1929 Bugatti Type 44 Coupe Fiacre
FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF EMIL BREMME
THIS EARLY TYPE 44, Chassis 44739, is an example of Jean Bugatti’s signature Fiacre styling. He used this style on his very first coachwork project, a 1927 Type 40; he was then only 18 years of age, but his preference for the style remained constant through all his years of design. This particular car is similar to one he created for his sisters, L’Ébé and Lidia Bugatti, the latter of whom retained the vehicle until 1972.
Built in October 1928, this car was dispatched to Gangloff December 3rd of that year for its Fiacre-style coachwork before being sold to German brewer and race car driver Emil Bremme on May 27, 1929 for the price of 96,000 Fr. francs. The 1962 Bugatti tegistry notes that the car was bought by someone in Wuppertal, Germany in 1959. At some point thereafter, the car traveled to Holland as the property of Piet Takken, who later sold it to Automuseum Deventer, a classic car dealer. Chassis 44739 went through several more owners in Holland including Cajus von Engelmann and someone named Söderström, before being purchased by Peter Mullin in 2009.
Coachbuilder: Wiederkehr (Carrosserie Gangloff)
Chassis No. 44739
Production No.: 1 of 1070
Engine No. 371 (529?)
Inline Eight-Cylinder Engine
80 BHP At 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Live Axles With Semi-Elliptical Front Leaf Springs And Reversed Quarter-Elliptical Rear Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Cable-Operated Drum Brakes