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About Quiz # 345: 1939 Bugatti 57C Van Vooren Coupe


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Well, well, well, this was indeed an easy one. Massive response and most of those good or nearly good. Sorry for the chaps who sent in with Atalante, Atlantic, or Galibier. The car may look like an Atalante, but it is not. The louvres , 'B-posts', and especially the tail with the exquisite inside bending curves are unique for this Van Vooren Coupe. The car is  the product of a discussion between Mr. Chaussivert and the factory in Molsheim. He wanted an Atalante but different and for this purpose he ordered a type 57C chassis, sent it to Van Vooren and had a Coupe built to his own wishes. However he was not happy with the result and told Bugatti he didn't want the car after all. They did take it back on the conditon that he would order another 57C chassis and so he did. This second car differed in many details from the first, is the one you are looking at. By the way the car is no longer in the Mullin Autmotive Museum. It is back in Europe and recently made a 'pilgrimage' to Molsheim, where these photos were made. The car has an incredible low recorded 'mileage' of a bit over 12,000 km and is inside and out in its original livery.  In 2010 it won third prize at Pebble Beach in the pre-war preservation class.
Correct with at least Make, Year, Type, and Coachbuilder and without mistakes came in from Gerry Barrett, Alex, Alan Spencer, Anton van Luijk, Philip Klopper, Marc Fellman (jury), Barrie Down,  J. Boers, Chritian Fritz, Peter Brouwer, John Elema, and Brent Castle. After a toss Mr. J. Boers came out as the winner. Congratulations, Mr. J! 
(photos by owner)

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Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
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James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
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Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK