy.

    Okay, $150 in produce and frozen stuff (typed a vaguely similar four-letter word, replaced it) and not $150 in wines or dulce de leche cakes...

    Still, MY thirties-replica will have about four times the HP, once I finish the frame...

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  5. Why would you start with a bug? It seems like the kit car world is just used to them so they base every kit on a bug/fiero/fox body. There are plenty of cheap cars that could have pulled this off better simply by having the engine at the right end of the car and not having that very distinct front suspension sticking out. A triumph tr4 would work. I know of a few off the top of my head with good mechanical and rusted out bodies that would have been a better start.

    Because the body and all the details look really good, its just sitting on the wrong chassis. So close and yet so far away

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    1. this x1000.
      Really, people? You're going to go through this much effort to make a surprisingly good looking (at least in at a glance) replica and it is based on a BUG??!?! Ugh. A space frame is not that hard to make (see all LoCost builds) and something with more than 48hp would be nice too (although perhaps terrifying).

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  6. Sheesh. Why all the bug haters?

    A lot of guys (n gals) who go for kit cars don't want to go fast. They want something they can build themselves, and work on themselves.

    Once upon a time (not so long ago), VW Bug parts were super plentiful, and super cheap. Junkyards everywhere had great stocks of them.

    That's not the case anymore, so many of these kits are being sold, as the owners get older/don't use them, or can't find a part and don't want to take the time to do it.

    I get that the gearheads here could easily put together a nifty car from scratch. welding their own space frame and parting out a few old Lotuses (fill in the blank for your favorite junkyard find). But a whole buncha people out there find this far too scary. So they use VWs. Or, did-- 20/30 years ago.

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    1. That must be the longest crank start handle on the planet.

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    2. Best laugh I've had in a couple weeks.



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