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Minichamps Mullin Collection Type 54 Roadster

Minichamps Mullin Collection Type 54 Roadster

A Most Unusual Bugatti

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 The Type 54 Grand Prix racer wasn’t one of Ettore’s best; although Achille Varzi drove one to win the 1933 Avus Grand Prix, only five were built and two drivers were killed in them. Czech Prince Lobkowitz bought the second one built and promptly died in the 1932 Avus race.Its chassis was repaired and Praguecoach builder Uhlik built a street-going roadster body for it. That body was replaced in the ‘70’s with a replica of the original, and a few years later the Uhlik body was mounted on a new Type 54 chassis assembled from leftover original parts. This 6th Type 54 is now in the Mullin collection and the subject of this very accurate and good-looking resin model by Minichamps. From the classic Bugatti horseshoe grille and two big lights with fluted lenses to the chrome gas tank straps, twin filler caps, and fish-tail exhaust, every detail is just as seen in photos. The long hood has dozens of crisp louvers and correct fine mesh side vents. The engine-turned instrument panel and its legible gauges are a crisply printed decal, while photos show that the green upholstery and unique leg-support panels are correct, too. Accurate Bugatti alloy wheels with integral drums provide this finishing touch to this most unusual Bugatti model. —Wayne Moyer

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Updated: December 18, 2014 — 2:28 PM

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