Bugatti As Kinetic Art? Rare Pedal Cars Honor Iconic Brand

Michael James

Bugatti is often considered the world’s most prestigious automobile. The French car company was founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti. Throughout its more its now nearly 108-year history, the craftsmanship of its vehicles is unmatched.

Bugaatti pedal car

Despite the beauty and legend of Bugatti, the exclusive company has endured its pitfalls like nearly every other high-end manufacturer. Ettore Bugatti died in 1947 and was preceded in death by his son Jean. The elder’s passing marked the beginning of the demise of the original company.

The company was in such financial disarray in the early 1960s, its inventory was sold for use as airplane parts. The company was sold to Hispano-Suiza in 1963, and the Bugatti name was sold to its current owner Volkswagen in 1998.

Still, Bugatti is the arguably the most sought after vehicle in the world. Its most famous models include the Type 35 Grand Prix, Type 41, Royale, Type 57 Atlantic and Type 55, a sports car.

In recent years, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has often been cited as the world’s fastest street legal car, with its pedigree extending to extremes. The Veyron is used an official police vehicle by law enforcement officials in Dubai.

The carmaker’s status in the automotive industry is a favorite among ambitious master craftsmen, including Sacramento builder Tom Boutos. He’s created eight of what he describes as kinetic sculptures.

The pedal car featured in the images and video in his post is the third in the series. It’s a representation of the Type 51 and is owned by William Thomas of Sacramento.

As Boutos details and as is presented on its corresponding website, bugattipedal.com, the pedal cars are an homage to the craftsmanship and legacy of the famed manufacturer.

For additional information about the pedal car, visit: www.bugattipedal.com.

Article Last Updated: December 15, 2016.

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