Automotive Art by Jan Matthias
Automotive Art by Jan Matthias Automotive Art by Jan Matthias

Automotive Art by Jan Matthias


Artist: Jan Matthias

Photographed with extreme attention to technical details, body reflections and distinct line work, Jan Matthias added additional application of color pencil, marker and gouache.  Each piece is unique.

Size: 11 x 17

Story behind this piece:

There are some people who believe the Type 55 Bugatti was the most beautiful sports car ever built, designed by Jean Bugatti, son of Le Patron and fitted with the familiar aluminum wheels.

The car is perfectly proportioned and elegant in its simplicity, with one of the most elegant fender lines
of any car.

The performance of Type 55’s performance is nothing less than exemplary as well. Road tests of the era tell of 0 to 60 times of less than 13 seconds. One tester was still accelerating at 98.9 mph at the quarter mile, and yet another held his foot to the floorboard for 115.

In essence, the Type 55 was the twin-cam supercharged 2.3 liter engine of the Grand Prix Type 51, fitted into the foot-longer chassis of the 4.9-liter Grand Prix Type 54.

Eight-cylinder in-line engine, twin overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder.
Roots-type supercharger, 2970 cc, 135 hp at 5500 rpm, wheelbase 108 inches, weight 2095 pounds.

Buyers of the Type 55 during the thirties paid approximately $7500 for the car. Twenty-eight were produced, twenty-eight survived.

Ettore Bugatti, when a customer complained that his Type 55 was a balky starter in cold weather, replied that surely, if the man could afford the car, he could also afford a heated garage.

 

 

 



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