Author Barry Price released two books on Bugatti. These cars mark an era when cars were synonymous with success, wealth and luxury. Enjoy the review by Marcel Haan.
The type 57 was a big sales success. Produced from 1934 to 1939, it accounted for 10% of all Bugattis built at Molsheim. Veloce Publishing released a reprint of this book on the type 57 written by Barrie Price. As one of the co-founders of the Bugatti Trust, Barrie Price is also an acknowledged Bugatti Expert.
Over the years the book has been recognized as the standard reference on the 57 and its close relatives. Reference books are not always the easiest reads, since they use to be filled with charts and tables covering all the technical details and variations. And of course this book is no different. However, what I really enjoyed was the vast amount of images. More than 300 images show all the Bugatti models and the work of many coachbuilders. Mind you, these are photos taken in the late 30’s, giving the reader an appreciation for, not only the car but also of the time frame.
Another Bugatti book by the same author is Bugatti Type 46 & 50 - The Big Bugattis.
These cars mark an era where cars were synonymous with success, wealth and luxury. The lines on some of these cars are stunning. Take this Type 46 where all the lines compliment each other, resulting in such a breath taking appearance.
For some people the lines of the car itself would not be enough. Like this bizarre four-seater in the typical Art Deco style.
I couldn’t help wondering what happened to most of these cars. Have they been preserved, scrapped or awaiting an exciting barn-find? The massive number of photos make both books enjoyable reads and a useful reference guide.
Both of these books are available at Veloce Publishing.