Green Machine: Minichamps 1:43 “Mullin Collection” Bugatti Type 57C Van Vooren

Green Machine: Minichamps 1:43 “Mullin Collection” Bugatti Type 57C Van Vooren

Minichamps Mullin Collection Bugatti Type 57C  1:43 | $95.00

At least one 1/43 scale model or kit of every Bugatti Type is available, and all the Atlantics, most Atalantes, and all 11 of the bodies carried at one time or another on the six Type 41 Royale chassis can be found. But this beautiful addition to Minichamps’ Mullin Collection series, a supercharged Type 57C with a unique coachbuilt body, has never been modeled before. The seventh-from-last Type 57 built, chassis 57835 was sold to a Mssr. Chaussivet, who had French coachworks Van Vooren create a unique coupe body. While its lines are very similar to the factory Atalante, the hood louvers and side trim are different, as are the taillights and turn signal lights on the C-pillars. Photos confirm that Minichamps’ resincast beauty has every detail of this one-off body correct. Its medium-green paint is smooth and glossy; we think the hood hinge should also be chromed, and the stone guards are printed silver, but every other piece of trim is perfectly reproduced with either bright plated or photo-etched details. The interior has accurate upholstery patterns, with separate plated handles and cranks, painted wood door sills, and a very realistic wood-grain dash decal with detailed instruments. This is a very accurate and beautifully made model of a gorgeous car, and carries the “Mullin Automotive Collection” forward in style. – Wayne Moyer

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