Art on Wheels: Vintage Bugatti Kit Car
It's not every day that you stumble upon a $2 million car parked on the street of a central Phoenix neighborhood. But this past weekend, we spotted a sweetBugatti
, right across the street from our house in the Garfield District.
This beautiful, two-seat car belongs to our neighbor, an artist who wants to be referred to as the "Polish Prince of Mayhem." Though the vehicle resembles an original Bugatti from the 1920s (which would be worth a couple million), it's actually a kit car the Polish Prince bought in California, similar to one he saw on the television show Magnum P.I.
For the past four months, he's been ordering parts from Hawaii and restoring the Bugatti kit car in his backyard. It's a stick-shift that runs on unleaded gasoline, and has no air conditioning ("The wind is the AC," the Polish Prince says).
He installed a new Volkswagon engine (which seats in the rear compartment of the car). If the car were all original, he says it would be a 1925 Bugatti Type 35, but only the steering wheel is original.
He's added some custom parts, as well, including shiny chrome exhausts pipes and front shock springs that give the car a hot rod look. A weathered Bugatti hood ornament sits above a shiny chrome grill, affixed with the Bugatti logo, as well as a decorative metal plate that reads "Poland," where the car's owner was born and raised.
At this point, the Polish Prince says he's working on the engine some more, as the car won't go much faster than 35 mph. But it's street legal, so we did see him cruising around the neighborhood a few times. You might see it driving down your street sometime, here are few photos in the mean time:
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