Chro52 Bugatti T57 Coach Ventoux 1937 Gangloff Speciale Roussel sn57546

Chro52 Bugatti T57 Coach Ventoux 1937  Gangloff Speciale Roussel sn57546

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The young chief designer Lucien Schlatter had joined Gangloff as an apprentice designer in 1934, this car is one of his creations. Built from the drawing No. 3719 dated 29 avril1937, it is different in several respects from the "factory" Ventoux version.
Its first owner, Louis Roussel, had a textile factory in La Bresse in the French Vosges mountains. The Bugatti was registered for the first time "2 ZQ 8815" June 19, 1939 in the name of "Company Textile Bresse". The car was painted in two shades of cream and light brown. Louis Roussel kept the car during the occupation, but in 1944 or 45 she was requisitioned by the forces of Colonel FFI resistance for its own use, and subsequently sold by the French Domains.
It was registered "4671 RP 6" in Paris January 30, 1947, before staying in Darl'Mat agency of driver Mans Charles Cortanze where it was purchased by Pierre Cros April 2, 1948 . At that time, the car was painted in cream and black, with a red leather interior trim.
Mr. Cros sold this Bugatti to his mechanic Auguste Bottero Port-Sainte-Foy, which was registered "124 AQ 24".
January 19, 1960, he sold the car to F. Chevalier de Bergerac, former director of the Paul Ricard circuit, which kept her less than two years before it passes into the hands of a new owner JD McLean installed US.
In 1969, he sold the car to Dr. Richard Riddell, who made restoring between 1984 and 1989. The car was then exposed in the biggest competition of elegance at Pebble Beach. It was acquired by its new owner in 1998.

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