Cars We Love: 1925 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia

The Type 13 was the first “real” Bugatti – the first car produced in Bugatti’s factory in Molsheim (now France, then part of the German Empire). Based on the prototype Type 10, which was built in Ettore Bugatti’s basement in Germany, the Type 13 was an open roadster with a monobloc straight-four engine. The Brescia name was added after a stunning win at the 1921 Grand Prix in Brescia, Italy, when the first four cars over the finish line were all Type 13 Bugattis.

In 2009, a similar Bugatti – a Type 22 Brescia – was recovered from Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy and sold for $350,000, despite being in very sad shape. The Type 22 was based off the design of the Type 13 and featured a longer wheelbase and larger body. The story goes that a Swiss man won the car in a poker game, but couldn’t afford the customs charges at the border. Swiss officials were required to destroy the car so they pushed it into the lake, where it rested for 30 years until it was discovered by a local diving club. Then it sat for another 42 years, until it was recovered in 2009. Though the car is but a corroded shadow of its former self, it was bought at auction for around $350,000 and can be seen in its unrestored state at the Mullin Automotive Museum.


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