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‘Baby Bugatti’ Type 52 by Pur Sang
This Bugatti miniature motor car is a recreation of a 'Baby’ Bugatti’ Type 52, originally built by Ettore Bugatti for his son Roland, as a one-off half scale electric GP car, modelled on the iconic Type 35.
Such was the demand among Bugatti's wealthy clientele that around 500 examples were eventually built between 1927-1936. Buenos Aires Zoo ordered 23 for the use of the city's children, while the Belgian King Leopold III bought one as a birthday present for his son Prince Baudouin. Another young ‘owner’ was Jackie Forrest Greene, seen below, with his dog and sister with the Baby Bugatti No. 7. Jackie’s father, British racing driver Eric Forrest Greene won the 1928 Millias Argentinas in a Bugatti T35, also No. 7. Jackie later went on to be technical director of Pur Sang, Argentina and this Baby Bugatti would have been constructed by the company during his time there.
Also shown below are two other original Baby Bugatti in period, and an surviving example currently on display in The Simeone Foundation in the USA.
Featuring a hand-crafted alloy body, cable brakes and a 12 volt electric motor, and with a top speed of 25 kmph, just like the original, this is a very authentic recreation, and one of a handful of Type 52s built by Pur Sang, over a decade ago. No longer in production this is a rare find and therefore a must-have for the discerning Bugatti collector... or their offspring… just in time for Christmas.