January 15 – Jean Bugatti is killed

Gianoberto Bugatti was born in Germany the same year that his father Ettore founded Automobiles E. Bugatti. Growing up around automobiles, he developed a passion for them at a young age. Following the end of WWI the Gianoberto, who became known as Jean, became an integral aspect of his father’s company, which was now under French jurisdiction. At the age of 23 he led the design of the Bugatti Type 41 Royale. He would go on to design four separate bodies for the Type 57, often regarded as one of Bugatti’s finest touring models. It was, unfortunately, his love of the automobile that would eventually cause his death. On this day in 1939 at the age of 30 Jean was killed while testing the Type 57 tank-bodied car that had recently won a Le Mans race. He lost control of the vehicle and after hitting a cyclist who snuck on to the test track, resulting in a devastating impact with a tree.  1931 Bugatti Type 41 “Royale” (Cabriolet Weinberger) by Yahya S. https://flic.kr/p/w3Z4hv cc2.01936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic by Brian Corey1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank at 1937 Le Mans which was driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist

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