Bugatti in the lake




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  • A VINTAGE Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster was recovered from the bottom of Lake Maggiore on the border of Switzerland and Italy in.

    From about until , a custom built, vintage Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster sat at the bottom of Lake Maggiore on the border of.

    An archeological find of some magnitude went under the hammer on January 23, , when a rusted Bugatti Type 22 Brescia that had.

    Bugatti in the lake

    Bugatti in the lake

    NordVan creates a cozy, gas-free VW camper van for two. Register Forgot your password? Over , people receive our email newsletter. And boy, if there ever was a car that told a story, it was this one! The task took nine months to complete with thirty volunteers, and the car was finally recovered.

    Bugatti in the lake

    Bugatti in the lake

    Bugatti in the lake

    Bugatti in the lake

    Bugatti in the lake

    When Legend Becomes Fact: The Bugatti From the Lake

    I often have many cars in my fantasy garage. OK Jay Leno has a real life fantasy garage but we can all dream, right? In my fantasy garage all the vehicles are in show condition — not a speck of dust or rust in sight. Who would want a rust bucket in their garage. However, I have just changed my mind…. From about until , a custom built, vintage Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster sat at the bottom of Lake Maggiore on the border of Switzerland and Italy near the country of France.

    Vintage Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster. Built in Brescia, Italy, the touring car was initially registered in Nancy, France. The car has four cylinders, a 1. Incredibly there was still air in the tyres and traces of the original Bugatti blue paint on the bodywork. From whom is not known. He brought the Roadster back to Switzerland and put the vehicle into storage but neglected to pay the import duties. When officials learned of the unpaid tax they seized the vehicle.

    Bugatti in the lake

    The cost of the import duties was more than the car was worth so the officials decided to destroy it. No matter how it came about, the Swiss officials simply rolled the vehicle into the lake where it sank to the bottom. The Bugatti was not seen again until when diver Ugo Pillon located the wreck. It became a popular dive spot for over forty years until when a local dive club rescued the car from the bottom of the lake. A young local man, Damano Tamagni was attacked and killed in a random act of violence.

    The intent was to sell the vintage Bugatti to raise funds. When WWI was over, Europe began the task of rebuilding itself and racing resumed. Bugatti was back in business, and so was the Type The task took nine months to complete with thirty volunteers, and the car was finally recovered.

    Bugatti in the lake

    There are still patches of the original blue paint, and the tires were still inflated when it was brought to the surface. It is on display at the Oxnard Museum located in a private room. At the time Bonhams said: Over the course of the past few months, the car offered here has become one of the most celebrated of all Bugattis, having lain submerged beneath the waters of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland for more than 70 years.

    The whereabouts of the sunken Bugatti had been known to the local sub aqua club for many years but in February a tragedy occurred that would eventually lead to its retrieval. On the 1st of that month, Damiano Tamagni was attacked by three youths and beaten so severely that he later died from his injuries.

    The Bugatti chassis number plate is missing, as is the enamel Bugatti radiator badge. Apart from that, all the relevant numbers are to be found in their usual places.

    Bugatti in the lake

    The car, still a rusted heap, is kept in a dimly lit room reminiscent of the conditions found at the bottom of the lake and is displayed more as a work of art than just an antique car. It was pushed into the lake, it became a part of local lore, it became a tourist attraction.

    Depending on what part of its lifespan you focus on, you come away with a different appreciation. The faded grandeur of great pre-war cars suffering certain indignities is another. The watery crypt and silence and darkness this car survived in lends itself to another solemn experience. Dec 15, Nick Knight.

    1925 Bugatti rescued after 70 years in lake



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