The Bugatti ‘Brescia’ forms the furthest evolution of Ettore Bugatti’s first car built at his new Molsheim factory – the Type 13. The car experienced a variety of changes over the years, the most famous of which was a revolutionary multi-valve engine, and when Bugatti took it racing at the 1921 Grand Prix of Italy at Brescia, his Type 13s swept first, second, third, and fourth. Orders apparently poured in and – in honor of that performance – the name stuck. Between 1914 and 1926, some 2,005 16-valve and 8-valve Brescia cars rolled off Ettore’s production lines.
This ‘pur sang’ (chassis 2628), or thoroughbred, was originally owned by Bugatti enthusiast Bernard Terrillon, and features bodywork crafted by coachbuilder Maron Pot et Cie from Levallois-Perret, France. It has remained in the family of the current owner since 1953, and at one point the Brescia was accompanied by three other Bugattis. Those however were sold off in the late ‘70s, leaving only this one to slumber on and age its barn find stature.
Every piece of the Brescia is said to be original to the car, and despite the pictured flat tire – it looks in good shape for a 90 year old car. While the $280,000 auction estimate is by no means a bargain, it does seem rather affordable within the world of Bugatti.