The 1931 Bugatti Sort 51 Dubos Coupe is a novel mixture of coach-built bodywork and race automotive mechanicals. Now a part of California’s Nethercutt Assortment, it was not too long ago featured on “Jay Leno’s Storage,” the place Cameron Richards, vice chairman of the gathering, defined its design and historical past.
This automotive began out as a grand prix racer, and was pushed in competitors by Louis Chiron (namesake of the Bugatti Chiron) and Rene Dreyfus. It was offered in 1936 to Andre Bith, who commissioned Parisian coachbuilder Louis Dubos to transform it right into a highway automotive. Dubos gave the automotive its distinctive bodywork (which Leno notes is much like the Bugatti Sort 57SC Atlantic), and it has been generally known as the Dubos Coupe ever since.
The Sort 51 retained its racing engine, a 2.3-liter dual-overhead-cam supercharged inline-8 that makes about 185 hp on gasoline, or 200 hp on alcohol. Coupled to a 4-speed guide transmission, the engine can propel this automotive to 140 mph.
1931 Bugatti Sort 51 Dubos Coupe on Jay Leno’s Storage
On the again are 4 small tailpipes. This was achieved to keep away from clearance points with one, larger-diameter tailpipe, Leno stated. The entrance wheels have clean covers, however Bugatti’s conventional spoked racing wheels could be seen poking out under the rear-fender skirts. One other quirk is the gas filler, which is situated within the cabin and surrounded by leather-based upholstery and sure makes refueling a bit nerve wracking.
The coupe modified palms a number of instances over time, and at one level the chassis and Dubos physique had been separated. The Nethercutt Assortment acquired the chassis, after which situated the physique, which was in a set in Colorado. After nearly 50 years, the 2 parts had been reunited as a part of a full restoration.
Like all automobiles within the Nethercutt Assortment, the Dubos Coupe is totally drivable, as Leno demonstrates by taking it for a drive close to his Los Angeles-area storage.