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Bugatti Baby II Performance
The Bugatti Baby II can be enjoyed by multiple generations of collectors and enthusiasts. Each model, built on an electric, rear-wheel-drive platform, offers short and long-range battery options with a range of up to approximately 31 miles, depending on driving style (and presumably the weight of the driver too).
Owners will enjoy the combination of authentic Type 35 handling and modern technological elements, including regenerative braking, adjustable dampers, and the famed Bugatti Speed Key, giving drivers the ability to reach the top speed of 42 mph.
Bugatti Baby I and Type 35 at Auction
The original Bugatti Baby was a one-off product: a fourth birthday present for the son of Ettore Bugatti. This car was a 50% scale model of the Type 35 — by many definitions the most-successful racing car ever built. Baby attracted much attention and finally became an official Bugatti vehicle (sometimes termed Type 52 Bebe) with around 500 produced between 1927 and 1936.
It is unknown how many of the 500 survived but they do come up at auction from time to time. In 2017, Gooding sold one for $88,000 at the Scottsdale auction and a few weeks later Artcurial achieved €78,000 at the Paris Rétromobile sale in France — over $90,000 after charges.
The full-scale Bugatti Type 35 of course cost a bit more. In the same 2017 Scottsdale auction, Gooding set a new Type 35 model record at $3.3 million and increased it to $5,233,550 at the Gooding Passion of a Lifetime sale in London in 2020. At least eight Type 35s have sold for over a million dollars since 2014.