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What is it? Quiz #461

What is it? Quiz #461

The year 2017 ended with the Christmas quiz about barnfind cars. And as we know this is of interest for a lot of people, we want to start 2018 with this type of quiz as well. What we see here is a pre-war car that is also a post-war car. Makes this no sense to you? Well, when you know what car it is; you know it does make sense. We want to know the make, type, coachbuilder, year(s) and all other info that you can give us about this car. Please leave your answer of maximum 100 words in a comment before Monday and see next week if you are the winner. Good luck!


#36 Herve Smagghe 2018-01-18 17:23
Bugatti Brown 57 #57645 38 ex Peht ou #57723 39 carr L et M de Mr J.Brown Mot et pièces sur Atlantic SNCF #57473 BugTrust
#35 jan steutel 2018-01-15 21:28
Bugatti type 57, transformatie in type 101 na oorlogs. carrosserie maker volgt mogelijk later nog.
#34 Vasieios Papaidis 2018-01-15 11:51
This is Bugatti T57 by James Brown, here my report from this special bodied car in 1952.
#33 Stijn Maertens 2018-01-15 07:15
1952 Bugatti T 57 by James Brown
#32 max 2018-01-14 23:52
Bugatti T101 fiberglass, bodied by James Jacques Brown, mid 50's. For many years, I saw one of two in Autoworld museum Bruxelles.
#31 Robert 2018-01-14 23:48
Bugatti 57
#30 Henk Visscher 2018-01-14 23:38
In the early 1950s, sculptor and Bugatti-owner Jacques Brown from Paris embraced polyester as a medium for modern art. In 1954 he was commissioned to equip a 1938 Bugatti T57 chassis with lightweight aerodynamic polyester bodywork. The result was shown at the 1955 Salon de l’Automobile. Two cars were made (T57-chassis #57645 and #57723), differing in the presence/absence of air inlets underneath the headlamps. The pictured car may be identified as #57645. Chassis and body have later been separated. The chassis now bears a replica Aérolithe body. Mounted on a VW-chassis, the polyester body can be admired in Autoworld, Brussels.
#29 LUC RYCKAERT 2018-01-14 23:30
Bugatti 1954/1938 type 57 by sculptor James Brown. This fibreglass creation is subject of many contradictions and guesses. We know for sure that the car was shown at the 1955 Paris Salon de l'Automobile, in 1974 it was on a scrapyard near Tours (picture) and in the '80 the chassis was re-used for another Bugatti recreation.There are doubts about the chassis used (57645 or 57723, both Letourneur et Marchand bodies),the number of cars Brown built (1 or 2) and the replacement chassis the car has now (VW floorpan or ladder type chassis). Ps. Next time I see Mr Mahy, I'll ask him what he knows and put it in an article for Prewarcar!
#28 Awini Ambuj Shanker 2018-01-14 20:16
#27 Alan Spencer 2018-01-14 19:56
Pre-war, post-war, then pre-war again? In 1954, the French-born sculptor James (Jacques) Brown, designed a futuristic body for a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 chassis, using 16" wheels in place of the 18" originals. The fiberglass body saved 250 kg. Faired-in headlights were possibly influenced by Bristol 450 Le Mans race cars. An almost identical second "Bugatti Brown" was built, but there was no interest in a production run. In 2005, the Brown body that used Type 57 chassis (57645) was replaced by a loose replica of an Aerolithe. Back to prewar, in a way, The Brown body survives on a modified VW floorpan.

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