1927 Bugatti Type 52 "Bebe"
CREATED IN HALF SCALE, this Bugatti Bébé is based on the iconic Type 35 Grand Prix race car. The Bébé was produced by the factory between 1927 and 1937. The first example was built for Ettore’s five-year-old son, Roland, and debuted at the Milan Automobile Salon in 1927. The king of Morocco’s son was also among the first children to receive a Bugatti Bébé. The toy created a lot of excitement among Bugatti clients and numerous orders were taken. The Bébé was available in both a 1.2-meter chassis and a longer 1.32-meter version. For a toy, it was a sophisticated piece of equipment, with custom steel Grand Prix coachwork, custom-cast spoked Bugatti wheels, and Dunlop Cord Ballon Juvenile tires. Powered by an electric motor with an integrated 4-speed transmission, the car could reach speeds of over 20 kph.
In 1987, Peter Mullin found this Bugatti Bébé in Argentina, where it was being displayed at a circus. It was restored in Los Angeles under the guidance of Bugatti expert Bunny Phillips.
Chassis No. 379-A
Production No. 1 of 452 produced
Engine No. N/A
12-Volt Electric Motor (Rear Drive)
Wheelbase: 1.2 Meters
Solid front Axles With Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Cable-Operated Drum Brakes (Handbrake Operated)