Mullin Museum Names Coachbuilder for Unfinished Bugatti Type 64 Chassis

This 1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe, chassis number 64002, was left unfinished when creator Jean Bugatti died at the wheel of a Bugatti Type 57 C that same year. The car is now part of the collection at the Mullin Automotive Museum in southern California, where it has remained incomplete -- until now. The museum has decided to build a body for the Bugatti, which will be styled by automotive designer Stewart Reed and built by Michigan-based Automotive Metal Shaping Company.

The design is to be based extensively onthe original designs of Jean Bugatti (the oldest son of company founder Etorre Bugatti), which prescribed an all-aluminum chassis and a 135-horsepower engine. The so-called “papillon” (French for butterfly) door opening design is similar to the gullwing style employed 14 years later in the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

Reed established Stewart Reed Design in 1994 after working with a variety of automakers. His portfolio includes work on the Meyers Manx dune buggy, developing an early minivan prototype for Chrysler, and creating a futuristic sports car concept for Toyota.Automotive Metal Shaping Company was founded in 1979 to restore classic cars, with credits including work on several Ferrari 250 GT California Spiders and a 1957 Porsche 550A.The Mullin museum bills itself as “an homage to the art deco and the machine age,” with a collection of French cars from the early 20th century.

Source: Mullin Automotive Museum

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