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Junkyard, missing tyre: what is next in this Bugatti T41 story??

Junkyard, missing tyre: what is next in this Bugatti T41 story??
A few weeks ago, we published an article about the 'world's most valuable car' that was found in a junkyard. What makes our magazine great are the comments from the readers, their knowledge is just unbelievable. 
In this case, we received an email from Ace Zenek: "I believe this is probably one of the most interesting photos of the restored Bugatti Type 41 while it was still in the possession of Charles Chayne. I believe it was probably taken at the Glen House near the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road in the state of New Hampshire because of the sign in the background. The hill climb that currently takes place up the road every three years was first run in 1904.
The photo was likely taken about 1946-1947 possibly at a VMCCA event as the club magazine mentions both Glen House and Charles Chayne during these two years.  
I have never seen this photo published anywhere else. I hope that someone can tell us the story of why the Bugatti is missing its right rear tire. I am guessing that the tire has been taken to be fixed as the spare tire is still attached to the back of the car."

Maybe someone can tell the rest of this story. Please leave a comment.


#11 2017-09-14 01:12
I believe that the car is NOT missing a wheel. the foreground is an embankment which partially obscures the rear of the car. The grass bank also partially obscures the ladys right foot I believe that I can see part of the rear tyre to the left of the bush. the supposed single tail light on the ground is part of a plant. With no problem at the rear, the attention is as the front where the various people are gathered.
#10 2017-09-13 17:54
Sorry to say, but I think all of you have been tricked. The back end looks very low because it is parked up against a curb which hides the bottom part of the wheel, tire and rear tip of the fender The small tree also hides the wheel and tire, but you can see some of it. Look at the woman at the front and you will see one of her shoes is partially hidden behind the curb.
#9 2017-09-13 12:31
Perhaps they are changing wheels on the car?
If you want to change a rear wheel to the front, and have only one jack, you must lower the rear end onto something to take the jack to the front axle.
#8 2017-09-12 05:22
And what about the front, it seems they are looking and fixing something as well.
#7 2017-09-12 02:35
I had an old friend who passed on a few years ago who was likely there, and could have told us the story. I do know that Charles had tires made special to fit the T-41, and tires on this car were a problem.
#6 2017-09-11 22:49
Don't like these cars very much. Not surprised the wheels come off...............
#5 2017-09-11 14:53
I think the photo is photo-shoped because there
a strange shadow on the forground.The two little tries look a bit unnatural to me. Furthermore why are several people looking at the left side wing? The lower third part of the picture does not belong to the upperhalf.
#4 2017-09-11 14:07
I agree with Reg. The back end of the car is so low that there cannot be a wheel attached or a jack underneath. The wheel has spun off, luckily not damaging the rear wing (fender). Getting a jack under will not be easy.
#3 2017-09-11 13:30
We have had a 57S in our workshop that twice lost a rear wheel. ( driver was overtaken by it!) So it would seem that such things can happen to a Bugatti.
#2 2017-09-11 12:01
It looks now as if the Bush is acting a jack, and there is a tail-light in the fore-ground !

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