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